Christopher Nolan Presents the Quay Brothers in 35mm

  • Wed Mar 9
Christopher Nolan Presents the Quay Brothers in 35 MM
Stephen & Timothy Quay, Christopher Nolan

American identical twins working in London, stop motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay 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. 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”— Guardian); a porcelain doll’s explorations of a dreamer’s imagination in The Comb (1991) “most beautiful of their recent films”—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 revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. All four films screened in 35mm!

Cosponsored with the College of AAP.


35mm color
1 hour 7 minutes
release year/country
1986-2015 UK