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Spotlight Cinema: Ema

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema returns in person this fall, and features premieres of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary and feature films. Spotlight Cinema is $7 per screening, or free for MMoCA members and anyone age 18 and younger. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum lobby.


OCTOBER 6, 7:00PM  EMA (2019, Chile, 107 min | Pablo Larraín)

film still showing one person holding the waist of another person in an interior spaceFilm still from EMA (2019) directed by Pablo Larraín. Image courtesy of Music Box Films.

Vivid, sexy, and explosive, Pablo Larraín’s dance-film follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Jackie is “one of the year’s most electrifying movies” (Indiewire). In an incandescent breakout performance, Mariana Di Girolamo commands the screen as the titular platinum blonde dancer, pyromaniac, and mother, with Gael García Bernal portraying Ema’s partner in crime and life. When their adopted son is taken away after mimicking her parents’ wild behavior too closely, this anarchic power couple attempts to reset their lives. Between its exuberantly-staged dance sequences on the streets of Valparaíso and its scenes of intense eroticism, Ema is a cinematic firecracker. “Explodes off the screen like a Roman candle. Exhilarating, daring and deeply human… a picture of pure freedom” (Time Out).

A program of MMoCA’s education department, Spotlight Cinema is curated by Mike King and generously funded by an anonymous donor, maihaus, and Venture Investors, LLC.


October 6
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States