Museum Films’ November lineup has a little something for everyone: sparkling comedies and understated dramas, recently restored classics and exclusive premieres, acclaimed American Indies and world cinema standouts, revealing documentaries and imaginative animations. This month we look forward to sharing new and newly discovered films by some of our favorite filmmakers, highlighting a few of the 2018 festival circuit’s most exciting discoveries, and setting the stage for a competitive awards season.
Screening on the first three Thursdays in November, Jacques Becker’s newly restored “Parisian Youth Trilogy” was a major influence on the French New Wave movement of the 1960s. A loose series of sparkling comedy-dramas focusing on the lives and loves of bohemian artists and young working-class couples, Antoine and Antoinette, Rendezvous in July, and Édouard and Caroline were shot on location in the French capital during the late-1940s and early-1950s.
Early November also brings a pair of engaging documentaries. Tea With the Dames treats us to a wise, witty, and wonderfully candid conversation between four long-time friends: famed English actresses Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright. It’s the perfect cinematic companion to Victorian Afternoon Tea at the Museum Cafe. With Monrovia, Indiana, master documentarian Frederick Wiseman turns his ‘fly-on-the-wall’ camera toward the nation’s heartland, capturing a lyrical, compassionate snapshot of a place and its people. We’re pleased to offer current OKCMOA Film Society members free admission to all screenings of Monrovia, Indiana.
As we move toward Thanksgiving and the end of the month, we’re proud to showcase two critically acclaimed Cannes favorites turned deserving awards season hopefuls. Based on a short story by beloved Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Burning follows an aspiring writer who finds his life turned upside-down by the reemergence of a woman from his past. A contender for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the latest from Korean master Lee Chang-dong combines propulsive storytelling and virtuosic style.
Partially filmed in Enid, Oklahoma, Wildlife marks the phenomenally assured directorial debut of actor Paul Dano. Set in early 1960s Montana, the film centers on 14-year-old Joe, who is forced to confront harsh adult realities when his parents, played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, unexpectedly separate. Anchored by Mulligan’s fearless, Oscar-caliber performance, Wildlife is an exquisitely understated meditation on the fragility and resilience of family ties.
We cap off the month with another family-centered Cannes selection. From acclaimed Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda comes Mirai, a visually captivating tale of love passed down through generations. Reminiscent of award-winning Pixar films like Up and Inside Out, Mirai follows four-year-old Kun who adapts to the arrival of his new baby sister with the help of some time-traveling friends. As the holidays approach, we’re excited to share this emotionally soaring, kid-friendly discovery with you and your loved ones.
Click to view and print the November 2018 Film Schedule + Calendar. Printed film schedules will also be available in the theater lobby.
We look forward to seeing you soon!