TAMAGO NO FUKKATSU: A Dream Where Eggs Are Seen w/ LIVE SCORE
Mamoru Oshiis opaque, allegorical masterpiece ANGELS EGG comes to Spectacle for one night only! This film features a live score by Brooklyn drone outfit TELAH, whose Heavens Gate namesake points to another pocket of ill-fated religiosity. They will be playing a prepared set along with both the 7:30 and 10 pm screenings.
A co-production by two anime legends given near-complete creative freedom, this languid, abyssal meditation on belief and doubt is their most personal work. Oshii (Ghost In The Shell, Urusei Yatsura) contemplated seminary school before focusing on writing; shortly before ANGELS EGG went into production, he lost his faith. Though he claims not to know what the film is about, its mournful tone and heavy use of Christian imagery reflect his personal crisis. Slowly unspooling with long takes and sparse dialogue, the film is carried by, and perfectly suits, the gorgeous imagery of co-writer Yoshitaka Amano (Vampire Hunter D, Final Fantasy series). His rich, florid work was flattened in other productions due to budget constraints, but here, amid blotchy watercolor skies and inked backgrounds, his hand is directly seen.
The story takes place in perpetual twilight. A man watches a mechanical sun descend onto a blasted landscape. A pale young girl leaves her observatory shelter, carefully guarding a large egg. Amid decaying baroque architecture crusted with Lovecraftian amphibians, the two meet. The man, possibly a soldier, wonders about the eggs contents; she believes the egg contains something precious, he points out the egg will have to break for them to find out. They become uneasy companions wandering the shadowy city. Each might be a facet of the other, an unstable duality doomed to clash. In a rare burst of dialogue, the man tells a story of Noahs dove that never returned to the ark. The uncertainty of the birds fate haunts him, and seems to haunt the entire city, as ghostly men attempt to catch enormous fish phantoms in the streets. The mans curiosity and girls conviction about the egg increase, as both ask, and obliquely seek their answer to who are you?
TELAH is a drone noise group consisting of musicians Matt Ortega, Jeff Widner, and Evan Gill Smith. Their music privileges tone and texture; it's not quite science fiction, but not quite prayer either. More like staring at a thing you assume is a shrub in a place you assume is an ashram on a planet you assume isn't the same planet you've always been on.
The price for this special event is $10, in order to compensate the band. You may see a $5 price on this listing (as "sale ended"). The ticket price is in fact $10 both here and at the door.
124 South 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
|Minimum Age: 10|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|