Return to Reason

Southeast Asian Premiere

Man Ray France 2023 70 min NC16 (Some Nudity)

Four astonishing films by Surrealist artist Man Ray are restored in 4K with an original experimental soundtrack by director Jim Jarmusch’s band SQÜRL.

Celebrated for his photographic innovations, Man Ray’s influence on avant-garde cinema is lesser known. Return to Reason (1923), Emak Bakia (1926), The Starfish (1928) and The Mysteries of the Chateau of Dice (1929) show his fascination with the tactility and chemistry of the film apparatus, and a masterful play of light, shadow and movement.

Defying narrative logic, these dream-like films incorporate poetry, sculpture, visual collage and modernist architecture, as well as feature bohemian performer Alice Prin (Kiki de Montparnasse) and Surrealist poet Robert Desnos. On the 100th anniversary of their making, director Jim Jarmusch and producer Carter Logan’s band SQÜRL have improvised a hallucinatory score, creating a new viewing experience.

6 Dec, Wed 9:00PM / 70 min

Filmgarde Kallang, Hall 2


Screening are free seating & first-come, first-serve basis. All ticket purchasers are kindly asked to be on time and note the 10-min grace period.

Plus, a new Rush Queue for last-min folks!

Return to Reason

Le Retour à la raison

Man Ray



No Dialogue


70 min

NC16 (Some Nudity)

Southeast Asian Premiere

Man Ray

Man Ray was a prominent Dada and Surrealist photographer and painter. Born in America but based in Paris, his groundbreaking image experiments included ‘cameraless’ pictures or photograms (called rayographs) and solarisation techniques. An interdisciplinary artist, he also made avant-garde films, sculptures and readymade objects.

Alice PRIN

Julie VIEZ


Film Constellation