May
12
Sat
Que Tan Lejos: Película · Movie Screening @ Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Que Tan Lejos: Película · Movie Screening @ Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center | New York | United States

Movie Night: How Much Further, directed by Tania Hermida.
For a mother, there is nothing better than enjoying time with family. EACC invites you and your family to take a trip to Ecuador through the screen and enjoy this captivating and humorous film.

· Free and open to the public· The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles.
There will also be gifts for all the mothers present, courtesy of Oresky & Associates, PLLC.

Rsvp here: https://goo.gl/9vWcp7
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About the movie:
A Spanish tourist looking for adventure in Ecuador crosses paths with a cynical student and a man seeking to come to terms with the recent death of his grandmother in director Tania Hermida’s understated tale of love, friendship, and the journey to gain a better understanding of who we really are. Esperanza is a Spanish tourist who longs to experience life and explore new worlds. Pessimistic Ecuadorian university student Tristeza is tired of her picturesque South American country, and can’t shake the feeling that the outside world is calling to her. After being stranded in the baron countryside due to a transit strike, Esperanza, and Tristeza attempt to hitch a ride back to civilization. Their journey soon takes an unexpected turn, however, when the pair makes the acquaintance of a man transporting the ashes of his dearly departed grandmother. Now, as mortality and compassion factor into the soul-searching trek, the two girls are soon prompted to reevaluate their expectations regarding their current quest for fulfillment. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

May
13
Sun
Correspondences (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 13 @ 2:00 pm
Correspondences (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Portugal/Argentina/Brazil/France/Greece. Dir. Rita Azevedo Gomes. 2016, 145 mins. Digital projection. With Mario Barroso, Luis Miguel Cintra, Tania Dinis. In Portuguese, French, English, Greek, and Italian with English subtitles. New York premiere. The tantalizing, decades-long correspondence between influential Portuguese poets Sophia de Mello Breyner and Jorge de Sena forms the basis of this richly sensorial, densely layered cinematic essay. Written between 1959 and 1978 while Sena was in political exile—first in Brazil, then in the US—the letters are a window into an extraordinary friendship, a safe haven in which the two expressed their innermost feelings of isolation, displacement, and longing for connection. Setting their words—related by actors in a multitude of languages—to a mosaic of impressionistic, often startlingly beautiful images, director Rita Azevedo Gomes has created a singular work of profound thought and feeling.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

The Illiac Passion (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 13 @ 5:00 pm
The Illiac Passion (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

USA. Dir. Gregory Markopoulos, 1967, 90 mins. 16mm. With Taylor Mead, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith. In English. One of the masters of American avant-garde filmmaking, Gregory Markopoulos had developed a singular, senses-stunning style—marked by lush, color-saturated visuals; psychologically-charged editing; and a concern with the mythopoeic—when he left the US for good, relocated to Europe, and pulled his films from public exhibition. The gradual re-emergence of his work continues with this rare screening of one of his greatest achievements, a contemporary take on Prometheus Bound. It’s a spectacle of passion and creation in which Aeschylus’ text mixes with the music of Bartok and underground luminaries Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Taylor Mead, Beverly Grant, Gregory Battcock, and Gerard Malanga are cast as the titans of Greek mythology.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

The Dreamed Ones (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 13 @ 7:00 pm
The Dreamed Ones (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Austria. Dir. Ruth Beckermann. 2016, 89 mins. Digital projection. With Anja Plaschg, Laurence Rupp. In German with English subtitles. A passionate, doomed literary love affair is brought to life in this inventive, one-of-a-kind meta-romance. Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan were two giants of postwar German-language poetry whose unlikely affair (he was the son of Jewish Holocaust victims, she the daughter of a Nazi) lasted only months but sparked hundreds of letters exchanged over the course of decades—documents of two brilliant minds working through heady questions of art, postwar guilt, and politics, as well as their own complex feelings for one another. Their soul-baring correspondence is related via two magnetic actors who, in channeling the writers, discover their own spark of attraction—a continuation of a love story that resonates across decades.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

May
18
Fri
Rabot (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
Rabot (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Belgium. Dir. Christina Vandekerckhove. 2017, 70 mins. Digital projection. In Dutch with English subtitles. U.S. premiere. With the eye of an artist and the preservationist instincts of a cultural anthropologist, documentarian Christina Vandekerckhove chronicles the last months of life in a dilapidated Ghent high-rise slated for demolition. A 1970s prestige project designed as a utopian solution to low cost housing, the modernist Rabot towers instead became a symbol of urban blight. Capturing intimate moments in the day-to-day lives of a host of the building’s soon-to-be-displaced residents, Vandekerckhove finds both tragedy—poverty, illness, addiction, loneliness—as well as touching scenes of warmth, humor, and humanity. The result is both a striking architectural record of urban decay and a deeply compassionate view of the humanity in its midst.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

May
19
Sat
Maltese Shorts: The Maltese Fighter (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 19 @ 2:00 pm
Maltese Shorts: The Maltese Fighter (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

The Maltese Fighter. New York premiere. Malta/Canada. Dir. Arev Manoukian. 2015, 19 mins. With Malcolm Ellul, Nico Fenech. In Maltese with English subtitles. In a time when Malta’s political violence was at its peak, Carmelo, a single father and boxer from Valletta, is forced to join a corrupt underworld as he struggles to provide for his only son Giuseppi. Bajtra tax-Xewk (Prickly Pear). U.S. premiere. Malta. Dir. Alex Camilleri. 2016, 12 mins. With Andrew Mallia, Iskander Zul Qarnen. In Maltese and English with English subtitles. Feeling guilty that he told his sister she could eat the prickly pears that were meant for his grandmother’s birthday, a boy embarks on a mission to secure replacement fruit. But finding the fruit during the offseason turns into a quest to right his wrong. Arcadia. New York premiere. Dir. Jamie Vella. 2017, 25 mins. With Malcolm Ellul, Nathan Ellul. In Maltese with English subtitles. Father and son finally achieve their dream of moving out and living in the idyllic Maltese countryside. Yet this dream of peace and simplicity turns into a nightmare as the booming and unforgiving construction industry of the country quickly sets its sights on their land. Lejliet (Eve). U.S. premiere. Malta.Dir. Matthew James Ellul. 2016, 13 mins. With Manuel Cauchi, Jamie Cardona. In Maltese with English subtitles. Gaetano, a sexton at the local parish, is alone on the church rooftop on Christmas Eve. To his surprise he encounters Marco, a teenager from the village who has also sneaked upstairs. Although neither is happy to see the other, a reluctant conversation is struck up between the two. As the interaction turns hostile, the reason for their presence on the rooftop emerges as both men reveal their hidden intentions, unexpectedly finding common ground.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

The Steel Mill Caffé (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 19 @ 4:00 pm
The Steel Mill Caffé (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Croatia. Dir. Goran Devic, 2017, 61 mins. Digital projection. In Croatian with English subtitles. New York premiere. Business is slow at the bus stop bar owned by Erna and Dzevad in the city of Sisak, Croatia, near the entrance to what was once one of the largest ironworks in Eastern Europe. Now, times are hard, the pub sees barely a trickle of customers, and the couple have decided to close down for good. With his unobtrusive, fly-on-the-wall camera, director Goran Devic documents the bar’s last week, eavesdropping on the conversations between the few regulars and the stray passers-by who wander in. The topics they discuss—the scarcity of work, the influx of migrants, the promise of a better life in Germany—offer revealing insight into the state of a country struggling to pull itself out of recession.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

May
20
Sun
Beyond the One (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 20 @ 2:00 pm
Beyond the One (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Italy/France/Germany. Dir. Anna Marziano. 2017, 53 mins. Digital projection. Italian with English subtitles. Shooting across continents on glowing Super 8 and 16mm, artist filmmaker Anna Marziano offers a poetic, generously human meditation on the many and varied forms love can take. Working from the premise that everyone loves in a unique way, Beyond the One interweaves evocative allusions to literature, music, and cinema with a reflection on our singular/plural condition, illustrated through various ways of sharing and nourishing relationships as well as through situations where love (or the lack thereof) has become a form of pain. What emerges is a far-reaching, gracefully profound essay on the experience of human connection, a conversation recording traces of our intimate relational life and its essential ambiguity.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.