Phantom Islands at Audi Dublin International Film Festival

Phantom Islands

A Pictorial Film By Rouzbeh Rashidi
Produced by Experimental Film Society.
Funded By The Arts Council Of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the Reel Art scheme.

World premiere in the Dublin International Film Festival on Tuesday 27th February at the Irish Film Institute (IFI). Tickets HERE


Phantom Islands is an experimental film that exists at the boundary of documentary and fiction. It follows a couple adrift and disoriented in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s islands. Yet this deliberately melodramatic romance is constantly questioned by a provocative cinematic approach that ultimately results in a hypnotic and visceral inquiry into the very possibility of documentary objectivity.

Funded By The Arts Council Of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the Reel Art scheme. Distributed by Experimental Film Society and due for release February 2018

Cast & Crew

Image, Sound and Edit Rouzbeh Rashidi
Starring Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais
Producers Conor Horgan, Maximilian Le Cain and Atoosa Pour Hosseini
Music by Amanda Feery
Additional Music Cinema Cyanide
Additional Sound Composition Vicky Langan
Assistant Director and Production Assistant Jann Clavadetscher
Production Runner Katie Mc Fadden
Colour Grading Michael Higgins
Title Graphics Pouya Ahmadi
Production Supervisor Alan Fitzpatrick (Filmbase)

Dedicated to Marguerite Duras, Jean Epstein and Andrzej Żuławski

EFS screening at Esto Es Para Esto, Monterrey City, Mexico


A programme of Experimental Film Society will be screening at Esto Es Para Esto on 1st of March, 2018 in Monterrey City, Mexico. Details of the programme:

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is a group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of uncompromisingly personal, formally challenging filmmaking. Based in Dublin, it has succeeded in forging a new and radically alternative Irish cinema. Its defiantly independent vision, both deeply informed by film history and utterly modern, has animated over five hundred shorts and features over its eighteen-year existence. Its films adopt an exploratory approach to filmmaking and foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the often-startling sensory interplay of sound and image.

1_La Picota (2018) By Ana González / 3Minutes / Colombia
2_Universal Film (2018) By Jann Clavadetscher / 3Minutes / Ireland
3_Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8mins
4_The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017) By Michael Higgins / 14Minutes / Ireland
5_Play Ground (2017) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le cain / 16Minutes / Ireland
6_Refining the Senses (2017) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 13Minutes / Switzerland-Ireland

Total running time: 58 Minutes

More info HERE

EFS & purge present Spectators: A Tribute to Frans Zwartjes

Experimental Film Society & purge present
Spectators: A Tribute to Frans Zwartjes

Birds, Spare Bedroom, Spectator & Living by Frans Zwartjes
+  tribute films by Stanley SchtinterLangan/Le Cain & Rouzbeh Rashidi

6.30 pm, Thursday February 22nd
The Guesthouse, 10 Chapel St., Cork

Frans Zwartjes, Holland’s preeminent experimental filmmaker, passed away at the end of 2017. As a tribute to this great and always radical artist, Experimental Film Society (EFS), in association with purge, presents a screening of four of Zwartjes’ finest films along with three others made in tribute to him.

Zwartjes’ highly stylised, poetically claustrophobic films achieve a unique level of sensual intimacy in their renditions of sexual and domestic tension, and voyeurism. These wordless works draw on performance art but are equally distinguished by their oneiric visuals, disconcerting editing rhythms and hypnotically minimal sound design. Once Zwartjes has caressed the surface of your eyeballs, you will never see cinema in the same way again.

This programme also features Zwartjes, a recent documentary portrait of Frans Zwartjes by Stanley Schtinter, as well two films made in homage to Zwartjes by filmmakers connected with EFS: Rouzbeh Rashidi’s Homo Sapiens Project (113) and the Irish premiere of Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain’s Play Ground.

Schtinter is a Zwartjes collaborator. He was behind major Zwartjes tribute events at such venues as EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam and London’s Whitechapel Gallery. He produced the first ever release of Zwartjes’ music through his label, purge. EFS is an Irish company dedicated to nurturing personal, experimental cinema. Rashidi and Langan / Le Cain acknowledge Zwartjes as a major influence on their work.

Birds (5 mins, 1968)
Spare Bedroom (15 mins, 1969)
Spectator (10 mins, 1970)
Living (15 mins, 1971)

Zwartjes (Stanley Schtinter, 9 mins, 2017)
Homo Sapiens Project (113) (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 16 mins, 2012)
Play Ground (Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, 16 mins, 2017)

Play Ground was made with the support of Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

Stills courtesy of Collection EYE Filmmuseum.

Folds of Existence: Experimental Film Society (New York)


Folds of Existence

A screening series of contemporary moving image that mediates the precarious boundaries between public space and personal psyche. Ranging from the meditative and transcendent to the cacophonous and debaucherous, these layered realities attempt to reclaim timeworn ideologies, made manifest via social network dynamics, contested geopolitical histories, formulaic mass entertainment, ecstatic virtual imaginings and oscillating collective projections. This powerful compilation of works challenges the currency and potentiality of events, and points towards alternative aesthetics and modes of existence.

The programs presented include short-form, feature-length, single-channel and installation-based works.

Programmed by Lorenzo Gattorna and Mary Ancel

January 19, 2018
Experimental Film Society
Curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi

DATE AND TIME Friday, January 19, 2018 8:00 PM
LOCATION American Medium 515 West 20th Street 3N New York, NY 10011 United States

Experimental Film Society is a group of filmmakers credited with bringing a new energy to Irish experimental cinema. Their uncompromisingly personal work raids their psyches to fuel phantasmagorical reconfigurations of techniques and half-remembered nightmares from cinema history. As they experiment with cinema, they allow it equally to experiment on them, creating richly experiential works that chart an uncomfortable territory that is at once uncannily familiar and utterly alien. In evoking possible futures cinema might once have had, these films upset the continuum, rendering the apparent solidity of our current condition fractious and plastic.

  • Controle No6 (2015), Jann Clavadetscher, Ireland, 13m
  • The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017), Michael Higgins, Ireland, 14m
  • Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013), Rouzbeh Rashidi, Ireland, 8m
  • Brine Twice Daily (2015), Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, Ireland, 20m
  • Refining the Senses (2017), Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Switzerland-Ireland, 13m

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents

Book launch with live performance by
Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain

4pm, Saturday December 2nd 2017
Filmbase, 2 Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is pleased to announce the publication of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, a book chronicling the history of EFS. The book launch will take place at Filmbase, Dublin, and feature a special live performance by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain.

EFS is an international group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of personal, formally challenging cinema. Originally founded by Rouzbeh Rashidi in Tehran, EFS has been based in Dublin since 2004 where it has been responsible for injecting a new energy into Irish alternative film. Its defiantly independent vision, both deeply informed by film history and radically modern, has animated over five hundred films as well as numerous performances, installations and sound works.

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents chronicles this unique chapter in contemporary underground cinema by compiling a series of essays, interviews and manifestos that set out and explore the ideas that drive and emerge from EFS filmmaking. It includes new texts by renowned film critic Adrian Martin, and by Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, the curatorial team behind aemi (artists and experimental moving image).

Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain’s longstanding filmmaking partnership has recently expanded to include live performance collaborations. They performed at the 2017 Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival and at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts where their feature film Inside (2017) premiered. Le Cain makes experimental films that explore a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting, while Langan’s practice operates across several overlapping fields. Her vulnerable, emotionally charged work envelops audiences in an aura of dark intimacy.

Copies of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents (edited by Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian Le Cain, 164 pages) will be on sale at the launch priced €15, or can be ordered directly by emailing

The book was designed, typeset & made into pages in Adobe InDesign by Borna Izadpanah, London. The text was set in typefaces Romain and SangBleu by Swiss Typefaces, Vevey. The book cover was designed by Pouya Ahmadi, Illinois.

Langan/Le Cain - TULCA Festival of Visual Art, 2017

They Call Us The Screamers 3 November – 19 November 2017

 TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway, Ireland

The 15th edition of TULCA Festival of Visual Art – titled They Call Us The Screamers – features artworks by Irish and international artists that are presented across six venues: Galway Arts Centre, 126 Artist Run Gallery, Nun’s Island Theatre, Connacht Tribune Print Works, Barnacles Hostel, and University Hospital Galway. The participating artists are: Fabienne Audeoud, Sam Basu and Liz Murray, Kian Benson Bailes, David Beattie, Oisin Byrne, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, Liz Magic Laser, McGibbon O’Lynn, Yvette Monahan, Yoko Ono, Plastique Fantastique, Richard Proffitt, Bob Quinn, Florian Roithmayr (with Meredith Monk), Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen and Marie-Louise Vittrup Andersen, Lucy Stein

The exhibition takes its reference from a book written by Jenny James, published by Caliban Books in 1980. The book is an account of Atlantis, the commune she established a few years earlier in the Gaeltacht village of Burtonport, County Donegal – promoting an approach of de-programming from the modern world through therapeutic self-development and environmental self-sufficiency.  The book is also a response to the controversies and scandals that embroiled the commune during their first years in Ireland, following accusations of cultish behaviour, kidnapping, and physical abuse. The members of the commune were collectively nicknamed ‘The Screamers’ in a 1976 Sunday World article, referring to their practice of primal scream therapy – an adapted form of psychotherapy developed by Dr Arthur Janov that sought to re-enact the traumas of modern upbringing and thereby reverse the neurosis that follows in later life.

They Call Us The Screamers provides the title and thematic compass for the exhibition, with artworks that are orientated to ideas held together by the historical episode. They include ideas of withdrawal and selfhood (Lucy SteinLiz Magic LaserVicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, Richard Proffitt); autonomy and self-sufficiency (Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen & Marie-Louise Vittrup AndersenDavid BeattieCiarán Ó Dochartaigh, Yvette Monahan); voice and neurosis (Florian RoithmayrYoko OnoFabienne Audeoud); future culture and community (Kian Benson BailesPlastique FantastiqueSam Basu & Liz MurrayMcGibbon O’LynnOisin Byrne). The exhibition also features Bob Quinn’s The Family (1979) – a documentary film on Atlantis that was originally banned by the national broadcast network RTE Television, deemed too disturbing for Irish audiences at the time.

A publication designed by Alex Synge / The First 47 wll be available at all venues. In addition to curatorial texts by Matt Packer, the publication includes three newly commissioned texts by Sue Rainsford that sound the primal scream through the narrative forms of lyric essay, transcription, and testimony.

They Call Us The Screamers is an exhibition that does not aim to illustrate Atlantis in Ireland, nor attempt to redress their controversy. Instead, the story gives way to a broader framework of practice-related ideas that develop from the countercultural psychology of the 1970s, seeking to reclaim an alternative future for self and society in today’s perspective.

Curated by: Matt Packer

Maximilian Le Cain and I will also be doing a live performance at TULCA on November 4th and are delivering an artists' talk on the 13th.

Experimental Film Society at ULTRAcinema Mexico

A programme of Experimental Film Society will be screening in the sixth edition of annual ULTRAcinema festival November 30 – December 3, 2017 in Puebla, Mexico. Venue: Sala 9 2 Norte #1205-A San Juan Aquiahuac San Andrés Cholula, Puebla 72810 Mexico. Details of the programme:

1_Impulsive Film (2016) By Jann Clavadetscher / 2Minutes / Ireland
2_Play Ground (2017) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le cain / 16Minutes / Ireland
3_Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8mins
4_The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017) By Michael Higgins / 14Minutes / Ireland
5_Refining the Senses (2017) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 13Minutes / Switzerland-Ireland

Total running time: 55minutes

More info HERE 

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Nasty Women Dublin, Pallas Projects

I have work in Nasty Women at Pallas Projects tonight on a data card called Cassavetes, put together by Mariah Black. The card also features works by Mary Kelleher, Molly Hennigan, Patricia Mc Inerney & Mariah Black. The card is an edition of 8, all proceeds go to Repeal Campaign.

4 to 12 August 2017 | Opening: 3 August, 6pm
Pallas Projects, 115 – 117, The Coombe, Dublin 8

Nasty Women Dublin

Opening Night: Thursday August 3rd 2017 6pm

Telephones Nasty Women Special: Saturday August 5th

Continues: Friday 4th – Saturday 12th August 2017 12–6pm  (excluding 6th +7th)

Nasty Women Dublin is taking place in Pallas Projects, Dublin from August 3rd-12th 2017. Originally a project by curators Jessamyn Fiore, Roxanne Jackson and Angel Bellaran hosted in the Knockdown Centre, New York it has spread to over 40 fundraising exhibitions worldwide.

“Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. With over forty fundraising art exhibitions taking place around the United States and abroad, Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organisations defending these rights and to be a platform for organisation and resistance.” Nasty Women Exhibition

Nasty Women Dublin will be fundraising exhibition that celebrates the strength and diversity of art by female artists in Ireland, and which acts to promote the cause of women's rights, in particular reproductive rights and The Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

All works are kindly donated by our artists and will be for sale for less than €100 with proceeds going to Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment & Artists' Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Our curatorial panel:
Sheena Barrett, Mariah Black, Helen Carey, Mary Cremin, Jessamyn Fiore, Siobhan Geoghegan, Gillian Lawler, Alice Maher, Loitering Theatre & Kathy Tynan

Artists include:
Aoife Dunne, Mona Atkinson, Anne Maree Barry, Aideen Barry, Aida Bangoura, Margaret O’Brien, Sarah Browne, Catherine Barron, Jade Butler, Catherine Barragry, Rachel Burke, Amanda Coogan, Nuala Clarke, Aimée Chan, Avril Coroon, Siobhan Clancy, Pauline Cummins, Susan Connolly, Maud Cotter, Margaret O’Connor, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty, Aislinn Delaney, Margaretta D’Arcy, Isadora Epstein, Millie Egan, Sara French, Marie Farrington, Aoife Giles, Doireann Ni Ghrioghair, Sara Greavu, Orla Goodwin, Amy Higgins, Leah Hilliard, Léann Herlihy, Roisin Hackett, Katie Holten, Erica Van Horn, Dragana Jurisic, Wendy Judge, Jesse Jones, Barbara Knezevic, Ali Kirby, Sandy Kennedy, Breda Lynch, Katharine Lamb, Gillian Lawler, Kathryn Maguire, Susan MacWilliam, Siobhan McGibbon, Sibyl Montague, Janet Mullarney, Chloë Nagle, Emer O'Boyle, Deirdre O'Mahony, Seoidin O'Sullivan, Katie O'Grady, Mandy O Neill, Aisling O'Beirn, Sadbh O'Brien, Helen O'Leary, Rachael Rose O'Leary, Laragh Pittman, Aine Philips, Jennifer Smith, Vicky Smith, Sonia Shiel, Polina Shapkina, Ciara Scanlan, Celine Sheridan, Gráinne Tynan, Ann Quinn, Ruby Wallis, Chanelle Walshe, Eve Woods, Amy Walsh, Isabella Walsh & more to be announced!


Thursday 3rd: Opening Event 6–9pm, performance 6.30pm.

Saturday 5th: Nasty Women Telephones Special: Tickets

Tuesday 8th: FINDING CREATIVITY workshop with Catherine Barron (16+)

Saturday 12th: 'A glove is a gift' performance, Léann Herlihy 3pm

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slips, speaks 17 - 26 May, London


MA in Art & Process CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland at 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, London

slips, speaks
17 – 26 May 2017

Jackie Burke, Cat Gambel, Vicky Langan, Max Le Cain
Curated by Padraig Spillane
Accompanying text by Sarah Hayden, Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century American Literature and Culture at the University of Southampton.

Opening Reception with a reading by Sarah Hayden
Tues 16 May, 6:30 – 8:30pm

To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of what has become the EU, 12 Star Gallery is organizing a season of exhibitions that features students from Europe’s leading art schools.

slips, speaks features four 2017 graduates from the MA in Art & Process at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland. This exhibition explores shifting influences within our contemporary times. It contemplates our present flux with works by Jackie Burke, which give back to us digitally disseminated and mass-consumed images of power, through paint on board. In searching from the present to the past, Cat Gambel’s clay and photographic works interrogate how to represent forgotten individuals from family archives. These works do not provoke reaction but reflection. They want us to take notice of what is hidden in plain sight and for examination to bring understanding and reconciliation.

Vicky Langan and Max Le Cain, working singularly and collaboratively, seek to bring our attention to the passing moments within in our lives. Langan ask us to listen to the sounds of a roof being taken down to be reconstructed, to immerse ourselves in an intimate reorientating of place. Le Cain, with both moving image and stills, creates ambiguous filmic moments disclosing alternatives that reside in every moment. In this respect, the works presented in slips, speaks look beyond the binaries we are fed by seeking ways to connect with others and to ground ourselves beyond the obvious.

Pádraig Spillane is an artist and exhibition-maker based in Cork, Ireland. His work has been exhibited in Kerlin Gallery, Dublin; Treignac Projet, France; and CCA Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He has curated exhibitions featuring Viviane Sassen, Dara McGrath, Tom Climent, Miriam O’Connor, Zhang Kechun, and Mariela Sancari. Spillane is a 2012 graduate from the MA in Art & Process at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design.

CIT Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD) is a vibrant multi-campus College, which has been providing education in the arts for over 200 years. Crawford graduates are among Ireland’s top artists, designers, media designers and communicators, art therapists and art educationalists.

12 Star Gallery, Europe House,
32 Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3EU

10 am – 6pm, Monday – Friday
For private views please contact
+44 (0) 20 7973 1992

Film Panic presents EFS & Trailers in Porto

A programme of EFS shorts followed by Rouzbeh Rashidi's feature Trailers will play @ Maus Hábitos – Espaço de Intervenção Cultural, Porto on Wednesday 16th November 2016. These screenings have been programmed by FILM PANIC (Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais) in association with Shortcutz Porto, all screenings will take place at Maus Hábitos in Porto, Portugal.

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Pitpony (2014) By Jason Marsh / 3:30 Minutes /  U.K
Sumpf (2015) By Jann Clavadetscher/ 6 Minutes /  Switzerland-Ireland
Funnel Web Family (2013) By Michael Higgins / 13 Minutes / Ireland
Cut To The Chase (2015) By Dean Kavanagh / 11 Minutes / Ireland
Clandestine (2015) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 15 Minutes / Estonia-Ireland
Brine Twice Daily (2015) By Maximilian Le Cain/Vicky Langan / 20 Minutes / Ireland

Gare St Lazare Ireland mentorship 2016-2017

 Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, Gare St Lazare Ireland

Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, Gare St Lazare Ireland

Gare St Lazare Players Ireland is an Irish theatre company with a repertory of 17 Beckett titles, as well as a solo adaptation of Moby Dick and new plays by Michael Harding and Will Eno. Gare St Lazare Ireland are currently Artists in Residence at Everyman supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council Arts Office and UCC. As part of their residency Gare St Lazare are offering mentorships to four Cork-based professional artists.  These mentorships will focus on both the creative and production ends of theatre-making and touring.

I am delighted to have been awarded one of these mentorships and am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Gare St Lazare Ireland over the course of 2016 - 2017. They are a theatre company I have long admired. Many thanks to the Everyman Theatre, the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council Arts Office and UCC. 

She felt, as she felt so often with Murphy, spattered with words that went dead as soon as they sounded; each word obliterated, before it had time to make sense, by the word that came next; so that in the end she did not know what had been said. It was like difficult music heard for the first time.
— Samuel Beckett, Murphy
 Gary Lydon (Estragon) and Conor Lovett (Vladimir) in the Gare St Lazare Players Ireland production of Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett. Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett

Gary Lydon (Estragon) and Conor Lovett (Vladimir) in the Gare St Lazare Players Ireland production of Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett. Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett

Gare St Lazare Players Ireland is Ireland's most travelled theatre company and has a reputation for artistic excellence. The collaborative output of joint artistic directors Judy Hegarty Lovett (director) and Conor Lovett (actor) has earned an international reputation for entirely accessible and faithful renditions of Beckett's prose. The company have represented Irish culture in more venues worldwide than any other Irish theatre company. In all they have performed at over 60 venues in Ireland and at a further 80 worldwide on six continents.

The company's repertory includes 2013's Waiting For Godot and Here All Night and the solo performances, Title and Deed by Will Eno, Moby Dick adapted by Lovett/Hegarty Lovett, The Good Thief by Conor McPherson, Swallow by Michael Harding and over 18 Samuel Beckett titles including the prose pieces: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, Lessness, Worstward Ho, Texts for Nothing, Enough, First Love, The End & The Calmative and the plays Waiting For Godot, Rockaby, A Piece of Monologue and all seven of Beckett's radio plays.

In 2006 the company produced new versions of Beckett's 7 radio plays in association with RTE (Ireland's state broadcaster) for The Beckett Centenary Festival. In 2009 Lovett and Hegarty Lovett adapted Moby Dick as a solo performance which toured to 28 theatres in Ireland and has also accepted invitations to National Theatre of Bulgaria, California International Theatre Festival, Rubicon Theatre (Ventura), New Haven International Festival of Art & Ideas and London Literature Festival at The South Bank Centre.

In 2014 the company toured Title and Deed to Edinburgh Festival (winning The Stage Award for Acting Excellence), and First Love to The Arcola Theatre London (Nominated for Best Direction and Best Male Performance in the Off West End Awards) and Waiting For Godot toured to Shanghai, China (Shanghai International Drama Festival Award). In 2015 Title and Deed toured to London and Waiting For Godot toured to New York along with The End and Here All Night.

TRAILERS in Cork Film Festival 2016

 Poster by  Pouya Ahmadi

Poster by Pouya Ahmadi

Trailers premiere at the Cork Film Festival.

Sunday November 13th 2016, 20:15

Triskel Christchurch cinema.


Rashidi's ongoing exploration into the nature of cinema sees a group of characters adrift in space, each locked into their own sexual rituals while a cataclysm of universal proportions unfolds. This visionary spectacle uses multiple formats and visual textures in weaving an erotic anti-narrative suspended in its own space and time. This screening will be followed by a Q+A with the director.

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