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CANCELLED: Film screenings in New Circadia

Fri, Feb 28/20 to Fri, Apr 24/20

Architecture and Design Gallery, 1 Spadina Crescent

NOTE: These events have been cancelled.

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is pleased to announce a series of special film screenings programmed by the curators of New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking), the inaugural exhibition at the Daniels Building’s new Architecture and Design Gallery.

The film series includes both full-length and short films, each selected with the aim of fostering cultural understanding, promoting media literacy, and engaging critical thinking around themes explored in the New Circadia exhibition. An informal Q&A will follow each screening.

Each film will be projected on a screen located inside the soft, cavelike environs of New Circadia.

These screenings are open to members of the public and U of T students. Admission is free, but online pre-registration is required. Tickets for each screening will be released on Eventbrite in the weeks leading up to the event.


Deep Time - Friday, February 28, 7 p.m.

CatK (2016, run time 2:34)

Artificial growth algorithms create an entrancing animation full of mushroom-like shapes.

It Has to be Lived Once and Dreamed Twice
Rainer Kohlberger (2019, run time 28:00)

The director describes this experimental short as "a post-apocalyptic science fiction film, its story unfolding after the sixth great mass extinction has succeeded in wiping out the human race." Flashing images and ghostly patterns create an abstract, otherworldly effect.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Werner Herzog (2010, run time 89:00)

A documentary by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog on the Chauvet Cave, in southern France, which is the location of some of the oldest and best preserved prehistoric paintings on earth. The general public isn't allowed inside the cave, so a big-screen presentation of this film is the closest most of us will ever get.


Break Time - Friday, March 20, 7 p.m.

Horror Vacui
Matteo Zamagni (2018, run time 3:21)

Rapid-fire aerial images and a driving soundtrack fuel this video critique of mankind's alienation from nature.

Sleep Dealer
Alex Rivera (2008, run time 90:00)

A sci-fi film set in a dystopian near-future where Mexican labourers use advanced technology to remotely inhabit the bodies of robots in American factories.


Dream Time - Friday, March 27, 7 p.m.

Street of Crocodiles
Timothy Quay (1986, run time 21:00)

A stop-motion animated short about a puppet freed from his strings to wander a desolate world.

Institute Benjamenta
Timothy Quay and Stephen Quay (1996, run time 105:00)

A young man goes to school to learn the servants' trade, only to rebel against his training. Shot in expressive, dreamlike black and white.


Wasting Time - Friday, April 3, 7 p.m.

Play Time
Jacques Tati (1967)

Monsieur Hulot wanders through a surrealistic version of mid-20th-century Paris in this comedic masterpiece by one of France's most renowned filmmakers.

Stranger Than Paradise
Jim Jarmusch (1984)

An absurdist buddy comedy with a minimalist plot. From the director of Broken Flowers and Coffee and Cigarettes.


Deep Time - Friday, April 17, 7 p.m.

Malena Szlam (2018, run time 16:00)

The salt flats of Chile and Argentina are made to appear otherworldly using superpositions and other film effects.

Midnight Cave: The Time Experiment
Michel Siffre (1963, run time 51:19)

French explorer Michel Siffre spends two months living deep underground, without access to sunlight or any other marker of day or night, in order to learn about the workings of the human mind's perception of time.


Story Time - Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Meshes of the Afternoon
Maya Deren (1943, run time 14:00)

A classic short film with a surreal attitude and a strange, circular story.

Requiem for a Dream
Darren Aronofsky (2000, run time 102:00)

Drug addiction causes a family to sink into delusion and degradation in this critically acclaimed film by the director of Black Swan and Mother.