October 2018

First Take: Antonio Mendez Esparza on “The Earrings of Madame De…”

The award-winning director of Life and Nothing More remembers watching Max Ophul's haunting masterwork in Andrew Sarris' film class.

June 2018

First Take: João Dumans on the short films of Jem Cohen

The co-director of Araby recounts the magic atmosphere that surrounded the screening of Jem Cohen's short films at the Belo Horizonte Short Film Festival in Brazil.

First Take: Affonso Uchôa on “Yaaba”

The co-director of Araby recalls a particularly transformative moment for him and his non-professional cast while watching Idriss Ouédraogo's Yaaba at a theater in Belo Horizonte.

March 2018

First Take: Sadaf Foroughi on “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

The writer-director of the upcoming Ava recalls watching a banned copy of the Mike Nichols drama as a young girl during the Iran-Iraq war.

October 2017

First Take: Kleber Mendonça Filho on “Prince of Darkness”

The director of Neighboring Sounds and Aquarius on discovering a John Carpenter classic at the Art-Palacio cinema, an old movie palace in Recife.

September 2017

First Take: Wheeler Winston Dixon on “Four Nights of a Dreamer”

The author of "A Short History of Film" shares his love of a lesser-seen Bresson masterpiece he first watched at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York.

October 2016

First Take: Charlie Lyne on “Love and Other Drugs”

The director of Fear Itself on how the Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway starrer he saw one rainy afternoon at the Ritzy Theatre in Brixton changed his relationship to cinema.

April 2016

First Take: Jonathan Demme on “Kaili Blues”

The Academy Award winning director on the thrill of watching Kaili Blues for the first time at the Venice Film Festival.