Help us join in the national celebration of independent Art House Theater Day with early MIFF guest Ildiko Enyedi’s 30th anniversary digital restoration of her charming first film, MY 20TH CENTURY, “a bracing combination of wit, invention, common sense and lunacy. It’s a gravely comic meditation on civilization at the turn of this century.” —Vincent Canby, New York Times. On the eve of the 20th century, two twin girls, Lili the anarchist and Dóra, a luxurious woman of loose morals, along with Mr. Z. who loves them as an entity, all reach the Hungarian border at the same time on board the Orient Express. Their story, rushing under the spell of Edison’s inventions, is a special ‘research of happiness’, reclaiming the ‘mass murdering century’ from the restlessly changing world and the miracle of existence. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Unrated. 89 Min.
Preceding the feature: Vever (For Barbara), a remarkable new short film. A cross-generational binding of three filmmakers seeking alternative possibilities to the power structures they are inherently part of. Each woman extends her reach to a subject she is outside of. Vever grew out of the abandoned film projects of Maya Deren and Barbara Hammer. Shot at the furthest point of a motorcycle trip Hammer took to Guatemala in 1975, and laced through with Deren’s reflections of failure, encounter and initiation in 1950s Haiti. A vever is a symbolic drawing used in Haitian Voodoo to invoke Loa, or god. Unrated. 12 Min.