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A fascinating entry in the 2018 Berlin Film Festival’s stellar Forum line-up, Ricky D’Ambrose’s cool, deadpan anti-mystery, Notes on an Appearance, heralds an exciting new wave of erudite, micro-budgeted American indies. In the wake of their friend David’s sudden disappearance, Todd and Madeleine search for clues across an inscrutable landscape of New York City apartments, subway stations, bookstores, and cafés. But they soon find themselves diverted by a series of dead ends and strange encounters. Meanwhile, supporters of an elusive political theorist embark on a covert program of indiscriminate violence and censure that may or may not hold the key to David’s fate. Boldly evoking modernist titans like Antonioni, Bresson and Straub, thirty-one year-old D’Ambrose relays his oblique, minimalist narrative through an ingenious collage of still images, onscreen text, and symmetrical compositions. Arch, ambitious, and unapologetically intellectual, Notes on an Appearance is the rare American film that finds a form as compelling as its content.
Director Ricky D’Ambrose | 2018 | In English | 60 minutes | NR | DCP