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  • Bringing up baby: Hosoda Mamoru on Mirai

    Hosoda Mamoru’s Mirai mixes delicate realism and psychological acuity with fantasy leaps through family history, in a tale of a jealous four-year-old boy whose home life is turned upside down by the arrival of a baby sister.

    Nick Bradshaw
    Wednesday 12 August 2020

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  • Trading places: Makoto Shinkai on Your Name

    Shinkai Makoto’s 2016 time-bending teenage body-swap romance Your Name confirmed his status as Japanese anime’s big new thing. For our December 2016 issue he spoke with Nick Bradshaw about provincial sky-gazing, adolescent heartache and animating Tokyo for posterity.

    Nick Bradshaw
    Tuesday 30 June 2020

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  • Kitty Green on The Assistant: “We all know what happens behind that closed door”

    The post-#MeToo drama The Assistant stars a superb Julia Garner as an employee whose film producer boss uses his position to abuse women. Writer-director Kitty Green discusses the personal motivations behind the project, and why the film industry’s problems run deeper than Harvey Weinstein.

    Nikki Baughan
    Friday 1 May 2020

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  • Oliver Hermanus on Moffie: “Apartheid created a very binary code”

    Skin colour wasn’t the only marker of difference weaponised for repression under South African Apartheid. Oliver Hermanus tells Ben Walters about the male sexual stigma and fear imposed under military service that he has dramatised in his new film Moffie.

    Ben Walters
    Sunday 26 April 2020

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  • Dream palaces: Rian Johnson on the distinct charm of the New Beverly Cinema

    Rian Johnson, the director of Knives Out and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, recalls rats and Rita Hayworth in the dingy sanctuary of LA’s revered revival cinema owned by Quentin Tarantino, the New Beverly.

    James Mottram
    Wednesday 1 April 2020

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  • From the Magazine

    “A warm embrace rather than a punch in the stomach”: Levan Akin on his queer Georgian love story And Then We Danced

    Akin’s tender drama offers an intoxicating celebration of Georgian culture, presenting a defiant challenge to homophobia in the country. Alex Davidson speaks to the director and traces its place within a small but significant tradition of queer films from the former USSR. 

    Alex Davidson
    Wednesday 11 March 2020

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    Living memory: Pedro Costa on Vitalina Varela

    Drawing from the real-life experiences of its lead protagonist, Pedro Costa’s luminous portrait of grief Vitalina Varela follows a woman from Cape Verde who arrives in Lisbon to search for her absent husband only to find he has just died. Christopher Small talks to the director.

    Christopher Small
    Thursday 5 March 2020

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    No man’s land: Céline Sciamma on Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    In Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma’s exquisite love story set in pre-Revolutionary France, the director presents a female-centred vision of equality, solidarity, romance and sex. Here she explains to Isabel Stevens why she was determined to up-end the clichés and assumptions of traditional cinema.

    Isabel Stevens
    Tuesday 3 March 2020

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  • All change at the 70th Berlinale: what to expect from the new programmers

    The Berlin film festival’s new Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian and Forum programmer Cristina Nord tell Neil Young what guides and inspires their festival-programming instincts, and what they hope to bring to one of the world’s biggest film festivals.

    Neil Young
    Wednesday 19 February 2020

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    The makings of Bong Joon Ho

    As Parasite captivates critics and audiences around the world with its tale of a poor family who inveigle their way into the lives of a wealthy household, Tony Rayns looks back at the origins of the Korean director’s distinctive dark humour and meticulously crafted suspense.

    Tony Rayns
    Friday 31 January 2020

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