With the town's vintage look and a story told primarily through subtitled narration, Absurdistan captures the feeling of an old silent film. Whether or not you like eel, check out this flick with its foreboding atmosphere, straightforward storytelling and convincing special effects, for a satisfying cinematic snack. The actors masterfully inhabit their characters, the rich cinematography glows, and the feel-good finale couldn't be any better. The film's final subject, Erik Demaine, who became a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at age 20, recently won the MacArthur "Genius" Award for his computational origami. What begins in awkwardness builds into friendship, as the two groups of young people reach across the chasm of cultural differences with their instruments, voices and dancing. Website powered by Foundation. As viewers meet 10 artists, mathematicians and scientists, each raises the "wow factor" with his paper works.
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This lusty little fairy tale from German director Veit Helmer is set in the fictional and fairly backward village of Absurdistan, where the women work around the clock and the men spend their days dawdling and their nights prowling. Here's one that the festival selection committee admits it kept moving to the bottom of the screening stack. The upbeat film captures their experiences in skillful sequences that show the students stretching on both sides as they learn about themselves, each other and the music that links them in a disconnected world. The plot is a little lightweight to sustain a full-length feature, but if you're looking for breezy and slightly bawdy opening-night viewing, this could be your ticket. It may take almost as long to read this review as it takes to watch Eel Girl — a six-minute, award-winning short written and directed by Paul Campion — but the well-made movie packs a punch that's worth a mention. Gone Fishing serves up a sweet and gentle story about an old man Bill Paterson and boy James Wilson who bond over fish tales as they come to deal with death. Jones, who is also author of The Guerilla Film Makers Handbookevidently took his own advice here, because the film is a winner — it's earned awards across the country and internationally.