Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This four-hour anthology film was commissioned as a memorial to Hubert Bals, (who started the Rotterdam Film Festival) by a couple of Dutch filmmakers. Naturally enough, it premiered at the 1990 Rotterdam Film Festival. Entries came from 14 different directors, including the famed Indian director Mrinal Sen. All the films were to be 20 minutes long and contain a reference to city life and the sinking of the Titanic; with one minor exception, all the filmmakers followed these guidelines. The other directors whose works were included (besides Sen) were: Tato Koteshvili, Carlos Reichenbach, Eagle Pennell, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Alejandro Agresti, Dick Rijneke & Mildred van Leeuwaarden, Bela Tarr, Gabor Altorjay, Jose Luis Guerin, Ousmane William M'Baye, and Clemens Kopfenstein.