Utilizing special macroscopic photographic techniques, filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou created this fascinating and visually spectacular look at the hidden worlds in the life cycle of an ordinary meadow in France. When seen through the lens of Nuridsany and Perennou’s cameras, insects become gigantic beasts, blades of grass turn into towering monuments, and raindrops form puddles that resemble vast oceans. The filmmakers find humor, drama, and beauty in the lives of these tiny flora and fauna as caterpillars transform themselves into butterflies, beetles struggle with their day’s foraging, and snails reproduce their species. Microcosmos was a multiple prize winner at the 1996 French Academy of Cinema Awards; the American release version features narration by actress Kristin Scott Thomas.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
Director Shekhar Kapur is to complete the final project of the late Anthony Minghella.Minghella, who won the Best Director Oscar for 1996 film ‘The English Patient’, was helming one of a collection of 12 short love stories under the title ‘New York, I Love You’.
He asked Kapur to take over before he went into hospital for surgery for cancer of the tonsils and neck earlier this month. The 54-year-old suffered a fatal haemorrhage last Tuesday. Speaking of Minghella Kapur said, “Anthony, who was doing one, called me one day and said, ‘I’m not doing it. I’m ill. You do it.’ Anthony went to the operating table, but did not return. He was 54 and it was not an age to die.”