MOMI Announces First Look Festival 2015 Lineup


The Museum of the Moving Image has announced its line up for the 2015 First Look Festival. This year the festival is expanding its scope to include nearly forty films, coming from countries in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. It will also feature a programming partnership with FIDMarseille.

Included in First Look‘s lineup is Single Stream, a film by former UnionDocs CoLab instructor Toby Lee and UnionDocs advisor Pawel Wojtasik along with Ernst Karel of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab. It will mark the NY Premiere of the theatrical, single-screen version of Wojtacik, Lee, and Karel’s wide-screen video installation (which was presented by the museum in 2013) filmed at a single stream recycling facility.

Other documentaries in the program include:

• Alone with My Horse in the Snow, Axel Bogousslavsky (Dir.  Pills Alexandre Barry. France, 2014, 70 mins). New York premiere. An exquisite and contemplative portrait of a 76-year-old poet and actor who worked with Marguerite Duras, capturing his daily life alone in an isolated house in the woods. FIDMarseille. 

Cheap Before We Go (Dir. Jorge León. Belgium, 2014, 82 mins). U.S. premiere. A deeply moving back-stage film that is an undefinable blend of documentary and staged scenes, Before We Go captures the “dance of death” of three terminally ill people as they interact with a theater company housed in Brussels’s stately Royal Theatre of the Mint. Ultimately, the film is about the life-affirming powers of communal artistic activity. FIDMarseille. 

•  Bx46 (Dirs. Jeremie Brugidou, Fabien Clouette. United States/France, 2014, 78 mins). New York premiere. The flow of work in the industrial hinterland of Hunts Point in the Bronx is captured with striking images and frank commentary from workers at the legendary Fulton Fish Market and at a waste transfer plant, while a prison barge (part of Riker’s Island) looms nearby. An outsider’s view of a rarely seen slice of life in New York City. FIDMarseille.

• I for Iran (Dir. Sanaz Azari. Belgium, 2014, 50 mins). New York premiere. A documentary filmmaker of Iranian descent living in Belgium chronicles her process of learning to speak Persian. This deceptively simple film is structured as a series of language lessons photographed from the filmmaker/student’s point of view. FIDMarseille.  Pills

• I Touched All Your Stuff (A Vida Privada dos Hipopótamos) (Dir. Maíra Bühler & Matias Mariani. Brazil, 2014, 89 mins.) U.S. premiere. An American man in a Brazilian jail for drug trafficking recounts his jaw-dropping saga, an online romance that went remarkably wrong. Truth is stranger than fiction in this cautionary tale for the Internet age. FIDMarseille.  ventolin cfc free inhaler cost

• International Tourism (Dir.  Order Marie Voignier. France, 2014, 48 mins.) New York premiere. This experimental travelogue is an inquiry into the nature of tourism in North Korea, exposing the tension between political fantasy and reality. FIDMarseille. 

• Joy of Man’s Desiring (Dir. Denis Côté. Canada, 2014,70 mins.) New York premiere. Côté, whoseVic + Flo Saw a Bear debuted at First Look last year, returns with a beautifully crafted essay film about factory workers, a unique hybrid film that subtly blends documentary and scripted scenes. Featured at Berlinale, Hot Docs. 

• Livepan (Dir. Sasha Pirker. France, 2013, 2 mins.) New York premiere. FIDMarseille. 

• Our Terrible Country (Dirs. Mohammed Ali Atassi, Ziad Homsi. Syria/Lebanon, 2014, 85 mins.)North American premiere. A filmmaking journalist who is part of the Free Syrian Army films his friend and mentor, a writer and political dissident, in this first-person view of the turmoil in Syria. Winner of the FIDMarseille International Competition. 


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