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40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no synchronized sound was permitted, and (3) no more than three takes. The results run the gamut from Zhang Yimou's convention-thwarting joke ...
Runtime: 88 min.
Directed by: Youssef Chahine | John Boorman | Alain Corneau | Raymond Depardon | Francis Girod | Abbas Kiarostami | Cédric Klapisch | Spike Lee | Michael Haneke | Andrei Konchalovsky | David Lynch | Wim Wenders | Costa-Gavras | Theo Angelopoulos | Peter Greenaway | Hugh Hudson | Gaston Kaboré | Lucian Pintilie | Yoshishige Yoshida | Lasse Hallström | Gabriel Axel | Jerry Schatzberg | Nadine Trintignant | Fernando Trueba | Liv Ullmann | Jaco Van Dormael | Régis Wargnier | Zhang Yimou | Sarah Moon | Merzak Allouache | Helma Sanders-Brahms | James Ivory | Patrice Leconte | Ismail Merchant | Claude Miller | Idrissa Ouedraogo | Jacques Rivette | Arthur Penn | Bigas Luna | Vicente Aranda | Claude Lelouch
Contre l'Oubli (Against Oblivion) is a compilation of 30 French filmmakers, Alain Resnais and Jean Luc Godard among them, who use film to make a plea on behalf of a political prisoner. Jean Luc Godard and Anne Marie Mieville's film concerns the plight of Thomas Wanggai, West Papuan activist who has since died in prison. The short films were commissioned by Amnesty International.
Runtime: 110 min.
Directed by: Philippe Muyl | Patrice Chéreau | Michel Deville | Jacques Deray | Raymond Depardon | Claire Denis | Dominique Dante | Costa-Gavras | Alain Corneau | Jean-Michel Carré | Bertrand Blier | Jane Birkin | Jean Becker | Denis Amar | René Allio | Chantal Akerman | Nadine Trintignant | Gérard Frot-Coutaz | Martine Francke | Bertrand Tavernier | Coline Serreau | Alain Resnais | Michel Piccoli | Sarah Moon | Anne-Marie Miéville | Patrice Leconte | Robert Kramer | Jean-Loup Hubert | Romain Goupil | Jean-Luc Godard | Francis Girod | Bernard Giraudeau | Jacques Doillon
An architect has an affair with a young woman who aspires to be a pop singer in this plodding romantic drama. She ends up pregnant but does not tell her lover about her condition as she contemplates having an abortion. The viewer must decide whether it was all real or all a figment of the young woman's imagination. By this time, nobody cares. The highlights of this pretentious feature are the nude scenes.
Runtime: 86 min.
Directed by: Nadine Trintignant