MoMA has announced their slate of upcoming film exhibitions and ongoing events that will carry into the new year. Programs include “Italian Treasures,” focusing on the 1950’s and ’60s golden age of Italian cinema, as well as a retrospective of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s work.
For those in a more contemporary mood, “The Contenders 2011” will feature works from the past 12 months that MoMA regards as instant classics, including “The Help” and “A Separation.”
For a full schedule, head to MoMA’s website.
The upcoming programs:
December 22-January 5
This series presents rare and exceptional films from the 1950s and 1960s golden age of Italian cinema–all in gorgeous new prints made possible by the Department of Film’s ongoing collaboration with Cinecitta Luce. Particular attention is paid to the popular Italian variety of comedy, commedia all’italiana, that was developed during this period and that showcases the acting of some of the most beloved Italian stars.
Through December 15
For nearly 15 years, Ibermedia has been instrumental in the continued ascent of Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese films. This is MoMA’s third program of Ibermedia films, and this year’s selection ranges from internationally renowned directors like Portugal’s Manoel de Oliveira to promising new talents from countries with rapidly developing film cultures, including Peru’s Rosario Garcia-Montero, Venezuela’s Marite Ugas, Colombia’s Ruben Mendoza, and Ciro Guerra. Several filmmakers will be present to introduce their films.
Through December 24
The human stain of treachery, cowardice, and deceit pervades the films of French screenwriter and director Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-1977). Jealous husbands and wives concoct elaborate schemes to do each other in. Neighbors spy on fellow neighbors and rat one another out. Like Lang, Hitchcock, and Chabrol, the filmmakers with whom he is most often compared, Clouzot eroticizes man’s murderous instincts and takes perverse delight in implicating his audience. MoMA’s comprehensive retrospective of Clouzot’s career spans nearly four decades.
The Contenders 2011
Through January 30
For this recurring series, the Department of Film combs through major studio releases and the top film festivals in the world, selecting influential, innovative films made in the past 12 months that we believe will stand the test of time. Upcoming screenings include Tate Taylor’s The Help, Lynn Hershman-Leeson’s Women Art Revolution, and Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation.
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 December 19, Chilean filmmaker Juan Daniel F. Molero presents the New York premiere of his “neurological feature,” Reminiscencias (Reminiscences) (2010), which explores identity, autobiography, and the creation and loss of memory.
An Auterist History of Film
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 Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949) and Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon (1950).
Descriptions courtesy of MoMA.