The American Cinematheque presents...

AMAZING VISIONS -- Eye-Popping Short Films!

Special thanks to Unifrance and to Francois Truffart in association with The French Movie & Television Office.






Wednesday, February 16 – 7:30 PM


Although the film medium has always married the visual arts with the novel and short story, the visual side of film has sometimes suffered from more attention paid to stars, stories & strict narrative. Not so these jewel-like films from several different countries. Each of these films tells its own story using eye-popping, original visuals in multiple formats (8mm, 16mm, video, digital, 35mm & animation), to create a visual feast for the eye….and the soul. The films in this program will not necessarily screen in the order listed below.

The program will begin at 7:30 PM. Eric Breuer’s "Ciro Norte" (19 min.) This Winner of "Best Experimental Film" at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival is a completely original combination of live action and animation with echoes of BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. Here, a visionary scientist manages, through mathematical equations, to find the key to another dimension. Zoltan Horvath’s, "Shellfish" (15 min.) This audience pleaser is a funny, animated look at gluttonous diners consuming their last meal in a large Titanic-like ship. Karl Nussbaum’s "Raw Images From The Optic Cross" (25 min.) A visually complex, multi-layered, personal journey in which a son attempts to uncover the hidden secrets of the unspoken horror of his family’s demise in Nazi German. Hamid Rahmanian’s "An I Within" (19 min.) This 1999 winner of the Kodak Cinematography Award seamlessly blends live-action & animation into a vivid dreamscape of images. Influenced by experimental film, Fellini & the Arabian Nights. Come into this strange, beguiling world. Jan Kounen’s "La Dernier Chaperon Rouge" (26 min.) French fantastique! Shown everywhere from Sundance to Clermont-Ferrond to Tampere in the top tier of short film festivals this beautiful, yet intensely disturbing re-telling of "Little Red Riding Hood" stars Emmanuelle Beart. This jaw-dropper got an overwhelming response when it screened within our 1999 "Young French Actress" series. A big-budget, intensely creative mix of music video, opera & fantasy with a postmodern, original score. Filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian ("An I Within") will appear for discussion following the program. Other guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

Hamid Rahmanian ("An I Within") will participate in a Q & A after the screening.