Wednesday, May 8 - 7:30 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center

Program 2: Absence is a Presence

Wednesday, May 8

7:30 p.m. – 62 min

Postman by Sharlotte Zhou, 2:00

Saturday by Pegah Pasalar, 9:30

A Visual Letter by Guangjie Yang, 4:00

Shape of Absence by Yitong Lu, 25:23

Never Fear, And You Will Be Lucky by Ke Liu, 20:00

Absence, the shape; absence, the feeling; absence in all its persistent present. While the eye’s blink or the film’s cut can obliterate a whole life, other processes can linger endlessly: a series of pans reveals just how large a space there can be between strangers, a pixel interior unfolds without ever folding back up. Sometimes cinema takes seriously its breath-breaking and heart-taking possibilities seriously. Adroitly making use of a range of cinematic vocabularies and forms, this program shifts places, and paces while maintaining a steady eye on the big issues.

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