A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief

Director: Jonathan Reiss

Institute History

  • 1989 Sundance Film Festival


Kafka meets Rube Goldberg in a nightmare of mechanical reason, via the robotic creations of Survival Research Laboratories. Living in their own fictional world devoid of humankind, the machines act out scenarios of perpetual torment, exasperated consumption and tragic recognition. The film goes where few—notably Street of Crocodiles (USFF ‘87) and Superstar (USFF’88)—dare to tread.

Screening Details


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