The Cinema World, made of what? or made of who?
by Jean-Michel Frodon — Sciences Po Paris
January 27, 2011 – 00:00
It’s a puzzling challenge for any festival organizer to have a trailer the audience will be seeing without feeling harassed even if having attended 20 or more screenings in a few days, all of them opened by the same images (and sounds!). Very few find a decent answer. Among those who did is Richard Pena for this year New York Film Festival. Because what it designs is puzzling enough to keep you curious even when attending 3 screenings a day during 2 weeks: to draw a possible map of "the world aoteur cinema, in a way that associates countries (which countries?) and director names (which directors), in a specific order, with a specific dramaturgy. The music rising synchronized with the the mutation from carefully selected names and countries to quantity data as the individual elements turn into a globalized world builds a climax feeling which could be questioned in many ways. One of them being: what would the same trailer concept but for Pusan, Shanghai, Hongkong, Jeonju, Cindi, Goa, Trivandrum, Manila, Singapore or other Asian festivals look like?