Spotlight: Nina Hoss

The first time Nina Hoss had been widely recognized was when she played a very famous German escort girl of the 1950s. The film was a so-called “event movie” played on a private television station in the 90s. So it wasn’t about the female emancipation which Rosemarie – the escort girl’s self-chosen name – espoused, […]

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Spotlight: Ruben Östlund

BAFTA-nominated, Palme d’Or-winning Swedish filmmaker and screenwriter Ruben Östlund has directed a dozen films over the length of his remarkable filmic career, a unique journey which began in the early 1990s with a trio of skiing films – Addicted, Free Radicals and Free Radicals 2 – on the basis of which the young film-enthusiast was […]

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Spotlight: Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta’s provocatively vanguard, illuminatingly cross-cultural and visually exquisite filmic oeuvre – consisting of nearly twenty profound directorial projects – dealing with the intersection between the traditional and the modern and the tensions emerging from culturally rigid gender boundaries has garnered the helmer the well-deserved status of an internationally luminary in both Canadian and Indian […]

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Spotlight: Ousmane Sembene

Widely considered to be one of the most skilled and influential African cinematic storytellers of our modern era, Senegalese filmmaker and author Ousmane Sembene deals with a handful of incredibly powerful themes in his profound oeuvre – from the history of colonialism to the difficulties of religion and the strength of femininity – which staunchly […]

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Spotlight: Suzanne Osten

Stockholm-born filmmaker, stage director and screenwriter Suzanne Osten’s passionately recounted, socially charged and penetratingly shrewd films undoubtedly show their origins in the auteur’s intriguing family background which colours her oeuvre with sensitive yet perspicuous social commentary. Born to Karl Otto Osten, a toolmaker and social democrat Swedish émigré who fled Nazi Germany and director-writer Gerd […]

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Spotlight: Hirokazu Koreeda

  Since the conception of the the transformative medium, an abundance of film directors have undertaken the lofty goal of exploring the fundamental human problem of the boundary between reality and fantasy, consequently causing them to strive to depict the intersection of the documentary and fictive filmic forms in varying ways. Hirokazu Koreeda’s oeuvre, effused […]

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Spotlight: Clio Barnard

Active since the early 2000s, British director and writer Clio Barnard has been widely lauded by the film-loving public and in the international festival scene for her Ken Loach-esque, ‘kitchen sink’ realist yet subtly poetic documentary-style films which place a perspicuous lens on working-class Britons. Barnard’s hauntingly tragic, poignant tales illustrate the social deprivation rife […]

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Spotlight: Kôji Fukada

  A truly maverick filmmaker, Kôji Fukada has enriched Japanese filmmaking in his emergence as part of a new generation of the region’s top filmmakers who threaten to topple the long-standing dominion of the Japanese cinema veterans – primarily “4K” team comprised of Hirokazu Koreeda, Naomi Kawase, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano – who first […]

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Spotlight: Reed Morano

  Directed by veteran cinematographer Reed Morano, Hulu’s new original series The Handmaid’s Tale is a masterwork of television adaptation. Elegant and disquieting, it’s the perfect crystallization of Margaret Atwood’s dystopia: a near-future America, renamed Gilead, whose population is dying out and whose religious fundamentalist government has forced society’s remaining fertile women (handmaids) to work […]

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SPOTLIGHT: HONG SANG-SOO

  Described as South Korea’s most cerebral filmmaker, Hong Sang-soo is one of the pioneers of the Korean New Wave Cinema that emerged in the late ‘90s. Stylistically, he is close to another independent film auteur, Jim Jarmusch. Despite the slower pace of Hong’s camera movements, he manages to completely absorb us in a tapestry […]

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SPOTLIGHT: J.J. ABRAMS

  Jeffrey Jacob “J.J.” Abrams was born on the east coast of the United States in New York City on 27 June 1966 but was raised on the west coast in Los Angeles with his parents and sister, Tracy Rosen. His mother, Carol Ann Abrams, was an executive producer, his father, Gerald W. Abrams, was […]

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Spotlight: Lisa Cholodenko

  It is true. There are more male than female directors in film. However, what will always remain undeniable and unchangeable is that the sex of a director has nothing to do with what makes a director valuable. He or she has to have a strong vision and passion for film. In order to bring […]

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Spotlight: Vera Chylitová

  Innovative artist, idiosyncratic filmmaker, revolutionary cultural figurehead. Vera Chytilová ingeniously fuses French New Wave with Italian neorealism, embodies an obstinate rebelliousness that gets her banned by the Czechoslovak government, employs her austere Catholic upbringing to jar audiences with unflinching philosophical questions and triumphantly leaves an eternal mark on world cinema with a simply profound […]

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SPOTLIGHT: LUCY WALKER

Born in London, England, Lucy Walker is an Emmy-award winning film director who consistently delivers emotionally compelling nonfiction. She has a distinct talent to enable her subjects’ stories to deeply connect with her audiences. Walker is best known for directing the documentaries Devil’s Playground (2002), Blindsight (2006), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), and The Crash Reel (2002). She is a member of The […]

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SPOTLIGHT: BARRY JENKINS

  When Barry Jenkins presented a PowerPoint to a group of producers outlining his vision for Moonlight (2016), the final slide said the following: “Moonlight is a story that hasn’t been told. Whether placed as queer black cinema or urban male cinema, the lack of coming-of-age films featuring people like Chiron and set in places […]

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SPOTLIGHT: VIGGO MORTENSEN

  If Hollywood had to nominate a Renaissance man, Viggo Mortensen would be at the top of the list. The versatile Danish-American actor is also a poet, a painter, a photographer, a musician, and a fluent speaker of five languages. He’s had his photography featured in expositions around the world, released over a dozen spoken […]

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Spotlight: Pablo Larraín

  Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín has long been considered one of the country’s leading figures in national cinema. Since the mid-2000s, he has ceaselessly reinvigorated Latin American cinema through his neoteric perspectives and rich cultural authenticity in examination of his country’s tumultuous political history, creating a damningly fresh and unyieldingly honest cinematic experience. Larraín’s piercingly […]

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Spotlight: Lynne Ramsay

  Glaswegian filmmaker Lynne Ramsay’s uniquely poetic and powerfully personal directorial style – involving arresting images, vivid details and evocative sound productions that lack the frequent dialogue and explicit storylines of conventional films –  sensitively and adeptly portrays her intensely recurring themes of sorrow, guilt and death. Through the lens of children and young people, […]

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