Zen For Nothing

Wednesday, May 1st, at 7:15pm

Provocatively titled, this film is a masterly immersion into life at a Japanese Zen monastery over the course of three seasons. Swiss novice Sabine Timoteo (a film actress and writer) arrives at Antaiji Monastery and must learn the monastery rules: how to bow, sit in the meditation hall, carry out movements with chopsticks, etc. After the last snow has melted away, the nuns and monks travel to Osaka, where they recite sutras in front of subway entrances as they solicit offerings in their traditional monk’s robes. Simple and beautifully filmed, and with composer Fred Frith performing the eclectic, elegant score. (105 mins)