UK, 1998 (MIFF 2000, Experimental)
Director: David Lodge
A magician, a birdman and La Comtessa de Castiglione perform this entrancing, surreal theatre piece. Inspired by early photographic portraits of the real Comtesse de Castiglione (taken in 1855) and shot on an old camera, it represents a truly timeless (and bizarre) vision. Furthermore, it is a work of absolute technical mastery. Like David Lynch making a film with Joel Peter Witken.