Rusalka

Description: Award-winning Russian animator Aleksanrd Petrov has become famous for his paint-on-glass animation, a painstaking process that allows the artist to manipulate the image directly under the camera by using extremely slow-drying oil paints, so that the image can be altered over a number of days. Petrov’s 1996 film Rusalka is a beautiful example of this technique. The […]

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Face Scripting

Description: Face Scripting: What Did the Building See? is a film installation by sibling-duo Jane and Louise Wilson, conceptualized in partnership with London-based writer Shumon Basar and Israeli architect Eyla Weizman (who also narrates). The exhibition opened at the Sharjah Biennial in 2011 and consisted of a single HD projection of the Wilsons’ 11-minute film […]

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Vampyr

Description: Vampyr was received upon its release with almost exclusively negative reviews, and though critical opinion has improved over time, it is still usually considered as one of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s (The Passion of Joan of Arc) feebler efforts. There are, however, many critics who consider the film an overlooked masterpiece of the horror genre. I […]

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Foutaises

Description: Foutaises (Things I Like, Things I Hate) is one of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s (director of Amélie) earliest efforts. It uses a technique that will be familiar to viewers of Amélie, narrating and illustrating the likes and dislikes of the main character. Unlike Amélie, where a voice over narrates a similar sequence, in Foutaises, the unnamed […]

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Spring in a Small Town

Description: Director Fei Mu’s Spring in a Small Town (1948) has been hailed as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) Chinese films ever made. The film acquired a strange reputation and almost notoriety for being banned by the Chinese government. While most films are banned for being too political one way or another, Spring […]

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Limite

Description: Brazilian writer and director Mário Peixoto made only one film; the 1930 experimental silent movie Limite, which he produced almost single-handedly, being the writer, director, producer, and even appearing in a minor role. In the film, two women and a man are lost at sea in a rowboat, and episodes from their pasts are […]

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The Accordion

Description: Growing up during the Iranian Revolution, renowned filmmaker Jafar Panahi is no stranger to censorship in his home country. In 2010, the same year he was banned from making films for the next 20 years by the Iranian government, he released his short film, The Accordion. It was part of a larger project supported […]

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Dreams That Money Can Buy

Description: In 1947, Hans Richter collaborated with Man Ray, Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Fernand Leger, and Marcel Duchamp on the surrealist experimental film Dreams That Money Can Buy. The plot concerns Joe, a man who can’t come up with the rent for his apartment. He accidentally discovers that by looking closely into his own eye […]

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