Director: Steve Buscemi
Screenwriters: Steve Buscemi, David Schechter

Institute History

  • 2007 Sundance Film Festival


Based on the late Dutch director Theo Van Gogh's film of the same name, Interview is a passionate verbal duel between two fundamentally opposed characters, portrayed by two immensely gifted actors.

Respected political journalist Pierre Peters has made a name for himself in war correspondence. But to his utter dismay, he has been sidetracked by his editor and assigned to interview the country's hottest young actress, Katja, a star of television and bad—but extremely successful—movies. Every day, fans and tabloids chase her, and there isn't a man who wouldn't love to spend an evening with her…except for Pierre. As the night progresses, they get more than they bargained for, and the interview derails into a battle of wits, desires, and deep, dark secrets.

Steve Buscemi, who stars and directs, expertly uses the rhythm of language to give life to what could have been a static film. He and Sienna Miller demonstrate formidable talent as their characters engage, with apprehension and tension, in a choreographed intimacy that becomes increasingly combustible. A moral chess match where anything goes, Interview successfully and intelligently dissects ego, journalistic ethics, and the idea of celebrity in our culture today.

— Trevor Groth

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