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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Lincoln Ruchti: "These guys talk about the arcade like it was their first

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Alejandro Landes: "...I did not want to try to control an already volatile

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition sections were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent th...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Tom Tykwer, Director of "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer"

    In the U.S., German director Tom Tykwer is readily known for "Run, Lola Run" (1998), which earned him a slew of recognition, including the 2000 Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as kudos from Sundance, Seattle and a host of honors from his native Germany. In 2006, Tykwer presen...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Alison Chernick, Director of "Matthew Barney: No Restraint"

    Director Alison Chernick's documentary "Matthew Barney: No Restraint" captures the famed American artist (best known on screen for his five-part "visual opera" the "Cremaster" series) as he creates his latest "Drawing Restraint 9" series. The film profiles the artist and includes an interview with pop star Bjork who is married to Barney and appears in his 2006 experimental film, "Drawing Restraint 9." Hailing from television, Chernick first directed a doc on artist Jeff Koons in 2004. In this interview with indieWIRE, Chernick shares how she "unlearned" some techniques for this project, her challenges with "Japanese formality," and her fortun...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Isabel Coixet, Director of "The Secret Life of Words"

    Spanish/Catalan director Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words" (Vida secreta de las palabras) stars Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins, set on an isloated oil rig. Following an accident, a mysterious woman travels to the rig, which is staffed by an all-male crew, to care for an injured worker. After traveling to the isolated outpost, the solitary woman, who is trying to forget her past, begins caring for the man who was temporarily blinded. A strange intimacy develops between them, which is described as "a link full of secrets, truths, lies, humour and pain, from which neither emerge unscathed..." The film, which received a best actress nomina...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Julian Hobbs, director of "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness"

    Director Julian Hobbs' narrative feature film debut "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness" stars Jefferson Mays ("The Notorious Bettie Page," "Kinsey"), and based on the 1903 journal written by Daniel Paul Schreber, a German judge who was incarcerated in an asylum under the watch of the obsessive Dr. Emil Flechsig. Schreber's insanity was characterized by startling delusions, all chronicled in his journal, including a belief that he directly communicated with God through a secret "nerve language," and a desire to transform himself into a woman. The film depicts the eccentric man's increasing descent into his alternate universe of supernatural powers...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Daniel Burman, director of "Family Law" (Derecho de familia)

    Argentine director Daniel Burman was born in Buenos Aires in 1973 and counts five features titles under his belt, including 2004's "El Abrazo partido" (Lost Embrace), which earned the best film prize at the Bangkok International Film Festival and the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. He also won the NHK Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival for "Every Stewardess Goes to Heaven." His latest film, "Derecho de familia" (Family Law), which screened this year at AFI Fest and the Chicago International Film Festival, centers around a father and son, both of whom practice law. The son has difficulty finding his own identity be...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Arin Crumley and Susan Buice, Co-directors of "Four Eyed Monsters"

    Filmmakers Arin Crumley and Susan Buice's "Four Eyed Monsters" is a narrative feature about modern love and relationships starring the filmmakers, set in New York City. Told through video re-creations of key moments from their lives together, the film includes Buice and Crumley meeting via an online dating site and traces the development of their relationship. The film also features non-fiction elements and footage of couples in New York talking about their own relationships. "Four Eyed Monsters" first screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2005, and won accolades later that year at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. The film was r...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Mystelle Brabbee, Director of "Highway Courtesans"

    Director Mystelle Brabbee's doc "Highway Courtesans" follows independent minded Guddi from 16 to 23 ass she begins to question a centuries-old tradition of sanctioned prostitution that started with palace courtesans and now forms the economic core fo her community. Though the village girls willingly...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Aaron Katz, director of "Dance Party USA"

    Director Aaron Katz's 2006 SXSW Film Festival feature "Dance Party USA" is the story of teens, Jessica and Gus. The aimless pair connect at a 4th of July party, but when Gus shares a dark secret, their connection may be severed. Katz co-directed 2005's "All the Stage is a World" with Chad Hartigan a...

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