FILM: Best of 2013

Erika Balsom

Film reel of Luther Price’s Clown, 1991, about to be screened at the Oberhausen Central Station, May 5, 2013. Photo: Kurzfilmtage/ Daniel Gasenzer.

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 animation—the centerpiece of the Austrian pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale—is whimsical only on its surface, asking questions about obsolescence, labor,

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