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On Saturday March 24th Cinema Without Borders and East Los Angeles College celebrate the 4th edition of their annual International Animation Day. The 2018 event is called Latin American Animation Day. Jaime Cañas, a Chilean animation artist is among individuals that has helped to make this event happen. Here is our video interview with Mr. Jaime Cañas about his work and state of animation in Chile. https://vimeo.com/257283888 Jaime Cañas was born in Santiago of Chile. After some design studies he moved to Germany, where Jaime studied animation at the “Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Konrad Wolf”, in Postdam, near Berlin. In…

The Silence is a short film written and directed by Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi, Iranian-born filmmakers, also responsible for Disappearance, which we discussed when it appeared at this year’s Toronto film festival. (At the latter event, Asgari was credited as director and Samadi as co-screenwriter on Disappearance, but the pair apparently consider themselves co-directors of their various films.) The Silence, which showed at the Cannes Film Festival, has been nominated for and won numerous awards. Asgari was born in Tehran, but studied and graduated from film school in Italy. Samadi was also born in Iran and graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in…

POP AYE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for screenwriting and is the official foreign language Oscar entry from Singapore for the 90th Academy Awards. On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a redemptive journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together – only to discover the truth about himself. Kirsten Tan is a writer/director with a penchant for visual storytelling and off-beat humor. Spotlighted by CNN’s “Ones to…

Ishwaku’s winter seems cursed. Pushpendra Singh’s Ashwatthama, an allusive narrative that is finding much appreciation in the film festival circuit, follows the childhood mysteries and discoveries of Ishwaku, a nine-year boy who visits a relative’s village after his mother was killed by dacoits. Pushpendra says his child protagonist inherits a lot of his own experiences and he is fascinated by myths that shape our daily lives and how they are constructed even out of contemporary events. “Child as a subject always inspired me and my love for child protagonist goes back to Victor Erice’s Spirit of Beehive, Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, François Truffaut’s 400…

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY is the story of Johnny Saxby that works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two which could change Johnny’s life forever. Here is the video of our interview with Francis Lee, writer and director…

Last Thursday, was the opening night of Under the Smoky Roof, a social drama directed by Pouran Darakhshsnde at the Fine Arts Theater, Los Angeles. We had the opportunity to interview the director after the screening. Under the Smoky Roof, is the story of a broken family, Shirin who has problems with her husband and child is searching for a way to communicate with them and solve her family problems but she can not succeeded in that so reaches a crisis. Her second try to get out of this crisis makes her to confront new challenges. https://youtu.be/IQqaf3vAY6M Cast: Farhad Aslani, Merila…

Iranian director Ashgar Farhadi twice walked off with an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category this decade, first in 2012 and again in 2016. Now the country is hoping for similar success from Narges Abyar, whose “Nafas” (Breath) is in the running. Abyar is primarily a writer, but the 2004 film “Turtles Can Fly” directed by compatriot Bahman Ghobadi inspired her to film her own books. “At the beginning I did everything purely instinctively, because I did not have any academic film training,” the 46-year-old says, expressing surprise at the success her films have enjoyed. “Nafas” is now…

Intrinsically shaped by multiculturalism, Canadian director Ann Marie Fleming has amassed a body of work grounded in her curiosity to learn about cultures geographically distant from her own, but directly linked through a similar artistic spirit. Set largely in Iran, Fleming’s debut feature Window Horses—which follows the more than 30 short films she’s made in the last three decades—is a delicately crafted and heartwarming ode to borderless connections between people via creativity, and a love letter to Iranian poetry. The film had its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival back in February, in the midst of the shameful…

Few people have had an as varied career as Matthew Vaughn. Having started as a producer, Vaughn has gone on to direct numerous well-received films, including British crime thriller Layer Cake, fantasy adventure Stardust, controversial black comedy Kick-Ass, superhero blockbuster X-Men: First Class, and — of course — Kingsman: The Secret Service. However, one thing Vaughn has never tackled is a sequel — until now. Kingsman: The Golden Circle marks Vaughn’s first time returning to a franchise as director (he acted as producer on Kick-Ass 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past). So what drew him back to this project…

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