Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another preceded by Bugs and Beasts Before the Law

  • Art of the Real
  • Jessica Sarah Rinland

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An enigmatic and richly detailed meditation on the thingness of things, Jessica Sarah Rinland’s film investigates the ambivalent relationship between original and copy through a mysterious array of objects and animals: howler monkeys reintroduced into a national park in Rio de Janeiro; tusks salvaged from a shipwreck and then molded and recast; countless replicas of Greek and Egyptian artifacts. Captured in intimate close-ups and with vivid sound, these obscure acts of preservation and replication are rendered ritualistic, almost devotional, replacing unstable and ephemeral originals with duplicates that attain a kind of mystical perfection.

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Program Features

32m
Bugs and Beasts Before the Law

*Bambitchell, 2019, Canada/Germany

This essayistic work examines the history and legacy of “animal trials” in medieval Europe—in which animals and other inanimate objects were put on trial for various offenses, ranging from trespassing to murder—to meditate on the origins of legal practice and our notions of justice.

1h 7m
Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another

Jessica Sarah Rinland, 2019, UK/Argentina/Spain, English, Spanish, and Portuguese with English subtitles

An enigmatic and richly detailed meditation on the thingness of things, Jessica Sarah Rinland’s film investigates the ambivalent relationship between original and copy through a mysterious array of objects and animals: howler monkeys reintroduced into a national park in Rio de Janeiro; tusks salvaged from a shipwreck and then molded and recast; countless replicas of Greek and Egyptian artifacts. Captured in intimate close-ups and with vivid sound, these obscure acts of preservation and replication are rendered ritualistic, almost devotional, replacing unstable and ephemeral originals with duplicates that attain a kind of mystical perfection.

Bonus Content

2m
Art of the Real Trailer
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1m
MUBI: Hand-Picked Cinema
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