Jean-Luc Godard Joins Omnibus Project Marking World War I Centenary

Posted by Brian Brooks on 8.14.2013

Jean-Luc Godard is joining over a dozen filmmakers in an omnibus production that will mark next year's 100th anniversary of World War I.

The 83 year-old will be a part of a group making short films as part of the project, Les Ponts de Sarajevo, coordinated by Paris-based production house, Cinétévé, according to Screen Daily. The film will then screen during a week-long event set for June 21 - 28 2014 dubbed "Sarajevo: Coeur de L'Europe" (Sarajevo: Heart of Europe) in conjunction with Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital city, the Sarajevo Film Festival and other organizations.

"Most of the contributions will be documentary or essay-type films, but I am one of a couple of filmmakers who will be making a fiction film," said French-born writer-director Ursula Meier who revealed the project to Screen, adding that Portugal's Pedro Costa and Bosnia's Aida Begic are also among the directors taking part in the project.

Les Ponts de Sarajevo will be a return of sorts for Godard, whose two-minute shot film Je Vous Salue, Sarajevo (1993) was a photo montage that included text and a score by Arvo Part.

Sarajevo was a flashpoint that precipitated WWI - also known as the Great War - when the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated on a bridge by a Serbian militant. The bridge, which crosses the Milijacka River in the heart of the city, still stands today.

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