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You will find hardly any improvising on camera anywhere in my films. It’s very structured, but it’s all worked out from elaborate improvisations over a…
There are plenty of bad actors and there are plenty of bad directors. There are actors who will always be bad and there are good…
The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it’s not all about characters, relationships and themes, it’s also about…
My work requires acting at its most committed – it demands actors of enormous resilience, but also intelligence and wit. It doesn’t work for narcissistic…
I’ve long since stopped worrying about how I’m portrayed in the press because ultimately it’s not that important. Everyone who knows me knows I do…
I think it’s important that nobody forgets that although Hollywood commercially dominates the world cinema, in fact what comes out of the filmmaking here is…
My work is about life as you and I experience it. You’re either lucky or you’re not lucky; either your relationship works or it doesn’t.
I’ve walked out of films. But for every film I’ve ever walked out of, I’ve probably walked out of 500 plays.
It creeps up on you and becomes an obsession. It comes out of watching a million movies.
I’m developing the stuff all the time. There’s a film in my head. I’m imagining a film.
I try and create for the audience something that relates to real-life experience.
I think Michael Caine is a perfectly good actor but it’s obvious he’s not going to be in one of my films.
Given the events of even the 19th century, Zionism was inevitable. Given the events of the 20th century, Israel was inevitable.
I feel very much ideologically, politically if you like, and emotionally part of the European cinema.
But films should be voyeuristic. What else is a film if you’re not snooping into somebody else’s lives?
Given the choice of Hollywood or poking steel pins in my eyes, I’d prefer steel pins.
I mean, artistic processes are all about making choices all the time, and the very act of making a choice is the distilling down and…
Life is about luck and it’s about circumstances and socioeconomic conditions and all the rest of it, but you know, you can also make choices.…
There’s a constant drip and trickle of life that goes into one’s awareness really and consciousness of things.
The good thing from my perspective is that nobody puts any pressure on me to say what it’s going to be. The backers accept that…
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