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In his fourth directorial effort, Steve Buscemi tackles this character driven story that takes place almost entirely in one location during the course of a night. Buscemi, knows exactly how to exploit the advantages of the small sets and nuanced characters, giving the proceeding a strangely intimate feel. Buscemi, also the lead, plays a washed-up political reporter given the unwanted task of interviewing a suddenly popular soap-opera star, fittingly played by fast-rising actress Sienna Miller. The prerequisite sparks fly and watching the them spit lines of witty dialogue and trying to outsmart each other has it's pleasures. As the night progresses and the two seemingly reveal more of their true selves, a special bond develops. However, don't think you've got the ending figured out because Buscemi throws a final twist.

Over the course of two days, three stories simultaneously unfold before a desolate Acapulco backdrop. An old man, Jaime (Fernando Becerril), contemplates suicide and stirs up trouble at work. Fernanda (Diana Garcia) has a reencounter with her ex-boyfriend Chano (Emilio Valdés), and puts her current relationship is put at risk. And 15-year-old runaway Tigrillo (Miriana Moro) struggles for survival after joining a dangerous gang. Writer-director Gerardo Naranjo, a Mexican free spirit with a disregard for rules and authority, makes this film his own way; handheld visuals, out-of-focus shots, and other imperfections give Drama/Mex a truly genuine, human feel.

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The street date for Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is set for November 6th. The details at Amazon include a 247 minute cut of the film complete with an NC-17 rating. No word yet on the special features but it looks like it's going to be a four-disc ordeal. I knew there was a lot of material Quentin Tarantino didn't include in the film, but over four hours worth? (Actually upon further review both films do add up to that running time!) The real question is will the tea-house fight be restored to color or will it remain black and white? You can see the color version here.


Mary Pols has assembled some good directors who have offered some great quotes in her piece entitled "They're Women, Directors and Few." It's another piece on why there are so few working female directors in Hollywood, and Pols has brought together indies like Hilary Brougher and Nicole Holofcener with studio vets like Mimi Leder to discuss why. Here's a section in which Sherrybaby director Laurie Collyer talks about the differences in approach that men and women have...


In the issue of Filmmaker we just put to bed, James Ponsoldt interviews Werner Herzog, whose Rescue Dawn opens today in theaters. It's the dramatically realized story of prisoner-of-war Dieter Dengler, whose story was previously told by Herzog in his doc, Little Dieter Learns to Fly. See an excerpt in our blog...

Read the complete stories at Filmmakermagazine's Blog...


Australian director Cherie Nowlan grew up in the small town of Singleton, New South Wales, and segued from a brief career as a journalist to working her way up the ladder in television and film. Her first film, God’s Girls (1991), about the nuns who taught her in high school, won the Best Documentary prize at the Australian Film Institute Awards, and prompted her to go to film school to study screenwriting. After making the short Lucinda 31 (1995), Nowlan directed her first feature, romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), a film which helped launch the careers of two unknowns, Cate Blanchett and Frances O’Connor. Since then, Nowlan has found considerable success as a director for Australian television, most notably on the cult series, The Secret Life of Us, in addition to award-winning work in commercials.

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