PIAFFE (Fantasia Fest 2023) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

For all of its conceptual moving parts, Ann Oren’s feature debut Piaffe is a strikingly coherent work driven by profound integrity. Shot on 16mm and opening with a jaw-dropping sequence inside an old fashioned photoplasticon theater, Oren is clearly a filmmaker with a reflexive fascination with cinema itself, rendered perhaps most overtly in the clear reference to Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering 19th century horse-centric moving image experiments. Make no mistake: Ann Oren is a filmmaker to watch.

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