In the monthly exhibition ContemporAsian, MoMA showcases films that get little exposure outside of their home countries or on the international festival circuit, but that engage the various styles, histories, and changes in Asian cinema. This week, MoMA presents the New York premiere of Filipino director Marlon N. Rivera's The Woman in the Septic Tank, a self-reflexive parody of contemporary Filipino art films and the international film festival circuit that tracks a day of pitch meetings, coffee shop powwows, and location scouting with an ironic, tongue-in-cheek (but never spiteful) tone.
The Department of Film, in association with Filmmuseum München and the Goethe-Institut New
York, presents the most comprehensive retrospective ever assembled in
North America of the German film, theater, and opera director Werner
Schroeter (1945–2010). Comprising 40 feature films and rare early
experimental shorts, very few of which ever had theatrical releases in
the United States, the exhibition continues with his stagings
of Oscar Wilde's Salome (1971) and Shakespeare's Macbeth (1971),
as well as key works including the double-projection Argila (1968),
Willow Springs (1973), The Kingdom of Naples (1978), and Candy
Darling and Magdalena Montezuma pantomiming the visions of Joan of
Arc in Johannas Traum (1975).
This ongoing screening cycle explores the evolution of film as a medium
by charting the careers of several key directorial figures—not in
to establish a formal canon, but to develop one picture of cinematic
history. Upcoming screenings include Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess
(1952) and Fritz Lang's The Big Heat (1953).
For a contribution of
$5,000, your name, or the name of someone you wish to honor or remember,
can be placed on a seat in the Museum's Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1.
To name a seat or for more information, please contact Sara Pinto,
Associate Director of Development, at (212) 333-6591. Contributions to
name theater seats are 100% tax deductible.
MAY 25–JUNE 8
The Woman in the Septic Tank Friday, May 25, 7:00 p.m.
From top: The Woman in the Septic Tank. 2011. Philippines. Directed by Marlon N. Rivera. Macbeth. 1971. West Germany. Directed by Werner Schroeter. Image courtesy Filmmuseum München. The Big Heat. 1953. USA. Directed by Fritz Lang
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