Mar 30th 2017

Remainder is based on the mind-bending novel of the same name by Tom McCarthy, which was hailed by Zadie Smith as “one of the great English novels of the past ten years” in 2008.

Omer Fast’s first feature film, Remainder was an official selection of the 2015 London Film Festival. The Renaissance Society, in partnership with the Film Studies Center, is pleased to host its debut in Chicago.

Based on the experimental novel of the same name by Tom McCarthy, Remainder follows an unnamed man who is struck in the head by a black box falling from the sky. Having lost his sense of self, he uses the money from a huge settlement to buy a particular apartment building and pay people to re-enact his recent memories repeatedly until they generate in him a certain feeling.

In Omer Fast’s skillful adaptation, Remainder mirrors the complex obscurities of the protagonist’s mind, as the man tries to reconstruct things that have disappeared, confronting the materiality of his world in a search for a kind of authenticity.

Omer Fast is known for his multi-channel video installations that play inventively with narrative while blurring the line between facts and fiction. In addition to a monographic exhibition at Jeu de Paume in 2015, Fast has shown in biennials including Documenta 13, the 54th Venice Biennale, and the 2002 and 2008 Whitney Biennials.

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