MoMA Is Screening 70 Sci-Fi Movies This Summer
If you're a science-fiction fan in New York this summer, it might be time to clear your schedule
The Museum of Modern Art will be screening 70 sc-fi films from 22 countries as part of its Future Imperfect: The Uncanny in Science Fiction series. It all kicks off July 17 and runs through Aug. 31.
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One thing that sets the series apart is it's not about the distant future or interstellar travel. All of its films all set on Earth in the present day or near-future, and they ask the question, "What does it mean to be human?" The series also spans cinema history, including the 1901 Walter R. Booth short film The Over-Incubated Baby, all the way up to this year's Marjorie Prime from director Michael Almereyda.
Here are just a few of the offerings, divided by genre:
Animation: Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Nozim To'laho'jayev's There Will Come Soft Rains, Suzan Pitt's Visitation
Faux documentary: Christopher Miles' Alternative 3, Jan Sverák's Oil Gobblers
Documentary hybrid: Werner Herzog's Fata Morgana and Lessons of Darkness, Frances Bodomo's Afronauts, Ben Rivers' Slow Action
Experimental: Michael Snow's *Corpus Callosum, Chris Marker's La Jetée, Mike Kuchar's The Craven Sluck
Comedy: Buster Keaton's The Electric House, Alexander Mackendrick's The Man in the White Suit, Richard Lester's The Bed Sitting Room, Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day
Horror: David Cronenberg's Shivers and Videodrome, George A. Romero's The Crazies, Krsto Papic's The Rat Savior, Jean-Pierre Bekolo's Les saignantes, Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face
The thriller: William Dieterle's Six Hours to Live, Alain Resnais' Je t'aime, je t'aime, Joseph Sargent's Colossus: The Forbin Project, Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, Alex Garland's Ex Machina, Hongmei Zhang's Death Ray on Coral Island, Nacho Vigalondo's Los cronocrimines, Alex Proyas' Dark City, Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men
Among the series' special guests and presenters are astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Quiet Earth), Almereyda, Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), Lynn Hershman Leeson (Seduction of a Cyborg and Teknolust) and John Sayles (The Brother From Another Planet).
Future Imperfect opens July 17 with two new preservations of the Fox rarities Six Hours to Live and It’s Great to Be Alive. They will be followed by 1984's The Brother From Another Planet.
by Cathy Whitlock