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My Dream Palace

“What happens after the film is as important as what happens during the film”: Cristi Puiu on cinema culture past, present and future

The director of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Malmkrog talks about his cinemagoing habits as a young man in communist Romania, the importance of VHS culture and how Covid might impact the future of film.

By Cristi Puiu

“What happens after the film is as important as what happens during the film”: Cristi Puiu on cinema culture past, present and future
Interviews

“I wanted to make something that fits the moment”: Ben Wheatley on In the Earth

By Anton Bitel

“I wanted to make something that fits the moment”: Ben Wheatley on In the Earth
Interviews

“Palestinisation is everywhere”: Elia Suleiman on It Must Be Heaven

By Nick Chen

“Palestinisation is everywhere”: Elia Suleiman on It Must Be Heaven
Interviews

“I take pride in my millennial audience”: Emma Seligman on Shiva Baby and sugar daddies

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

“I take pride in my millennial audience”: Emma Seligman on Shiva Baby and sugar daddies
Interviews

“I love playing the rascal”: William H. Macy looks back at Fargo

By Lou Thomas

“I love playing the rascal”: William H. Macy looks back at Fargo
Interviews

“In a way it’s my apology to animals”: Victor Kossakovsky on his pig family portrait Gunda

By Nick Bradshaw

“In a way it’s my apology to animals”: Victor Kossakovsky on his pig family portrait Gunda
Interviews

“Things are so much messier, and more beautiful, than we believe”: Aleem Khan on After Love

By Will Massa

“Things are so much messier, and more beautiful, than we believe”: Aleem Khan on After Love
From the Sight and Sound archive

An audience with Howard Hawks

By Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington

An audience with Howard Hawks
Festivals

13 films to watch at Sheffield DocFest 2021 – by the programmers

By Nick Bradshaw

13 films to watch at Sheffield DocFest 2021 – by the programmers
Interviews

Kelly Reichardt: the quiet American

By Ryan Gilbey

Kelly Reichardt: the quiet American
Interviews

Matthew Barney on his new film Redoubt, and why exhibition is the best way to see it

By Ben Nicholson

Matthew Barney on his new film Redoubt, and why exhibition is the best way to see it
My Dream Palace

“Savour the NFT”: Gurinder Chadha on watching and shooting films at her favourite cinema

By Gurinder Chadha

“Savour the NFT”: Gurinder Chadha on watching and shooting films at her favourite cinema
Interviews

Nicholas Britell on the writing the score for The Underground Railroad

By James Bell

Nicholas Britell on the writing the score for The Underground Railroad
From the Sight and Sound archive

Rhapsody in blue: Barry Jenkins on Moonlight

By Gaylene Gould

Rhapsody in blue: Barry Jenkins on Moonlight
Interviews

“The Human Voice came about as a caprice”: Pedro Almodóvar on his spellbinding lockdown project

By Mar Diestro-Dópido

“The Human Voice came about as a caprice”: Pedro Almodóvar on his spellbinding lockdown project
Interviews

Barry Jenkins is rebuilding American history with The Underground Railroad

By Devika Girish

Barry Jenkins is rebuilding American history with The Underground Railroad
Interviews

How do actors like Daniel Kaluuya and Daisy Edgar-Jones master new accents?

By Nicole Davis

How do actors like Daniel Kaluuya and Daisy Edgar-Jones master new accents?
Interviews

“Every movie is in some way a road movie”: Monte Hellman looks back

By Matthew Thrift

“Every movie is in some way a road movie”: Monte Hellman looks back
Interviews

“Most adaptations are terrible…”: Colson Whitehead on entrusting The Underground Railroad to Barry Jenkins

“Most adaptations are terrible…”: Colson Whitehead on entrusting The Underground Railroad to Barry Jenkins
Interviews

“I’ve never lived without cinema”: Suzanne Lindon on making a film as a teenager

By James Mottram

“I’ve never lived without cinema”: Suzanne Lindon on making a film as a teenager
Interviews

“I think people are suspicious of me”: Aubrey Plaza’s mysterious ways

By Beatrice Loayza

“I think people are suspicious of me”: Aubrey Plaza’s mysterious ways
Interviews

The Terminator came to me in a dream: a new interview with James Cameron

By George Bass

The Terminator came to me in a dream: a new interview with James Cameron
My Dream Palace

“It was a validation of their stories”: Sarah Gavron on showing Rocks in the cast’s own East London locality

By Sarah Gavron

“It was a validation of their stories”: Sarah Gavron on showing Rocks in the cast’s own East London locality
Interviews

“Most people are discouraged from being creative”: Pat Collins on Henry Glassie: Field Work

By Georgia Korossi

“Most people are discouraged from being creative”: Pat Collins on Henry Glassie: Field Work
Interviews

Chloe Zhao on Nomadland and the road to rediscovery

By Graham Fuller

Chloe Zhao on Nomadland and the road to rediscovery
Interviews

“I think a lot of women hide their rage”: Emerald Fennell on Promising Young Woman

By Anna Bogutskaya

“I think a lot of women hide their rage”: Emerald Fennell on Promising Young Woman
Interviews

“I wanted to make a film about a supporting character”: Dea Kulumbegashvili on her enigmatic Beginning

By Jonathan Romney

“I wanted to make a film about a supporting character”: Dea Kulumbegashvili on her enigmatic Beginning
My Dream Palace

“It was fairly anarchic…” Nick Broomfield recalls Greek cinema under the stars with all-natural extras

By Nick Broomfield

“It was fairly anarchic…” Nick Broomfield recalls Greek cinema under the stars with all-natural extras
Interviews

“Culture is a smokescreen”: Adam Curtis on why art has lost its way

By Nick Bradshaw

“Culture is a smokescreen”: Adam Curtis on why art has lost its way
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