1 LUTHER PRICE (International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany) The highlight of this tightly focused survey of the work of Boston-based experimental filmmaker Luther Price was the midnight screening of Clown (1991) in a makeshift bar at Oberhausen’s central train station. Rumor had it the floor might collapse, but that didn’t stop people from crowding in.
2 A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS (Ben Rivers and Ben Russell) How should a person live? Where can one locate utopian and even transcendent experience in a world that consistently forecloses it? Rivers and Russell lead the viewer through three possibilities in this collaborative feature.
3 IMITATION OF LIFE (Mathias Poledna) Poledna’s three-minute 35-mm animationthe centerpiece of the Austrian pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennaleis whimsical only on its surface, asking questions about obsolescence, labor,
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