ON THE EDGE, AN AUTEURIST HISTORY OF FILM and More Set for MoMA Films Series, Now thru 5/23

ON THE EDGE, AN AUTEURIST HISTORY OF FILM and More Set for MoMA Films Series, Now thru 5/23

The Museum of Modern Art has announced its upcoming screenings for its film series, now through May 23, 2014. Details below!

On the Edge: Brazilian Film Experiments of the 1960s and Early 1970s May 10-July 24 In direct dialogue with Brazil's marginal film movement, and in continuation of Lygia Clark's abandonment of the production of "commodifiable" art objects, after 1968 numerous Brazilian artists turned to the moving image as a means for self-exploration and political resistance. As the artist and filmmaker Lygia Pape put it, "Marginal was the revolutionary act of invention, a new reality, the world as change, error as adventure and the discovery of freedom...the anti-film." In conjunction with the exhibition Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988, MoMA presents a film series that charts the era's vibrant underground cinema scene.

An Auteurist History of Film Reprise, Part 2 May 16-June 3 Because MoMA's Auteurist History of Film weekday-afternoon screenings (see below) are not easily accessible to many museum-goers, this series is intended to enable folks to catch up on many of the films from the 1960s that we have screened over the past year. Upcoming highlights include Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960), Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960), Blake Edwards's Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), and a special screening of Leo McCarey's Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup (1933), held in conjunction with Marxfest.

Iberoamérican Images: The State of the Art Through May 14 For just over 15 years, Ibermedia has been instrumental in the continued ascent of Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese filmmaking. MoMA's fourth biannual Ibermedia program is particularly rich, with a number of films that have U.S. distribution and/or a healthy festival run behind them, and a treasure trove of films by filmmakers who seldom get the opportunity to show their work in the U.S. Several filmmakers will be present to introduce their films throughout the series.

Christoph Schlingensief Through May 29 Everything was possible in the world of the polymath Christoph Schlingensief. Combining an irreverent sense of humor and obsessive knowledge of film history in a tireless attempt to upset Germany's postwar complacency and neurotic relationship to its own past through camp, absurdity, and horror, Schlingensief was Germany's artistic enfant terrible and obnoxious social conscience until his untimely death from cancer in 2010. Organized in conjunction with the presentation of his work at MoMA PS1, this series of screenings contextualizes Schlingensief's filmic production-little known in the U.S.-within that of his peers and influences.

ContemporAsian Ongoing The monthly exhibition ContemporAsian showcases films that get little exposure outside of their home countries or on the international festival circuit, but that engage the various styles, histories, and changes in Asian cinema. Starting May 16 we present a weeklong run of Japanese filmmaker Atsushi Funahashi's Cold Bloom (2012), a contemporary tale confronting grief and forgiveness with humanistic insight and grace.

Modern Mondays Ongoing MoMA's ongoing showcase for innovation on screen, Modern Mondays allows contemporary filmmakers and moving image artists to present their work directly to audiences. On May 19, artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz present their film To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation, which documents a performance of composer Pauline Oliveros's 1967 score of the same name. After the screening, Oliveros will join us for a discussion moderated by Gregg Bordowitz.

An Auteurist History of Film Ongoing This ongoing screening cycle explores the evolution of film as a medium by charting the careers of several key directorial figures-not in order to establish a formal canon, but to develop one picture of cinematic history. Upcoming screenings include Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Merchant of the Four Seasons (both 1971).

Film Plus Membership An Exclusive Group for Film Lovers Film Plus members enjoy all the benefits of regular MoMA membership-unlimited free admission, 1,500 free film screenings a year, $5 guest tickets, and more-PLUS:

+Private previews of major films
+Conversations with actors and directors
+Special film-related discounts and offers

Visit MoMA.org/filmplus to learn more.

Pictured: Duck Soup. 1933. USA. Directed by Leo McCarey.

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