The Cannes winner “Murina” will open the 2022 festival celebrating international cinema in March.
The 11th annual First Look festival at the Museum of the Moving Image unveiled its star-studded lineup on February 7.
The festival, which takes place March 16-20 at the MoMI Museum in Astoria, Queens, will open with the New York premiere of Camera d’Or winner “Murina.” Director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović received Best First Feature at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, and the film is produced by Martin Scorsese.
“Murina” is a coming-of-age story set in a picturesque Croatian coastal town. Also on March 16, Tsai Ming-Liang’s ode to Hong Kong, “The Night,” will premiere in New York. The Closing Night selection and winner of the 2021 Locarno Grand Prix “The Balcony Movie” closes the festival.
The First Look festival presents “new and innovative international cinema”. Highlight screenings include the New York premiere of “Zero Fucks Given,” featuring Adele Exarchopoulos as a stewardess in crisis, and the New York premiere of IDFA Best Picture winner, “Mr. Landsbergis. Loznitsa’s other feature films “Babi Yar” and “Context” The US premiere of Kirill Serebrennikov’s third feature, “Petrov’s Flu”, is also being screened.
First Look will host 38 works, with 18 feature films representing more than 30 countries. In addition, the festival will present “Reflection”, a new work by Valentyn Vasyanovych, which will be the subject of a retrospective at MoMI from March 25 to 27.
“Now in its 11th year, First Look has become an event that reflects both the current state of the cinematic arts and the curatorial nature and curiosity of MoMI,” said Eric Hynes, MoMi Film Curator. “We are drawn to a wide range of work, from a diversity of creators, and are always looking for new ways to see and express. The films and projects of the festival are certainly new to New York, but First Look also means an open and active approach to the moving image. Key to this is showcasing both finished and unfinished work – the latter via our daytime Working on It sessions – providing artists and audiences with an engaging space in which to meet.
Other highlights include the North American premiere of acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Qiu Jiongjiong’s “A New Old Play” and the East Coast premiere of Indonesian author Edwin’s Golden Leopard winner “Vengeance. Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash”, presented by MoMI’s Disreputable Cinema. series. Omar El Zohairy’s surreal ‘Feathers’ and new shorts like Radu Jude’s ‘The Night’ and ‘Semiotic Plastic’, plus world premieres of Nathaniel Dorsky’s ‘William’ and Laura Harrison’s ‘The Limits of Vision’ will be projected. The North American premiere of Philipp Fleischmann’s “Untitled” is also part of a special First Look edition of MoMI’s recurring experimental showcase, Persistent Visions.
Breaking out of the traditional cinematic space, two works by First Look alumni will be presented in the Museum’s galleries: “Our Ark” by Deniz Tortum and Kathryn Hamilton in the video projection amphitheater and “As Mine Exactly” by Charlie Shackleton , a live virtual reality experience.
Alongside First Look, Working on It offers a laboratory of works in progress and dialogues about the process, bringing together festival guests, filmmakers, students, writers and the general public. Former participants have included Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Robert Greene, Maya Daisy Hawke and the editors and writers of Reverse Shot.
First Look 2022 was programmed by Eric Hynes, Film Curator, and Edo Choi, Assistant Film Curator; Becca Keating, Director of Development and Curator of Persistent Visions; Sonia Epstein, Associate Curator of Science and Film; and Jesse Berberich, programmer of Disreputable Cinema.
Tickets for First Look will be available from February 10 on this link.