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MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON

Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid United States, 1943

A landmark short film from the godmother of the American avant-garde, Maya Deren. No other film describes the illogic mystery of dreams quite like this one—its miraculous images are potent enough to find a way into your own dreamscape.

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OUTER SPACE

Peter Tscherkassky Austria, 1999

A key film from the Austrian avant-garde, Outer Space re-appropriates footage from Sidney J. Furie’s The Entity into a maelstrom of images—a destruction of narrative norms, and an outright violation of traditional cinematic space.

OLLA

Ariane Labed France, 2019

After answering an ad on a dating website for Eastern European women, Olla leaves Ukraine and heads to French suburbia to move in with Pierre, who lives with his elderly mother. However, the suburbia cannot temper her desires, and nothing goes as expected.

ASPARAGUS

Suzan Pitt United States, 1979

A landmark work in experimental surrealist animation, Suzan Pitt’s short has more ideas than even some features! Brilliantly mixing hand-drawn animation with stop-motion, Asparagus is resplendent with evocative ideas on femininity, interiority, and the body. A truly singular piece of cinema.

DREAM WORK

Peter Tscherkassky Austria, 2001

From Peter Tscherkassky, a major figure in contemporary avant-garde cinema, Dream Work another clever play with old CinemaScope footage. Copying it frame by frame by hand, he forces the images to achieve the fevered quality of dreams found in Surrealism and the nightmares of David Lynch.

A SONG OF LOVE

Jean Genet France, 1950

The controversial writer and outcast Jean Genet made only one film in his lifetime yet its impact on underground and independent filmmakers has been incalculable. This sexually graphic and profoundly liberating work, which was infamously declared obscene, is a poetic paean to homoerotic desire.

BORO IN THE BOX

Bertrand Mandico France, 2011

Bertrand Mandico (The Wild Boys) defied all expectations of the genre with his surreal and captivating biopic of the Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk. A fictionalized account of Borowczyk’s life, Boro in the Box is an elliptical paean to his singularly provocative cinema.

LIVING STILL LIFE

Bertrand Mandico France, 2012

The 2nd short preceding Bertrand Mandico’s The Wild Boys is another succinct, phantasmagoric contraption of dreamlike rhythm’s and logic (or lack thereof!). Living Still Life revives and even queers the inspiration of Andrei Tarkovsky and his philosophy of “sculpting in time” to perfect effect.