Highlights include a rare theatrical presentation of Beyoncé’s Homecoming and special guests including Ari Aster, Brett Story, Kent Jones, Alex Ross Perry, Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, and others
December 20, 2019–January 12, 2020
Astoria, New York, December 12, 2019—Museum of the Moving Image will present 36 films in Curators’ Choice, an annual series showcasing some of the best films of the past year and favorite films as selected by Curator of Film Eric Hynes and Assistant Curator of Film Edo Choi, from December 20 through January 12. The series also serves as a celebration of the vibrancy and elasticity of the cinematic arts.
Eric Hynes noted, “From January festival premieres through holiday releases, 2019 was among the best film years in memory. This year’s Curators’ Choice series includes an abundance of titles—the most we’ve ever shown. From festival favorites like The Souvenir, American Factory, Rafiki, Black Mother, and The Hottest August, to direct-to-streaming releases such as Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé and Cutting My Mother, to theatrical hits like Midsommar: Director’s Cut, Ad Astra, and The Lighthouse, to underappreciated masterstrokes such as Peterloo and Our Time, a multiplicity of forms and formats nevertheless witnessed a commonality of high quality.”
The 2019 edition of Curators’ Choice also includes personal appearances by filmmakers Ari Aster with Midsommar: Director’s Cut; Alex Ross Perry with Her Smell, Kent Jones with Diane, which stars Mary Kay Place, winner of Best Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association; Penny Lane with Hail Satan?; Brett Story with The Hottest August; Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar, and Jeff Reichert with American Factory; and with more to be announced soon. The series kicks off with a week-long 35mm engagement of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood. See full schedule below or online at movingimage.us/curatorschoice
SCHEDULE FOR ‘CURATORS’ CHOICE,’ DECEMBER 20, 2019–JANUARY 12, 2020
All screenings take place in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater or the Celeste Armand Bartos Screening Room at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, New York, 11106. Unless stated, tickets are $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth ages 3–17 / Free or discounted for Museum members). To find out about membership and to join, visit movingimage.us/membership. Advance tickets are available online at movingimage.us/curatorschoice.
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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 7:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 7:00 P.M.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2:00 P.M.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 3:30 P.M.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1:00 P.M.
Dir. Quentin Tarantino. 2019, 161 mins. 35mm. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Julia Butters, Mike Moh, Al Pacino.
What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire?
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 7:30 P.M.
Dir. Roberto Minervini. 2018, 123 mins. Digital projection.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 4:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 4:30 P.M.
Dir. James Gray. 2019, 124 mins. DCP. With Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland.
With Kent Jones in person
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Kent Jones. 2018, 95 mins. DCP. With Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Andrea Martin, Estelle Parsons, Deirdre O'Connell.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 6:30 P.M.
Dir. Carlos Reygadas. 2018, 174 mins. Digital projection. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. With Natalia López, Phil Burgers, Carlos Reygadas.
Free screening sponsored by Netflix
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Martin Scorsese. 2019, 209 mins. DCP. With Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Canavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Robert Eggers. 2019, 110 mins. DCP. With Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 7:30 P.M.
Dir. Wanuri Kahiu. 2018, 82 mins. Digital projection. In English and Swahili with English subtitles. With Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2:00 P.M.
Dir. Lulu Wang. 2019, 100 mins. DCP. In English and Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. With Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hond, Jiang Yongbo.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 4:00 P.M.
Dir. Joanna Hogg. 2019, 119 mins. DCP. With Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 4;30 P.M.
Dir. Khalik Allah. 2018, 77 mins. Digital projection.
Midsommar: Director’s Cut
With Ari Aster in person
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 6:30 P.M.
Dir. Ari Aster. 2019, 171 mins. DCP. With Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren.
The Image Book
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2:00 P.M.
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. 2018, 85 mins. DCP. In French with English subtitles.
Long Day’s Journey into Night
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 4:00 P.M.
Dir. Bi Gan. 2018, 140 mins. 3-D DCP. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. With Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang, Hong-Chi Lee, Yongzhong Chen.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 6:45 P.M.
Dir. Mike Leigh. 2018, 154 mins. Digital projection. With Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Mati Diop. 2019, 104 mins. DCP. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. With Mama Sané, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traoré.
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. 2019, 137 mins.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1:30 P.M.
Dir. Victor Kossakovsky. 2018, 89 mins. DCP.
Too Late to Die Young
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2:00 P.M.
Dir. Dominga Sotomayor. 2018, 110 mins. Digital projection. In Spanish with English subtitles. With Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro, Matías Oviedo.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 3:30 P.M.
Dir. Todd Douglas Miller. 2019, 93 mins. DCP.
Asako I & II
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 4:30 P.M.
Dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi. 2018, 119 mins. Digital projection. In Japanese with English subtitles. With Erika Karata, Masahiro Higashide, Koji Seto, Rio Yamashita, Sairi Ito, Daichi Watanabe.
Ash Is Purest White
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Jia Zhangke. 2018, 136 mins. Digital projection. With Zhao Tao, Liao Fan. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 1:30 P.M.
Dir. Tamara Kotevska. 2019, 90 mins. DCP. In Macedonian and Turkish with English subtitles.
Two by Hong Sang-soo: Grass and Hotel by the River
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 3:00 P.M.
Grass. Dir. Hong Sang-soo. 2018, 66 mins. Digital projection. In Korean with English subtitles. With Kim Min-hee, Jung Jin-young, Ki Joo-bong, Seo Young-hwa, Kim Sae-byuk
Hotel by the River. Dir. Hong Sang-Soo. 2018, 96 mins. Digital projection. In Korean with English subtitles. With Ki Joo-bong, Kim Min-hee, Song-Seon Mi, Kwon Hae-Hyo, Yu Jun-sang.
With Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar, and Jeff Reichert in person
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 4:00 P.M.
Dirs. Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert. 2019, 110 mins. DCP. In English and Chinese with English subtitles.
This Is America: Three Short Films from RaMell Ross, Bassam Tariq, and Garrett Bradley
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 6:30 P.M.
Easter Snap. Dir. RaMell Ross. 2019, 14 mins. Digital projection.
Ghosts of Sugar Land. Dir. Bassam Tariq. 2019, 21 mins. Digital projection.
America. Dir. Garrett Bradley. 2019, 30 mins. Digital projection.
With Alex Ross Perry in person
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Alex Ross Perry. 2018, 135 mins. DCP. With Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Eric Stoltz, Amber Heard.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2:00 P.M.
Dir. Penny Lane. 2019, 95 mins. Digital projection.
Pain and Glory
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 4:30 P.M.
Dir. Pedro Almodovar. 2019, 113 mins. DCP. In Spanish with English subtitles. With Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano, Penélope Cruz.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Claire Denis. 2018, 110 mins. DCP. With Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth.
Cutting My Mother
With Nathan Silver, Cindy Silver, and producer/cinematographer Jarred Alterman in person
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Nathan Silver. 2019, approximately 60 mins. Digital projection.
The Hottest August
With Brett Story in person
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 4:30 P.M.
Dir. Brett Story. 2019, 94 mins. Digital projection.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Céline Sciamma. 2019, 120 mins. DCP. In French with English subtitles. With Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino.
Photo: Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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