Asian Pop-Up Cinema Film Fest Season 15: Hoi Yeung on Hong Kong’s “The First Girl I Loved,” co-directed with Candy Ng

Last week Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Film Festival wrapped up its 15th season showing eight Hong Kong productions. I was fortunate to interview one of the filmmakers behind one of these movies, Hoi Yeung, about the coming-of-age gem “The First Girl I Loved”, which he […]

Dina Amer takes us on a transformative experience in “You Resemble Me,” now playing in select theaters

I was very fortunate to interview “recovering journalist” and producer (“The Square”) Dina Amer about her feature directorial debut “You Resemble Me,” inspired by a story she first got wrong. The story is about a Muslim woman in France named Hasna who got mixed up […]

Laura Baumeister talks about the making of “Daughter of Rage,” the first narrative feature directed by a Nicaraguan woman

Cinema Femme met up with talented Laura Baumeister, helmer of “Daughter of Rage,” the first narrative feature directed by a Nicaraguan woman. The movie, world-premiered in the Discovery section of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (September 8-18), follows 11-year-old María (Araceli Alejandra Medal), who […]

Actor and filmmaker Greta Bellamacina on her paths in cinema with “Hurt by Paradise”, “Venice at Dawn”, “Commedia”, and first look at “Tell that to the Winter Sea”

Actor and filmmaker Greta Bellamacina ended our interview by saying what she hopes people see in her work are “complicated, unexpected characters who shouldn’t be there. I feel like I’d like to make a home for those people. I want to make cinema that feels […]

Look back: Rita Baghdadi’s Sundance premiere “Sirens” celebrates women who dare to revolt against their family and country’s expectations of them

We take a look back at our Sundance coverage of the documentary “Sirens” directed by Rita Baghdadi (@ritaamal). The film will be kicking off their theatrical release this Friday (9/30/22) in NYC . “There needs to be more nuanced portrayals of women in general. And not […]

The Locarno Film Festival invites American producer Christine Vachon (“Boys Don’t Cry”, “I Shot Andy Warhol”, “Poison”) to talk about her career, and producing in the age of streaming

New York-born Christine Vachon is the independent producer behind cult titles such as Todd Haynes’ “Poison,” Tom Kalin’s “Swoon,” Larry Clark’s “Kids,” Kimberly Peirce’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” Mary Harron’s “I Shot Andy Warhol” and many more. This year, the Locarno Film Festival (3-13 August) invited […]

Sundance 2022 Interview: Alli Haapasalo, Eleonoora Kauhanen, Linnea Leino and Aamu Milonoff on Girl Picture

Bringing back our Sundance interview for the film’s theater release today. One of my favorite movies I’ve seen at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is easily the Finnish coming-of-age drama, “Girl Picture,” directed by Alli Haapasalo. It is an unflinchingly honest, deeply moving and often […]

Brazilian filmmaker Anita Rocha Da Silveira revives a tale from Greek mythology in her fantastical new horror film, “Medusa”

In 2013, I befriended a Brazilian woman named Ana. I met her through my film discussion group. We became instant friends and then she introduced me to her friends. Eventually, I felt like an honorary Brazilian. It was so much fun to watch the World Cup in 2015, […]

Cinema Femme Interview with Ukrainian filmmaker and journalist Elena Rubashevskaja

For International Women’s Day, we elevate Ukrainian filmmaker and journalist Elena Rubashevska (Ukrainian/Russian/international translation issues) by sharing our interview. Elena opens up about her journey that began on February 24th, with her escape from Ukraine to Poland. We talked about what she left behind and […]

Nathalie Álvarez Mesén on casting ‘natural actors’ and crafting her debut feature, “Clara Sola”

Cinema Femme had the chance to speak with Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, the talented Costa Rican-Swedish helmer of “Clara Sola”. The movie, premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight last year, had a highly successful festival run and was recently showcased at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam […]