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Eric Hynes

Credit: Courtesy of Kino Lorber

Fire at Sea's Gianfranco Rosi on the Art of Finding What Matters

The entire time Gianfranco Rosi is talking, he’s drawing. Using a graphite pencil against an unlined notebook, the Italian documentary filmmaker instinctively makes quick sketches to illustrate his ideas and anecdotes. Counting off the number of windows on a ship, he draws three little squares. Talking about the deathly Mediterranean......
A peek behind the new iron curtain; Credit: Courtesy of Icarus Films

Vitaly Mansky Glimpses the North Korea of Today in Under the Sun

It’s no secret that some documentary films are either partly or largely staged. Think of Errol Morris’s re-enactments; think of the fake archival footage in Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell; think of documentary granddad Robert Flaherty casting and concocting scenarios for Nanook of the North. That these strategies can also......
Thure Lindhardt

Keep the Lights On: A Chat With Director Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs wants to start at the beginning. We meet on the corner of Delancey and Kenmare streets, where the filmmaker's New York story started in 1985. This is where he worked as an assistant to Eric Bogosian while still just a sophomore at Yale, poised between the suburban Memphis......
Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody in Damsels in Distress

Damsels in Distress Review

Things Are Looking Up Back with his first film in 14 years, Whit Stillman still operates in a world of his own. It's true both in respect to the singularity of his deadpan dialogue style, as well as to his hermetic milieu. With Damsels in Distress, Stillman's follow-up to 1998's......
The new Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson: Evolution of a Badass

Click here for Brian Miller's review of The Grey. Halfway through last year's rough-and-tumble thriller Unknown, assassins come calling for a man who's suffering from amnesia (Liam Neeson). All of a sudden, he hammers down on his pursuer with a lead pipe, digs a thumb into an eye socket and......