International filmmakers will shoot a three-minute short which will then be compiled to make up the feature to be screened on May 20 at the Festival and simultaneously on French television.
Festival president Gilles Jacob noted in a statement today: 'Anniversaries are beneficial in that they allow reflection and a new burst of energy.' Jacob called the group of filmmakers gathered, 'Those who have the virtue - all the more critical today - of advancing cinema as an art form. Those who had confidence in Cannes and whom Cannes in turn assisted. Those who were free and wished to give news of themselves via the cinema. In a word, celebrate 60 years of creation by a creation.'
In total 35 directors will make 33 shorts, as the Coen and Dardenne brothers each working in tandem, which will reveal 'their current state of mind as inspired by the motion-picture theatre,' along with a 'promise of Paradise! A family stroll back through memories, dreams, bursts of laughter, cries of alarm and emotion,' said Jacob.
None of the directors enlisted were aware of the others' work and will see the film in full for the first time on May 20.
Below is a list of participating directors:
Ethan & Joel Coen
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
Manoel De Oliveira
Hou Hsiao Hsien
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Tsai Ming Liang
Gus Van Sant
Lars Von Trier
Wong Kar Wai