The Forgiveness of Blood is set in a place that will be unfamiliar to most viewers. American director Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace) traveled to an isolated, mountainous area in northern Albania to film this tale of a strange and real phenomenon: ancient tribal blood feuds that persist to this day, and the young people caught between that archaic reality and the modern world technology gives them access to. In this clip from an interview included in the Criterion release of The Forgiveness of Blood, producer Paul Mezey sets the scene for us, introducing a place where motorcycles and horse-drawn carriages use the same streets.
A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight
In this excerpt from an interview on the edition of Diamonds of the Night, film programmer Irena Kovarova talks about the work of one of director Jan Němec’s key collaborators, Ester Krumbachová.
Robert Zemeckis Looks Back on His Debut-Film Jitters
In a new conversation with collaborators Bob Gale and Steven Spielberg, the director of I Wanna Hold Your Hand talks about the terror of being a first-time feature director.
How Carlos Reygadas Plans for the Unexpected
Storyboards have been an important part of the Mexican filmmaker’s process from the beginning of his career. In this interview, he talks about the freedom that meticulous pre-planning allows him on-set.