Pairing exciting new releases and recently restored classics, our April film calendar has a little something for everyone. Catch up with Oscar-nominated drama Living and revisit the Kurosawa masterpiece that inspired it, get to know the dreamlike 16mm films of Cornish writer-director Mark Jenkin, check out Hong Sangsoo’s latest minimalist masterpiece, and watch Owen Wilson channel TV icon Bob Ross. This month’s lineup also features a French Film Week preview, an immersive art documentary, a 4K restoration of Hong Kong’s blockbuster Infernal Affairs trilogy, the final film in our Kiarostami Retrospective, and the 2023 Wide Open Experimental Film Festival presented by the Film Department at Oklahoma City University.
As always, OKCMOA Film Society Members (including Fellow, Friend, and Sustainer members) receive $5 tickets to Museum Films screenings. To learn more about joining the Film Society, visit: https://www.okcmoa.com/filmsociety
Tickets to Kiarostami Film Retrospective screenings are free for OKCMOA members and with same-day museum or Art After 5 admission. Visit the admissions desk or the theater box office to purchase tickets.
Visit OKCMOA’s Museum Store x Ganache during regular Museum hours for a variety of beverages to enjoy during film screenings.
Fri., March 31 @ 5:30 pm | Sat., April 1 @ 2 & 5 pm | Sun., April 2 @ 12:30 & 3 pm
Based on an inspiring true story, Stephen Frears’ The Lost King follows an amateur historian (Sally Hawkins) battling skepticism and bureaucracy in a quest to locate the final resting place of King Richard III.
Fri., March 31 @ 8 pm | Sat., April 1 @ 7:30 pm
An epic meditation on nature, spirituality, and the human condition, Hlynur Pálmason’s stunning period drama follows an arrogant Danish priest as he travels to build a church in a remote part of Iceland.
Thurs., April 6 @ 7:30 pm | Free for OKCMOA members and with same-day museum or Art After 5 admission.
Museum Films’ Kiarostami retrospective closes with an encore screening of the director’s final, posthumously completed feature. 24 Frames makes playful use of digital technology to visualize the moments before and after a series of twenty-four still images.
Fri., April 7 @ 5:30 & 8 pm | Sat., April 8 @ 2 & 8 pm | Sun., April 9 @ 12:30 pm
Owen Wilson channels soft-spoken TV icon Bob Ross in this delightfully low-key comedy about a beloved painting show host, whose professional and romantic life is upended by a rival artist.
Sat., April 8 @ 5:30 pm | Sun., April 9 @ 3 pm
A middle-aged filmmaker ponders romantic and artistic possibilities during a tour of his friend’s three-story apartment building in this exquisitely structured and deeply personal new film from celebrated Korean writer-director Hong Sangsoo.
Thurs., April 13 @ 7:30 pm | New 4K restoration
A blockbuster in Asia, and later the source for Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, the first part of the groundbreaking Infernal Affairs trilogy traded the high-octane ballistics of earlier Hong Kong films for a cooler, crisper style and a head-spinning plot full of twists that forever changed the genre.
Fri., April 14 @ 5:30 & 8 pm | Sat., April 15 @ 8 pm | Sun., April 16 @ 3 pm | 2023 Oscar-Nominated Films
Oscar-nominated for Best Lead Actor and Adapted Screenplay, this richly textured remake of Kurosawa’s 1952 classic Ikiru stars acclaimed actor Bill Nighy as a British bureaucrat who reevaluates his life in the wake of a terminal diagnosis.
Sat., April 15 @ 5 pm
An inspiration for the 2023 Oscar-nominated feature Living, Akira Kurosawa’s profoundly humanist mediation on mortality and the meaning of life was voted one of the hundred greatest films of all time in the 2022 Sight and Sound Director’s Poll.
Sat., April 15 @ 2 pm | Sun., April 16 @ 12:30 pm
This breathtaking new documentary from Exhibition on Screen explores the remarkable life, art, and legacy of Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt.
Thurs., April 20 @ 7:30 pm | New 4K restoration
Following the enormous success of Infernal Affairs, which virtually demanded a sequel, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak deploy even more complex plotting than they had in its predecessor with a prequel that upped the stakes in an entirely new way.
Fri., April 21 @ 5:30 pm | Sat., April 22 @ 8 pm | 2 by Mark Jenkin
Shot on richly textured 16mm, this singular, dreamlike work of experimental horror from award-winning Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkin follows a wildlife volunteer on an uninhabited island off the British coast who begins to lose her grip on time and reality.
Fri., April 21 @ 8 pm | 2 by Mark Jenkin
Hailed by The Guardian as “one of the defining British films of the decade,” Mark Jenkin’s BAFTA Award-winning debut feature is a tragicomic tale of tensions between locals and tourists in a once-thriving Cornish fishing village.
Program 1: Sat., April 22 @ 3 pm | Program 2: Sat., April 22 @ 5 pm | Program 3: Sun., April 23 @ 1 pm | Program 4: Sun., April 23 @ 3 pm
Organized by a group of OCU Film students, W.O.E.F.F is a festival inspired by Oklahoma’s wide-open landscape, showcasing experimental films that will open peoples’ eyes to the alternative forms, structures, and styles of film.
Thurs., April 27 @ 7:30 pm | New 4K restoration
Andy Lau and Tony Leung reprise their roles alongside fellow Hong Kong superstar Leon Lai for this final entry in Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s trilogy—a wildly intense cinematic experience and an extremely satisfying conclusion to Hong Kong’s most ambitious blockbuster franchise.
Fri., April 28 @ 5:30 pm | Sat., April 29 @ 2 & 5:30 pm | Sun., April 30 @ 3 pm | French Film Week Preview
Winner of the 75th Anniversary Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, this exquisitely moving French-language drama from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne follows two young African immigrants in Belgium as they support one another and struggle to survive on the margins of society.
Fri., April 28 @ 8 pm | Sat., April 29 @ 8 pm | French Film Week Preview
An official selection of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, this wildly inventive new French comedy from Quentin Dupieux follows the misadventures of a team of five superheroes known as the Tobacco Force as they battle a giant turtle, deal with declining group morale, and attempt to save the world from total annihilation.