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THE MASTER REVIEW (DON’T PANIC 06.11.12)

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s new cult masterpiece is one of the most powerful films to come out this year – miss it at your peril.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest offering paints a strange, disquieting and deeply sad picture of searching and loss, with actors Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams giving some of the finest performances of their careers, and a resoundingly poignant score composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. Read the rest of this entry

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SAMSARA (DON’T PANIC 21.08.12)

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One of the most aesthetically breathtaking cinema releases of the year – and quite possibly, the decade. You NEED to see SAMSARA.

Following up on 1992’s award-winning BARAKA, SAMSARA is a nonverbal odyssey into the spiritual themes of birth, death and rebirth, sweeping the viewer along on a stunning visual journey over 100 locations in 25 countries across the globe. We spoke to director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson to find out more. Read the rest of this entry

FILM: CAFE DE FLORE (DON’T PANIC MAY 2012)

Juxtaposing two heartsick families in Montreal and Paris, Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée is back with Cafe de Flore: an intense, emotional journey into the idea of obsessive love. Read the rest of this entry

FILM: IN A BETTER WORLD (DON’T PANIC AUGUST 2011)

Still glittering from its golden Oscar and Golden Globe wins for Best Foreign Language Film 2010, In A Better World is a gripping Danish drama exploring the themes of justice, forgiveness and masculine violence within suburban Denmark and an African refugee camp. We talk to director Susanne Bier to find out more.

I understand that you and [writer] Anders Thomas Jensen wanted to make a film challenging the common perception of Denmark as a peaceful, harmonious country – is that the case?

That’s correct, yes. There’s this notion that we’re extremely peaceful, and removed from anything bad happening in the world – that we can pretend it’s of no concern to us. We wanted to address that. As human beings, we are much more similar than we are different. Read the rest of this entry

FILM: ‘HOLY ROLLERS’ DIRECTOR INTERVIEW (Don’t Panic – July 2011)

It’s fair to say that ‘Hasidic Jews’ and ‘drug smugglers’ are two ideas that you generally don’t see together in, well, anything. However, new director Kevin Asch has crafted an award-winning film based around this unusual premise with his independent drama Holy Rollers. Based on true events in ’90s New York, the film sees a young rabbi-in-training becoming drawn into the seedy world of Ecstasy smuggling. Starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Adventureland) and Justin Bartha (The Hangover), it’s certainly not one to miss.

Holy Rollers has a pretty unconventional plotline. What was it that attracted you to the project?

Our producer, Danny Abeckaser [who also plays Israeli drug dealer Jackie] brought us the story. As he was telling it I saw the image of a young Jew in a nightclub, and the juxtaposition of those two worlds, the Hasidim world and the world of Ecstasy smuggling, within that one image. It was so unique and specific – something that I haven’t seen on film before. The fact that it all really happened grounded it, and made it feel real. Read the rest of this entry