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Monday, February 27, 2006

Paris, Je Can't Wait For This Film

If you haven't heard about the upcoming film Paris je t'aime, well, then I'm going to tell you about it. I've been trying to keep up with news about this film since I first heard about it but unfortunately I've found that news is hard to come by. Don't know if the lack of information is intentional but here's what I know so far. The film will be split into twenty parts, one for each arrondissement (district) in Paris. Each part will be about five minutes long and will have a different director and different actors. Here is part of the official word from the film's producers from The Latest at Coenesque:

Each director has been given five minutes of freedom, and we, as producers, carry the responsibility of weaving a single narrative unit out of those twenty moments...They will be fused together by transitional interstitial sequences, and also via the introduction and epilogue sequences of the feature film. Each transition will begin with the last shot of the previous film and will end with the first shot of the following film...
There are some pretty big names - both actors and directors - attached to this film. Here is a list from the IMDb but it was posted in the comments section so I'm not sure how complete or accurate this list actually is, but as a blogger it's not really my job to be accurate, just entertaining. I'm very excited for this movie and I wanted to share that excitement with you, my dear readers. So without further ado, here's the list:
1st Arrondissement
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Cast: Julie Bataille, Steve Buscemi and Axel Kiener.

2nd Arrondissement
Directed by Nobuhiro Suwa (Winner of the Golden Leopard at The Locarno Film Festival for “Un Couple Parfait” – 2005)
Cast: Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe

3rd Arrondissement
Directed by Olivier Assayas (“Clean”, “Demonlover”)

4th Arrondissement
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Cast: Marianne Faithfull, Elias McConnell and Gaspard Ulliel

5th Arrondissement
Directed by Gurinder Chadha (“Bend it like Beckham”, “Bride and Prejudice”)

6th Arrondissement
Directed by Frédéric Auburtin (First assistant director in “Germinal”, “Lucie Aubrac” and “The Man in the Iron Mask”) and Gérard Depardieu (Directed “Le Tartuffe” and “Un pont entre deux rives”)
Cast: Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands

7th Arrondissement
Directed by Sylvain Chomet (“Les Triplettes de Belleville”)
Cast: Yolande Moreau and Paul Putner

8th Arrondissement
Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Directed the horror film “Cube” 1997 and the sci-fi Cypher” 2002)
Cast: Olga Kurylenko

9th Arrondissement
Directed by Richard LaGravenese (“Living Out Loud” 1998 and “A Decade Under the Influence” 2003)
Cast: Fanny Ardant and Bob Hoskins

10th Arrondissement
Directed by Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run” and “Heaven”)
Cast: Melchior Beslon and Natalie Portman

11th Arrondissement
Directed by Raphaël Nadjari

12th Arrondissement
Directed by Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me” 2003)
Cast: Javier Cámara and Leonor Watling

13th Arrondissement
Directed by Christopher Doyle (Cinematofrapher for “Hero”, “2046” and “The White Countess”)

14th Arrondissement
Directed by Alexander Payne

15th Arrondissement
Directed by Christoffer Boe (Danish director who won The Golden Camera” for “Reconstruction” 2003 at The Cannes Film Festival)
Cast: Camille Japy

16th Arrondissement
Directed by Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”, “Dark Water”, “Central Station and “Foreign Land”) and Daniela Thomas (“Foreign Land”)
Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno (not credited here)

17th Arrondissement
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Nick Nolte and Ludivine Sagnier

18th Arrondissement
Directed by Bruno Podalydès (Won the César Award of Best Firs Work for “Dieu seul me voit / Only God Sees Me” 1998)

19th Arrondissement
Directed by Oliver Schmitz (German TV Film Director)
Cast: Seydou Boro and Aïssa Maïga

20th Arrondissement
Directed by Wes Craven

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks a bit like the beatie boys' i fuckin' shot that.


9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also somewhat reminiscent of New York Stories which featured three vignettes each directed by Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.


2:42 PM  

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