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Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
Joanna Hogg first had the instinct to make a film about her then-unfolding relationship to her heroin-addicted first love — a traumatic and formative time that coincided with her coming-of-age as a filmmaker — in 1979.
Back then, she didn't feel capable of tackling something so ambitious...
Sunday, Jul. 11, 2021
Joanna Hogg is sitting on a hotel balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, but what she'd really like to be doing is swimming in it.
The night before, Hogg premiered her film "The Souvenir Part II" at the Cannes Film Festival. Sequels may be a regular part of summer, but they rarely make...
Friday, Sep. 4, 2020
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has joined a chorus of voices at the Venice Film Festival urging the reopening of movie theaters and a return to cinema normality after coronavirus lockdowns, saying films are meant to be seen on the big screen, not at home.
Directors and actors alike...
Thursday, Sep. 3, 2020
Venice Jury President Blanchett, Award Recipient Swinton Praise Berlin Fest's Gender-Neutral Acting Prize Policy
Two stars at the Venice Film Festival, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton, have praised the decision by the Berlin festival to award gender-neutral prizes, with Swinton predicting other award ceremonies will follow suit.
Organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival announced last...
Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020
The beachfront terrace at the Excelsior Hotel, usually hopping with movie industry VIPs and minor celebrities, is pleasantly quiet. The red carpet has a three-meter-high (ten-foot) wall blocking the public's view. Veteran film-goers walk away dejected after being told they had to reserve seats...
Wednesday, May. 15, 2019
It was only weeks before production was starting on "The Souvenir," the story goes, and British director Joanna Hogg and her friend, actress Tilda Swinton, still didn't have a lead actress.
The role of Julie, an affluent, twentysomething film student in 1980s London, was loosely based on...
Thursday, May. 5, 2016
A craggy, stormy volcanic island off Sicily. Some fabulous real estate. A little food porn. Tilda Swinton's face, and Ralph Fiennes' - well, a lot more than his face.
What more could a film buff want?
To be fair, "A Bigger Splash," by director Luca Guadagnino, has an uneven feel....
Wednesday, May. 4, 2016
In a sleek, luxurious Manhattan hotel room, Tilda Swinton stands and announces that she's bound to break something. "If not you then me," she says cheerfully.
That the stark interior would, in even a brief stay, be in jeopardy from Swinton shouldn't be surprising. Few confines have ever...
Sunday, Sep. 6, 2015
Tilda Swinton was eager to star in director Luca Guadgagni's latest film, the Italian island tragicomedy "A Bigger Splash." There was just one small condition: She wouldn't speak.
"It was a moment in my life when I really didn't want to say anything...