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Quay Brothers: Masters of Puppet Animation

In Absentia

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Director_ Quay Brothers
 
UK 2000 21min Blu-ray color/b&w shorts Animation 12
Overview

A collaboration with the celebrated avant-garde composer Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN, who composed and conducted original music for the film. Shot in black and white and color and projected in CinemaScope, In Absentia combines live action and animation with dazzling use of light to convey the mindscape of a woman alone in a room repeatedly writing a letter with broken off pieces of pencil lead, while outside her window vistas of ever changing light register her every emotion. The film is dedicated to "E.H. who lived and wrote to her husband from an asylum." In Absentia was produced by Keith GRIFFITHS at Koninck for the BBC and Pipeline Films´ series of short music films "Sound on Film International."

CREDIT
  • DirectorQuay Brothers
  • ProducerKeith GRIFFITHS, Peter MANIURA, Christian SEIDEL, Rodney WILSON
  • ScriptQuay Brothers
  • CinematographyQuay Brothers
  • Production DesignQuay Brothers
  • MusicKarlheinz Stock STOCKHAUSEN
  • EditorQuay Brothers
CastMarlene KAMINSKY
FILM SOURCE
ATELIER KONINCK QBFZ │ qquays@dircon.co.uk
DIRECTOR
Quay Brothers
 
The Quay Brothers are identical twin directors born in 1947. They studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Royal College of Art in the UK. In 1980, they established Koninck Studios with Keith GRIFFITH and created various puppet animations. Fascinated with and influenced heavily by the works of Franz KAFKA, Bruno SHULZ, and Robert WALSER, they have created many films with a gloomy tone and manner. The Quay Brothers have built a dreamy, fantasy-like world while working in various fields, including documentaries on Igor STRAVINSKY and Leos JANÁČEK, films, advertisements, and interludes. In addition to the films from the 1980s such as The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer, Prague’s Alchemist of Film (1984) and Street of Crocodiles (1986), they have created different works, including Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life (1995), The Sandman (2000), In Absentia (2000), The Phantom Museum: Random Forays Into The Vaults of Sir Henry Wellcome´s Medical Collection (2002), Eurydice: She, So Beloved (2007), and Inventorium of Traces (2009). Their most recent film is The Doll´s Breath (2019).
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