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Nashville, TN (Koyaanisqatsi Screening)

July 18

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“There’s your mood bomb, right there.” This line from Leo Hickman’s review of Koyaanisqatsi for The Guardian is the perfect one-sentence synopsis for the wordless, characterless, plotless film. Hickman is referring to the emotional effect caused by the film’s combination of Philip Glass’ haunting, hypnotic original score and Ron Fricke’s epic, meditative cinematography. The 1982 masterpiece is the first in director Godfrey Reggio’s celebrated Qatsi trilogy (my favorite has always been the second installment, Powaqqatsi), and it remains the most influential. Everything from the Planet Earth series to Arthur Jafa’s Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death owes a debt to Reggio’s non-narrative cinematic collage. And to the uninitiated who might bristle at the idea of a film with a difficult-to-pronounce name, no characters, no plot and no dialogue — this film is also incredibly easy (and enjoyable!) to watch. 8 p.m. at the Belcourt, 2102 Belcourt Ave