JANIE GEISER • 8m 12s
IMMER ZU is an elliptical, experimental animated film that evokes a mysterious undercover world of secret messages, cryptic language and indecipherable codes. Shot in luminous black-and-white, IMMER ZU uses miniature two- and three-dimensional figures and sets, as well as shadow puppetry, to suggest the urgency of a nocturnal mission, a mission of life and death importance. In this dark and richly atmospheric film, with a soundtrack collaged from several film noirs, meaning is constantly covered and uncovered in a shadowed journey toward eclipse.
“The dark-meshed moires of the memory book in its pulp fiction edition forms obsidian riddles that cut time to ribbons. Life puts us in the critical condition of having to espionage with our own stolen recollection of events preserving them in a code often difficult to retrieve as it sinks into the limited access of the mental underworld.” - Mark McElhatten, NYFF
“...Janie Geiser’s nine-minute short is one of the few shorts at this year’s (New York International Film) festival, experimental or otherwise, which deserves more attention than it’s getting. Geiser has made an extremely cryptic piece of highly original cut-out animation with a mystery and menace that recall David Lynch’s early shorts.” - Film Threat
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