Museum Films in April 2019

Spanning seven countries and four continents, Museum Films’ April schedule is truly an international affair. From acclaimed American indies, festival highlights and silent film classics to blockbuster documentaries, crowd-pleasing biographical dramas and delectable food movies, we scoured the globe to bring you four weekends of entertaining, inspiring and thought-provoking films. 

April’s lineup begins with Hotel by the River, the latest from ultra-prolific Museum Films favorite, Hong Sang-soo (Claire’s Camera). A gorgeous wintertime reverie shot in luminous hand-held black and white, the Korean writer-director’s Locarno award-winner is a poetic (and surprisingly funny) meditation on love and mortality. Our focus on contemporary Asian cinema continues later in the month with Jia Zhangke’s (A Touch of Sin) virtuosic Chinese gangster melodrama Ash Is Purest White, and Eric Khoo’s Ramen Shop, an irresistible combination of mouthwatering food movie and heartwarming cross-cultural family drama set in Singapore and Japan.  

Co-written and directed by Iranian master Jafar Panahi (This Is Not a Film), Cannes Best Screenplay-winner 3 Faces is a celebration of community and solidarity amid severe political and societal oppression, and a moving tribute to Panahi’s late mentor Abbas Kiarostami. Another world cinema-standout from Embrace of the Serpent director Ciro Guerra, Birds of Passage is a visually stunning, period crime saga centered on the indigenous Wayúu people of Colombia. 

A highlight of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and one of this year’s biggest documentary hits, Apollo 11 makes masterful use of never-before-seen archival footage to provide an intimate and exhilarating glimpse behind the scenes of the history-changing moon mission. Winner of the Best Narrative Feature prize at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Kent Jones’ Diane is a stellar example of American independent filmmaking and a star-making showcase for its lead actress, Tulsa-native Mary Kay Place.  

Finally, in honor of OKCMOA’s upcoming Third Thursday: Black & White event, we’re excited to showcase a duo of films celebrating silent screen icon Louise Brooks. Screening one night only, G.W. Pabst’s provocative 1929 drama Diary of a Lost Girl stars the radiant Brooks as a naïve middle-class teen who rebels against her circumstances after being sent to a repressive home for wayward girls. Adapted from Laura Moriarty’s best-selling historical novel, The Chaperone brings together the writer, director and star of Downton Abbey to tell the story of a wide-eyed housewife (Elizabeth McGovern), who accompanied 15-year-old Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson) on a transformative summer trip to New York.  

Click to view and print the April 2019 Film Schedule + Calendar. Printed film schedules will also be available in the theater lobby. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!  

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