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26 articles available in total starting from 20/07/2021. Last article published on 27/09/2021.

Claire Simon • Director of I Want to Talk About Duras

Interview: Claire Simon • Director of I Want to Talk About Duras

“For women, who have been oppressed for centuries, it’s very difficult to speak out about their oppression”

Cineuropa talks with the French director about the nature of love, society’s obssesion with fame, and the limits between fiction and documentary  

22/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Alina Grigore • Director of Blue Moon

Interview: Alina Grigore • Director of Blue Moon

"I was the only girl in my village who was able to pursue further education"

The writer-director chatted with Cineuropa about dysfunctional families, going back to her village with an education, and the difference between a psychological rhythm and logical storytelling  

22/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Lucile Hadzihalilovic • Director of Earwig

Interview: Lucile Hadzihalilovic • Director of Earwig

“This film is in the head of a man who is lost”

The third feature by the French director is her first in English; its European premiere is taking place in competition at San Sebastián, where Cineuropa spoke to her  

22/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Review: Undercover

Review: Undercover

In his usual thrilling anti-spectacular style, Thierry de Peretti delves into the grey zones of the war against drugs, following in the wake of an inside man and an investigative journalist  

22/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Review: Fever Dream

Review: Fever Dream

Claudia Llosa has adapted this film from the novel of the same name by Samanta Schweblin, creating a brilliant piece of work that fits perfectly into the rest of her fabulous filmography  

22/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Review: The Good Boss

Review: The Good Boss

Javier Bardem and Fernando León de Aranoa are firing on all cylinders in this convulsive, hilarious and accomplished dark comedy about the indignities of working life  

21/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Review: I Want to Talk about Duras

Review: I Want to Talk about Duras

Claire Simon unpicks the peculiar relationship between Marguerite Duras and Yann Andréa in an electrifying interpretative duel played beautifully by Swann Arlaud and Emmanuelle Devos  

21/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Review: Maixabel

Review: Maixabel

Reconciliation is the central theme of this taut political drama, directed by Icíar Bollaín and brought to life by an outstanding ensemble cast  

20/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Review: Benediction

Review: Benediction

The inimitable Terence Davies returns with a film that blends subtlety and intimacy with the grandiosity and violence of war  

20/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Icíar Bollaín   • Director of Maixabel

Interview: Icíar Bollaín • Director of Maixabel

"In the Basque Country, they still have a complex task ahead of them – that of learning to live together"

In her new movie – and with the complete dedication of her accomplice Blanca Portillo – the Madrilenian filmmaker reconstructs a recent real-life event linked with the terrorism suffered by Spain  

17/09/2021 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

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