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55th San Francisco International Film Festival @ BAM/PFA

Sunday, April 22, 2012
8:30 p.m. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Terence Nance (U.S., 2011)

A broken date serves as catalyst for an entrancing journey through the heart and mind of aggressively intelligent filmmaker Terence Nance, turning the camera on himself in this documentary/narrative hybrid. A starry-eyed artist who spirals into self-examination and flagellation sparked by his obsessive, unrequited love for close friend Namik, Nance pulls the viewer into his emotional space via hypothetical scenarios, repeatedly posing the question, “How would you feel?” In fractured essayistic fashion, the filmmaker dissects his past relationships, fantasy life, everyday existence, and the culture at large to better understand himself and the nature of love. With each new perspective, the film takes on a new visual language: vérité realism, dramatic re-creation, tone poetry, and a wild array of animation. Its hyperliterate narration and eclectic visual style lend it the sophistication of a poem or collage, but Nance’s work is pure cinema, playing with repetition and changes in tempo, making references to other films, and even to his own experience making this one. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is wholly unique, peppered throughout with pop-culture references and borrowed music underscoring scenes of achingly real life—making for a film that’s both experimental in style and emotionally undeniable.

—Jenni Rowland

• Written by Nance. Photographed by Shawn Peters, Matthew Bray. With Nance, Namik Minter, Chanelle Pearson, Dexter Jones. (94 mins)

Tickets on sale March 30. Online tickets are available through the SFFS ticketing system. Follow the link below and select "buy tickets." BAM/PFA members receive a discount online by using a special promo code. If you are a member and did not receive the code by email, please call (510) 642-1412.

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Advance tickets March 27–30. BAM/PFA members may purchase advance tickets online between March 27 and 30 by clicking the link below and entering a special promo code. If you are a member and did not receive the code by email, please call (510) 642-1412.

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