Winter Screening | Chicago Reader

Winter Screening

Just in case you haven't seen enough snow yet, most of these short videos include snowscapes. The best and weirdest, Yevgeny Yufit's Woodcutter (1985) displays a startlingly intense bleakness, as absurdist figures evoke a tyrannical Russian past by performing beatings and other brutalities. In Shizuko Tabata's elegant Childhood (2001) a woman appears on piece of white paper with moving creases, which she smoothes out in a moment of Zen-like clarity. The superimpositions in Mike Finch's A Drift (2004) neatly mime the way falling snow looks in a cityscape. Other pieces include Mikhail Jeleznikov's fanciful animated history of Saint Petersburg, Tales on the Marshes (2002), and Kevin McCorry's self-indulgent attempt at humor, Loneliness or How to Stay Cool in Frigid Temperatures (2003). 51 min.


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