Tuesday, April 27th, 7:30pm
(The Long Take)
Claire Simon, 54 min, 1993, Beta
In this should-be cult classic director Claire Simon shoots a group of French school children on a playground from their point of view, Peanuts-style, and keeps the camera on their games almost uncomfortably too long, past cute and to the point of shocking hilarity. Their specific shared fantasy world is revealed to be a dark, complex system of haves and have-nots, mitigated by unreasonable loyalties. And the differences between the girls’ games and the boys’ are remarkable.
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A Little Death
Gina Telaroli, 79 min, 2009, DV
A debut feature film directed by Telaroli and made by Meerkat Media collective, who make films collaboratively and democratically emphasizing that process and methods are as important as the end result. Cinema aficionado Telaroli made a decision to consciously transpose some of the specific cinematic choices made by 70s art house auteurs such as Chantal Akerman, but highlighting the unique textures and capabilities of using digital instead of film. Comprised of just 28 shots, this stylistically rigorous look at a young woman's ritualistic experience spending a solitary three-months in winter, while caretaking a summerhouse in Nantucket, is a direct confrontation to media stereotypes of sex-confessional based female relationships.