bujar_alimani

INTERVIEW: BUJAR ALIMANI

THE DELEGATION is a film psychologically charged, halfway between a thriller and a social drama. Set in the early nineties when Albania was experiencing a historical turning point leaving behind the long-running communist dictatorship to enter in the world of democracies. The film is a patchwork of conflicting characters, three ideal-types depicting together Albania’s political context of…

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INTERVIEW: MAHMUT FAZIL COŞKUN

THE ANNOUNCEMENT by Mahmut Fazil Coşkun is a dry humor, a scratching satire, a surreal chronicle of an attempted coup in Turkey by a group of soldiers during the Sixties. Turkey is a country where the military “has never missed a shot”. Over the last 60  years military stepped in five times in Turkish politics to successfully topple governments. Except in…

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INTERVIEW: INES MOLDAVSKY

THE MEN BEHIND THE WALL is a very original perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You won the Golden Bear at the latest Berlinale with this documentary. How has your life changed since then? It changed, yes. I moved to Berlin after the Berlinale, I went through lot of changes in my life besides the Golden Bear.…

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INTERVIEW: NEARY ADELINE HAY

ANGKAR by Neary Adeline Hay is a very poignant historically-embedded documentary on the victims of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge and the genocide of about two million Cambodians.   Neary, how did you come up with the idea? Many documentaries have been shot on Cambodia and Khmer Rouge, for examples the ones of Ricky Pahm, but…

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INTERVIEW: TUDOR GIURGIU

Over the years Transilvania International Film Festival has developed becoming the most relevant film-related event in Romania and in Central Eastern Europe. From the beginning TIFF has dedicated particular attention to local film industry and emerging talents in an effort to connect regional cinema with the international film industry. It has been a remarkable achievement. How…

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INTERVIEW: ALEXANDER ABATUROV

Your documentary is embedded into the Russian military as you filmed recruits training in a barrack in Siberia. But the hard, insensitive, emotionless military life is only a part of the story of your documentary that is more sentimental, it handle with sorrow, death, lack, family ties, friendship. Your story was inspired by your cousin’s death,…

INTERVIEW: ALEXANDRU SOLOMON

You made a very impressive, sensitive and complex documentary that depicts apparently unconnected themes ending up to be intervowen with one another in a single coherent narration. TARZAN’S TESTICLES is set in the oldest primate institute of the world in Sukhumi, the capital of the breakaway region of Abkhazia. A land we know very little about.…

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INTERVIEW: CHRISTINE DOLLHOFER

CROSSING EUROPE is a unique event in its genre. Its name sets precisely its mission: an inspiring journey through Europe. The only film festival completely and exclusively dedicated to feature the rich and complex diversity of Europe through its cinematographic diversity. Before starting Crossing Europe I was running an Arthouse cinema in Vienna followed by being…

miroslav_sikavica

INTERVIEW: MIROSLAV SIKAVICA

Miroslav, you made a vibrant and compelling documentary on music and the role of patriotic musicians and singers in Croatia during the Homeland war. Thanks to LOUDER THAN GUNS we discover astonishing things about music in the so-called “Yugo sphere” at the time of Tito. It was but not only patriotic music, it was also about revolutionary music…

zhu_rikun

INTERVIEW: ZHU RIKUN

Zhu Rikun, you are one of the most prominent voice in the landscape of Chinese independent documentary filmmaking, you are internationally known for putting under the spotlight hot issues in the present day Chinese society. After “Dust” where you drew attention to the lung disease afflicting workers in Sichuan province and “Welcome”,  a raw document about…

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INTERVIEW: HANNA SLAK

Thank you Hanna for being with GeoMovies and talk to us of  your latest feature film THE MINER. You put together two hideous actual events occurred in the former Yugoslavia. The first one is dramatically known, the Srebrenica massacre, the other one less known came into light only some years ago when mass graves dating back…

milo_rau

INTERVIEW: MILO RAU

Milo you are a film director, a writer, a journalist. How would you define yourself first? All of these, but much film director by the way. You have been defined the most controversial film director of our times, for sure the most acclaimed. What does mean to be controversial nowdays? Do you find yourself in…

alexander_kvatashidze

INTERVIEW: ALEXANDER KVATASHIDZE

SEE YOU IN CHECHNYA is not properly a war documentary, it is a collection of memories on the backdrop of war in Chechnya; it is something more intimate and intense, a journey into very special people’s lives, people who have chosen to go to war. Why do you go to war when you don’t have…

avo_kaprealian

INTERVIEW: AVO KAPREALIAN

HOUSE WITHOUT DOORS is a metaphor to describe thousands of millions of people undergoing through ages deprivations, dislocations, annihilation, death of their identity just like the Armenians. Did you shoot House without Doors for them? And how would you describe yourself? I mean you feel Armenian firstly? The question of identity in itself is very complicated.…

maryam_ebrahimi

INTERVIEW: MARYAM EBRAHIMI

Maryam Ebrahimi is an Iranian filmmaker and film producer engaged along with the award-winning film maker Nima Sarvestani in the making films and documentaries on very sensitive issues affecting people’s lives against the background of countries in war and turmoil.   You and Nima Sarvestani made a film trilogy on women condition in . The…

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INTERVIEW: LOUIS MEUNIER

You are very familiar with Afghanistan. You have been living in the country since long. You made a ride across this wonderful war-torn country. Can you tell us something about your experience in war-torn country? I was there for the first time in 2002, my family lived in the region when I was a kid. On…

sara_afshar

INTERVIEW: SARA AFSHAR

Sara you made a touching documentary about mass atrocities committed in the last few years in Syria’s detention facilities according human rights organizations. There would be over some 20, 000 young rebels disappeared since 2011. It is an astonishing number of forced disappearance. How did you get involved in this story in the investigation that Steven…

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