Whimsical, questioning and utterly absorbing, a collection of animated work delving into worlds of wonder, subversion, and Marxist mystery. Playing with form and overflowing with provocation, these works are fun and some re-construct ideas of animation, paying homage to experimentalists who came before.
This short film program includes the following films:
Nikita Diakur, Germany/France (12 min)
Given his own limited abilities and the present danger of physical injury, filmmaker Nikita Diakur decides to teach his computer-generated avatar to do a backflip; what follows is priceless.
Woman as Image, Man as Bearer of the Look
Carlos Velandia, Colombia (8 min)
Unpacking the male gaze by splicing together a staccato montage of found footage, which include images depicting the mother, the wife, and the object of desire, an ode to obsessive deconstructionism emerges.
Jonatan Schwenk, Germany (5 min)
Salamander-like creatures copulate under the moonlight. A feast ensues, propelling a hungry group of two-legged forest dwellers to new heights.
Réka Bucsi, Hungary (5 min)
Set to a minimalist score, simple dots and lines appear at first, then connect, meet, and separate again, as the forms become ever more complex with time, celebrating the joy of ornamentation.
Gustaf Broms, Sweden (16 min)
As identification with the self slowly dissolves, the borders between beings evaporate and the environment disintegrates. This mirrored photo performance, which could also be considered a kind of reverse-engineered stop-motion, takes frames away rather than adding them, forming a myriad of sentient beings.
Total Refusal, Austria (21 min)
Total Refusal returns to MODES with new work following 2020’s dazzling live performance of Operation Jane Walk, and their anti-war masterpiece, How to Disappear. In the moments when the algorithm of their existence shows inconsistencies, the Non-Playable Characters (NPCs) of the popular action-adventure game, Red Dead Redemption, break out of their routines momentarily to display their faultiness and present something touchingly human.
Various with English subtitles
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America in the age of anxiety, as experienced by Professor of Hitler Studies Jack Gladney (Adam Driver), his fourth wife Babette (Greta Gerwig) and multiple kids... A chemical spill leads to an airborne toxic event and the mass evacuation.
Rival South Korean spy agencies try to track down a foreign agent after the attempted assassination of the President. This slick, twisty thriller from Squid Game sensation Lee Jung-jae mixes Le Carré-esque intrigue with Michael Mann-style thrills.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
American photographer Nan Goldin is famous for her empathetic pictures of intimate, exuberant, anguished urban bohemia. Today Goldin is using her celebrity to denounce the Sackler family's art-washing tactics and their role in the opioid crisis.
Veteran director Jerzy Skolimowski returns in triumphant form with this tale of animal life. Sometimes harsh, sometimes sweet, always beautiful, EO tells the story of a donkey and its journey through a world dominated by humans.
In his 90s, the great documentarian Fred Wiseman has made his first fiction film, a bittersweet vignette based on the letters and diaries of Sophia Tolstoy, and her (off-screen) husband, Leo. "Valuable and insightful." Guardian