FQ Contributing Editor Megan Ratner interviews filmmaker Roy Andersson. Swedish writer-director Roy Andersson explores human behavior and its consequences. His Living Trilogy of films, begun in 2000, takes stock of what it means to be a human being. In each Living Trilogy installment, brief but complete scenes pose questions about awareness, responsibility, and the weight of history in contemporary life. Despite his dense material, Andersson’s touch is light, the occasionally farcical tone sympathetically mordant. Sharply lampooning society’s rules, expectations, and institutions, Andersson reserves his benevolence for flops and lost causes.
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Intrepid New Yorker and longtime FQ Contributor Megan Ratner assesses the 25th New York Film Festival. In the wake of new leadership for the first time in twenty-five years, the New York Film Festival seemed more about consolidation than change.
Megan Ratner reviews the new film from Mia Hansen-Løve, Goodbye First Love, a story about adolescent loss and creative awakening with a strong autobiographical component.
Megan Ratner reports from New York’s New Directors/New Films festival, praising The Minister, Las Acacias, and Stanley Kubrick’s debut Fear and Desire.
Megan Ratner’s review of David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method incorporating interview comments by the director.