Sunday, 25 March 2007

Musée d'Orsay: Jim Jarmusch, Raul Ruiz, Oliver Assayas, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Juliette Binoche

One of my favourite museums, the Musée d'Orsay has commissioned Jim Jarmusch, Raul Ruiz, Oliver Assay, and Hou Hsiao-hsien to make a series of features to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the museum.

Each will feature the Musée d'Orsay as well as Juliette Binoche and is budgeted at $3 million each. The Louvre is also to contribute three additional films though details have yet to be released.

Production began on the project in August 2006 with Hou Hsiao-hsien's piece Orsay(also being reported as Red Balloon) telling the tale of a Chinese student employed by Juliette Binoche as a babysitter. Oliver Assayas' piece titled Souvenirs du Valois is the second piece. Raul Ruiz's contribution tells a tale set during a time when the museum was still a hotel and train station.. Characters in the story return to the now present Museum to find the ghosts of relatives lost during the second World War. No details yet on Jarmusch's contribution.

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