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With her first film collaboration, Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), Maya Deren changed the face of experimental cinema. In Martina Kudláček’s exceptionally constructed documentary we follow Deren’s life from her birth in Kiev through a career which enveloped film, poetry, dance and ethnography. Aided by reminiscences from Deren’s friends and contemporaries – among them Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage – Kudláček paints a portrait of Maya Deren as an artist rich in life and celebrates a career that spread its influence throughout the art world.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    103 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Austria, Switzerland, Germany
  • Director
    Martina Kudláček
  • Co-Producer
    Johannes Holzhausen, Constantin Wulff Johannes Rosenberger,
  • Cinematographer
    Stéphane Kuthy, Wolfgang Lehner
  • Editor
    Henry Hills
  • Music
    John Zorn