Top helmers gather for anthology pix

Directors to contribute to a study of Paris, Sept. 11

CANNES — A pair of high-profile anthology pics are in the works, boasting contributions from a slew of international A-list directors, including Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, Claude Lelouch and Mira Nair.

“Paris, je t’aime” will be produced by Paris-based Novem Prods., with 20 helmers each studying one of the city’s 20 districts, or arrondisements.

And producer Jacques Perrin has tapped 11 directors, each of whom will shoot an 11-minute film about Sept. 11. The group will then be compiled into one feature called “11-09-01.”

In “Paris,” Allen is tackling the eighth arrondisement, which includes the Champs Elysees. Bertolucci will offer his take on the first district; Johnny Depp, the third; Sally Potter, the sixth; Tom Tykwer, the 10th; Jean-Luc Godard, the 11th; Agnes Varda, the 14th; and thesp Fanny Ardant, the 16th.

The Sept. 11-themed pic, with segments by Youssef Chahine, Amos Gitai, Shohei Imamura, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Samira Makhmalbaf, Lelouch, Ken Loach, Nair, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Sean Penn, and Danis Tanovic, will open worldwide on Sept. 11. All proceeds will benefit victims of terrorism.

The pic is from an idea by Alain Brigand.

At the Berlin Film Festival last February, Nair said her seg would examine how it feels to be a South Asian married to a Muslim living in New York after the attacks.

Lelouch is building a Manhattan apartment in a Paris studio for his seg.