Kian Bergstrom absorbs the scope of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation for Cine-File

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The 2016 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation presents three programs over two days at Block this weekend. The jewel in the series is Friday night’s feature, György Kovásznay’s HABFÜRDO, or BUBBLE BATH (1979, 75 min, DCP Digital). His only feature, it is a stunning achievement in visual madness, using the skeleton of a banal love triangle as an excuse to deploy a mind-boggling variety of animation styles and strategies. It is a dizzying accomplishment, often changing mood or genre mid-shot, never allowing the viewer to get a handle on its patterns or structure, and in its awesome energy revealing itself to be the visual heir to the verbally anarchic comedy of the early 30s that sought to find comedy in breaking free from as many constraints—of decency, of propriety, of logic, even—as possible.  The Eyeworks Festival’s two Saturday shows are both collections of shorts.

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