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Shorts

Shorts

THE HEDONISTS

Jia Zhangke China, 2016

Set in his hometown of Fenyang, Jia Zhangke’s eccentric hybrid short stars the director’s veteran actors playing fictional versions of themselves. A frenzied job search leads to a comic exploration of the bizarre, novel relationship between China’s cultural traditions and free-reign capitalism.

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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 illogical mystery of dreams quite like this one—its miraculous images are potent enough to find a way into your own dreamscape.

OLLA

Ariane Labed France, 2019

We’re thrilled to see French actress Ariane Labed (Attenberg, The Lobster) jump behind the camera, and her directing debut is nothing short of explosive! Premiering in Cannes last year, this 27-minute gem subverts ideas of femalehood and immigration with style, humor, and insight to spare.

POPEYE THE SAILOR MEETS SINDBAD THE SAILOR

Dave Fleischer United States, 1936

Adapted to the screen by Fleischer Studios, Popeye was able to surpass Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse at the 1930s box office and still remains an ingenious animated series. The only episode in the series to receive a nomination at the Academy Awards, this short is an adventurous feat of animation.

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.

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.

BREAKWATER

Cris Lyra Brazil, 2019

In this collectively made short, Cris Lyra’s intimate gaze records, with minute attention, the bodies and voices of a group of friends as they talk about sexual identity and politics in today’s Brazil. This is affective lesbian cinema, in the vein of Barbara Hammer, where caring and community reign.

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.