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Topology of Sirens

July 21, 2023

Topology of Sirens

(Dir. Jonathan Davies, 2021)

Los Angeles premiere! Cast and crew in person!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


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

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Cas, an academic assistant and amateur musician, moves into her aunt’s old home. In the bedroom closet, she finds a cache  of mysteriously labeled microcassette tapes, containing cryptic  recordings of sounds ranging from everyday objects to abstract  soundscapes. Cas’s curiosity to discover the origin of these tapes leads  her on a meditative journey through unknown verdant Californian  landscapes, encountering experimental music performances, eccentric shop  owners, and early music treasures along the way. As her adventure  progresses, the mystery unravels in equally enigmatic and enlightening  ways, reflecting Cas’s own evolving relation with time and sound.

Featuring an eclectic cast comprising figures from Los Angeles' burgeoning film, art, and music scenes—including Courtney Stephens, Sarah Davachi, Samatha Robinson, Mark Toscano, and Langley Fox Hemingway—Topology of Sirens is a slippery work of existential fiction, as well as an illuminating document of an underseen side of the city. Co-presented by MUBI.

In person: Jonathan Davies (director), Courtney Stephens (actress), Sarah Davachi (actress/musician), Mark Toscano (actor), Tyler Taormina (producer), Carson Lund (cinematographer), Dustin Guy Defa (moderator)

An exquisite little puzzle-box of a picture.

- Neil Young, Screen Daily

Davies  trusts in the sensorial import of his images, in the implications and  pleasures of shifting lights and dissolves, and the effect is nothing  short of transporting.

- Ryan Swen, InReviewOnline

Topology of Sirens forges [...] a distinct voice of contemplation, a quiet romanticism for beauty and parsimony amid the chaos of uncertainty"

- Morris Yang, International Cinephile Society

A  tantalizing mystery film in the vein of early Jacques Rivette that  imagines contemporary Los Angeles as a kind of giant game-board.

- Michael Glover Smith, Cinefile

The  enveloping qualities of an almost wall-to-wall soundscape, the glow of  [the] cinematography, and the inviting sense of mystery hidden in every  location and conversation generate an enigmatic kind of nostalgia,  befitting a film that’s gentle without slipping into tweeness.

- Bennett Glace, Split Tooth Media

(Available to download after screening date)

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