Welcome to another bonus episode recorded at the Locarno Film Festival. This time it’s an interview with writer-director Craig Zobel, whose latest film Compliance screened in competition at the festival. The film tells the story of a fast-food restaurant manager who receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer. The caller tells her that one of her employees had stolen money from a customer. He asks the manager to isolate the employee in question and soon things esculate and become more and more troubling.
The film is based on several real instances of this happening, and it is one of the most terrifying films I’ve seen in a long time, so it was a real pleasure to get to interview the film’s director, Craig Zobel. The show closes by discussing what’s happening on Monday’s show, but in the meantime don’t forget to subscribe to us in iTunes, where you can rate and review the show! You can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
The Critics Academy has been in full force for the past few days. Here’s a round up of some of the cool stuff that’s been posted so far.
Zeba Blay has written two pieces on representations of the sexes in this years festival. One deals with the representation of women in two of the festival’s American comedies and the other with masculinity in two very different films.
Michael Nordine writes about the character actor Toby Jones and his leading role in Berberian Sound Studio and in another piece writes about two things inherent in film festivals: disapointments and discoveries.
Claudia Piweki discusses Pablo Larrain’s No and writes about two films that deal with the relationship between men and their mothers.
And from me: a look into fantasy representations of the sexes in Ruby Sparks and Magic Mike, and a report about a conversation with Roger Avary.
Look forward to share the rest of the stuff after the festival!
So the first few days of the Locarno film festival have been an incredible experience. I wanted to share with you some of the links from the Critics Academy so far.
I’ll post some more stuff as it comes out.
Welcome to the twentieth installment of the Movie Homework Podcast. Ari has caught Olympic fever after seeing Danny Boyle’s opening ceremonies, but hasn’t seen anything new this week. Meanwhile Mariam discusses watching John Schlesinger’s 1965 Darling.
The first film for discussion this week is Mariam’s pick, the 2010 Korean melodrama The Housemaid. A young maid starts working for a wealthy family and soon the husband starts seducing her. After she realizes that she’s pregnant the husband’s wife and her mother start scheming to get rid of her, one way or another.
Ari’s pick was Neil Jordan’s 1984 film The Company of Wolves. A young girl lies sleeping in her bed and dreams that she’s living in a fairy tale world, where her granny tells her stories about the evils of wolves. But soon the stories become real and the lines between dreams and reality become blurred.
We close things off by discussing what we’ll be up to once Ari gets back from Locarno, but in the meantime don’t forget to subscribe to us in iTunes, where you can rate and review the show! You can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Keep an eye on the feed for bonus content coming from the 65th annual Locarno Film Festival!