Chacun Son Cinema, ou Ce Petit Coup Au Coeur Quand La Lumiere S’Eteint et Que Le Film Commence (To Each His Own Cinema)

Chacun Son CinemaBB.5

(out of 5)


Gilles Jacob celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Cannes film festival with a most delightful treat: inviting 33 filmmakers to create a short film about cinema and its personal meaning to them, combining the results into this enjoyable if shallow omnibus. Directors such as Theo Angelopoulos, Tsai Ming-Liang, Walter Salles, Michael Cimino (whose short is definitely the worst), Jane Campion, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Joel and Ethan Coen and Gus Van Sant are among the many luminaries whose work graces the screen, in many cases showcasing their signature styles that announce them before the credits do. It’s an interesting experiment and a wonderful tribute to the grand festival that is Cannes, but for the most part it feels like two hours of commercials, and a number of the directors in it were more successful in their contribution to Paris Je T’Aime. Standouts include Lars Von Trier’s revenge on a chatty audience member, Claude Lelouch’s touching tribute to his parents meeting at a screening of Top Hat, the Coens telling us that Americans could enjoy world cinema if only they gave it a chance, Andrei Konchalovsky’s excellent short about an emotional theatre employee who ignores horny teenagers in order to enjoy Fellini’s 8 ½ over and over again, and, most especially, Ken Loach’s adorable short about a father and son trying to decide which film they want to see. There are some other good ones, but many of the directors use repetitive themes (aside from cinema, of course) and in one case even reuse the same set.


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Directed by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Abbas Kiarostami, , , , Ken Loach, , , , Raoul Ruiz, , , , , , , ,

Screenplay by Manoel de Oliveira, Atom Egoyan, Olivier Assayas, , Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Amos Gitai, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Aki Kaurismaki, , Nanni Moretti, Kar Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang,

Cinematography by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Produced by , , , , , , , , Aki Kaurismaki, Takeshi Kitano, , , , , , Roman Polanski, , , , Kar-Wai Wong,

Music by , ,

Production Design by William Chang, , , , , , , ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , William Chang, , , , , , Takeshi Kitano, , , , , , , ,

Film Festivals: TIFF 2007


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