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Spotlight Cinema: The Macaluso Sisters

October 13 @ 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 13, 7:00PM  THE MACALUSO SISTERS (2020, Italy, 89 min | Emma Dante)

Film still from "The Macaluso Sisters" showing a group of people running on the sand along the beach with a building in the backgroundFilm still from THE MACALUSO SISTERS (2020) directed by Emma Dante. Image courtesy of Glass Half Full Media.

On the top floor of a crumbling apartment building in sunny Palermo, five orphaned sisters live with a huge flock of doves that they rent out for weddings. Their fairy-tale existence is cursed when tragedy strikes at the beach, a single moment that forever ruptures their lives. Adapting her own play, director Emma Dante makes brilliant use of a three-act structure, skipping decades between each section of the story—we next encounter the sisters in middle and old age, still in the same apartment. The huge scope requires a large cast—12 actors playing 5 roles between them—and Dante pulls it all together beautifully, crafting a moving and delicate tale of lifelong sisterhood.

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 13
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States