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A top-notch program of short films and videos--some comical, some evocative, but all dealing with sexual desire and its consequences. Jieho Lee's funny and macabre A Nursery Tale (1999) transplants a Nabokov story to Seoul, where a geek given to masturbatory fantasies (Lee) makes a pact with a devil disguised as a glamorous madam. Lee's playful visual style is a delight, and his comic timing is impeccable. Two videos owe a debt to the webs of memory concocted by Wong Kar-wai and cinematographer Christopher Doyle: In Voices Like Rain (1998), by Taiwanese video maker Jeff Lee, the mood shifts with the video's colors and optical effects as a man and woman cocooned in their apartment trade phone messages that seem to revive painful memories of an affair. And in Davie Street Blues (1999), by Hong Kong video maker Wayne Yung, the gay protagonist recalls in voice-over a boyfriend who's left for Hollywood, and a deaf-mute street musician--who seems like a doppelganger for the missing--lover tries to cheer him up, first on the rain-drenched streets and then in bed. On the same program, work by Linden Goh, Sung Kim, Johanna Lee, Wil Lin, Kevin Sun, Vincent Tsu, and Michael Velasquez. 111 min. Yung will attend the screening. Gene Siskel Film Center, Saturday, April 14, 6 PM.

--Ted Shen

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