Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet

About performance

Film of the Alternative cinema: Authors' Collections series

Spain / UK / Germany / Finland / China / Netherlands — 2002

Runtime: 92 min

Directed by:
Kaige Chen (segment «100 Flowers Hidden Deep»)
Víctor Erice (segment “Lifeline“)
Werner Herzog (segment “Ten Thousand Years Older“)
Jim Jarmusch (segment “Int. Trailer Night“)
Aki Kaurismäki (segment „Dogs Have No Hell”)
Spike Lee (segment „We Wuz Robbed”)
Wim Wenders (segment „Twelve Miles to Trona”)

Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet is a collection of seven short films linked by the theme of time, and separated by a musical interlude of voluptuous jazz trumpet. Conceived by British producer-director Nicolas McClintock, this collection (along with the forthcoming Ten Minutes Older: The Cello) showcases some of the finest cinematic talents around.

As with all compilations, some segments work better than others. Spike Lee's We Wuz Robbed recalls the ten minutes that stood between Al Gore conceding defeat and demanding a recount in the 2000 election campaign. Full of Lee's no-nonsense radicalism, it brilliantly reveals the illegal'Bush-whacking' that led to George Jr becoming president.

Werner Herzog's documentary Ten Thousand Years Older proves just as astounding, following a lost Amazon jungle tribe for whom time has run out as they're dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming. It looks faked, but the sad fact is it's probably completely true.

Jim Jarmusch's Int.Trailer.Night takes an understated, comedic look at the filmmaking process, with Chloë Sevigny as an actress on a break in her trailer, listening to some beautiful classical music while exposed to the humdrum realities of making film art.

In Twelve Miles to Trona Wim Wenders takes us on a hallucinogenic roadtrip with a man who's swallowed an unusual batch of cookies, while other segments include Aki Kaurismäki doing his usual enigmatic schtick, Chinese director Chen Kaige meditating on his homeland's economic revolution, and Victor Erice's muted tale of a Spanish village in 1940.