The Chacun son cinéma/To Each His Own Cinema anthology not only features the works of Atom Agoyan and Zhang Yimou, but 58 other filmmakers. For the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, 60 filmmakers were asked to represent their perceptions of “their state of mind of the moment as inspired by the motion picture theatre” (Getty). This YouTube playlist contains the following works: Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne’s Dans L’Obscurite Walter Salles’À 8 944 km de Cannes/5,557 Miles From Cannes Joel & Ethan Cohen’s World Cinema David Lynch’s Absurda
Commissioned for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the Chacun son cinéma/To Each His Own Cinema anthology represents filmmakers’ perceptions of “their state of mind of the moment as inspired by the motion picture theatre” (Getty). In ‘Movie Night’, Zhang Yimou plays with the idea of a village coming together around cinema, which works both as a metaphor about the Chinese film industry as well as speaks to the experience of going to the movies. It is his way of showing that cinema is a very special art form which can bring people together in times of hardship. In Zhang’s short film the movie going experience is special to anyone who sits in front of a screen surrounded by others; going to movies is a collective experience. “Movie Night” feels like a love letter to the medium which he dedicated his life and work” (Tferradans).
“Atom Egoyan’s short film Artaud Double Bill from the anthology Chacun son cinéma/To Each His Own Cinema (2007) has become one of the most eloquent and provocative articulations of the fast-changing state of film exhibition and viewership in our times. In it, two friends, Anna and Nicole, plan to meet each other at the movies but somehow end up in different theaters watching different films: Anna is in a theater showing Jean Luc Godard’s Vivre sa vie/My Life to Live (1962), and Nicole is watching Egoyan’s own film, The Adjuster (1991). As they realize their mistake, they begin chatting on their smart phones to connect to each other as well as to share their film experience in both text and images from the films. This initially simple set-up–two friends, two different films, historical time periods, two different theaters, two different screen technologies–soon develops into a complex and multiplying network that establishes significant connections and parallels between otherwise separate and seemingly incompatible locations, films, screen technologies, and viewing experiences. As they watch the films–and film within a film–and their experiences merge, the events in both films merge as well and begin to comment on each other” (Deshpande and Mazaj 37). Refer to Chapter 2: Watching world cinema for more on Artuad Double Bill and the dynamics of movie going
“In celebration of the 70th edition of the Venice International Film Festival the Biennale di Venezia has created the special project, Venezia 70 – Future Reloaded. 70 movie directors from all over the world have been invited to make a short film lasting between 60 and 90 seconds, in total creative freedom” (Biennale Channel). The following YouTube playlist contains 68 Venezia 70 clips.