The creators of two spectacular (albeit different–or maybe not quite so different) film universes converge at Film Forum tomorrow.
Identical twins, The Quay Brothers, Stephen and Timothy, Philadelphia-born, have been working since the late 1970s at Atelier Konick, their London studio, creating a very beautiful and mysterious dream world of puppetry and stop-motion animation, which has evolved to encompass live action.
Christopher Nolan, an Englishman in Hollywood, has consistently produced blockbusters full of ideas, featuring non-linear plots and gorgeous imagery: a trio of Batman movies, “Inception,” and “Interstellar.”
Nolan’s latest film, a documentary short about the brothers, “Quay,” is included in a program he has curated, “The Quay Brothers–On 35mm” (“In Absentia,” “The Comb,” and “Street of Crocodiles”), which will have an 11-city tour.
“The Quay Brothers–On 35mm” will open Wednesday, August 19 at Film Forum for a one-week run. Christopher Nolan will appear in conversation with Stephen and Timothy Quay to discuss their work on Wednesday at the 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm shows. The Quay Brothers in person at the 7:00m pm show on Thursday, August 20, Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. The program will travel to 10 additional cities, including Dallas, Los Angeles, Austin, Detroit and Chicago.
Following the theatrical tour, “The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films” Blu-ray will be released on October 20 by Zeitgeist Films and will include 15 Quay shorts in high-definition and Nolan’s documentary. (Zeitgeist’s Co-Presidents, Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo, with their almost uncanny ability to find major directors at the very beginning of their careers distributed Nolan’s first feature, “Following.”)