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The Pure Necessity + All Voices Are Mine

Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. David Claerbout. Belgium. 2016, 50 mins. Beguiling and beautiful, artists David Claerbout’s The Pure Necessity is the result of a simple premise whose execution required painstaking labor. Claerbout and his team redrew frames for the 1967 Disney animated feature The Jungle Book, removing the narrative, dialogue, and anthropomorphized animals. Instead, he focuses on the wildlife, and on natural sounds. The film playfully reminds us of the gulf between the real world and the fantasy world of movies, and it also draws our attention to the physical beauty that normally exists as background.

Preceded by All Voices Are Mine (Dir. Basir Mahmood. Pakistan. 2018, 20 mins.) Artist Basir Mahmood addresses notions of an emerging Pakistani film industry by celebrating the once vibrant but now dormant Lahore-based studio system, using a fragment of a song written by his father as the basis for sketchy, stilted tableaus, kabuki-like mythopoetic homages to a film that never got made. The effect is dreamlike, disarming, and slyly humorous. North American Premiere.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)