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11'09''01 - September 11

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Original title
11'09''01 - September 11
Year
Running time
130 min.
Country
France France
Director
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Screenwriter
Youssef Chahine, Sabrina Dhawan, Amos Gitai, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Paul Laverty, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, Samira Makhmalbaf, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Sean Penn, Marie-José Sanselme, Danis Tanovic, Daisuke Tengan, Pierre Uytterhoeven, Vladimir Vega
Music
Michael Brook, Mohammad Reza Darvishi, Manu Dibango, Osvaldo Golijov, Tarô Iwashiro, Salif Keita, Heitor Pereira, Gustavo Santaolalla, Dusko Segvic, Vladimir Vega
Cinematography
Samuel Bayer, Luc Drion, Ebrahim Ghafori, Pierre-William Glenn, Yoav Kosh, Mustafa Mustafic, Jorge Müller Silva, Mohsen Nasr, Masakazu Oka, Declan Quinn, Nigel Willoughby
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-United Kingdom;
Genre
Documentary | 9/11. Anthology Film
Synopsis / Plot
A reaction piece to the United States' terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, this controversial film calls upon eleven directors from various countries to contribute 11-minute 9-second films about the event. Variously political, violent, disturbing, abstract, opinionated,... A reaction piece to the United States' terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, this controversial film calls upon eleven directors from various countries to contribute 11-minute 9-second films about the event. Variously political, violent, disturbing, abstract, opinionated, angered, or forgiving, each film is drastically different from the next. Starting the set is Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf's touching short which focuses on school children being taught about the incident. With very short attention spans and too little understanding about where the United States is located geographically or what skyscrapers look like, the clearest message the children receive is that they will need to build bomb shelters for fear the U.S. will attack them in retaliation. Another short, directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (AMORES PERROS), is composed nearly entirely of sounds--prayers and chants and street noise recorded by news outlets that morning--while the screen remains black. Very brief glimpses of victims falling from the towers' soaring windows are the only break to the blackness while the layering of sound mounts to a chaotic fever pitch. In a film by American director Sean Penn, a very old man living in a New York apartment finds his bedroom filled with sunlight as the towers come down. A lighter take on the tragedy, from African director Idrissa Ouedraogo, shows how a group of boys in a small town learn of the $25 million reward for Osama Bin Laden's capture and set their hearts on finding him in order to buy medicine for one boy's ailing mother. Perhaps the most emotional and compassionate contributions come from Bosnia's Danis Tanovic and England's Ken Loach, who both offer vows of solidarity from the widows of Srebrenica and the victims of Chile's brutal dictatorship, respectively. Rounding out the omnibus is a bizarrely appropriate anti-war film by Japanese director Shohei Imamura (THE EEL), in which a traumatized WWII veteran reacts to the atrocities he's seen by rejecting humanity and behaving like a snake.
Awards
2003: National Board of Review: Freedom of Expression Award
2002: Venice Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize (Ken Loach Short). UNESCO Prize
2002: César Awards: Nominated for Best European Union Film
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