A.O. Scott: Iranian Directors Like Abbas Kiarostami Foreshadowed Current Tension (NY Times) – From the early 1990s until the middle of this decade, the work of Iranian filmmakers caught the attention of critics, cinephiles and festival juries around the globe as Iran’s historically rich movie culture, largely dormant during the Islamic revolution and the long war with Iraq, entered a remarkable period of rejuvenation. Two directors in particular, Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, earned worldwide renown for their elusive, self-reflexive and lyrical films about Iranian life.
Ricky Gervaisin haastattelu (Big Issue) – "People ask me why I always go for the comedy of embarrassment,” he says. “Well, it’s because I haven’t got an ‘ism’. I’m not fighting against prejudice of any kind. When you’re in a nice safe society where you’re not being shot at and your firstborn isn’t dying, the worst thing that happens to you is rudeness or embarrassment.
Ron Moore Master Class at Banff – You can tune into the first ten minutes of a show and know what the last ten minutes are going to be. I try to destroy that. You've seen this story, and you know our character is going to turn right, but no, he turns left. Any time you can pull that off you've surprised the audience. And storytelling is about finding surprises.
Bollywood for Beginners | Mother Jones – If you're daunted by the prospect of sorting through 900 films per annum, consider this your beginner's guide to Bollywood: a 5-video cheat sheet of what to see first.