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Interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Kings)


Interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Kings)

Interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Kings)

We sat with Turkish-French director Deniz Gamze Ergüven after the premiere of her sophomore directorial effort Kings at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. A project Ergüven has been developing for over the past decade, including before her 2015 debut Mustang, the director gets candid about her inspirations and provocative decision to tackle an English language project centered on the 1992 Los Angeles Race Riots. Recruiting Halle Berry and Daniel Craig to lead her South Central recuperation, Ergüven speaks on making a controversial subject into an art-house mood piece, as well as the notion of authorial integrity vs. good intentions.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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