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You have to disengage at some point in order to be fresh.

Character and emotionality don't always have to be relegated to quieter, more simple constructs.

Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization, but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.

For some individuals - some soldiers, some contractors - combat provides a kind of purpose and meaning beyond which all else potentially pales in comparison.

If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.

I'm drawn to provocative characters that find themselves in extreme situations. And I think I'm drawn to that consistently.

There's really no difference between what I do and what a male filmmaker might do. I mean we all try to make our days, we all try to give the best performances we can, we try to make our budget, we try to make the best movie we possibly can.

I like to be strong.

I'm drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.

Cinema has the capacity to be so physiological.

I don't want to be made pacified or made comfortable. I like stuff that gets your adrenaline going.

I need to have my hands on the DNA of a film.

The Communist regime didn't consider this to be a shining moment in history and assigned no heroism to it. They classified it as merely an accident.

Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people.

I do have to say I have been very fortunate.

I really look for peak experiences and dramatic material that can allow peak experiences.

I think violence in a cinematic context can be, if handled in a certain way, very seductive.

I'm interested in social commentary.

It's irrelevant who or what directed a movie; the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don't.

Our film examines the heroism, courage and prowess of the Soviet submarine force in ways never seen before.