Trailer Watch: Life In A Day Releases July 24, Will Tug Your Heartstrings

by Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
April 25, 2011 5:14 AM
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Check out the new trailer for Life In A Day, which premiered at Sundance in January (and simultaneously on YouTube). The documentary, directed by Kevin Macdonald, produced by Ridley Scott and shot by people all over the world on July 24, 2010, is not to be missed. National Georgraphic is releasing the film, fittingly, on July 24. Here is Anne Thompson's review:

I saw the film in a screening room at Sundance and was unaccountably moved by this cannily edited assemblage of video sent into Macdonald from all over the world, 80,000 submissions from 192 countries, totaling over 4,500 hours of footage.  The filmmakers cut down the video—of varying quality—to create one 90-minute doc using over 1000 clips from YouTube users from Japan to India to the land of the midnight sun...

The film starts in the black wee hours of July 24 with two elephants washing in water and a woman breast-feeding in bed, and moves through sunrise, breakfast, work, lunch, parenting, issues of love and the upsetting “what do you fear” section. Some of the footage is gorgeous, some intimate, all authentic. I was deeply upset at the end—because the movie made me recognize some of the things that I too am afraid of: loneliness, loss, death. One sequence about a woman recovering from surgery and dealing with her jumpy little boy and solicitous husband broke my heart, as did a widower in Japan waking up his small son in a claustrophobic, messy apartment as they burn incense for the missing mom. A teenager shaves for the first time, videotaped by his doting Dad, and dabs at his cuts with toilet paper. Another guy answers the question of who he loves most by breaking into tears as he hugs his cat. Guess you know how to tug my chain.

Here's more, plus our interviews with the film's director and editor.

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