A Global Lineup

Franz Osten’s Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)

Back in April, Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube sent out a call to festivals around the world for contributions to We Are One: A Global Film Festival, an online event running from May 29 through June 7. Now the lineup and schedule are up, and while all the offerings are free, audiences are encouraged to donate what they can. All proceeds will be going to organizations responding to the pandemic. The bounty on offer from a total of twenty-one festivals is a little overwhelming at first glance, so here are a few standouts:

  • New York is presenting two pretty spectacular programs of short films by Lisandro Alonso, Dustin Guy Defa, Mati Diop, Eliza Hittman, Matías Piñeiro, Alice Rohrwacher, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Ana Vaz, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, and more.

  • Cannes is also offering a selection of shorts plus dialogues with Alain Delon and Zhang Ziyi.

  • Berlin has pulled up three highlights from February’s edition, Claire Denis’s conversation with Olivier Assayas and Ang Lee’s with Hirokazu Kore-eda, plus Ulrike Ottinger’s 1979 portrait of two women drinking themselves to death, Ticket of No Return.

  • From London come Nicolas Jack Davies’s documentary Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, three shorts by UK filmmakers, and two restorations: J. B. L. Noel’s The Epic of Everest (1924) and Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928), directed by Franz Osten, whom Satyajit Ray once praised as “a pioneer with a ‘decided penchant for realism,’” as J. Hoberman noted in the New York Times last year.

  • Parasite director and star Bong Joon-ho and Song Kang-ho discuss their work together in a conversation recorded in Locarno, which will also present a talk with John Waters.

  • Sydney has just announced the lineup for its virtual 2020 edition—Luke Buckmaster picks out a few highlights for the Guardian—and will send a television series and a feature, Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road, to We Are One.

There will also be animation from Annecy, a talk with Diego Luna from Guadalajara, a master class with Nadav Lapid from Jerusalem, Czech television and cinema from Karlovy Vary, new local work from Macao, a conversation with Guillermo del Toro from Marrakech, new Indian films from Mumbai, work by by four different film collectives from Rotterdam, Basque culture from San Sebastián, cinematic postcards from Sarajevo, Tessa Thompson and Jane Campion’s conversation and another with Jackie Chan from Sundance, Japanese films—including shorts by Koji Fukada—from Tokyo, Viggo Mortensen’s conversation with David Cronenberg about Crash (1996) from Toronto, virtual reality projects from Venice, and two Tribeca Talks: Alejandro Iñárritu with Marina Abramović and Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Soderbergh.

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Even as it cohosts We Are One, Tribeca is feeling the squeeze during this crisis. Variety’s Marc Malkin, Matt Donnelly, and Manori Ravindran report that the Tribeca Film Institute, “a non-profit devoted to funding and education aspiring filmmakers,” has suspended operations. Ten employees have been laid off and the rest have been absorbed into Tribeca Enterprises.

For weeks now, we’ve been speculating about the future of the theatrical experience and the effect of the pandemic, and in short, just about everyone agrees that no one knows what it will look like a year or two from now. That said, Bilge Ebiri’s latest piece at Vulture is an excellent guide to the challenges theaters are currently facing. Writer and filmmaker Jay Giampietro, in the meantime, has been snapping photos of several of his favorite theaters in New York—all of them still shuttered, of course—and reflecting at the Talkhouse on twenty-five years of moviegoing.

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