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February 10, 2017 – February 25, 2017

Bold, original, and aesthetically inventive new works pushing against the borders of cinematic expression, which in the process challenge our assumptions about the possibilities of image and sound, form and narrative.

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All the Cities of the North

Directed by Dane Komljen

Built around origin myths and mysteries from a not-so-distant past, Komljen’s debut is set in an abandoned, hotel complex near

Dead Slow Ahead

Directed by Mauro Herce

Despite new technology, the transport of physical goods continues to rely on age-old means. Herce’s film is a hypnotic and

Eldorado XXI

Directed by Salomé Lamas

Set at 18,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes and focused on a community of exploited miners in the small village


Directed by Gastón Solnicki

Loosely based on Béla Bartók’s 1918 opera “Bluebeard’s Castle” and largely constructed out of improvised scenes featuring non-actors, Solnicki’s film

The Dreamed Ones

Directed by Ruth Beckermann

In 1948, Paul Celan, a concentration camp survivor and esteemed post-war poet, met Ingeborg Bachmann, a writer whose father was

The Dreamed Path

Directed by Angela Schanelec

Influenced by the ethos of legendary French director Robert Bresson, The Dreamed Path is a riddle of a film and

The Human Surge

Directed by Eduardo Williams

Work and leisure—particularly in the “developing” world—has inexorably shifted to a quasi-industrial, quasi-service hellscape where everything is commodified and interpersonal