The best two films in X-Film Chicago’s latest series couldn’t be more different. In Greg Biermann’s 17-minute Montage, allusive, often abstract images–a silhouette, some trees, geometrical light patterns–are intercut to form repetitive and rhythmic sequences. But just when you think Biermann’s using set patterns, the order switches. The mysterious aura that results leaves you feeling that the images are indeed trying to say something; you just can’t figure out what it is. This is OK: Biermann wants to avoid simple narrative explanations. Rather than being assembled from many brief shots, Tyler Hubby’s Monday, 9:02 A.M. is a single unedited 11-minute take shot from inside a second-floor apartment. A man reading by his window is interrupted by a phone call from an ex-girlfriend, which he interrupts when a man outside has a seizure–the interruptions evoking the rhythm of urban life. To capture the street shots the camera simply moves closer to the window, making the street part of the apartment visually and narratively and reminding us how we ignore the life outside our homes. Also on the program are Atshuiko Mori’s (O), Theresa Dillon’s The Passenger Wants to Drive, and Salome Milsted’s Djune/Idexa. Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe, 2827 N. Lincoln, Thursday, January 18, 8:00, 327-6666. — Fred Camper

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