Thursday, March 7, 2002

Disquieting Appearances

Films of Barbara Meter

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Dutch filmmaker Barbara Meter returns to the Bay Area with recent films that use different European settings and past cultures to explore universal themes such as war, memory, and dislocation. Even though Meter has been making films since the 1970s, her most recent films achieve a new level of poetic expression. Films will include Appearances, which moves from the uncanny to the warmth of the familial in evoking German life during the first half of the twentieth century; Departure on Arrival, a tensely impressionistic evocation of the passage of time as referenced by Eastern European Jewish life in the middle of the last century; and From The Exterior; Greece, To Me; Convalescing and others. (Steve Anker)