4 Film Series To Catch In N.y.c. This Weekend
Our guide to film series and special screenings happening this weekend and in the week ahead. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.
CINEMA OF TRAUMA: THE FILMS OF LEE CHANG-DONG at the Museum of Modern Art (Feb. 1-9). “Burning” (showing on Friday and Feb. 9), spun from a short story by Haruki Murakami and named by Manohla Dargis as one of the best films of 2018, is only the latest film from this South Korean director to explore divides of class and region in South Korea. (Another is “Secret Sunshine,” on Saturday and Monday, in which a newly widowed woman relocates from Seoul to her husband’s hometown.) A writer before he was a filmmaker, Lee favors a novelistic sprawl (five of the six features here run longer than two hours) and oblique narratives; he is one of a handful of contemporary directors whose films are nearly impossible to pin down. He will appear at screenings on Friday and Saturday.
HILTON ALS ON JAMES BALDWIN at the Metrograph (Feb. 1-2). Als, the Pulitzer Prize-winning theater critic at The New Yorker, will appear in person to present this compilation of films featuring the author James Baldwin, the subject of a current exhibition Als curated at David Zwirner gallery. The program opens with the 1982 documentary “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (on Friday; the screening has sold out), in which Baldwin visits cities in the South and elsewhere two decades after the civil rights movement, noting what has changed and what hasn’t.
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IN-PERSON REENACTMENT at Anthology Film Archives (Feb. 1-13). Last year the Quad held a retrospective of films in which real-life figures, from the Beatles to John Malkovich, played themselves. This unrelated series explores similar terrain, highlighting films that blur the line between candid realism and self-dramatization. Two of them star Muhammad Ali: the documentary “Muhammad Ali, The Greatest” and the biopic “The Greatest,” both showing on Saturday and Feb. 13. In “Man of Aran” (on Sunday and Feb. 10, with “Four Men on a Raft,” a reconstructed segment from Orson Welles’s uncompleted “It’s All True”), Robert Flaherty, one of cinema’s original “nonfiction” fabulists, assembled a fake family on the Aran Islands in Ireland and filmed them hunting basking sharks, as if it were part of their daily lives. (In reality, the custom had been obsolete for generations.) Somehow, it’s still some of the most stunning footage ever filmed.
YORGOS LANTHIMOS at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Feb. 1-5). Now that Lanthimos’s topsy-turvy palace-intrigue comedy “The Favourite” (on Monday) has tied “Roma” for the most Oscar nominations for 2018, the time is ripe to revisit the Greek auteur’s earlier work — to get a sense of just how weird the idea of “Academy Award nominee Yorgos Lanthimos” really is. All six of his features will screen, including his breakthrough, “Dogtooth” (on Saturday and Tuesday), which brought him international attention after winning a prize at Cannes, and “Kinetta” (on Friday and Sunday), the seldom-shown film that preceded it.