Given the current recommendation to stay home and practice social distancing, we at the Chicago International Film Festival are looking at past selections from each year of the Festival that you can stream now from home. Stream our past selections as we look forward to the 56th Chicago International Film Festival this October 14-25, 2020. Find the full 56 Films for 56 Years selections here.
For today’s #56Films entry, stream the imaginative hybrid documentary and lovesick millennial fairy tale An Oversimplification of Her Beauty by director Terence Nance which screened at the 48th Chicago International Film Festival.
Director: Terence Nance
48th Chicago International Film Festival
Premiering at Sundance and presented at the 48th Chicago International Film Festival, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a shuttle between two films — two halves of the same story delivered through the surrealistic psyche of artisan filmmaker Terence Nance. This hybrid documentary and lovesick millennial fairy tale explores the melancholic romantic history of Nance as he once again comes to know heartbreak with his current obsession and muse. An experimental expression of the complications of “love” punctuated with moody animations, home movies and stunning chapter titles, this film takes a wholly new approach to the eternally embattled relationship question of “Is it me or you?”. Receiving critical acclaim for his artistry and imagination on this his first feature film, Nance has continued to expand minds with his equally transfixing series Random Acts of Flyness for HBO.. — Joyy Norris, Festival Programmer