The film is a collection of 34 short films, each 3 minutes in length, by 36 acclaimed directors. Representing five continents and 25 countries, the filmmakers were invited to express “their state of mind of the moment as inspired by the motion picture theatre”.
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Certainly of interest to die-hard cinema geeks like myself. Obviously, with 33 directors doing 5 minutes each, some pieces are better than others; it is a collective work. Jeanne Moreau is in it! wandering through an old cinema house. And there is a piece by Jean-Pierre Dardenne which meant that I HAD to see it. Look up the full list of participants online.Must-see if you love looking at old or strange cinema houses!
My favorite shors were from these directors: Manoel de Oliveira, Chen Kaige, Nanni Moretti, Cronenberg, Wim Wenders, Claude Lelouch, Walter Salles and Zhang Yimou. My least faborite were the shorts directed by Assayas, the brothers Dardenne, Egoyan and Amos Gitai.
Correction: 'To Each THEIR Own Cinema'. There, much better. What a smorgasbord of critically appraised directors, painting a valuable canvas asserting the current span of contemporary arthouse cinema. It may not fully coalesce as a collaborative entity, but there is much of merit in the majority of these short vignettes on the nature of film. 3.5
I liked a lot the shorts, my favorite segments being Youssef Chahine, Oliver Assayas, Roman Polanski, Claude Lelouch and Innaritu's. I don't like Egoyan's because it was promoting bad behavior, thankfully Lars von Trier was there to correct it.
I like most of the people behind this and their work, but they just cannot do short films well. I can't even pick which ones I liked the most. Oliveira's probably the funniest (which isn't saying much, really), so I guess that one. it all just felt so dull and purposeless. it's supposed to be a love letter to cinema by filmmakers, but it all just feels too passionless.