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The Persistence of Memory

UK, 1997 (MIFF 1998, Experimental)

Director: Anthony Atanasio

A fast and florid dramatization of the last moments of a man's life, mixing melodrama and lyricism, terror and wonder. In Atanasio's feverish imaginings, death throes and birth trauma, mother and spider woman, doctor and priest become interchangeable. Drawing on a variety of film genres and styles, this short video graphically conveys the terror, yearning, confusion and loss of the bereaved son.

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