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A New Year

USA, 1989 (MIFF 1999, Captured - Pixillated: The oblique vision of Sadie Benning)

Director: Sadie Benning

Benning's dazzling first work began as a bedroom exper­iment with the PXL 2000. A pastiche of image and sound fast becomes a lucid commentary on adolescent isola­tion in a poor Milwaukee neighbourhood. Viewing her room through a snow dome—in what may be the most oblique and profound evocation of the opening scene from Citizen Kane (if she'd seen it or cared}—Benning represents youth as it is lived, not as it is remembered.

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