Sunday, Mar 12, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Rebecca Hall. 2021, 98 mins. With Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Camp. The debut film by renowned screen and stage actress Hall is a bracingly accomplished adaptation of Nella Larsen’s classic Harlem Renaissance novel about two childhood friends reacquainted as adults. Irene Redfield (Thompson) exemplifies a black middle-class existence with her physician husband and Harlem brownstone, which gets thrown into relief when she starts spending time with Clare Kendry (Negga), who’s passing for white not only in social circles but also with her racist husband (Skarsgård). Acquired by Netflix out of Sundance 2021 and held back for an awards season release and campaign, Passing was well received and inspired a wave of features and think-pieces about its intermingled interrogations of race, class, gender, and desire, but somehow Hall, Negga, Thompson, cinematographer Eduard Grau, costume designer Marci Rodgers, and everyone else involved with the film were overlooked by the Academy.
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.