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5Jan/12

FIRST LOOK

Chantal Akerman’s ALMAYER’S FOLLY will kick off Museum of the Moving Image’s “First Look” series on Friday night

Museum of the Moving Image
35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria
January 6-15, opening night $15, all other films free with museum admission, series pass $40
718-777-6800
www.movingimage.us

Curators Dennis Lim, Rachael Rakes, and David Schwartz have put together an impressive lineup of films for the Museum of the Moving Image’s inaugural “First Look” series, amassing a wide range of international works from established and emerging directors. The thirteen-film festival gets under way January 6 at 7:00 with Chantal Akerman on hand to screen and talk about her latest, Almayer’s Folly (La folie Almayer), based on Joseph Conrad’s first novel, followed by a reception. Other screenings that will be presented by filmmakers include Mark Jackson’s psychological thriller, Without (January 7, 5:00), with star Joslyn Jensen and photojournalist Jessica Dimmock joining him; Gonçalo Tocha’s It’s the Earth Not the Moon (January 8, 2:30), shot on the remote island of Corvo; Philippe Grandrieux’s It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve: Masao Adachi and Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s Palaces of Pity (Palácios de Pena) (January 8, 7:00, Schmidt in person); Valérie Massadian’s Nana and Lisandro Alonso’s Untitled (Letter to Serra) (January 14, 5:00, Massadian in person); Gastón Solnicki’s Argentine family portrait Papirosen (January 15, 2:30); and Raya Martin’s Buenas Noches, España, Ars Colonia, and Boxing in the Philippine Islands (January 15, 7:30). All screenings include access to the museum’s exhibits, which currently feature “Surviving Life: Collages by Jan Svankmajer,” “Ming Wong: Persona Performa Panorama,” “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” and the permanent shows “Behind the Screen” and “Tut’s Fever, 1986-88.”

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