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Women Make Movies Filmmaker Tracey Moffatt at MoMA

From May 4-13 2012, Women Make Movies (WMM) filmmaker Tracey Moffatt will be presenting her works at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). This particular event will be special in that it will be one of 40 taking place through March 2013 to commemorate WMM’s 40th year anniversary.  Tracey Moffatt (Austrailian) is a filmmaker, video artist and photographer whose stylistic experiments draw upon both popular culture and her own background, examining subjects such as Aboriginal subjugation, maternal domination, gender stereotypes, and class division. Her most recent work, Montages, which Moffatt collaborated together with her editor Gary Hillberg to create “hymns to cinema”, consists of various scenes from Hollywood films and transforming and interpreting them into Moffatt’s own unique themes.

Some of her works include:

  • Bedevil
  • Love
  • Artist
  • Lip
  • Heaven
  • Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy
  • Nice Colored Girls

 In accordance with her screenings, there will be a discussion session as well, An Evening with Tracey Moffatt, Monday, May 7 2012 at MoMA in which the filmmaker, video artist and photographer will discuss ways she, as an artist, engages in cinema, especially in silent films.

About Tracey Moffatt:

Tracey Moffatt is highly regarded for her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video; her work draws on history of cinema, art and photography as well as popular culture and her own childhood memories and fantasies.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Tracey Moffatt first gained significant critical acclaim for her film work when the short film NIGHT CRIES was selected for official competion at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature film, BEDEVIL, was also selected for Cannes in 1993. Moffatt's stylistic experiments draw upon both popular culture and her own background, examining subjects such as Aboriginal subjugation, maternal domination, gender stereotypes, and class division. This retrospective of Moffatt’s films and videos offers a comprehensive look at her moving-image oeuvre.

About Women Makes Movies:

Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program.

Women Make Movies (WMM) is the leading distributor of films by and about women and supports women filmmakers with its internationally renowned Production Assistance Program. This retrospective is part of WMM's 40th anniversary. WMM will be celebrating with 40 international screenings and events, working with museums, film festivals and cultural institutions to present films, retrospectives, panels, workshops and mentoring events. The anniversary kicked off in March 2012 with a month of programming on the Documentary Channel and will continue around the globe in the Czech Republic, Argentina, Iceland, Sierra Leone, Turkey and England, among others.   

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Kino! 2012: New Films from Germany at the MoMA

60304Opening April 25-May 2 2012, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) presents its 34th annual film segment, Kino! 2012: New Films from Germany, with a fresh new outlook at some of the emerging artists in film.  KINO brings you the latest news in German films. This year’s event will be celebrating two very special occasions: the 100th birthday of the world-famous Studio Babelsberg and the 50th anniversary of the Oberhausen Manifesto.  The celebration of Studio Babelsberg’s 100th birthday will be held at MoMa with screenings prior to the Kino! 2012 event.  On the other hand, the 50th anniversary of Oberhausen Manifesto will resume at a later date showcasing four of Manifesto’s signature films.

Studio Babelsberg has produced several works of Weimar film classics as F.W. Murnau's The Last Laugh, Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel (starring Marlene Dietrich), in concordance with some recent films: Roman Polanski's The Pianist and The Ghost Writer, Tom Tykwer’s The International, and Roland Emmerich's Anonymous. MoMA’s salute to Babelsberg will include a rare screening of one of its earliest worldwide successes, Stellan Rye's The Student of Prague (1913).

Furthermore, incorporated in this year’s schedule will be Next Generation Short Tiger 2011 screening various student films based in Germany.  Six new features will be included at the festival such as the opening-night film, Zieska Riemann's Lollipop Monster, which fuses two very different worlds in a bizarre yet intriguing way.  The following three films deals with intricate relationships in humanity: Carsten Unger's Bastard, Leo Khasin's social drama Kaddish for a Friend and Stephan Rick's The Good NeighborAndres Veiel's debut feature, If Not Us, Who? takes politics and romance to the next level. Miguel Alexandre's epic The Man with the Bassoon (from a book by and starring Udo Jürgens) travels through time between Russia and Germany.  Written and directed by Andreas Dresen, the filmmaker returns to Kino once again with a heart wrenching human drama, Stopped on Track, which includes both professionals and non-actors creating realism.   

All films will be presented in its original language with English subtitles.  Screenings will take place in various theaters.

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Kino! 2012: New Films from Germany

April 25-May 2 2012

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

11 West 53 Street  New York, NY 10019

(212) 708-9400 

Joyless Street: What's with Women? Strong Directors, Masochistic Characters

A Scene From Twilight PortraitThis may be the brave new era of Hollywood’s The Hunger Games, the hugely successful saga honoring a young woman’s courage and nobility in the face of death. Still, it’s worth noting that two modest and fascinating 2012 New Directors/New Films selections, written and directed by women, deal not with outsized dystopian adventure or female bravery, but with heroines who choose to act out a discomforting sexual masochism within the framework of their own emotionally impoverished lives.

First is the Russian movie, Twilight Portrait, which marks the directing debut of Angelina Nikonova, who also co-wrote and co-produced it. The title refers to a setting on a still camera, but it also allegorizes Russian society and signifies the twilight of civility in the former Soviet Union. Against the background of a brutal and brutalized post-Cold-War Moscow, where apathy is superseded only by thuggishness among its men, and especially the police, Marina, a young middle-class woman of remarkable grace and beauty, struggles to find connection in her life.

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Nanni Moretti Retrospective Includes His Latest, "We Have a Pope"

In his new film, We Have a Pope, veteran Italian actor Nanni Moretti plays Moretti, Piccoli in We Have a PopeBrezzi, a psychoanalyst called on by a desperate college of cardinals to convince the reluctant Holy Father-elect (a magnificently befuddled Michel Piccoli) to accept his new position. In typically understated Moretti style, the good doctor -- a divorced unbeliever, unsurprisingly -- never gets to the heart of the former Cardinal Melville’s difficulties, instead organizing a Vatican volleyball tournament that’s suspended before the finals when the group has to return for another conclave.

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