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Friday, January 11, 2008

Gabrielle in Japan


Perhaps you did not know this but Gabrielle Bell was recently in Japan filming a movie. She co-wrote the new Michel Gondry film Interior Design which is part of the upcoming Tôkyô! trilogy of shorts, sort of like New York Stories only set in Japan. "Interior Design" is based on Gabrielle's "chair" story ("Cecil and Jordan in New York") that ran in an issue of Kramers Ergot. In fact, Gabrielle even directed part of the film, the film-within-a-film segment called "Garden of Degradation" which she claims was supposed to be amateurish and pretentious but showing potential so she tried to direct it as best she could kind of knowing that it might not work out. The film is tentatively set to debut at Cannes and then (we hear) open sometime this fall. Not so coincidentally, this will coincide with two new Gabrielle Bell books--one, the short comic collection called Cecil and Jordan in New York: Stories by Gabrielle Bell and a special limited cast and crew gift book created by Gabrielle and Michel featuring photos and sketches and little vignettes from the making of the film. This petits-livres will be called kuruma tohrimasu which is Japanese for "car passing" which is some sort of private joke shared by the cast and crew. The photo above is Gabrielle (center) and her cast and crew from her film.

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