First Look 2022, Museum of the Moving Image’s Festival of New and Innovative International Cinema, Takes Place In Person Over Five Days

The Museum of the Transferring Picture is happy to announce the entire lineup for the eleventh version of First Look, the Museum’s pageant of latest and progressive worldwide cinema, which can happen in particular person March 16–20, 2022. The Pageant introduces New York audiences to formally ingenious works that search to redefine the artwork type whereas participating in a variety of topics and types. The 2022 lineup consists of each nonfiction and fiction, options and shorts, in addition to kinds that fall exterior the boundaries of conventional theatrical distribution, from gallery shows to stay performances to artist talks. This 12 months, the pageant will premiere 38 works, together with 18 options representing greater than 30 nations. Artists will seem each in particular person and remotely.

“Now in its eleventh 12 months, First Look has developed into an occasion reflective of each the present state of the cinematic arts and MoMI’s curatorial character and curiosity,” stated Eric Hynes, Curator of Movie. “We’re interested in a large spectrum of labor, from a range of makers, and are ever searching for new methods of seeing and expressing. The movies and initiatives within the pageant are certainly new to New York, however First Look additionally signifies an open, activated means of approaching the transferring picture. Essential to that is our showcasing each completed and unfinished work—the latter through our daytime Engaged on It periods—providing artists and audiences an attractive area during which to come across each other.”

Tickets & Passes are on sale from February 10:

This 12 months’s pageant showcases the next Asian movies:

The Night time
New York premiere
Tsai Ming-liang. Taiwan, Hong Kong. 2021, 19 minutes. No dialogue. DCP. Recorded in November 2019 on the top of mass protests towards Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Legislation, Tsai’s plaintive durational portrait of emptying streets and an overpass on Causeway Bay builds nearly imperceptibly to its beautiful pang of sorrowful longing.

Petrov’s Flu
United States premiere
Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov. Russia. 2021, 145 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles. DCP. Russian trigger celebré Kirill Serebrennikov’s third characteristic is a hallucinatory, surrealistic adaptation of Alexey Salnikov’s novel The Petrovs in and Across the Flu, during which a younger husband, spouse, and baby feverishly careen by way of the day, the previous, and the goals and nightmares of a metropolis on the sting. A Strand launch.

Mr. Landsbergis
New York premiere
Dir. Sergei Loznitsa. Lithuania/Netherlands/Ukraine. 2021, 246 minutes. In Lithuanian and Russian with English subtitles. DCP. The newest documentary from the indefatigable Loznitsa is a masterwork of archival storytelling, grippingly and exhaustively detailing the Lithuanian combat for nationhood throughout the essential years of 1989 -1991, threaded collectively by interviews with the primary Head of the Lithuanian Parliament, the now 89-year-old Vytautas Landsbergis.

Babi Yar. Context
New York premiere
Dir. Sergei Loznitsa. Netherlands/Ukraine. 2021, 121 minutes. In Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles. DCP. Winner of jury prizes at each Cannes and IDFA, Loznitsa’s newest movie constructed totally of archival footage (following The Occasion, The Trial, and State Funeral) is a meticulous recounting of the occasions at Babi Yar, a ravine on the outskirts of Kiev the place, in 1941, one of many largest mass executions in historical past happened, and the place residents who turned on their Jewish neighbors beneath one occupation sought to erase their actions beneath the following.

Day after…
North American premiere
Dir. Kamar Ahmad Simon. Bangladesh/France/Norway. 2021, 115 minutes. In Bengali with English subtitles. DCP. A century-old paddle steamer known as the Rocket journeys from capital metropolis Dhaka to coastal villages in a 360-degree portrait of up to date Bangladesh, full with a literal upstairs/downstairs class divide – politicians and radicals in battle, staff, the aged and bohemians gathered above and beneath deck.

A New Previous Play
North American premiere
Dir. Qiu Jiongjiong. China. 2021, 179 minutes. In Mandarin with English subtitles. DCP. The story of Twentieth-century China, from the collapse of the Qing dynasty by way of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, is recalled by way of the irreverent remembrances of an outdated thespian on the highway to the afterlife. In his hand-crafted masterwork, celebrated artist Qiu has delivered a gloriously artificial historic pageant in homage to classical Chinese language opera with out forgetting to make us chuckle. A dGenerate launch.

New York premiere
Dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych. Ukraine. 2021, 126 minutes. In Ukrainian with English subtitles. DCP. Vasyanovych’s comply with as much as his acclaimed Atlantis issues the trials of a Ukrainian surgeon who, moved to hitch his fellows on the entrance of Russia’s army incursion, is promptly captured, subjected to sickening horrors, after which launched as if from an alien abduction. A grim and bloody tour de drive of long-take cinema, Reflection obliterates the imaginary line between states of peace and states of conflict.

A Thousand Fires
North American premiere
Dir. Saeed Taji Farouky. France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Palestine, Myanmar. 2021, 90 minutes. In Burmese with English subtitles. DCP. This ravishing movie follows the tireless Thein Shwe and his household as they eke out a life drilling for oil within the fields of Magway, Myanmar. Tracing ineluctable cycles of life and loss of life on a number of ranges – pure, social, religious, and financial – A Thousand Fires accomplishes a uncommon feat, efficiently balancing the common and the actual with out compromising the dignity of these with whom it was made.

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Money
East Coast premiere
Dir. Edwin. Indonesia. 2021, 114 minutes. In Indonesian with English subtitles. DCP. Indonesian auteur Edwin’s exhilarating whatsit blends grindhouse exploitation with meet-cute romance and magical realism within the type of a shaggy canine highway film. Ajo Kawir, a fighter whose fearlessness is matched solely by disgrace over his enduring impotence, falls for (and will get pummeled by) a feminine fighter named Iteung, sending him on a journey during which he might lastly rise to the event. A MoMI Disreputable Cinema presentation.

Persistent Visions Program 2
Persistent Visions is the Museum’s ongoing sequence devoted to experimental works. Gestural lyrics, choices to the heavens, rituals for ancestors, meditations on unfulfilled goals give solution to new kinds, radical buildings for restoring luminous contact with life, which, in flip, put together the way in which for primordial visions of the world and our first tremulous contact with it.

pài-la̍ ok ē-poo (saturday afternoon)
New York premiere
Erica Sheu. Taiwan/USA. 2021, 2 minutes. 16mm-to-digital.

New York premiere
Malena Szlam. Indonesia, Canada. 2021, 8 minutes.

Our Ark
New York gallery premiere
Dirs. Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton. Netherlands, USA, Turkey. 2021, 12 minutes. Single-channel loop. Exploring the technological advances which have made backing up our world doable – from bushes to turtles to tangerines – Our Ark probes the urge to protect in addition to what can’t be



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