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Nikias Chryssos’ short Tower Block is the exception to the rule of keeping shorts under the 20 minute mark. Running at nearly 40 minutes it’s an enthralling blend of social realism and flights of fancy, which tell the story of a young boy’s quest for a father figure in an environment ...
Tower Block (2006) Daniel and his older brother Patrick live together in a tower block in Germany. Patrick forces Daniel to go around collecting money and plays sadistic games with him. Daniel escapes into fantasy worlds. As he suffers more and more from his brother’s tyranny, he believes to have ...
Dutch artist and filmmaker Rosto is well know for creating intriguing, dark themed work which spans multiple forms of media. His latest, The Monster of Nix, is an existential animated musical fairytale, suitable for kids from 10 to 100. Rosto joins us to discuss not pinning yourself down to a single ...
The Monster of Nix (2011) Life is good in the idyllic fairy tale village of Nix… Until an all-devouring monster appears. Young Willy has to fight it. Alone…
We’ve followed the work of director Matt Lambert for a while here on DN, so were pleased when he debuted his filmic collaboration with fashion label UMASAN, which is undoubtedly his most ambitious short to date. Matt joined us to discuss punk rock filmmaking and traveling the globe to find the ...
UMASAN (2011) A micro and macro transformative journey that explores the poetry and evolution of human form and movement for Berlin-based fashion label, Umasan. Fuck Machines (2010) We are nothing but fuck machines. – NSFW
We’ve seen a fair amount of indie features this year, but a couple of our favourites came as a double bill comprising director Zach Weintraub’s Bummer Summer and The International Sign for Choking. Zach joins us this week to discuss the merits of getting back to your indie roots and why roller ...
Bummer Summer (2010) Seventeen year-old Isaac tags along on an impromptu road trip with his older brother Ben and Ben’s ex-girlfriend Lila. The trip staggers along uncertainly as the trio’s delicate and ambiguous dynamic is made increasingly weaker by the brothers’ mutual feelings for ...
Music is a major component of any film but can spell life or death for an animated piece, so completely building your film around its soundtrack is a risky gamble. Or Bar-El’s first venture into 3D animation, BEAT is a gamble that pays off in spades. Or joins us to discuss the marriage of drums [...]
BEAT (2011) In a cubic world, where work is one repetitive slow tempo, one worker discovers inside them another form of expression.
Jean Marc Calvet has led an extraordinary, and at times, dark life, which made him a perfect subject for director Dominic Allan’s feature documentary Calvet. We caught up with Dominic to discuss trusting your inner barometer and creating films as part of the new paradigm. Calvet begins its UK cinema ...
Calvet (2011) Via a terrifying trip to hell and back, Jean Marc Calvet was given a second chance at life, and now a successful artist on a quest for redemption, he embarks on an extraordinary journey to make peace with his past.<div><a class="addthis_button" href="//addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250"><img ...
Adapted from a short story by Norwegian writer Kjell Askildsen, Håkon Larssen&#8217;s The Grasshopper (Gresshoppen) is the story of a couple out of love, in a relationship that may well be out of time, told through glances and the space between what is said. Håkon and spoke about losing producers to ...
The Grasshopper (2010) The summer is on the wane and dark clouds form on the horizon for Jakob and Maria. On the surface, everything seems fine, but behind the facade the reality is different. When Maria’s younger sister Vera comes visiting, she awakens a desire in Jakob.<div><a class="addthis_button" ...
Director Mike Ott joins us this week to discuss his second feature Littlerock, a beautifully balanced fish out of water story, with the added complication of a language barrier. It&#8217;s just a scary thing to hand over your film to someone &#038; trust that they&#8217;re gonna take care of it. Showlinks ...
Littlerock (2010) When her car breaks down on a site-seeing tour of California, a Japanese student winds up stranded in a small desert town. Exhilarated by a sudden sense of freedom, she extends her stay and finds friendship, romance, and what promises to be a new home. But as she pulls back the layers ...
Some are called, some are chosen but all attempt to work for the greater good of their communities. No it&#8217;s not the synopsis for Kick-Ass 2, but rather Michael Barnett&#8217;s feature documentary Superheroes which delves into the world of Real Life Superheros across North America. Michael joined ...
Andrea Segre&#8217;s debut feature Li and the Poet tells the story of Shun Li, a Chinese woman working off her debt to a better life in Italy and the forbidden friendship she forms with retired fisherman Bepi. Andrea joined us at the London Film Festival to discuss his move from documentary to fiction ...
Although I&#8217;ve been chasing Robbie Pickering for an interview since seeing his multi-award winning Natural Selection at SXSW, it was the London Film Festival that delivered Robbie for an extended chat, where we spoke about self belief not getting you on the basketball team and the many reasons you ...
Alison Bagnall&#8217;s The Dish and the Spoon features a woman betrayed, who takes a romantic English teen on her journey through blind rage. Alison and I discuss the creative benefits of forced limitations and why it&#8217;s fine to not have all the answers. I feel like movies are getting better &#038; ...
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