With the ravishing, unforgettable Moonlight, Barry Jenkins has established himself as one of today’s major voices in independent American filmmaking. This series brings together Jenkins’s two features (including his ripe-for-rediscovery debut, Medicine for Melancholy) with a selection of films that informed the making of his latest, handpicked by the director himself. These major works of queer, black, and international art cinema are, like Moonlight, rich, stylistically sensual, and compassionate portraits of outsiders. Taken together, the films in this series serve to contextualize Jenkins’s work and offer insight into the making of a modern masterpiece.
Organized by Dennis Lim.
Special thanks to A24, Kahlil Joseph, the Institut Français, and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.
Handpicked by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, these major works of queer, black, and international art cinema offer insight into the making of a modern masterpiece.
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Free screening! · Pre-Screening ReceptionBarry Jenkins’s three-part narrative spans the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of a gay African-American man who survives Miami’s drug-plagued inner city, finding love in unexpected places and the possibility of change within himself.
Q&A with Agnès Godard · Opening Night ReceptionThis retelling of Billy Budd, set among a troop of Foreign Legionnaires, is one of Denis and Godard’s finest collaborations: a sensuously photographed story of misplaced longing and frustrated desire.
Nagisa Ôshima returned, fourteen years after his previous feature, Max mon amour, with a final film. Set in a 19th century samurai school, Gohatto concerns an impossibly handsome new recruit (Ryûhei Matsuda) who spreads trouble and desire through the ranks of enlisted men and officers alike.
Winner of the Best Director award in Cannes, Wong’s sixth feature is a straightforward, intimate work—a rich and atmospheric meditation on relationships that whirls from tango bars to Taiwan, from black-and-white to color, from desperation to hope. An NYFF35 selection.
Filmed entirely in the German-derived Plautdietsch language, Silent Light weaves a poetic and affecting tale of marital and spiritual crisis, revolving around the affair of a married farmer as his wife suffers, knowingly, in silence. An NYFF45 selection.
Free screening! · Post-Screening ReceptionThis rapturously beautiful 2005 feature by Hou Hsiao-hsien is a triumph about the melancholy play of time and memory. The action is broken into three different love stories set in different eras—a 1966 pool hall, a prosperous 1911 brothel, and contemporary Taipei—but starring the same leads, the impossibly glamorous Shu Qi and Chang Chen.
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