Pras on WorldFilms: PARIS JE T’AIME

Paris, je t'aime [Blu-ray]

 Over 20 celebrated filmmakers from around the world come together to show Paris in a way never before imagined. Through a kaleidoscope of stories about joy, separation, unexpected strange encounters and of course—love—their films capture both the reality of contemporary Paris as well as the enchantment one feels as a visitor. Cast includes Natalie Portman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elijah Wood, Nick Nolte, Bob Hoskins, Juliette Binoche, Emily Mortimer, Rufus Sewell, Gena Rowlands, Miranda Richardson and Steve Buscemi. Directors include the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Walter Salles, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer and Olivier Assayas.

 Paris, Je T’aime • Acclaimed directors from around the world celebrate Paris in a new omnibus feature

 JOEL AND ETHAN COEN — “We’d never had the chance to shoot a short film before. We’re pleased to have been asked to take part in the project and to tell a story of our own, playing with the cliché of Paris as the capital for lovers everywhere.”

 WALTER SALLES — “In each arrondissement there’s an underworld that we rarely see and it was this we wanted to show.”

 TOM TYKWER — “The number of locations is really only related to the fact that we are trying to get this kaleidoscopic effect of somebody who is rushing through a memory where places are just upside down and everything is on ten layers at the same time in his mind and his imagination.”

 ALFONSO CUARÓN — “The actors know that the text is a map. They are following the text very faithfully, but they are adding things that they find along the way.”

 CHRISTOPHER DOYLE — “This is in Chinatown but this is Chinatown in Paris. This film is important for me because it celebrates what is different, but illustrates that there is a bridge.”

 DANIELA THOMAS — “French cinema is a white cinema and the city of Paris is not a white city. This is exciting for me. The real life of Paris is very black, very African, very Chinese…it’s a melting pot. It’s fantastic. I never thought of Paris as a melting pot.”

 GURINDER CHADHA — “I’m bringing a British-Indian vision and flavour to what I see around me here in France. What it means to be French. Who decides what French culture is and isn’t?”

 ISABEL COIXET — “Bastille is home to a mix of working-class, trendy and bourgeois people. As an area, it tied in perfectly with my idea of getting away from the ‘picture postcard’ image of Paris.”

 RICHARD LAGRAVENESE — “They gave me Pigalle and I saw all the sex shops and neon. And then I saw this quiet romantic section. That contrast gave me the idea to write something that is bittersweet. That is both funny and serious. Men and women, how both speak different languages when it comes to sex and love.”

 ALEXANDER PAYNE — “I don’t want to show the typical things. Why show typical things. The 14th is interesting in how atypical it is. The story is of a day, the wrong day, in a tourist’s trip. She sees the wrong things and has the wrong experiences, yet at the end it’s the right experience.”

 VINCENZO NATALI — “When I was a little kid, I liked the fact that my first name began with V as in Vampire. I wanted to create my ultimate adolescent fantasy of what a beautiful vampire would be.”

 WES CRAVEN — “The film has no title but if it had one it would be Light. There’s no vision without light. As a director it’s all about light. We’re all lovers of light. It’s interesting because the cemetery is pretty much blacks and greys and then you have these two people in the middle and that’s the light.”


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