The Quay Brothers in 35mm

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United Kingdom | 2015 | 67 minutes | Stephen and Timothy Quay, Christopher Nolan

October 9 - 15, 2015

SIFF Film Center | One Week Only, Exclusive Presentation
Curated by director Christopher Nolan, the groundbreaking stop-motion films from filmmakers, and identical twins, Stephen and Timothy Quay return in all new 35mm prints. The program includes three Quay masterworks–"In Abesntia," "The Comb," and "Street of Crocodiles"–and the premiere of Nolan's short documentary "Quay," which reveals the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio.

Two of the world's most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable. Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

Program, in order:
In Absentia (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 2000, 35mm, 20 min)
Quay (Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2015, 35mm, 8.5 min.)
The Comb (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1991, 35mm, 18 min.)
Street of Crocodiles (Dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay, 1986, 35mm, 20 min.)


Read the Indiewire article: Why 'The Quay Brothers in 35mm' is One of Christopher Nolan's Greatest Accomplishments

  • Director: Stephen and Timothy Quay, Christopher Nolan
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 67 minutes
  • Format: All new 35mm prints