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Cuaron, Gondry and More Look to Tell 'Tales from the Hanging Head'

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March 29, 2012
Source: Huffington Post

Michel Gondry / Alfonso Cuaron

Independently, directors Michael Gondry and Alfonso Cuaron have delivered some of the most original and innovative films with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Children of Men. Not only were the stories compelling, but their shooting style and techniques have been studied by filmmakers everywhere as they pull of mind-bending shot sequences and practical special effects shots. Now the two will join forces (kind of) in a new anthology film called Tales from the Hanging Head, a European production for children that will also featuring plenty more international directors with their own segments. More below!

The Playlist caught this news at The Huffington Post in an interview with filmmaker Sara Driver, the inspiration behind Jim Jarmusch's film Broken Flowers, and a prominent indie filmmaker in the 80's and 90's who was seemingly left behind when the scene moved forward. Currently her work is part of a recent retrospective at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and she's using this time to get this interesting anthology project off the ground. Driver will direct a segment herself along with Gondry and Cuaron, and other names include Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and Emir Kusturica right now and they will all be linked by "the common thread of metamorphosis." Though we're not quite sure what that means.

Driver has adapted Serbian follk tales herself and updated them for modern times. The director comments on the various directors' involvement an the stories themselves:

"They’re from different countries, and the stories are from different countries, and Marjane is going to tie it all together with her incredible animation. The directors have to do every effect in camera or by light and shadow or in very tangible ways so that it brings magic to children. I also made all the fairy tales—I adapted them and brought them up to the present, so it’s also about bringing magic into the present day, for children and adults.”

This sounds like a really interesting project, and I hope that we get to see it sooner rather than later. Cuaron and Gondry are two of my favorite modern filmmakers, and as a fan of anthology films like this, I can't wait to see what all these minds can come up with together.

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