Snubbed: Charles Grodin Dir. Elaine May. 1972, U.S. 106 mins. 35mm print courtesy of the BFI National Archive. With Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepard, Jeannie Berlin, Eddie Albert, Audra Lindley. May’s gutsy anti-romantic comedy stars a ...
In this video installation drawn exclusively from films made between 1896 and the late 1920s, Tan pairs mesmerizing moments of people working over a century ago—sewing fishing nets, harvesting wheat, collecting chicken eggs, sorting oysters—with missives from her Australia-based father, read aloud by Scottish actor Ian Henderson.
Over the past thirteen years, Zhang has documented her father’s village in Hubei, China, as a repository of ancestral memory; for the tenth of these films, Zhang installed herself permanently in the village upon the outbreak of COVID-19. The result is an immense accomplishment, vividly depicting a year in the life of a stoic rural community, far removed from an urban-centered pandemic.
This rapturous, dazzlingly unconventional debut feature dives deep into the life, mind, and spirit of a twentysomething Dominican American woman finding her footing in South Brooklyn and dealing with a disrupted love affair with a Ukrainian boy who goes back to his home country at the outbreak of war.