May 25, 2013 · 4:15 PM
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Two-day screening of critically acclaimed independent film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, featuring Skype Q&A with Director Terence Nance
Sundance Film Festival • International Film Festival of Rotterdam • New Directors/New Films
San Francisco International Film Festival • Los Angeles Film Festival • Traverse City Film Festival
2012 Gotham Awards - "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You"
"CRITIC'S PICK: Dense, organic, dazzling, and funny. A definitive mixtape that memorializes, and not so sneakily celebrates, the sweet angst of a certain kind of romantic limbo."
Nicolas Rapold, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"This brisk and self-searching, sharply intelligent, and deeply vulnerable romantic comedy is a masterwork. Romantic obsession has rarely been filmed as sweetly, love's labors rarely revealed so insightfully as their own reward."
-Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"A creatively overflowing blast... pulls out all the stops in portraying personal heartbreak by any cinematic means necessary. It's hard to think of a more original, mind-blowing reinvention of the boy-meets-girl story."
-David Fear, Time Out New York
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is the first feature from a filmmaker who for sure is going to be a creative force over the years to come. Terence Nance has spent nearly seven years working on An Oversimplification of Her Beauty- an incredibly personal film that draws from a real life unrequited romance.
The film, using a masterful mix of cinéma vérité, traditional narrative, and (ten different kinds of) animation, examines and re-examines Terence's real life unrequited romance with Namik, a beautiful young woman from Brooklyn. This romance was first put to film in his short How Would U Feel?, parts of which are interspersed throughout An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.
Nance uses that short as a starting point, and then amazingly (and to great effect) proceeds to deconstruct and examine the impact the making, and screening, of the short had on his relationship with Namik, diving into the reasons behind the failure of both that relationship and the relationships he's been in with other women, using different styles of animation from watercolor to psychedelic to stop-motion to tell the backstory. As Richard Brody of The New Yorker points out, "it's as if Nance were filming the couple... as nested Russian dolls that pop out with cameras of their own."
Anyone who's ever been in love but not had it work out can relate. Anyone who's ever been in love and been unsure of how to process it without sabotaging everything- and that's a lot of us- will feel it right in their gut. The film forces audience to look at themselves as hard as they look at a film. It felt a little bit weird. Then it felt good. Really good.
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