Q&A: Three Directors on Their Distinct Visions of ‘Velvet Terrorists’

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Charged as terrorists, but now hailed as heroes, three Czechoslovakians recount and reenact their odd and fascinating tales of armed resistance against the old communistic powers. Three portraits by three directors: a presidential assassination foiled through sheer laziness; a botched political tribune bombing due to alcoholism; and a notorious bulletin board bomber who wanted nothing […]

Q&A: Tamara Erde on Israeli/Palestinian Doc ‘This is My Land’

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela. Tamara Erde’s first feature-length film, This is My Land, examines how the shared, complex, and charged history of Israel and Palestine is taught to the next generation in this volatile region. Does it fuel conflict or encourage peace? […]

Q&A: Gabriel Mascaro & Rachel Ellis on the Lyrical Meditation of ‘August Winds’

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In a tiny coastal village in Brazil, Shirley and Jeison pass their time working on a coconut plantation. Outside of work, he dives for seafood while she sunbathes and dreams of being a tattoo artist. Their restless yet tranquil life is provoked when intense tropical storms approach, washing ashore a corpse. Drawing on his documentary […]

Q&A: Ryan McGarry on HIFF 2013 Best Documentary ‘Code Black’

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Code Black, which won the Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary at the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival, opens at IFC Center in NYC on June 20, with more cities to follow. Tickets are available here. Note: This interview originally ran as part of our coverage of HIFF 2013. “C-Booth,” the trauma bay at the Los Angeles […]

Q&A: Sébastien Betbeder on ‘2 Autumns, 3 Winters’

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This interview originally ran as part of our coverage of the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival. 2 Autumn, 3 Winters opens in NYC at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on Friday, June 6, with more cities to follow.   In 2 Autumns, 3 Winters, Arman has just turned 33. He longs for change. Maybe he’ll eat healthier? […]