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During Munich International Film Festival I sat down with debut filmmaker Trey Shults to talk about his very personal, emotional, award-winning feature Krisha, in which a family members returns home for Thanksgiving after several years of absence due to struggles with alcoholism. Krisha is based on a short film of the same name and stars a lot of Shults’ friends and family including his aunt Krisha who plays the title’s protagonist.

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Actor-turned-director Andrea di Stefano presented his film Escobar: Paradise Lost in Munich where it had its German premiere the same time the film was theatrically released in the US after playing the festival circuit back in 2014. It tells the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar from the perspective of an outsider, who suddenly finds himself caught up in the violent and brutal drug cartel run by Escobar.

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Green Room, written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, is a revenge thriller set at a rock venue where a hardcore punk band is trapped in a Green Room facing off neo-Nazis after witnessing a murder at the club. With its one-location setting and the constant Nazi threat, Saulnier’s follow-up to Blue Ruin is intense, bloody and also quite dark-humored. It’s a…

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Film is always representative of someone’s version of truth. If taken as a form of cultural anthropology you can strip film of all of the burdens of objective merits that impose expectations that prevent us from losing ourselves in the experience. Film allows us to see the world filtered through someone else’s interpretation of the way things work, and when the creator is fueled by earnestness and passion we will see something unique that…

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Noah Baumbach, the critically acclaimed director of The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg, and Frances Ha, not to mention co-screenwriting credits on Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, sat down with Next Projection’s Mel Valentin to discuss his latest film, While We’re Young, a New York City-set, Woody Alleneseque comedy-drama centered on a …

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Alisen Down, who plays Kathy Eaton on Gracepoint, in the lead up to that show’s finale. Though Down was understandably tight-lipped about what will happen (and in fact, knows as much as you or I about the final reveal), she had thoughts to offer on the series, how it sets itself apart from Broadchurch, and how she got the role of Kathy, who was initially written as much older.

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Among the chaos of seeing films and reviewing at TIFF, I got the chance at interviewing emerging director Martti Helde. In The Crosswind is set in Estonia where thousands were deported to Siberia by the Soviets in the forties in a Stalin ordered ethnic cleansing. Told through Erna, a young woman who was separated by her …

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