Friday, March 27, 2015

Philadelphia's ex-pat Quay Brothers back in town with new film

"(UN)MISTAKEN HANDS: EX VOTO F.H," a new short film from identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay, will screen at UArts' Arts Bank on Monday, Nov. 4.

Philadelphia’s ex-pat Quay Brothers back in town with new film

The Quay Brothers contemplate.
The Quay Brothers contemplate.

Stephen and Timothy Quay, originally from Norristown, graduates of the University of the Arts (class of ’69)  and longtime residents of London, England, return to their old stomping grounds on Monday, Nov. 4, to show off their latest short, “(UN)MISTAKEN HANDS: EX VOTO F.H,” at the Arts Bank, Broad and South Streets. The sibling duo, experimental filmmakers who work in stop-motion animation, using puppets, dolls and the detritus of everyday life, were artists in residence a few years back at the Mutter Museum, where they made a very artsy promo film for the one-of-a-kind medical history storehouse.

The Arts Bank evening, sponsored by the Quays’ alma mater, begins at 6 p.m.  with a screening of their 2010 adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's "Maska," followed by the premiere of their new film and ending with a Q&A  -- or Quay & A. "[UN]MISTAKEN HANDS: EX-VOTO F. H." revolves around the work and life of Uruguayan pianist and writer Felisberto Hernández,  often cited  as "the father of magic realism.”

 The Quay event is free and open to the public. Info here.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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