- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 5, 2002

ASSOCIATED PRESS
PARIS
A French-backed cinematic experiment intended to find out how filmmakers from around the world view the September 11 terrorist attacks is drawing criticism that it is anti-American. Variety magazine said some of the 11 short films that make up "11-09-01" are "stridently anti-American."
The Italian daily Il Foglio, calling the movie "garbage," said: "The French financiers recruit 11 well-known and some unknown directors they explain to us how the United States deserved what happened."
The film's producers say it does not have an anti-American slant but is an exploration of tragedy from many different angles.
Discussions are under way with potential U.S. distributors, but the producers are in no rush to show the movie in the United States as the first anniversary of the world's deadliest terrorist attack draws near.
"This is now a period of mourning for Americans," says artistic producer Alain Brigand, who came up with the idea for the movie. "We are not in a hurry for this film to debut in the United States."
The film, produced by French media giant Vivendi Universal's StudioCanal and Galatee Films, will be shown tomorrow at the Venice Film Festival and Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. It opens in France and a dozen other countries on that date.
Each of the 11 contributing filmmakers was given up to $400,000 to spend, and the only restriction was each film's length: 11 minutes, nine seconds and one frame. (The title corresponds to the date of the attack as it is written in France.)


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