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The Girl and the Spider

April 13, 2022

The Girl and the Spider

(Ramon and Silvan Zürcher, 2021)

Exclusive preview screening! One night only!
Video introduction by Ramon and Silvan Zürcher!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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As her  roommate Lisa prepares to move out of their apartment, Mara contemplates  the end of an era. Furniture is moved, walls painted, cupboards built.  Amid all the hustle and bustle, secret longings and desires come to the  surface and coalesce around the roommates as well as around Lisa’s  mother Astrid, the movers, the girls’ old neighbors, the neighbors’ cat,  Lisa’s new neighbor and an ever-expanding cast of characters. Day turns  into night and one final party in the apartment. When the last box is  moved, the fragments of their lives remain.

The  Zürcher brothers compose a poetic panopticon of forms of human  relationships that is at once a study of everyday life, a fairytale and a  psychological portrait of a brittle world. Following The Strange Little Cat, The Girl and the Spider—which  won the best director prize in the Encounters section at the 2021  Berlinale—is the second installment in a trilogy about human  togetherness, a ballad about the need for closeness and the pain of  separation.

A symphony of separation and solitude.

- Allan Hunter, Screen International

Thrilling, thrilling cinema. Order and chaos fighting it out at the level of form and content.

- Erika Balsom, The Film Comment Podcast

In  the Zürchers’ cinema, contentment, pleasure, or beauty of any kind is  located in an embrace of and yearning for that which is irreparable.

- Blake Williams, Cinema Scope

Scenes  accrue off-kilter visual details as though they are half-remembered  dreams. The atmosphere is destabilizing, like teetering on the edge of a  cliff.

- Chloe Lizotte, Screen Slate

Deliciously  ambiguous… [The] Zürchers’ movies are like prisms, capturing the things  people do when they think no one’s watching… and when they desperately  wish they were.

- Peter Debruge, Variety

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