Happy New Year from Museum Films!
We’re excited to start off 2019 with a stellar lineup of awards season hopefuls, world cinema premieres, and recently restored masterpieces (including rarely screened early works from some of our favorite directors). As we await the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees on January 22, we look forward to showcasing a set of 2018’s most acclaimed dark-horse contenders.
Our January schedule opens with a pair of gorgeous period dramas. Screening in a luminous 30th anniversary restoration, Terence Davies’ autobiographical debut feature Distant Voices, Still Lives is a poetic, music-filled portrait of working-class life in postwar Liverpool. A beautifully acted biography of Pippi Longstocking creator Astrid Lindgren, Becoming Astrid follows the future best-selling author as she struggles to maintain her independence and provide for her young son in 1920s Sweden.
On the heels of our successful Bergman Centennial program, we’re proud to present another revelatory retrospective series: The Complete Jean Vigo. Although he only produced three shorts—À propos de Nice, Taris, Zéro de conduite—and a single feature, the radiantly romantic L’Atalante, before his tragic death at the age of 29, Vigo remains one of the most celebrated and influential French filmmakers of all time. Screening in sparkling new restorations courtesy of Janus Films, these richly cinematic landmarks of 1930s French poetic realism are essential viewing for all film lovers. We close out the month with one more Janus Films rediscovery, the first major restoration of Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 poverty row masterpiece, Detour. A classic film noir fable about a hitchhiker on the lam and a vicious femme fatale, Detour is a fascinating dispatch from the fatalistic heart of postwar America.
Finally, Museum Films’ Awards Season Preview includes exclusive OKCMOA premieres and early 2018 standouts that deserve a second look. The showcase opens with Leave No Trace, the critically lauded latest from Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik. A three-time Independent Spirit nominee for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Supporting actress, this riveting family-friendly film tells the story of a father and daughter living off the grid in the forests of Oregon. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Best Foreign Language Film-frontrunner, Shoplifters is a moving, beautifully crafted story about a family of petty thieves struggling for survival on the fringes of Japanese society. Last but certainly not least, Wes Anderson’s Golden Globe-nominated animated feature Isle of Dogs is a marvel of mid-century atomic kitsch and a heartwarming ode to the language-transcending bond between 12-year-old boys and their canine friends.
Click to view and print the January 2019 Film Schedule + Calendar. Printed film schedules will also be available in the theater lobby.
Best wishes for a fantastic 2019!