DECEMBER: Nutty naturalists

Can naturalist documentaries be considered a real art form? Exile Room has the honour of introducing you to two innovative filmmakers who operated in the early 20th century – back when the world was still considered something of a wonder – turning shrimp, octopuses and invisible microorganisms into a kaleidoscopic fantasy.

Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith

Directed and scored by Tindersticks’ frontman Stuart A. Staples, this surprising debut is a meditative, immersive tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith.

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The wondrous world of Jean Painlevé

Exile Room is happy to present a carefully selected short program consisting of seven fascinating nature films directed by Jean Painlevé, the ingenious filmmaker-scientist-inventor who first popularized scientific discoveries.

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