The Pluto Moment

FESTIVAL
First Look 2019

January 11–21

The eighth edition of First Look, the Museum's acclaimed festival of innovative new international cinema, will include more than two dozen programs, featuring formally inventive new works that seek to redefine the art form while engaging in a wide range of subjects and styles. It opens with the New York premiere of Sergei Loznitsa’s Donbass, a surrealistic journey into the eastern region of Ukraine based on actual events. Loznitza, who won the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for this film, will appear in person at the screening as well as for the U.S. premiere of his latest documentary, the archival-based The Trial, screening January 12.

The full lineup features both documentary and narrative works, features and shorts, live performances and artist talks, with work hailing from countries including China, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, Slovenia, Denmark, France, Israel, Pakistan, Mexico, Canada, Belgium, United Kingdom, The United States, and beyond.

Organized by Film Curator Eric Hynes and Festival Founder David Schwartz 

Tickets: A full Festival pass, good for admission to all films (with the exception of invitation-only Sundance Institute work-in-progress screenings), is available for $45. Opening night is $20 (discounted for Museum members). Unless noted, all other program tickets are $15 (with discounts for seniors and students and free for Museum members at the Film Lover and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above).

For out-of-town guests, Paper Factory Hotel is offering discounts on rooms. Find out more.

Special thanks to Jean-Pierre Rehm, director of FIDMarseille, programming partner of First Look. For their assistance with First Look, the Museum also wishes to thank French Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York; Christopher Allen and UnionDocs (New York); Stacey Woelfel and Robert Greene of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism, and Kristin Feeley and Tabitha Jackson of the Sundance Institute.Thanks also to programming colleagues around the world for their providing inspiration and assistance, including, but not limited to, Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Selects, Bruno Dequen and Charlotte Selb of RIDM, Dorota M. Lech, Toronto Film Festival, Mads Mikkelsen, CPH:DOX, Luke Moody, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Chris Boeckmann, True/False, Meghan Monsour, Ambulante, and Ben Fowlie and Samara Grace Chadwick, Points North Institute. 

The eighth edition of First Look Festival is presented with support from the Harriman Institute and its Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University; the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.


OPENING NIGHT
Donbass
Friday, January 11, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
The Pure Necessity + All Voices Are Mine
Saturday, January 12, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
The Trial
Saturday, January 12, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
What I Did Last Summer: Spotlight on Brett Story (…
Saturday, January 12, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
First Sight: Award-winning shorts from the Jonatha…
Saturday, January 12, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image – Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Putin’s Witnesses
Saturday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Turtle Rock
Sunday, January 13, 1:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Going Beyond: New Films from Ambulante Más Allá
Sunday, January 13, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image – Bartos Screening Room
Screening
The Pluto Moment
Sunday, January 13, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
The Disappeared + Uppland
Sunday, January 13, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
The Family with Druzina: Spotlight on Rok Biček’s…
Sunday, January 13, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Rojo
Sunday, January 13, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Combat Obscura + Practice
Friday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Super Succinct and Radically Direct: Joe Callander…
Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
Paul Est Mort
Saturday, January 19, 1:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Watching the Detectives
Saturday, January 19, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Possible Faces
Saturday, January 19, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Going South
Saturday, January 19, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
Little Ethiopia: A Live Story Development Exercise…
Saturday, January 19, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Carwash
Saturday, January 19, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Turning 18
Sunday, January 20, 1:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
The Disappearance of Goya
Sunday, January 20, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
The Night We Fell + Between My Flesh and the World…
Sunday, January 20, 3:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Las Cruces
Sunday, January 20, 4:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image – Redstone Theater
Screening
Récréations
Sunday, January 20, 5:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
CLOSING NIGHT
Young Solitude
Sunday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
First Look Shorts I
Monday, January 21, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
First Look Shorts II
Monday, January 21, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room