Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

SPOTLIGHT CINEMA PREMIERES FILMS

MMoCA Program Provides First Chance to See Acclaimed Films in Madison

 

The Spotlight Cinema series returns this fall with the Madison premieres of eight critically acclaimed and award-winning narrative features from around the world, screening Wednesday nights from October 4 through November 15, and November 29. This film series is one of two presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art each year, and follows the summer’s Rooftop Cinema film series.

Highlights of this year’s Spotlight Cinema include the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival (The Square), dazzling animation (The Girl Without Hands), and new work by master directors Alejandro Jodorowsky (Endless Poetry) and Hong Sang-soo(On the Beach Alone at Night).

Spotlight Cinema is curated by Mike King, and is a program of MMoCA’s education department. Funding for the series has been provided by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the Museum lobby; films screen from 7 to 9 pm in the lecture hall. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public.


 

AT-A-GLANCE SCREENING SCHEDULE

October 4, 2017 • 7–9 pm

The Unknown Girl (La Fille inconnue) (2016, Belgium/France, 106 min., Digital)

Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Cast: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier

 

October 11, 2017 • 7–9 pm

Hermia & Helena (2016, Argentina/USA, 86 min., Digital)

Dir: Matias Piñeiro

Cast: Agustina Muñoz, Maria Villar, Dan Sallitt, Mati Diop, Keith Poulson

 

October 18, 2017 • 7–9 pm

Endless Poetry (Poesía sin fin) (2016, Chile/France, 128 min., Digital)

Dir: Alejandro Jodorowky

Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis Jodorowsky

 

October 25, 2017 • 7–9 pm

The Girl Without Hands (La jeune fille sans mains) (2016, France, 76 min., Digital)

Dir: Sébastien Laudenbach

Cast: Anaïs Demoustier, Jéremie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach

 

November 1, 2017 • 7–9 pm

Thirst Street (2017, USA, 83 min., Digital)

Dir: Nathan Silver

Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Damien Bonnard, Esther Garrel, Anjelica Huston

 

November 8, 2017 • 7–9 pm

The Square (2017, Sweden, 142 min., Digital)

Dir: Ruben Östlund

Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

 

November 15, 2017 • 7–9 pm

White Sun (Seto Surya)(2016, Nepal/USA/Qatar/Netherlands, 87 min., Digital)

Dir: Deepak Rauniyar

Cast: Dayahang Rai, Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya

 

November 29, 2017 • 7–9 pm

On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja)(2017, South Korea, 101 min., Digital)

Dir: Hong Sang-soo

Cast: Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa, Kwon Hae-hyo

 

FILM DETAILS

October 4, 20177 pm

The Unknown Girl (La Fille inconnue) (2016, Belgium/France, 106 min., Digital)

Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Cast: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier

 Across a twenty-year streak of neorealist masterworks, the Dardenne brothers have so firmly cemented their stature among the greatest living filmmakers as to risk being taken for granted. Yet they continue to raise the bar with superb moral tales that no film lover can pass up. In the followup to their Oscar-nominated Two Days, One Night, the brothers introduce a new element of film noir intrigue to their unerring social consciousness. Rising world cinema star Adèle Haenel gives a spellbinding performance as a doctor who becomes fixated on solving a crime that occurs outside the door of her clinic. Her novice detective work leads her into Liege’s underworld, where she must reckon with class barriers. In French with English subtitles.

Stills: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-unknown-girl

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TYCCPYdGTw

 

October 11, 20177 pm

Hermia & Helena (2016, Argentina/USA, 86 min., Digital)

Dir: Matias Piñeiro

Cast:Agustina Muñoz, Maria Villar, Dan Sallitt, Mati Diop, Keith Poulson

 This delightfully intelligent cross-continental romance orbits Camila, an Argentine writer on a fellowship in New York. Between dalliances, she is drafting a Spanish translation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a work whose clever musicality resonates in the melodic filmmaking of director Matias Piñeiro. “Giddily thrilling . . . Piñeiro keeps the action swinging freely between New York and Buenos Aires with bold subplots and puckish flashbacks, the shimmering mysteries of tenuous friendships and the breathless melodrama of family secrets. Filming cityscapes and intimate gestures with avid attention, adorning the dialogue with deep confessions and witty asides, Piñeiro conjures a cogently realistic yet gloriously imaginative vision of youthful ardor in love and art alike” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker). In Spanish with English subtitles.

Stills: https://www.kinolorber.com/film/hermiahelena

  

October 18, 20177 pm

Endless Poetry (Poesía sin fin) (2016, Chile/France, 128 min., Digital)

Dir: Alejandro Jodorowky

Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis Jodorowsky

Living legend Alejandro Jodorowsky virtually invented the midnight movie in the 1970s with the acid western El Topo and its psychedelic follow-up, The Holy Mountain. Now he returns to the Santiago of his twenties for an equally surreal depiction of his artistic coming of age. Fleeing his repressive parents, the aspiring young poet Alejandro falls in with a surrogate family of artists and misfits. Jodorowsky’s memories are filtered through his singular imagination, which is on full display in scene after scene of bizarre spectacle. Like a consummate magician, the director conjures his mind-bending strangeness without the aid of CGI (computer-generated imagery); his special effects are tactile and present in astonishingly designed sets, florid costumes, and, in one unforgettable instance, body paint. This one-of-a-kind autobiography is surprisingly moving, leading Variety to declare it “the most accessible movie Jodorowsky has ever made, and it may also be the best.” In Spanish with English subtitles.

Official Site: https://www.endlesspoetrythemovie.com

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI01EbKU_pU

 

October 25, 20177 pm

The Girl Without Hands (La jeune fille sans mains) (2016, France, 76 min., Digital)

Dir: Sébastien Laudenbach

Cast: Anaïs Demoustier, Jéremie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach

Without a doubt the most visually rapturous film of the year, this hand-drawn and hand-painted stunner will leave you rubbing your eyes in bewildered amazement. Based on a lesser-known story by the Brothers Grimm, this very adult fairy tale unfolds like a waking dream. Faced with poverty, a miller sells his only daughter to the devil; when she escapes, the devil takes her hands in revenge. Each exquisite frame is alive with movement and color, layering delicate line drawings with thick, rich brushstrokes to create a quivering world etched with ravishing minimalism. The film is animated entirely by director Sébastien Laudenbach, whose rich combination of calligraphic detail and sketch-like texture serves as a welcome, one-man rebuke to the monotonous computer-animation of the big studios. In French with English subtitles.

Stills: http://www.gkids.com/films/the-girl-without-hands/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta2PMn-nXlY

 

November 1, 2017, 7 pm

Thirst Street (2017, USA, 83 min., Digital)

Dir: Nathan Silver

Cast:Lindsay Burdge, Damien Bonnard, Esther Garrel, Anjelica Huston

Alone and depressed after the suicide of her lover, American flight attendant Gina travels to Paris and hooks up with nightclub bartender Jerome on her layover. But as Gina falls deeper into lust and opts to stay in France, this harmless rendezvous quickly turns into unrequited amour fou. When Jerome’s ex-partner, Clemence, reenters the picture, Gina is sent on a downward spiral of miscommunication, masochism, and madness. Inspired by European erotic dramas from the '70s, and narrated by Anjelica Huston, Thirst Street burrows deep into the delirious extremes we go to for love.

Stills: http://www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com/thirst-street/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFmTH0GiuZY

 

November 8, 2017, 7 pm

The Square (2017, Sweden, 142 min., Digital)

Dir: Ruben Östlund

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang, Dominic West

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) is unforgettable in this savagely funny satire of the contemporary art world from the director of Force Majeure. As the curator of Stockholm’s premier art museum, Christian is the cultural elite personified. His debonair facade unravels after he is pickpocketed while preparing an art exhibition dedicated to altruism. In one showstoppingly hilarious scene after another, director Ruben Östlund mounts a cogent, broad-ranging critique of the chasm between liberal society’s professed values and its actions. Winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. In Swedish with English subtitles.

Official Site: http://www.squarethefilm.com

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKDPrpJEGBY

 

November 15, 2017, 7 pm

White Sun (Seto Surya)(2016, Nepal/USA/Qatar/Netherlands, 87 min., Digital)

Dir: Deepak Rauniyar

Cast:Dayahang Rai, Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya

Amid the lush Himalayan mountain ranges of Nepal, a former Maoist rebel makes an unwelcome return to his traditional rural village. Chandra hasn’t been home in a decade, and now must come face-to-face with his brother, who fought on the opposing side of Nepal’s decades-long civil war. As he endures the disapproving glares of the still-royalist locals, his ex-wife presses him to take custody of her daughter and help them escape their rigid caste. Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar captures the schism between tradition and modernity that coexists in remote areas of the country. This beautifully perceptive film won prizes at the Venice, Singapore, and Palm Springs Film Festivals. “Outstanding . . . skillfully blends intimate human drama with sharp political observations” (Variety). In Nepali with English subtitles.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/202046154

Stills: http://www.kimstim.com/whitesun.html

 

November 29, 2017, 7 pm

On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja)(2017, South Korea, 101 min., Digital)

Dir: Hong Sang-soo

Cast:Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa, Kwon Hae-hyo

For the past couple of years, the South Korean entertainment industry has been consumed by a scandal: the extramarital affair between the captivating Kim Min-hee, star of the international hit The Handmaiden and one of the nation’s most in-demand young actresses, and Hong Sang-soo, one of the country’s most celebrated directors. This funny, wistful feature film serves as their joint statement on their public ordeal. In this fictional story, Kim plays an actress hanging out with friends in Hamburg and Seoul who, over many bottles of soju, puzzles over her feelings for her new paramour. A true cinematic explorer, Hong probes not only the relationships between men and women, but the formal qualities of film itself. In Korean with English subtitles.

Official Site: http://www.cinemaguild.com/theatrical/onthebeach.html

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________

Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.    

# # #