Author: Dana Knight


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Jane Birkin in Agnès Varda's "Jane B. by Agnès V." (Courtesy Cinelicious)

Agnès Varda Reflects on “Jane B. by Agnès V.” and “Kung-Fu Master!”

Digital restorations of Agnès Varda’s Jane B. by Agnès V. and Kung-Fu Master! will screen at LA’s Laemmle Royal starting November 13, 2015. The following interview took place over the phone on October 14, 2015 in French and has been translated into English by Dana Knight. Knight: In Jane B par Agnes V, you created a fascinating… Read more »

A cast of hundreds and hundreds in Aferim! (Courtesy A Big World Pictures)

Radu Jude’s “Aferim!” is Miles Away From Minimalism

Aferim! won director Radu Jude a Silver Bear for best director at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival and has since been named Romania’s Academy Award entry for best foreign-language film. The Independent’s Dana Knight spoke with Jude and producer Ada Solomon about how they maximized their budget and what they’ll be working on next. Dana Knight:… Read more »

Yorgos Pirpassopoulos (left) and Efthymis Papadimitriou (right) in Athina Rachel Tsangari's "Chevalier."

NYFF 2015: Yorgos Pirpassopoulos Talks “Chevalier”

Born in Adelaide, Australia, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos moved to Greece at a young age before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. His latest work, Chevalier, is currently playing at the 53rd New York Film Festival. Dana Knight: How did you work with Athina Rachel Tsangari and the other actors on this film? I know you are… Read more »

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NYFF 2015: Laszlo Nemes on Recreating Auschwitz

Dana Knight sat down with Laszlo Nemes to discuss Son of Saul at the Sarajevo Film Festival 2015. Dana Knight: This film had a tremendous impact on me. It is a Holocaust film but the focus is so narrow that the historical setting is not the most defining factor in the story, it is prominently about the moral dilemmas… Read more »

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NYFF 2015: Filmmaker in Residence Athina Rachel Tsangari

This year’s New York Film Festival Filmmaker in Residence is the acclaimed Greek director, producer, and actress Athina Rachel Tsangari. Dana Knight sat down with Tsangari for The Independent at the Sarajevo Film Festival 2015, immediately after her latest film, Chevalier, premiered at Locarno 2015. Tsangari curiously begins the conversation as Knight introduces herself, and the publication. Athina Rachel Tsangari: The… Read more »

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Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Jem Cohen

Dana Knight spoke with Jem Cohen as his latest work, Counting, was screening as part of the Forum Section at Berlinale 2015. Counting is a personal, essayistic documentary in 15 chapters where Cohen composes images, sound and music with remarkable intensity, combining them into a hypnotic foray through the metropolises of our world: New York,… Read more »

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The Art and Fun of Screenwriting with Alex Ross Perry

Alex Ross Perry is an American film director, actor and screenwriter.  His works include  Impolex, The Color Wheel, Listen Up, Phillip and most recently Queen of Earth that first screened at Berlinale 2015 and is having its North American premiere at BAMcinemafest June 17-28 in New York City. Dana Knight spoke with Perry in February 2015. Dana Knight: I’m going… Read more »

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Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Sophie Deraspe

The Amina Profile premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Sophie Deraspe and co-produced by Esperamos and the National Film Board, the film follows an international blogging hoax that shook the internet. The Independent’s Dana Knight spoke with Deraspe at Sundance in February.  The Anima Profile is currently on the festival circuit internationally, and upcoming dates for screenings can… Read more »

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Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Inuk Silis Høegh

Inuk Silis Høegh comes from an acclaimed family of artists, his father is famed photographer and videographer Ivars Silis and his mother is Aka Hoegh, one of Greenland’s most prominent artists who is often cited as being one of the originators of the country’s independent artistic identity. Staff Writer Dana Knight spoke with Silis Høegh at Berlinale… Read more »

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Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Joshua Oppenheimer

Joshua Oppenheimer’s latest film, The Look of Silence, is a companion piece to the critically acclaimed The Act of Killing.  This latest release follows an optometrist who discovers how his brother was slain during the ‘65-’66 Indonesian genocide and the identity of the killers. In search of answers, he decides to confront each of his brother’s murderers. The Independent‘s… Read more »