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The films of 2011Radu Muntean: Three’s a crowd
Q&A report

As Tuesday, After Christmas comes to DVD, Carmen Gray talked to its Romanian director about its subtle probing of marriage and morality

#Tangerine dreams: Yto Barrada

Moroccan artist Yto Barrada tells Ian Francis about her double life running a renovated Tangier cinema

El Amor BrujoSaura’s flamenco flights Q&A report

Carlos Saura’s 1980s ‘flamenco trilogy’, now released in a set of bare-bones DVDs, constitutes some of the boldest dance films ever made. As Mar Diestro-Dópido reports, on a recent visit to London the director provided all the background you need

#Lech Majewski: still life with movement

Polish visual artist and filmmaker Lech Majewski talks to Basia Lewandowska Cummings about Bruegel Suite, part of his Moving Walls installation, why he abandoned art school for film school – and why art cannot save us

#The great dictator: Simon Bright on Mugabe, mobs and moral defiance

Zimbabwean activist Simon Bright risked imprisonment and torture to make Robert Mugabe… What Happened?. He tells Tom Harrad about filming post-colonial corruption from the inside

#Keeping the faith: Alice Rohrwacher’s Corpo Celeste

The Italian writer-director’s dreamily mysterious feature debut explores a teenage girl’s relationship to God and belief. Rohrwacher tells Tom Dawson why she’s happier posing questions than offering answers

#Anima anime: Suzan Pitt’s wild psyches

From the Eraserhead-twinned Asparagus to her new Visitation, Suzan Pitt has animated the subconscious with the life of the cosmos. On the eve of a European tour, she talks to Laura Allsop

#Controlling the story:
Michael Winterbottom on fiction, observation and Trishna

For his 20th film in 17 years – and third Thomas Hardy adaptation – Michael Winterbottom took Tess of the D’Urbervilles to modern-day India. Filming begets filming, he tells Nick Roddick

#King or pawn? On the trail of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Director Cyril Tuschi tells Thomas Dawson how he set about documenting the world’s once-wealthiest prisoner of conscience

#Ordinary indecent paedophile: Markus Schleinzer’s Michael

Echoing the real-life cases of Josef Fritzl and Wolfgang Priklopil, Michael is a portrait of a child kidnapper that refuses sensationalism and sentimentality. Its writer-director Markus Schleinzer talks to Thomas Dawson

#Tatsumi sensei: Eric Khoo on animating the master of ‘gekiga’ comic art

Sam Davies talks to Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo about moving from live-action to animation with his new film Tatsumi, an adaptation of the profoundly pessimistic stories of Japanese comic-book artist Tatsumi Yoshihiro

#Theo Angelopoulos: the sweep of history

The features of Theo Angelopoulos have defined a contemplative style of European filmmaking that’s as instantly recognisable as it has been influential. As the Greek director’s complete back catalogue is issued on DVD, he talks to David Jenkins


#The Viennale’s Hans Hurch:
“I sleep with a gun under my pillow”

The festival directors

The curator of the much-admired Viennale festival talks to Kieron Corless

#Ghosts of Christmas past:
M.R. James, Lawrence Gordon Clark and ‘A Ghost Story for Christmas’

Simon Farquhar remembers the principles of Christmas horror with its small-screen master, Lawrence Gordon Clark

#Michael Shannon: trouble in mind

For years Michael Shannon has been building a reputation as an intense, risk-taking actor on stage and in supporting roles. But his compelling turn as the dream-haunted everyman in Take Shelter proves he can carry a movie. Nick Pinkerton talks to him

#Feminism Russian style? Angelina Nikonova’s Twilight Portrait

Carmen Gray talks to the director of a striking rape-revenge drama that isn’t

#No moss gathered: Nicholas Ray’s
We Can’t Go Home Again

Four decades after the great Hollywood rebel took up a teaching post, his class experiment and swansong We Can’t Go Home Again has finally been ‘completed’ by his widow Susan. She talks to Demetrios Matheou

#On Ken Loach

Antonia Bird, Luc Dardenne, Tony Hibbert, Peter Kosminsky and Jimmy McGovern pay tribute to the director’s work over a career spanning almost half a century

#The body politic:
Pablo Larraín on Post Mortem

The Chilean writer-director’s follow-up to Tony Manero is the equally creepy Post Mortem, exploring Pinochet’s 1973 coup through the eyes of a high-level mortuary assistant. He talks to Demetrios Matheou

#Pere Portabella: from Buñuel to Lorca

Mar Diestro-Dópido talks to an elusive Catalan film legend

#Blood lines:
Denis Villeneuve on Incendies

The French-Canadian filmmaker talks local secrets and Middle Eastern tragedies with Tom Dawson

#Baltimore real:
Matthew Porterfield on Putty Hill

Kieron Corless talks to the second-time filmmaker about his close-to-home, collaborative working methods

#Mahamat-Saleh Haroun:
A Screaming Man

Himself a victim of the long-running civil war in Chad, director Haroun examines the turmoil in his native land via A Screaming Man, an austere and compelling story of fatherhood. He talks to Suzy Gillett

#What time is it where?
Christian Marclay’s The Clock

A 24-hour montage of film clips showing the measurement of time, Christian Marclay’s The Clock has hooked viewers in London and New York. He talks to Jonathan Romney

#Out of the darkness: Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams

As his first 3D film Cave of Forgotten Dreams reaches our screens, Werner Herzog talks to Samuel Wigley about primitive man, albino crocodiles and the ethics of 3D

At home (and away) with Agnès Varda

Free-spirited grande dame of the cinema and now gallery, Agnès Varda can’t stop moving, gleaning, probing. “We are millions,” she tells Daniel Trilling, welcoming him into her living home of cinema

How they did love: Emmanuel Laurent on Godard and Truffaut

The director of Two in the Wave talks to Tom Dawson about his portrait of the bitterly broken friendship at the heart of the French New Wave

Looking at the rubber duck:
Nicolas Roeg on François Truffaut

Nicolas Roeg talks to Richard Combs about working with François Truffaut on Fahrenheit 451, in the Winter 1984/85 issue of Sight & Sound

Desperate Optimists: power to the public

As their ‘Civic Life’ project goes on tour, the filmmaking duo tell Sophie Mayer about their radically communitarian brand of cinema

Peter Mullan: Glasgow belongs to me

Peter Mullan is already well known as one of Britain’s most intense screen actors. But with Neds he cements his reputation as a director whose commitment to emotional truth transcends social realism. By Demetrios Matheou


Young Journalism Competition 2010: Diego Luna on filming Abel

A nine-year-old psychiatric ward veteran bids to replace his absent father in Diego Luna’s serio-comic second directorial feature. Our Young Journalism Competition winner Alex Dudok de Wit interviews him

Carlos: Olivier Assayas

An epic biopic of legendary terrorist Carlos marks a change of pace for Olivier Assayas. By David Thompson

Tim Hetherington: Restrepo

A soldier’s-eye portrait of the war in Afghanistan, Sundance-winner Restrepo is another impressive documentary of the West’s recent conflicts in the East. Tom Dawson speaks to its photo-journalist co-director

Sarah Turner: Perestroika

A Siberian train travelogue to the end of the world, Perestroika combines elegy, reverie, lament and transformation. Its maker talks to Sophie Mayer

#Restoration comedy:
Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy

Both a romantic comedy and a vehicle for Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy seems a departure for Abbas Kiarostami, but its playful ambiguity makes it very much his work. The Iranian director talks to Geoff Andrew

FrightFest preview: undead and kicking

Mark Pilkington interviews horror handmaiden and FrightFest founder Alan Jones

Muck and brass:
Bill Morrison and Jóhann Jóhannsson

The American filmmaker and Icelandic composer on The Miners’ Hymns, their archival take on colliery bands and the underground culture of Britain’s miners

#Kurosawa on Kurosawa

The director whom Steven Spielberg once described as “the pictorial Shakespeare of our time” was famously reluctant to discuss his films, but he opened up to Donald Richie in an interview first published in Sight & Sound in 1964, extracts of which we reprint here

Street fighters

Isolation documents the experiences of demobbed UK servicemen as they drift into homelessness. Dylan Cave interviews its makers

Death in Hebden Bridge

First-time director Jez Lewis on investigating drug deaths and lost friends in his homecoming documentary Shed Your Tears and Walk Away

The Time That Remains: Elia Suleiman

The Palestinian’s latest film is a deadpan portrait of half a century of family life under the monotony of occupation. Ali Jafaar interviews the director, while Adania Shibli examines the film’s subtle simplicity.

Me and Joseph Brodsky

Animation master Andrey Khrzhanovsky talks to Nick Bradshaw about his adaptation of the exiled Russian poet’s childhood memoir Room and a Half

John SmithJohn Smith: of process and puns

The inimitable British movie artist who makes the mundane strange and the avant-garde funny

Retrospectre The deathly hallows

Artist Mat Collishaw on Armenian shrines, YouTube sheep sacrifices and his homage to the strange world of Sergei Parajanov

No Greater LoveNo Greater Love

Director Michael Whyte tells Tom Dawson about the need for patience when filming nuns in Notting Hill

The man who wasn't thereThe man who wasn’t there

Experimental film artist Morgan Fisher discusses his site-specific, anti-subjective and ‘irrational’ cinema with Melissa Gronlund


Cristian Mungiu interviewWhere there’s pomp: Cristian Muniu

The director of Tales from the Golden Age on the absurdities of life in Ceausescu’s Romania

#Romantic setting: Jane Campion

The Bright Star director tells Nick James why she didn’t want to make just another 19th-century costume drama with her portrait of Keats in love

Young Journalism Competition 2009: Play away

Jamie Chadd, 18, from Blandford Forum, the joint winner of our Young Journalist Competition, talks to Andrew Kötting about film art, Ivul and life in the French tree-tops

Young Journalism Competition 2009: Grim up Norfolk

Kate Smith, 17, from Grimsby, the joint winner of our Young Journalist Competition, interviews Tom Harper about his debut feature The Scouting Book for Boys

#Within a closed world: Jacques Audiard

The director talks to Ginette Vincendeau about his follow-up to The Beat That My Heart Skipped, prison drama A Prophet

Joseph StrickSlow bloom: Joseph Strick’s Ulysses

Joseph Strick tells Henry K. Miller about his four-decade-long journey to bring James Joyce’s ‘unadaptable’ modernist masterpiece to the screen

#Crossing the threshold: Pedro Costa

On the eve of a retrospective of his films in London, the Colossal Youth director discusses his career with Kieron Corless

Shane Meadows interviewOn a wing and a lark: Shane Meadows

Nottingham’s favourite son talks to Nick Bradshaw about his improvised ‘five-day feature’ Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee

#Days of gloury: Quentin Tarantino

After S&S covered the Cannes premiere of Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino took exception to our accusation of pastiche. He tells Ryan Gilbey why his new film is really all about language

Trastevere storyTrastevere story: Gianni Di Gregorio

The co-writer of Gomorrah makes his directing debut with Mid-August Lunch, a raw yet lyrical portrait of “four old ladies in a flat”. Tom Dawson interviewed him

#Stars in his eyes

David Lynch’s new music collaboration sees him use singing and photography in his continued exposing of the dark psyche of suburbia. He talks to James Bell

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Video interviews

The Festival Directors:
London’s Sandra Hebron

The LFF director tells us about what brings a festival alive, the complementary roles of general and specialist festivals, and this year’s remarkably rich crop of British movies

The Festival Directors:
Locarno’s Olivier Père

The new director of the Locarno Film Festival tells us about the challenges ahead for cinema and cinephilia

The S&S video interview:
Warwick Thornton on Samson & Delilah

Warwick Thornton talks us through the use of space, music and ‘sexy dancing’ in the opening scenes of his Aboriginal love-on-the-run drama

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Audio interviews

Les enfants terribles:
Gaspar Noé versus Harmony Korine

The directors of Enter the Void and Trash Humpers consider human sofas, women who punch themselves and fantasies of remaking Beverly Hills Cop 2

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Last Updated: 30 May 2012