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MoMI Announces 5th Annual First Look Festival Lineup

MoMI Announces 5th Annual First Look Festival Lineup


The beloved Museum of the Moving Image has just announced the lineup for its fifth annual First Look Festival, a showcase for inventive new international cinema which provides many films their first New York and U.S. premieres. This year’s focus will be on the love of cinema, art and the practice of filmmaking. 

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A perfect fit for this theme is Alexander Sokurov’s “Francofonia,” which will provide an “inventive and freewheeling portrait of the Louvre Museum and French and Russian culture.” The thematic sibling to his 2002 film “Russian Ark” will open the festival on January 8. 

“First Look is a festival designed to renew and reinvigorate the audience’s engagement with the moving image art form,” said Chief Curator David Schwartz. “The emphasis is on works that cannot be easily defined, that create new cinematic forms, and have a spirit of invention and inquiry.” 

The festival will feature new international selections as well as select retrospectives that tie into the festival’s theme, You can purchase tickets beginning December 17 at the festival’s website. See the full lineup below: 

First Look Festival Lineup: 

“Francofonia,” dir. Alexander Sokurov 

“Abandoned Goods,” dir. Pa Borg and Edward Lawrenson 

“Behind Jim Jarmusch,” dir. Léa Rinaldi

“Films by Björn Kammerer,” dir. Björn Kammerer

“Capital Cuba,” dir. Johan Lurf

“I am the People,” dir. Anna Roussillon 

“Jet Lang,” dir. Eloy Domínguez Serén

“João Bénard da Costa—Others Will Love the Things I Have Loved,” dir. Manuel Mozos

“La Juif de Lascaux,” dir. Louis Skorecki

“Lenz Elegy,” dir. Christophe Bisson 

“Maesta,” dir. Andy Guérif

“Meurtrière,” dir. Philippe Grandrieux

“A Matter of Visibility: International Avant-Garde and Artists’ Cinema,” dir. Various Artists (organized by Mónica Savirón) 

“Of the North,” dir. Dominic Gagnon

“L’Oiseau de la Nuit,” dir. Marie Losier

“The Ozoners,” dir. Jean-Jacques Martinod, Kyle Andrew Bell

“Pawel and Wawel,” dir. Krzysztof Kaczmarek

“The Project of the Century,” dir. Carlos Quintela

“This is What it Is,” dir. Léa Rinaldi

“Toponymy,” dir. Jonathan Perel 

“The Visit,” dir. Pippo Delbono 

“Wet Streets, Orchard Street and other work by Ken Jacobs,” dir. Ken Jacobs 

First Look Festival Retrospective Lineup:  

Johnny Guitar,” dir. Nicholas Ray

“The Lighted Field,” dir. Andrew Noren 

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