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“The man has something in his eye,” a lavishly dressed Parisian psychic repeats over and over again to a lonely flight attendant named Gina (Lindsay Burdge). Following a ghastly turn of events that has left her longing for a new companion in life, the love-consumed Gina wanders through the bustling streets of Paris on a layover, staring into the eyes of every passing man until she comes across the enchanting Jérôme (Damien Bonnard) when...
Nathan Silver’s Stinking Heaven, released last year, concerned a small community of like-minded people living in close quarters with one another, and dramatically reenacting their lowest, screamingest, most pathetic moments for a video camera similar to the one the film was shot on, for nominally therapeutic purposes. The parallels to a film set—in particular a set for a film predicated on improvisation and its potential for vivid revelations, perhaps achieved at the cost of...
Stinking Heaven Directed by Nathan Silver December 9-15 at Anthology Film Archives A portrait of amateur rehab gone awry, the phenomenal Stinking Heaven sets down in early-90s Jersey, at a countercultural halfway house where the rate of attrition is just starting to spike. The film, by prolific writer-director Nathan Silver, is an analog immersion into the recent past (à la Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess) that’s all bad resolution and free-floating animus: Heaven was shot by Adam Ginsberg...

NYFF 2015: NYC Shorts

The following films are among those featured "Shorts Program 4: New York," within the shorts programming at the 53rd New York Film Festival, which began on Saturday and continues through October 11. The NYC shorts program screened on Sunday night and will screen again tonight, Monday the 28th, at 6:30pm. Hernia (Jason Giampietro) ‘‘It’s like a little hole, and it keeps getting bigger.’’ Rudy (Stephen Gurewitz), with his greasy center-parted hair, is grating in a way...

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