The Plastic House, preceded by Autoficción and See You in My Dreams

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Economical yet expansive, and largely wordless, The Plastic House takes place inside and around a dilapidated greenhouse that belongs to filmmaker Allison Chhorn’s Cambodian family; in this quiet environment, she oversees inspiring regrowth despite the sometimes harsh natural elements. Screening with Laida Lertxundi’s embodied meditation on women’s everyday experiences and the indeterminacy of the self, and Shun Ikezoe’s textured, black-and-white Super 8mm recollection of the life—as it was, and as it could have been—of his grandmother.

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Program Features

2m
Introduction

Welcome to Autoficción, See You in My Dreams, and The Plastic House.

14m
Autoficción

Laida Lertxundi, 2020, Spain/USA/New Zealand, English and Spanish with English subtitles

This embodied meditation on women’s everyday experiences and the indeterminacy of the self juxtaposes film noir motifs, field recordings, intimate interviews, documentation of a civil rights demonstration, and music to evoke a sense of being out of time and place.

19m
See you in my dreams

Shun Ikezoe, 2020, Japan, In Japanese with English subtitles

An affecting homage to the filmmaker’s grandmother, See You in My Dreams recounts her intimate life experiences from first love to marriage to raising children, and her evolving sense of self. Her recollections are paired with ethereal images of a stand-in for her younger self rendered through the textures of black-and-white Super 8mm film, bringing to spectral life what could have been their lost home movies.

46m
The Plastic House

Allison Chhorn, 2019, Australia, Khmer with English subtitles

Australian filmmaker Allison Chhorn allows the viewer to feel time passing, seasons changing, and life moving on in this tactile, lovingly crafted cinematic experiment that doubles as a personal emotional exercise. Economical yet expansive, and largely wordless, The Plastic House takes place almost entirely inside and around her Cambodian family’s dilapidated greenhouse, where she oversees inspiring regrowth despite the sometimes harsh natural elements. Chhorn filters and displaces her fears about her parents’ deaths onto an intensely moving narrative of ritual, physical labor, and isolation.

Bonus Content

1m
58th New York Film Festival Trailer
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1m
HBO Documentary Films
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