Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My moviegoing: 2003

An image from Shohei Imamura's segment of the anthology film September 11 (2002), a hit-and-miss collection of 11 short films made by 11 prominent directors from 11 countries, given an 11-minute, nine-second, and one-frame time limit to respond to the events of September 11. Both an intriguing premise and a silly gimmick, September 11 is worth seeing just to get a sense of 9/11 as interpreted by mostly non-American sensibilities. Unfortunately, the American segment of the film, directed by Sean Penn, is the film's and Penn's worst effort. Here's the full lineup of directors and countries:
Youssef Chahine (Egypt)
Amos Gitai (Israel)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Mexico)
Shohei Imamura (Japan)
Claude Lelouch (France)
Ken Loach (United Kingdom)
Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran)
Mira Nair (India)
Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
Sean Penn (U.S.)
Danis Tanovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

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