Q&A

Interviews and conversations with filmmakers worldwide.

MANUEL CORREA: “MY WORK IS ABOUT EXPANDING THE POSSIBILITY OF TRUTH”

By Tomáš Hudák

Manuel Correa’s The Shape of Now is a documentary essay about reconciliation after the sixty-year Colombian civil war. However, with philosophers and neuroscientists among the main characters, the film is not so much about the war itself; it is rather a case study of different historical narratives and their co-existence, of possibility of multiple truths, and how the past is constructed.

BERLINALE 2020 INTERVIEW: CRISTINA NORD, FORUM DIRECTOR

By Mónica Delgado

In the middle of all her tasks in this edition of Berlinale, curator Cristina Nord, took some minutes to talk with Desistfilm about his new role directing Berlinale Forum, about the 50 years of this showcase, and on some topics of cinephile concern, parity and programming.

Cristina Nord was an editor of the cultural section of the taz. die tageszeitung newspaper in Berlin until 2015. A teacher in Freie Uniersität Berlin, and programmer in Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Duisburger Filmwoche, she was responsible for the cultural southeast Europe program in Brussels Goethe-Institut and realized different investigations about literature and cinema.

INTERVIEW: KAZUO HARA & SACHIKO KOBAYASHI

By Nicolás Carrasco

Renowned documentary filmmakers Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi were in Colgate University (Hamilton, New York) on June this year as part of the Flaherty Film Seminar, where they screened their first three films as part of the program curated by Shai Heredia. For more than half a century, the Flaherty Seminar has been firmly established as a one-of-a-kind event that seeks to encourage filmmakers and other artists to explore the potential of the moving image.

BRUCE LABRUCE: “MY FILMS ARE A KIND OF CRITIQUE TO CERTAIN GAY CULTURE”

By Mónica Delgado & José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

Filmmaker Bruce LaBruce (Ontario, 1964) was in Lima as a stellar guest of the 16th edition of OutfestPerú, the Gay, Lesbian, Trans, Bi Film Festival that takes place every year. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore his most recent work and to discuss the context of underground and queer productions in times of political correctness.

TAKASHI MAKINO: “I HAVE A BIG INTEREST FOR THE IMAGE OF DREAMS AND IMAGINATION”

By Nicole Remy and José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

By chance, the last edition of Filmadrid coincided with the presentation of the work of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Makino and the travel of our collaborator Nicole Remy, who also received an honorable mention for her first experimental short Detenerte en el Pulso. We took advantage of this cosmic coincidence and sent Nicole to meet Takashi to talk about the early influences on his cinema, his methods, the change from analog to digital and his different collaborations in image and sound.

(S8) MOSTRA DE CINEMA PERIFÉRICO: AN INTERVIEW WITH BILL BRAND

By José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

One of the most remarkable programs at the latest (S8) Mostra de Cinema Periférico at Galicia, dealt with chosen works by experimental filmmaker Bill Brand, which has been challenging the notions of perception and montage in cinema for years. A guest in this years’ festival as well, Bill talked to us about his program at (S8), the philosophy behind his work, his techniques, the importance of the spoken word in the image and the exercise of seeing. Here’s the conversation that took place.

LAV DIAZ: “CINEMA IS ZEN”

By Monica Delgado

Lav Diaz’s The halt (Ang Hupa) was presented in the latest edition of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Because of a previous commitment with Film School San Antonio de los Baños, in Cuba, Lav couldn’t assist to the usual Q&A after the screenings, and we were disappointed not to have, first hand, his impressions about this new almost five-hour film.

JODIE MACK: “I WANT TO FIGHT AGAINST THE IDEA OF CINEMA AS A REPRODUCIBLE OBJECT”

By José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

Part child play, part reflection on the memory of the material, the work of Jodie Mack is a unique feature of evolving strategies that mix the structural, the game (in its performative sense), and the archive in a complex web of significations and semiotic rapports between the world, in its materiality and the eye of cinema.

INTERVIEW: CHLOÉ GALIBERT-LAÎNÉ

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

The video essay format is one of the most intriguing and dynamic forms of film criticism today. This unique way of establishing links and dialogues with different films or bodies of work, allows the viewer a further analysis and discovery, something that goes beyond the written text or other forms of criticism,

DAN SALLITT: “MICRO-BUDGETS ARE A LIBERATING THING FOR ME”

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Arguably one of the most interesting indie filmmakers of the last 20 years, Dan Sallitt has been involved with different aspects of cinema with equal success. After the premiere of his latest “Fourteen” at the Berlin Film Festival, we spoke with the director, film critic and dedicated cinephile, to talk about his work, his experience with this latest film and the philosophy behind the work of his many remarkable films.

PAUL GRIVAS: “THE IMAGES ARE THERE FOR THE TAKING, YOU JUST GOT TO PICK THEM UP”

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

The remarkable Film Catastrophe, premiered last year, revisits certain images from the iconic ship Costa Concordia, main location for Film Socialisme (2010) the first venture in digital film by master Jean-Luc Godard. Here, Paul Grivas gives back to us certain images of the creation process by Godard, a kind of guerrilla filmmaking where we can witness the creativity of one of the greatest geniuses of this century.

DANE KOMLJEN: “CINEMA CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER”

by Vladimir Seput 

Since 2010 Dane Komljen has created a distinctive body of work that slowly and exquisitely observes human bodies and spatial transformations, intertwining them with history, memory and dreams. His unique and innovative approach to filmmaking has been widely recognized and his work has been screened at major festivals.