EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk attended the screening of the films from the Quay brothers at the Film Forum. It was fascinating to see the films of the Quay Brothers. The film is an ultimate form of brilliant art work in all its perfect details, movement, music, light expressions and much more. The Quay Brothers create treasure boxes of cinematography that are ready to be shared, discovered, collected and saved for anybody with an interest in film - it's foundations, past and contemporary features.
Zeitgeist Films and Syncopy are thrilled to partner on a national tour of select Quay Brothers' films (curated by Nolan and including his new short film, Quay, about the inner workings of the London-based animators' studio) as well as the Blu-ray release of The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films. The Quay Brothers - On 35MM, a 70-minute program featuring stunning new 35mm prints of three short films by Stephen and Timothy Quay, alongside the world premiere of Christopher Nolan's short film Quay, will make its debut in a one week run at New York City's Film Forum on Wednesday, August 19.
Nolan and the Quays will be together for opening night discussions (the Quays will be present throughout the first weekend). This program will travel to 10 additional cities, including Dallas (Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 9/3-7), LA (Cinefamily, 9/4-10 with appearances by Nolan), Houston (Museum of Fine Arts, 9/12-13), Austin (Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 9/17), Cleveland (Cleveland Cinematheque, 9/24-27), Boston (Brattle Theatre, 9/25-10/1), Detroit (Detroit Institute of Art, 10/9-11), Seattle (SIFF Film Center, 10/9-15), Chicago (The Music Box Theatre, 10/16-22) and Toronto (TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater, 10/27). All four films will be shown Exlusively in 35mm.
"Riveting! The Quays are masters above all of an unusually entrancing form of stop-motion animation." -Roberta Smith, New York Times
"In the Quays' animated worlds, everything is meticulously detailed and choreographed." -Kimberly Chou, Wall Street Journal
"To enter the impossible, haunted night of a Quay Brothers film is to become complicit in one of the most perverse and obsessive acts of cinema." - Michael Atkinson, Film Comment
American identical twins working in London, stop motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay (born 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) find their inspiration in Eastern European literature and classical music and art, their work distinguished by its dark humor and an uncanny feeling for color and texture. The Quays have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. Masters of miniaturization, they turn their tiny sets into unforgettable worlds suggestive of long-repressed childhood dreams.
These three Quay masterworks, selected by director Christopher Nolan, feature broken pencils and lead shavings in In Absentia (2000; "a dazzling piece of work" - The Guardian); a porcelain doll's explorations of a dreamer's imagination in The Comb (1991; "most beautiful of their recent films" - The New Yorker); and the nightmarish netherworld of Street of Crocodiles (1986; "their crowning achievement" - Film Comment); and, for the first time ever, Quay (2015), Nolan's new short film about the Quay Brothers.
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Source: Zeitgeist Films