Interviews

Weekly feature introducing you to film professionals from all over Europe sorted by name.

5426 interviews available in total starting from 14/05/2002. Last updated on 04/12/2020. 580 interviews inserted in the last 12 months.

 
István Szabó • Director of Final Report

“If one would still like to be with others in the future, the cinema will remain”

István Szabó • Director of Final Report

Decorated Hungarian filmmaker István Szabó enlightens us about his melancholic and comic Final Report, which has just had its international premiere at...  

30/11/2020 | Black Nights 2020 | Competition

Laila Pakalniņa • Director of In the Mirror

“We weren't looking for an easy way to do things”

Laila Pakalniņa • Director of In the Mirror

We had the chance to chat to Laila Pakalniņa, director of the experimental drama In the Mirror, one of this year's main competition titles presented at...  

30/11/2020 | Black Nights 2020 | Competition

Henrik Ruben Genz • Director of Erna at War

“When I read the book, I immediately felt that it was a strong concept, a very unique idea”

Henrik Ruben Genz • Director of Erna at War

Cineuropa chatted to Henrik Ruben Genz, helmer of the Danish-Estonian-Belgian war drama Erna at War, which world-premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film...  

30/11/2020 | Black Nights 2020 | Competition

Mika Kaurismäki • Director of Gracious Night

“There is coronavirus, but there is also Corona Bar”

Mika Kaurismäki • Director of Gracious Night

Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki assures us that only the finest wines were imbibed during the making of the Tallinn-screened Gracious Night  

30/11/2020 | Black Nights 2020 | Competition

Jo Sol • Director of Armugan

“Accompanying my father at the end of his life was the inception of this path”

Jo Sol • Director of Armugan

We took the opportunity to chat with Jo Sol about Armugan, one of the titles playing in main competition at this year’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival  

26/11/2020 | Black Nights 2020 | Competition

Jivan Avetisyan • Director of Gate to Heaven

“I’m still searching for ways to explain to my nine-year old son what happened and why”

Jivan Avetisyan • Director of Gate to Heaven

Armenia’s Jivan Avetisyan tells us about his latest feature, its exclusion from Moscow Film Festival and his new projects  

26/11/2020 | /Armenia

Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier • Distributors, Jour2Fête

“The measures put in place this summer to restart the opening of theatres must be changed”

Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier • Distributors, Jour2Fête

Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier, founders of Jour2Fête, talk to us about independent distribution in France and its struggle against the pandemic  

26/11/2020 | /France

Leonardo Antonio  • Director of Submission

"90% of the psychiatry hospital wing would be empty if we could address the problem of rape and prostitution in marriage"

Leonardo Antonio • Director of Submission

Portugal's Leonardo Antonio discusses his Black Nights-screened film Submission, about a woman who files a court case against her own husband for rape  

26/11/2020 | Black Nights 2020 | Competition

Nuno Bernardo • Producer, beActive Entertainment

“Digital distribution of film and TV programmes became more relevant than ever”

Nuno Bernardo • Producer, beActive Entertainment

We met up with Portuguese producer Nuno Bernardo, one of the experts of the 2020 edition of Erich Pommer Institut’s Digital Distribution workshop  

25/11/2020 | /Portugal/Germany

Ivaylo Hristov • Director of Fear

“I have always been interested in people who find the courage to state and defend their point of view”

Ivaylo Hristov • Director of Fear

We chatted with Bulgarian director Ivaylo Hristov, who is competing at Tallinn Black Nights with his fourth feature, the immigrant fable Fear  

24/11/2020 | Black Nights 2020 | Competition

Vit Schmarc • Distributor, Artcam Films

“We certainly hope the MEDIA rules will take into consideration the current situation”

Vit Schmarc • Distributor, Artcam Films

We spoke to Vit Schmarc, CEO of Artcam Films, who shared with us some insight on the situation of independent film distribution in the Czech Republic  

24/11/2020 | /Czech Republic

Alberto La Monica • Director, Lecce European Film Festival

"Production companies from all over the world can submit their project in Apulia if they want to do something in the region"

Alberto La Monica • Director, Lecce European Film Festival

We had a chat with Alberto La Monica, director of the Lecce European Film Festival, about its recent edition and what the Italian region in which it takes...  

24/11/2020 | Lecce 2020

Jonas Kærup Hjort • Director of The Penultimate

"I wanted the main character to guide us trough existential questions of life"

Jonas Kærup Hjort • Director of The Penultimate

We chatted with Danish filmmaker Jonas Kærup Hjort, who is screening his convoluted and surreal debut feature The Penultimate at Tallinn's Black Nights Film...  

23/11/2020 | Black Nights 2020 | First Feature Competition

Lauri Randla • Director of Goodbye Soviet Union

“We decided to make the Soviet Amélie

Lauri Randla • Director of Goodbye Soviet Union

We chatted to Estonian-born director Lauri Randla, who, in Goodbye Soviet Union, shows that while the past can be tragic, you can also laugh at it  

23/11/2020 | Black Nights 2020 | First Feature Competition

Alfonso Zarauza • Director of Ons

“The island has this immense power that’s fuelled by the characters in the film”

Alfonso Zarauza • Director of Ons

We talked to Galician director Alfonso Zarauza following the presentation of Ons, his latest movie, in the Extraordinary Histories section of the Seville...  

19/11/2020 | Seville 2020

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