"All the babes are hot here -- including the mayor. You also have a very elegant governor."
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"I have always thrived on international audiences, because certainly the best reception of my movies is global perception -- people try to understand it. Sometimes operating inside the American landscape can be isolating."
"I supported Ron Paul as a Republican candidate in the primary in Iowa because I wanted to have an antidote to the Romney approach. I made it very clear that it was only for the primary. In this election, I’m certainly going to vote for Obama because I fear the alternative. I think with Obama we have an intelligent leader who’s very responsible."
"The drug war has been going on since I got back from Vietnam. This thing has been a 42-year-old farce, a disaster of enormous proportions. America has declared war on terror, war on drugs – neither of them have worked. It’s a capitalist need/desire. That’s what the drug war is. It’s not a war on drugs, it’s a war for money. In the same vein that the War on Terror is a continuing George Orwell type of verbal war. It’s a forever war."
"I have lived through the worst – my nightmare. I don’t want to make a movie about that right now. I’ve done that a lot."
"I think war tears societies apart. Sometimes we forget that because we haven’t had one at home in so long. When 2001 happened, the people were panicked and scared. The politicians used it in the wrong way as an opportunity to carry out their neo-conservative agenda. It seems that we’ve forgotten why Vietnam happened. I think the lack of history has really hurt us. We overreacted, and we created a war. How do I feel about it? Terrible, it’s a nightmare. Does it mean that the country has to go through a war? Probably, in order to learn something and to grow again. Right now, we’re not in a very good place."
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"Torture is in our movie. Torture exists. Torture came into being a long time ago, but it’s enhanced itself. And certainly George Bush has a large role to play in endorsing torture, as does Dick Cheney."
"This is what a director thinks about. I’m looking all the way up, a mile away, and I see a projection booth. And I think, Oh my God, my film is going to be very, very faded by the time it gets to the screen. There’s no way it’s going to have the same vibrant colors. It’s a big theater, but please bear with it. Keep in mind that it’s a long throw from up there. That’s what directors think about."
The Zurich Film Festival runs through September 30.