TRANSSIBERIAN – Exclusive Sundance Video Interviews

     January 29, 2008

As I wrote when I posted the movie clips from “Transsiberian,” the film was another in the long list of movies that I wanted to see at this year’s Sundance film festival. Not only is it the new movie from Brad Anderson (who made “The Machinist”), but it’s about a long train journey…something that I’m fascinated by. Also, besides having an interesting story and setting, it’s got a great cast with Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega and Ben Kingsley playing the main characters.

But even though I didn’t get the opportunity to watch the film, it didn’t stop me from interviewing both Brad Anderson (the director) and one of the stars, Eduardo Noriega.

While I’d prepped for my interview with Eduardo, I literally had no warning that I’d also be able to interview Brad. So when you watch it, just know it fell into my lap seconds before the camera started. And while I’m not the tallest guy on the planet, when you see me next to Brad…just know he’s almost 8 feet tall. Yeah, that’s a slight exaggeration…but not by much.

And since I didn’t see it, here’s the synopsis from the Sundance Press guide before you watch the interview:

Brad Anderson is a quintessentially independent film director known for his attention to character psychology and the details and nuance of place, traits that make the superbly crafted thriller Transsiberian an uncommonly absorbing experience. One of those legendary train trips that people used to dream about taking, the Transsiberian Express has probably seen better days. An American couple, Roy (Woody Harrelson) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer), decide to return home the long way from their recent sojourn in Peking and meet another couple from the West, Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara), with whom they quickly form that tenuous bond that often unites fellow travelers away from home. When Roy gets separated from the train at a stopover, Jessie begins to realize that their compatriots aren’t exactly who or what they seem to be. But the real dangers of their unforgettable trip have only begun to surface; Russian cops (Ben Kingsley plays one), mobsters, and locals are still to come.

I still have at least 10 more video interviews to run, so look for them in the coming days. Again, my goal is to post one or two a day until I run out. I’ve also still got at least 10 new articles of movie clips. I’m going to do the same thing, one or two a day till I run out. I’d rather post them slow and steady so you can all keep up and enjoy them, not get flooded by them.

And if you’re curious…tomorrow will be my “In Bruges” interviews plus something else that I haven’t decided on yet… Here’s those interviews.

Brad Anderson

· I ask for an update on his film since it hadn’t been sold yet.

· He tells us what the film is about and he talks about the great cast

· I ask about his writing process and how quickly did the film come together

· I ask if any olf the movie was based on personal experiences. He said yes.
he talks about filming on a train and how difficult it was

Eduardo Noriega

· Is this his first film in Sundance. It’s not…but it’s his first time going.

· He talks about the experience

· He talks about his character and the film

· How did he come to the project

· He talks about Vantage Point

· Is he going to try and do more Hollywood movies

· What does he have coming up

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