For over 30 years, Lourdes Portillo's award-winning films have explored
Latin American, Mexican, and Chicano experiences and social-justice
issues. She has produced and directed over a dozen works in her
signature hybrid style as a visual artist, investigative journalist, and
activist. Held in conjunction with the 58th Robert Flaherty Film
Seminar, this career-spanning retrospective opens on June 22 with a
screening of her first film, After the Earthquake (1979), followed by
the New York City premiere of her Beyond the Beyond (2008) and a discussion with Portillo. Portillo will also be on hand for screenings
on June 23, 24, and 25.
Three men work on a traffic-congested Istanbul bridge that spans the
Bosphorus—the dividing line between Europe and Asia. Fikret, a young
man without papers, sells roses while avoiding the police, including
Murat, and skirting the taxis whose drivers, like Umut, add to chronic
traffic jams that reduce bridge crossing to a snail's pace. Ozge's
feature debut reveals the drama, sadness, and hope in the everyday lives
of her protagonists, each of whom yearns for something better. Men on
the Bridge is a revelatory portrait of a cosmopolis in flux.
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 William Wyler's Roman Holiday (1953), Charles Chaplin's Limelight (1952), Vincente Minnelli's The Band Wagon (1953), and more.
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.
JUNE 22–JULY 6
After the Earthquake and Beyond the Beyond Friday, June 22, 7:00 p.m.
From top: Columbus on Trial. 1993. USA. Directed by Lourdes Portillo. Men on the Bridge. 2009. Turkey/Germany/The Netherlands. Directed by Asli Ozge. Roman Holiday. 1953. USA. Directed by William Wyler
The Museum of Modern Art | 11 West 53 Street | New York, NY