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Directed by Nicolas Rey

France 2012 81 mins. In German

We welcome Parisian filmmaker Nicolas Rey for the first of two nights of extraordinary cinematic experiences. DIFFERENTLY, MOLUSSIA is an ethereal and expansive hand-processed film based on fragments from the 1930s anti-fascist novel THE MOLUSSIAN CATACOMB by Günther Anders (who was married to philosopher and political scientist Hannah Arendt). As prisoners sit in the cells of the imaginary fascist state of Molussia, they tell stories about the outside world and ruminate on economics and politics in the form of a series of philosophical fables. Prior to each screening, a random ordering of the “baby blue,” “pink,” and “canary” 16mm film reels/chapters is determined so that in total, there are 362,880 combinations from which the projection can be assembled. As much about visual texture as philosophy, tonight’s version will be unique, each part comprising “[a] visual course, a sound atmosphere, and a text: an unlikely classicism…. I wanted to make a film based on a novel that I couldn’t read, since it was written in a language that I don’t understand, and there’s no translation. Strange idea, you might say. But it’s a matter of trust.”—Nicolas Rey.

In German with English subtitles.

Genres: Documentary, Drama

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.