The Quay Brothers: On 35mm, a 70-minute program featuring new prints of three short films by Stephen and Timothy Quay, will debut in a one-week run at New York’s Film Forum on August 19. This includes the world premiere of Christopher Nolan’s documentary short “Quay,” with Nolan and the Quays on-hand to discuss the works.
Nolan handpicked “In Absentia” (2000), “The Comb” (1991) and “Street of Crocodiles” (1986) for this program, which will travel to 10 cities (listed below). “Crocodiles,” unfolding an eccentric and nightmarish world populated by a melancholy puppet unfettered by his master, was the Brothers’ first film to be shot on 35mm.
The program, from Zeitgeist Films and Syncopy, travels to Dallas (Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 9/3-7), LA (Cinefamily,
9/4-10 with appearances by Nolan), Houston (Museum of Fine Arts,
9/12-13), Austin (Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 9/17), Cleveland (Cleveland
Cinematheque, 9/24-27), Boston (Brattle Theatre, 9/25-10/1), Detroit
(Detroit Institute of Art, 10/9-11), Seattle (SIFF Film Center,
10/9-15), Chicago (The Music Box Theatre, 10/16-22) and Toronto (TIFF
Bell Lightbox Theater, 10/27).
The twin cinema radicals have long-flourished outside the mainstream bubble, contributing to stage plays and homaging their favorite obscure directors, including surrealist Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer in a 1984 short. On October 20, “The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films” will hit Blu-ray.