Above, Julia Hummer as Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann, also known as "Nada," in Olivier Assayas' Carlos, which opens this Friday at the IFC Center in Manhattan and is showing on the Sundance Channel as well.
I've watched the five-and-a-half hour picture twice now, and am completely convinced that it's a great film, in serial caps, as it were; and looking at Assayas' other work (I'm rediscovering/catching up with the early stuff via a terrific ongoing retrospective at the BAM Cinematek), I'm growing in my conviction that Assayas isn't just one of the most vital filmmakers working today, but that he's one for the books, as the saying goes—a major figure in his country's cinema, and world cinema. I do intend to say more in this respect; in the meantime, an interview of some length with the director is now up at The Daily Notebook. Not to get all pat-myself-on-the-back-like, but I think this is among the best such things I've ever been involved with; of course with a subject as brilliant, engergetic, and articulate as Assayas it's hard to mess up. Hope you enjoy it.