HATCHING (2022): A CONVERSATION WITH HANNA BERGHOLM

Finnish director Hanna Bergholm joins Hugo to discuss her gripping feature debut Hatching (2022), which made its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2022. This body-horror, coming-of-age drama certainly packs a punch. From 70s horror films to working with the best animatronic designer out there, find out Hanna’s journey to creating this thrilling debut.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) – AN EXPLORATION?

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” It’s about time we celebrated one of the greatest films in cinema – Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion, but what’s the deal? Why is this film a timeless classic? Here to try make sense of it all, we discuss what this film means to each of us and how it’s shaped our perspective of film and science fiction cinema.

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON: BOOGIE NIGHTS, FUCK BOYS & CO-DEPENDENT RELATIONSHIPS

Back for season 2 and here to grace you with a two hour special all about writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson! Licorice Pizza has finally hit screens, so it’s only right we take a look back at his career. PTA certainly has an obsession with co-dependent relationships, creating sympathy for unruly characters, and a true connoisseur of fuck boys but does it always pay off?

TRANSCENDENTAL STYLE IN FILM (with Viktor van der Valk)

With Paul Schrader’s must-read book Transcendental Style In Film – suggested by special guest Viktor van der Valk – as a stepping stone for the last Celebrating Cinema podcast of 2021, our hosts discuss the different varieties of transcendental filmmaking and the way it impacts us as viewers. They talk about their film club pick, Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), and mention essential filmmakers like Andrei Tarkovsky, Chantal Akerman, Yasujiro Ozu, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Terrence Malick. Where do you find yourself near the Tarkovsky Ring…?

CHALLENGING GUILTY PLEASURES (with Basje Boer)

It’s about time we absolve ourselves of the guilt we feel when enjoying our personal favourites! Writer Basje Boer joins us again to discuss why we should be liberated from the stigma of loving overtly shlocky action films, non-sensical comedies, and schmaltzy teen dramas and romcoms. We question what exactly we are suppose to feel guilty of and how this can limit your own unique love of cinema.

GAGARINE (2020): A CONVERSATION WITH FANNY LIATARD & JÉRÉMY TROUILH

With the release of their feature debut Gagarine (2020) in cinemas here in The Netherlands, we spoke with directors Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh to discuss the duality of Paris captured on screen. We explore how their magic-realist drama bridges the tensions between the romanticised dreamlike city and its neglected suburbs, united by a universal ability to dream and the importance of utopian images.

Special thanks to Cinéarte for organising this episode.

CLINT EASTWOOD & (THE FALL OF) THE AMERICAN HERO

To “celebrate” the release of Clint Eastwood’s latest film Cry Macho and maybe his final swan song, Hugo & Tom get together to discuss their very different relationships to this Hollywood ‘icon’. On the surface this may appear to be a review of one man’s career in film, but perhaps it reveals something about our own attitude to cinema. Is this the Clint Eastwood spin-off show Hugo has always wanted…?

WHAT IS EXPANDED JAPANESE CINEMA? (with Julian Ross)

In conjunction with the upcoming Camera Japan Festival at LAB111, a celebration of upcoming and contemporary Japanese films, we explore our own personal relationship to what Japanese cinema offers. The wealth of Japanese films are too rich to ever justly cover in a single episode, so instead we are joined by programmer and researcher of Japanese cinema Julian Ross, to explore an overlooked genre of Japanese film – Expanded Cinema, a radical form that subverts our understanding of what cinema can be and the audience’s relationship to the screen.

Celebrating Cinema is a LAB111 podcast platform.

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