Notes on an Appearance

Notes on an Appearance

Ricky D'Ambrose / 2018 / 60 minutes / Spine #20

A young man’s disappearance is at the center of an enigmatic, haunted film set inside New York City apartments, subway stations, bookstores, and cafés as the supporters of an elusive political theorist embark on a covert program of indiscriminate violence and censure. But Todd and Madeleine, who search for the missing David, soon enter the company of strangers promising diversion and intrigue, and the reasons for David’s disappearance become much less preoccupying — and less meaningful.



Three Short Films by Ricky D’Ambrose
Pilgrims (2013, 13 minutes)
Six Cents in the Pocket (2015, 14 minutes)
Spiral Jetty (2017, 15 minutes)

Filmmaker Interviews by Ricky D’Ambrose
• Dan Sallitt (13 minutes)
• Chantal Akerman (12 minutes)
• Bruno Dumont (11 minutes)
• Matías Piñeiro (14 minutes)
• Gina Telaroli (12 minutes)

Theatrical Trailer and Teaser

22-page booklet featuring an essay by critic Adrian Martin and production dossier by Ricky D’Ambrose


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  • "An anti-mystery in the tradition of L’Avventura assembled with the cool reserve of Robert Bresson."

    — Calum Marsh, Village Voice
  • "Conjures a vast imaginary world of intellectual intrigue in tiny, antic touches, which provide the context for a febrile drama of youthful ambition and frustration."

    — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
  • “An experimental mystery film.... It’s refreshing to see a filmmaker thinking so far outside the box.”

    — Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
  • “Terrific. Spare, haunting, elusive."

    — Ian Mantgani, Sight & Sound
  • "An aesthetically bold first feature from a guiding intelligence. In the same lineage as Robert Bresson and Straub/Huillet."

    — David Perrin, Berlin Film Journal
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