Four films from the Museum’s festival of innovative cinema to stream exclusively on MUBI in May
New York, New York, April 28, 2020 — Four acclaimed international films — Bird Talk (Dir. Xawery Żuławski), Searching Eva (Dir. Pia Hellenthal), Transnistra (Dir. Anna Eborn), and Nofinofy (Dir. Michael Andrianaly) — featured in Museum of the Moving Image’s First Look 2020, a festival interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, will make their online streaming debut on MUBI. Each Monday in May, MUBI will premiere a film from the festival and each film will be available to stream exclusively on their platform.
"The impetus for First Look, our annual festival of innovative, international cinema, is to expose vital new works to audiences that wouldn't be able to encounter them otherwise. We're delighted to work with MUBI, one of the best curated streaming platforms out there, to share a representative selection of our First Look program, with films by both emerging and veteran artists, documentary and fiction, spanning the globe from Eastern Europe to Madagascar," said Eric Hynes, Curator of Film, Museum of the Moving Image.
“We're thrilled to partner with Museum of the Moving Image to create a solution for First Look's unfortunate disruption. Through MUBI's digital showcase, more audiences than ever will now be able to discover what makes this film festival so special,” said Daniel Kasman, Vice President of Content at MUBI.
Available Starting May 4
Dir. Michael Andrianaly. France, Madagascar. 2019, 72 mins. When his hairdressing salon is destroyed by the municipality, Romeo must leave the high street of Toamasina for a harder-to-find shack in a residential neighborhood. Intimately observed yet effortlessly reflective of issues confronting Madagascar today, Nofinofy is a marvel of economy as of patient empathy.
Available Starting May 12
Dir. Anna Eborn. Sweden, Denmark, Belgium. 2019, 96 mins. Shot on 16mm and set in the self-declared nation of Transnistria (Priednestrovia), this film follows a group of 16 year olds over a cycle of seasons, witnessing the end of their youth and their first attempts forging futures either within or beyond their small community.
Available Starting May 18
Dir. Pia Hellenthal. Germany. 2019, 84 mins. A writer, a model, a queer activist, a sex worker, a social media personality—all of these apply to the Italian-born Eva Collé. Yet, director Pia Hellenthal takes care to never define Eva, whose notoriety is dispersed among various platforms and avatars and purposely avoids being pigeonholed into a fixed identity.
Available Starting May 25
Dir. Xawery Żuławski. Poland. 2019, 138 mins. Working from an unrealized script by his father, the late Andrzej Żuławski, award-winning Polish filmmaker Xawery Żuławski unleashes a wild, urgent, friskily entertaining explosion of cinema, spilling into hybrid nonfiction. In a society increasingly leaning towards conformity, faith, and reactionary politics, the film highlights characters operating on its fringes.
First Look is the Museum’s annual festival of new, innovative international cinema. The 9th edition, scheduled for March 11 through 15, was cut short after the first two days as the Museum building was closed in efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The festival opened with the New York premiere of Hubert Sauper’s Epicentro. The last film shown was John Skoog’s Ridge. The full slate of films can be found here. Currently, the Museum is continuing to present some First Look films and related new work online under the umbrella “First Look 2020 Online.”
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About Museum of the Moving Image
The Museum's mission is to advance the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. Though devastated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum continues to fulfill its mission online through: live conversations with artists, filmmakers, scholars, media educators, and other industry professionals; articles published in MoMI's online film magazine Reverse Shot and science and film resource Sloan Science & Film; access to the Museum's collection of more than 150,000 objects; and the online presentation of a range of films—including acclaimed new release features and award-winning science shorts, plus archived video of Museum events, and more. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.
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