‘Spencer’ to Open 14th Annual MOMA Contestants Film Series


The Museum of Modern Art announced the lineup for the 14th annual The Contenders on Friday. The film series will run from November 4 to January 22, 2022, primarily in person with a number of virtual screenings.

The Contenders will open with “Spencer” by Pablo Larraine, the biopic on Princess Diana with Kristin Stewart. Larraine and Stewart will participate in a conversation after the screening. The closing film will be Sebastian Meise’s “Grosse Freiheit” which, translated as “Great Freedom”, takes place in post-war Germany and follows the relationship between Hans, a man imprisoned for being gay, and his companion from Viktor cell, a convicted murderer.

“This year’s Contenders lineup includes highly anticipated genre photos, new works from top-following authors such as Jane Campion (‘The Power of the Dog’) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (‘Memoria’) and independent films that feature emerging cinematic voices like Amalia Ulman (“El Planeta”) and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (“Summer of Soul”), “said La Frances Hui, curator in the film department at MOMA. “These selections are exhilarating and we think the public will appreciate the opportunity to watch them on our big screen and interact with the many artists who will be attending in person.”

The lineup also includes “Titane” by Julia Ducournau, “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” by Radu Jude, “Drive My Car” by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, “Wife of a Spy” by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, “The Worst Person in the World” by Joachim Trier, Paul “The Card Counter” by Schrader, “Bergman Island” by Mia Hansen-Løve, “Annette” by Leos Carax, “About Endlessness” by Roy Andersson, “The Village Detective: A Song Cycle” by Bill Morrison , “Passing” by Rebecca Hall, “Edgar Wright” Last Night in Soho “,” Belle “by Mamoru Hosoda,” Saint Narcisse “by Bruce LaBruce,” The Lost Daughter “by Maggie Gyllenhaal,” Benedetta “by Paul Verhoeven,” The Hand of God ”by Paolo Sorrentino,“ Lingui, the Sacred Bonds ,“ The Tragedy of Macbeth ”by Joel Coen,“ The Velvet Underground ”by Todd Haynes,“ The Mitchells vs. the Machines ”by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe,“ Dune ”by Denis Villeneuve,“ The French Dispatch ”by Wes Anderson. Eléonore Yameogo, “Prism” by An van Dienderen and Rosine Mbakam, “Th” by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin e Rescue ”,“ Tick, Tick… ​​Boom! “By Lin-Manuel Miranda,” Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy “by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and” Petite Maman “by Céline Sciamma.

More titles will be announced in the future. The November Contenders schedule is currently available at moma.org/film.


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