PROD Rodrigo Areias
SCR Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway, Edgar Pêra
CAM Reinier Van Bruemen, Luis Branquinho
ED Raphaël Lefèvre
PROD DES Ricardo Preto
MUS Jorge Prendas
PROD CO Fundação Cidade de Guimarães
Regardless of your stance on 3D movies, this triptych of short films is the definition of essential cinema. Featuring three world-class filmmakers—Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway and Edgar Pêra—at their most adventurous and explorative, 3X3D is a groundbreaking and illuminating exercise that challenges and ennobles the format.
First up, Just in Time (Greenaway) is an all-consuming history lesson that—in a single, stunning tracking shot—takes the viewer from 200 AD to the late Gothic period to the Renaissance and Modern Times in less than 20 minutes. In Les trois désastres, Godard deconstructs cinema’s relationship to “perspective” with a rapid-fire succession of images, sounds and references that collide in a stimulating collage that may not be easy to keep up with, but yields exciting results, both intellectual and visceral. Bringing it all home is Cinesapiens (Pêra), which, while just as concerned with serious ideas of “looking” as the previous two, lightens the mood with some truly wacky visual fun and over-the-top phantasmagoria. It’s hard to be cynical about the state of cinema when encountering work like this, as each of these shorts offer distinct interpretations of what 3D is and can be, proving that any new tool available to an art form is something exciting and potentially beautiful.
“No surprise that the [Cannes] festival’s most brilliant movie was Jean-Luc Godard’s The Three Disasters… 3D as you have never seen it before… A masterpiece, the first movie of the cinematic future.”—Amy Taubin, Film Comment
Preceded By: Cochemare
DIR Maciek Szczerbowski, Chris Lavis / QC, 2013, 13 min.
An immersive sensory experience that takes us on a trip from the mythic Forest of Storms to an orbiting international space station.