Chris Hefner in person!
Friday, December 18, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
THE POISONER follows the home life of a woman who has agreed to marry a man and, over the course of their life together, poison him to death. Though both parties have their own personal reasons for agreeing to such a dubious arrangement, they are contract-bound not to discuss them. Over time, the inherently fugitive nature of the arrangement, coupled with the fear of life after its termination begins to erode the perceived stability of their lifestyle. The film examines issues of mortality, desire for control and the problematic rubric of Love, as well as the extremes to which we may go to find our place in the world. Hefner’s second feature-length film, The POISONER builds upon the rich visual and conceptual vocabulary of his first feature THE PINK HOTEL, which he has honed for the past several years in his short films and multimedia artwork. At the same time, THE POISONER offers a shedding of old comforts in the pursuit of exciting new developments into distilled image-making strategies and a more intimate focus on character. The Poisoner seeks to combine these evolutions with Hefner’s strong sense for the mysterious to reveal unexpected parallels with all-too-recognizable everyday realities.
“The Poisoner creates within its gorgeous atmospheres a fascinating tension between the richly detailed and the starkly minimal, between the organically subterranean and the formally — and lustrously! — illumined, somehow, impossibly, presenting itself as all opposites at once. Hefner’s frames constantly surprise and refresh the eye, readying it for what feels might be hypnosis. The Daniel Knox score too plays some occult role in this alchemy — who knows how it all works, but the movie is a thing of great beauty.” -Guy Maddin
Chris Hefner has been living and working in Chicagosince 2002. In addition to his work on paper and two feature films THE PINK HOTEL (2010) and THE POSIONER (2014). Hefner has also directed a bevy of short films as well as music videos for the likes of The Handsome Family, Jon Mueller’s Death Blues, Zelienople, Mucca Pazza, Eaters, and Benoit Pioulard. Hefner may be seen playing musical saw with the band of singer/songwriter Daniel Knox. (http://cmhefner.com/)
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