2000, Seen By...

2000, Seen By... (French: 2000 vu par...) was a 1998 international film project initiated by the French company Haut et Court to produce films depicting the approaching turn of the millennium seen from the perspectives of 10 different countries.[1]

The idea was conceived by producers Caroline Benjo and Carole Scotta, who took the idea to Pierre Chevalier of the French-German TV station Arte. They envisioned each film to be one hour long, made for the cost of four to five million francs, by promising directors.[2]

Ten films were produced as a result of the project:

Title Director Country Notes
The Book of Life (1998)[3]Hal HartleyUnited States
Frankfurt Millennium (1997)[4]Romuald KarmakarGermany
The Hole (1998)[5]Tsai Ming-liangTaiwanEntered into the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.[6]
La primera noche de mi vida (1998)[4]Miguel AlbaladejoSpain
Last Night (1998)[7]Don McKellarCanadaWinner of the Award of the Youth at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.[1]
La Vie Sur Terre (1999)[8]Abderrahmane SissakoMali
Les Sanguinaires (1998)[2]Laurent CantetFrance
Midnight (1998)[9]Walter Salles and Daniela ThomasBrazil2000 Ariel Award for Best Latin-American Film.[10]
Tamas and Juli (1998)[4]Ildikó EnyediHungary
The Wall (1998)[11]Alain BerlinerBelgium


  1. Yoram Allon, Del Cullen, Hannah Patterson, Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide, Wallflower Press, 2002, p. 367.
  2. Martin O'Shaughnessy, Laurent Cantet, Oxford University Press, p. 4.
  3. Cole, Susan G.; Sumi, Glenn; Wilner, Norman; Semley, John (31 December 2013). "TOP 25 TORONTO FILMS". Now. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  4. Creutz, Norbert (4 December 1998). "Dix cinéastes de quatre continents imaginent le jour de l'an 2000". Le Temps.
  5. "The Hole," Haut et Court, URL accessed 15 August 2016.
  6. "Festival de Cannes: The Hole". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  7. Swedko, Pam (3 November 1997). "On set with Don McKeller's Last Night". Playback. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  8. "La Vie Sur Terre". Haut et Court. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  9. Barbosa, Rafhael (December 29, 2007). "Meu tempo é hoje". Gazeta de Alagoas (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on May 29, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  10. "Ariel > Ganadores y nominados > Walter Salles" (in Spanish). Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas. Archived from the original on 2014-05-28. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  11. "Le Mur". Haut et Court. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
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