Author Archives: Lia Fietz


Filmmaker Interview: Jonas Carpignano & Koudous Seihon (Mediterranea)

Filmmaker Interview: Jonas Carpignano & Koudous Seihon (Mediterranea)

‘Mediterranea’ is a profound drama of two African migrants facing an uneasy welcome in Italy. Ayiva and Abas, close friends from Burkina Faso, determined to make it to Italy in order to find work and provide for their families. But even after they survive a harrowing journey (in which they encounter desert bandits, a treacherous


Filmmaker Interview: Gabriel Ripstein (600 Miles)

In Gabriel’s Ripstein film debut, Tim Roth, an ATF agent, gets caught by an amateur Mexican gun runner in the South border, 600 Miles is a genuine portrait of gun smuggling into Mexico. Young Arnulfo, soon-to-be-gangster, smuggles weapons for a drug cartel from Arizona and across the border into Mexico. He’s helped by Carson, the


Dispatches From The 2015 American Film Market

The 2015 American Film Market closed its 36th edition Wednesday, November 11. The AFM again was host to a truly global market, with a total of 407 films screenings in more than 30 languages, including 87 world premieres and 242 market premieres. New this year, was attendees were hosted nightly to Carousel Cocktails at sunset on the


Filmmaker Interview: Naji Abu Nowar (Theeb)

One of the most exceptional films that premiered in Venice last year, Theeb is a classic adventure, transporting us back in time through the eyes of a young Bedouin boy. Set in 1916, while war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated


Filmmaker Interview: Sebastian Schipper (Victoria)

Victoria is a remarkable film, shot in real time in a single take on the streets of the German metropolis, Berlin. Working from his own script, actor and director Sebastian Schipper tells the story of a breathless night on the streets of the capital of Germany. The camera seamlessly intertwines the passing of time and

Interview: Ryan Reynolds

Self/Less explores the consequences of taking a life to live forever. In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). The process is offered to Damian by Albright (Matthew