CATEGORIES Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Casting, Deals, Shorts, Politics, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalAm I the only one who didn't know anthology films compiling related segments by different filmmakers (New York Stories; Four Rooms) are called "portmanteau" films? Well, regardless of what we call them, there's a new one in the works called The Invisibles. Though it may sound like a comic book movie, it is really a set of four stories focusing on overlooked conflicts and world causes. Wim Wenders is doing one of the segments, which is about violence towards women in the Congo. The other subjects are sleeping sickness in Africa, young soldiers in Uganda and a non-fiction part about displaced Colombians (this time I spelled it right, even though Empire Magazine didn't!). Other people involved in the project include Oscar-nominated actor Javier Bardem, Spanish directors Fernando León, Mariano Barroso, Javier Corcuera and Isabel Coixet (wait, I have a feeling there are more than four segments).
Wenders may seem to stick out like a sore thumb, but I'm sure he isn't the only one whose segment is worth watching. Typically, I figure there's at least one part in these things that weighs the quality of the whole film down. Although, after Eros, which I hear was weak all around despite featuring three very well-regarded filmmakers, we probably can't even depend on the majority of the segments to be worth the effort.