THE QUAY BROTHERS IN 35MM, An 11-City Theatrical Tour, Including a Program Of Three Films By The Acclaimed Quay Brothers (Curated by Christopher Nolan) and Nolan’s Short Film QUAY; In-Person Appearances in Select Markets starting August 19 in NYC.
Blu-ray Release of THE QUAY BROTHERS: COLLECTED SHORT FILMS (10/20)
(August 10, 2015) Zeitgeist Films and Syncopy are thrilled to partner on a national tour of select Quay Brothers’ films (curated by Nolan and including his new short film, QUAY, about the inner workings of the London-based animators’ studio) as well as the Blu-ray release of THE QUAY BROTHERS: COLLECTED SHORT FILMS.
THE QUAY BROTHERS – ON 35MM, a 70-minute program featuring stunning new 35mm prints of three short films by Stephen and Timothy Quay, alongside the world premiere of Christopher Nolan’s short film QUAY, will make its debut in a one week run at New York City’s Film Forum onWednesday, August 19. Nolan and the Quays will be together for opening night discussions (the Quays will be present throughout the first weekend).
This program will travel to 10 additional cities, including Dallas (Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 9/3-7), LA (Cinefamily, 9/4-10 with appearances by Nolan), Houston (Museum of Fine Arts, 9/12-13), Austin (Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 9/17), Cleveland (Cleveland Cinematheque, 9/24-27), Boston (Brattle Theatre, 9/25-10/1), Detroit (Detroit Institute of Art, 10/9-11), Seattle (SIFF Film Center, 10/9-15), Chicago (The Music Box Theatre, 10/16-22) and Toronto (TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater, 10/27). All four films will be shown EXCLUSIVELY in 35mm.
“Riveting! The Quays are masters above all of an unusually entrancing form of stop-motion animation.”
-Roberta Smith, New York Times
“In the Quays’ animated worlds, everything is meticulously detailed and choreographed.”
-Kimberly Chou, Wall Street Journal
“To enter the impossible, haunted night of a Quay Brothers film is to become complicit in one of the most perverse and obsessive acts of cinema.”
– Michael Atkinson, Film Comment
American identical twins working in London, stop motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay (born 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) find their inspiration in Eastern European literature and classical music and art, their work distinguished by its dark humor and an uncanny feeling for color and texture. The Quays have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. Masters of miniaturization, they turn their tiny sets into unforgettable worlds suggestive of long-repressed childhood dreams. These three Quay masterworks, selected by director Christopher Nolan, feature broken pencils and lead shavings in IN ABSENTIA (2000; “a dazzling piece of work” – The Guardian); a porcelain doll’s explorations of a dreamer’s imagination in THE COMB (1991; “most beautiful of their recent films” – The New Yorker); and the nightmarish netherworld of STREET OF CROCODILES(1986; “their crowning achievement” – Film Comment); and, for the first time ever, QUAY (2015), Nolan’s new short film about the Quay Brothers.
Following the theatrical tour, THE QUAY BROTHERS: COLLECTED SHORT FILMS Blu-ray will be released on October 20th. The Blu-ray will include Nolan’s short film as well as 15 Quay shorts in high-definition including 3 not on Zeitgeist’s previous DVD collection.
For more information, please visit: https://zeitgeistfilms.com/