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Based on a 1948 short story by Paul Bowles and shot in six days for about $12,000, You Are Not I is one of the most impressive films from the post-punk downtown scene in New York—whose roster of filmmakers included Amos Poe, John Waters, Nick Zedd, Beth B, Steve Buscemi, Jim Jarmusch, Kathryn Bigelow, and Bette Gordon. The film—which was lost for almost 30 years—is a dreamlike and haunting tale of Ethel, who escapes from an asylum after she is admitted following a train wreck. She searches for closure regarding her sister, who she believes is one of the dead from the accident. The film balances in the space between waking and dreaming and was named one of the best movies of the 1980s in Cahiers du Cinéma. HD Cam courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

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