Watch the trailer for short-film anthology Words with Gods

Last summer, I passed along some news about an upcoming short-film anthology called Words with Gods. Produced by Guillermo Arriaga and featuring music by Peter Gabriel, the anthology consists of several short films about religion directed by filmmakers like Hector Babenco, Mira Nair and Emir Kusturica. The film sounds interesting as it is, but I am especially intrigued because Israeli director Amos Gitai is contributing a short film that will be based in some way on the Book of Amos.

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Quick updates on Peter Gabriel and the Bible sequel

A bit more information has trickled in regarding two items that I blogged in the last few days.

First, The Hollywood Reporter has clarified that Peter Gabriel’s contribution to the anthology film Words with Gods will consist mainly of music for the animated interstitials that play between the short films, and not of music for the short films themselves. Gabriel will also contribute a new song to close the film and give it “a final message,” according to producer Lucas Akoskin.

Second, and more extensively, The Hollywood Reporter has also got a few new quotes from The Bible producer Mark Burnett that hint at the direction the recently-announced sequel to that mini-series will take.

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Israeli director pays short-film homage to the prophet Amos

Don’t know how I never heard of this before, but it turns out nine directors from around the world are contributing to an upcoming film about religion called Words with Gods.

The film, an anthology of short movies, is the brainchild of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga, who wrote films like Babel (2006) and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) before getting into the director’s chair for The Burning Plain (2008).

I first became aware of the new film when The Hollywood Reporter announced today that Peter Gabriel has signed on to write the music for it. A quick bit of Googling soon revealed that one of the nine directors involved in the project is Amos Gitai (pictured above), and that his contribution is called ‘The Book of Amos’.

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