Artificial Eye releases in July
Artificial eye have two releases in July, both related to current world political affairs – 11’09’’01 (September 11), a response by 11 directors to the events of September 11, and Elia Suleiman’s Divine Intervention. Details below.
This film is a unique and extraordinary response to the catastrophic events in New York City that shoo the world on September 11th 2001. Producer Alain Brigand invited 11 renowned international directors to look to their own cultures, their own memories, their own stories and their on language and create a film lasting eleven minutes, nine seconds and one frame – 11’09’’01 – around September 11th and its consequences. The directors involved include Alejandro González Iñárritu, Shohei Imamura, Ken Loach, Samira Makhmalbaf and Sean Penn. The thought provoking results – made with complete freedom of expression and in a spirit of complete equality – cover a diverse range of sensibilities and viewpoints and testify to the resonance of the event throughout the world.
Directed and written by Elia Suleiman "Divine Intervention" is packed with witty visual gags, comic vignettes and moments of spectacular fantasy. The film portrays the mood of the escalating conflict in the Middle East with wicked and subversive humour. Palestinian director Elia Suleiman plays the central character himself, who cares for his ailing father in Jerusalem whilst conducting an affair with a Palestinian woman living in Ramallah. Barred from moving between the two cities, the lovers are forced to share their intimate moments in the shadow of an Israeli army checkpoint, from where they observe the daily feuds between the troops and civilians. Recalling the comic genius of Jacques Tati and the deadpan delivery of Buster Keaton, Sulieman’s bravura film is a passionate and surreal depiction of the political and human situation in the occupied territories.
Both DVD are released on 21 July 2003. 11’09’’01 carries a 12 certificate and Divine Intervention a 15 certificate. No specifications on the DVDs but I would expect, like most Artificial Eye releases, that they will have anamorphic transfers in the original aspect ratio and carry a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and at least text interviews with the directors.