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Eye Rituals: Short Film Programme
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Eye Rituals, 64 min., 18

The ICA teams up with the The London Short Film Festival and the Zodiac Film Club to present a series of phantasmagorical films venturing into the furthest reaches of dreams, mystic visions and surreal landscapes.

This genre-spanning selection of shorts by filmmakers from across the globe features sensory explorations of metaphysical dream worlds, dark fantasies and the materiality of crystals, glass, glitter as the elements that create visual magic and wonderment. This indulgent visual feast plays upon elements of traditional surrealist cinema, the gothic, Soviet fairytale films, half-remembered childhood oddities and psychedelic curiosities, merging stories of transfiguration, dressing-up and glittering flights of fancy into a dreamlike succession of images – from the sickly-sweet to the subversive.

The screening will be introduced by Dr Felicity Gee, Senior Lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema at the University of Exeter and the author of Magic Realism, World Cinema and the Avant-Garde.

Content warning: mention of abuse, rape, sexual violence, violence, bloody imagery, mention of bestiality.
This screening is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network – and also featuring Jacques Rivette’s classic Céline and Julie Go Boating in 35mm.

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Something Between Us, dir. Jodie Mack, USA 2015, 10 min.
Puce Moment, dir. Kenneth Anger, USA 1949, 7 min.
Possibly in Michigan, dir. Cecelia Condit, USA 1983, 12 min.
Mount Song, dir. Shambhavi Kaul, USA 2016, 9min
Any Virgin Left Alive?, dir. Bertrand Mandico, France 2015, 8 min.
The Black Dog, dir. Alison de Vere, UK 1987, 18 min.
Hatsukoi (First Love), dir. Mari Terashima, Japan 1989, 21 min.
06:15 pm
Sat, 30 Jul 2022
Cinema 1
£13 Full, £11 Concessions, £6.50 Green/Blue Members   

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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