Programmed by Dennis Lim, editor of Moving Image Source; Rachael Rakes, Assistant Curator of Film; and David Schwartz, Chief Curator
First Look is the Museum’s annual showcase for inventive, groundbreaking new international cinema. Many of the films in this year’s edition take the form of journeys—geographical, emotional, and artistic—and the series itself is a journey, with 26 works, feature-length and short films, from a dozen countries. The films are by established masters and emerging filmmakers, and almost all are New York premieres.
With its debut in 2012, First Look was instantly recognized as a vital new addition to New York’s film scene, an oasis of thoughtful and provocative filmmaking amid the hype and noise of the awards season. It is a great way for New York filmgoers to start the year, just ahead of the Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals. In its second year, First Look has expanded its breadth, with genre-defying and boundary-pushing works of all forms, demonstrating how cinematic creativity and depth can be found in modes as divergent as action movies and the avant-garde.
Tickets for screenings (with the exception of opening night) are included with Museum admission ($12 adults / $9 students and senior citizens). A First Look series pass, allowing the holder admission to the Museum and all First Look screenings for the run of the series, will again be available. All screenings are free for Museum members. Memberships start at $75 with benefits that include year-round free admission to the Museum and its programs, reservation privileges, and discounts on special programs.
Series presented with support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beyond Kombucha, Cinema Tropical, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, The Korea Society, Pragda.
Outside Satan (Hors Satan)
Friday, January 4, 7:30 p.m. Screening
Big in Vietnam and Other Shorts by Mati Diop
Saturday, January 5, 2:30 p.m. Screening
Saturday, January 5, 5:00 p.m. Screening & Live Event
Arraianos and Birds
Saturday, January 5, 7:30 p.m. Screening
Sunday, January 6, 2:30 p.m. Screening & Live Event
Sunday, January 6, 5:00 p.m. Screening
Xavier and Noelia
Sunday, January 6, 7:30 p.m. Screening & Live Event
Friday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. Screening
Secret Screening of a Film by James Benning
Saturday, January 12, 1:00 p.m. Screening
Winter, Go Away!
Saturday, January 12, 2:00 p.m. Screening & Live Event
Saturday, January 12, 4:00 p.m. Screening
Saturday, January 12, 6:00 p.m. Screening
P-047 and Could See a Puma
Saturday, January 12, 8:30 p.m. Screening
In the Shadows
Sunday, January 13, 2:30 p.m. Screening
Sleepless Night and As the Flames Rose
Sunday, January 13, 5:00 p.m. Screening & Live Event
Shorts by Kleber Mendonça Filho
Sunday, January 13, 7:30 p.m.