Nicolas Rey: differently, Molussia
@ Cinema Borealis
1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Opening Thursday, September 19th, from 7PM - 9PM
Nicolas Rey in person!
The Nightingale (at Cinema Borealis) is proud to present “differently, Molussia” (2012) a film by Nicolas Rey of L‘Abominable film lab collective. “differently, Molussia” is a film in nine chapters, shown in random order, and based on fragments from the anti-fascist, posthumously published 1931 novel “Die molussische Katakombe” (The Molussian Catacomb) by Günther Anders. Prisoners sitting in the pits of an imaginary fascist state, Molussia, transmit one another stories about the outside world like a series of political and philosophical fables. “differently, Molussia” has screened worldwide including venues such as the Forum Expanded section of Berlinale (Germany), Views from the Avant Garde at NYFF (New York, NY), and the Northwest Film Center (Portland, OR).
“The sequencing of the reels – i.e. the stories and the way certain motifs, aesthetic strategies, and cinematic devices are introduced and worked through – is interchangeable; what carries over from reel to reel are the colors and textures. Few works so perfectly combine cinesensuality and Marxist dialectics.” — Olaf Möller, Film Comment
Nicolas Rey was born in 1968. Unlike the famous American director, his name is not a pseudonym. Nor is he the son of the French experimental filmmaker Georges Rey. He is also not related to the other Nicolas Reys who live at Place de Paris, although he often gets their mail. Since 1993, he makes films that combine elements of photography, documentary film, and experimental film. He is also a co-founder of the collective film lab L‘Abominable.
France, 2012, 16mm, 81 minutes
Programmed by Emily Eddy
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