Logan Center for the Arts
Screening room, 2nd floor
915 E 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637
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Rivers’s most recent feature film takes Paul Bowles’s 1947 short story ”A Distant Episode” as its starting point, combining elements of the unsettling tale with observational footage to create a surreal fable on the illusions and ethics of cinema. Shooting in 16mm against Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert, Rivers tracks real film director Oliver Laxe who, abandoning his own set and crew, begins to descend into the misadventures and madness of Bowles’s protagonist.
The Renaissance Society will stay open until 6:45pm for viewing Ben Rivers, Urth before the screening.
Dir. Ben Rivers, 2015, 98m, 35mm, in Arabic/Spanish/French with English subtitles
Presented in partnership with the Film Studies Center, the University of Chicago.