This year marks the centenary of Maya Deren’s birth. One of the most influential experimental filmmakers of all time, Deren’s ability to create a dreamscape onscreen through time ellipses and surrealism finds its likeness in Lynch’s work in general, and in Eraserhead particularly. Both create rich, enigmatic worlds that feel full of meaning and symbols, and memories just out of reach.
When her films began to appear in the 1940s, it was still incredibly rare for women to become filmmakers. Despite her short life (Deren died at the age of 44 in New York), she left behind a small but hugely important body of work, with several landmark avant-garde short films. This screening is an opportunity to see these films and experience her genius.
Running Time: 1hr 20mins
BBFC Advice: adv 15
Director(s): Maya Deren
Country of Origin: USA
Year of release: 1943
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