Director Kasper Holten on adapting Mozart's DON GIOVANNI (JUAN) for the screen

Director Kasper Holten discusses the origins of his film adaptation of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI (JUAN), and the decision to have the performers sing live on set. The full interview can be seen on the DVD DON GIOVANNI (JUAN), released in the UK and Ireland.

 

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Todd Solondz

DARK HORSE is the 2012 feature by acclaimed American director Todd Solondz. As with his previous films, it highlights his skill at navigating a unique course through the representation of the American family. In doing so, he cements his position as one of contemporary cinema’s finest satirists.

International success came early for Solondz with his sophomore feature Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, picking up the C.I.C.A.E. award, followed by further success at the Independent Spirit Awards, where its star Heather Matarazzo won the Best Debut Performance award. A brilliant and blackly comic account of an awkward youth’s uneasy relationship with her family (the model of Rockwellian bliss, tempered by Dawn Weiner’s brooding teen angst), it highlighted the director’s skill with actors and also exhibited his dark, unsettling sense of humour.

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THE LIVING WAKE – Director’s Comments

Director Sol Tryon gives an in-depth account of the making of THE LIVING WAKE starring Mike O’Connell and Jesse Eisenberg.

Beginnings:

"From the first moment the script hit my hand until my end of days, my life has changed because of THE LIVING WAKE. Through forged friendships and a raw creative force, this little movie has truly taken on a spirit unto itself.

Mike O’Connell birthed the concept, Peter Kline harnessed and translated it to the page and I visualized a world where K. Roth Binew is king. I envisioned the storybook-like feel, taking place in a beautifully isolated environment. A world that could feel like its own universe yet at the same time strangely familiar. For me, that place was my home state of Maine. The vibrant fall foliage matched with the rustic architecture of the area fit my vision perfectly. I wanted the film to be funny and sad, but also strikingly beautiful. Shaping the dramatic and emotional elements of the story to enhance the comedic wit of the script was of utmost importance to me. K. Roth Binew is such an overwhelming personality that I felt that the audience needed to feel sympathy for him even if they disliked him.

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Michelle Williams and Wim Wenders on LAND OF PLENTY

We’re thrilled Michelle Williams has again been nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, and to celebrate, we delve into the archives and revisit the set of LAND OF PLENTY, where Michelle discusses the making of the film and what it was like to work with iconic film director Wim Wenders.

 

 

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IN A BETTER WORLD Interview with Susanne Bier

Director Susanne Bier discusses her Oscar-winning feature IN A BETTER WORLD, a drama about revenge and the power of forgiveness, available on DVD & Blu-ray now.



Non-Violence 

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