The Museum of Modern Art is presenting a six-film showcase of movies from indie distribution company Strand Releasing in an exhibition titled "Carte Blanche: Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans." The showcase will screen from July 1 through 6 in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.
Hu and Gerrans founded Strand in 1989 with a mutual passion for risk-taking directors. Their series will highlight work from some of contemporary and international film’s new voices.
Some of the selections include "Tian bian yi duo yun (The Wayward Cloud)" a Chinese film about a jaded adult-movie star in Taipei who has erotic daydreams; François Ozon’s "Le temps qui reste (Time to Leave)" about a fashion photographer diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer; and "Auf der aunderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven), the winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Carte Blanche is organized by Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film.
The full schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, July 1
7:00 "The Headless Woman (La Mujer Sin Cabeza)." 2008. Argentina/Spain/France/ Italy. Written and directed by Lucrecia Martel. A bourgeois woman (Onetto) becomes distracted while driving alone on a dirt road, and runs something over. In the days following this jarring incident, she is dazed and emotionally disconnected from the people in her life, and becomes obsessed with the possibility that she may have killed someone. An Official Selection at the 2008 Cannes and New York film festivals. 89 min.
Thursday, July 2
8:00 "The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite)." 2007. Germany/ Turkey. Written and directed by Fatih Akin. The lives of six characters—two mothers, two daughters, a father, and a son— intermingle as a series of love affairs, coincidences, chance encounters, and tragedies sends them back and forth between Turkey and Germany. Best Screenplay award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. 120 min.
Friday, July 3
4:30 "The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite)."
8:00 "Time to Leave (Le temps qui reste)." 2005. France. Written and directed by François Ozon. A handsome, successful fashion photographer learns that he will soon die from a malignant brain tumor. A selection of the Cannes and Toronto film festivals. 80 min.
Saturday, July 4
2:00 "Before I Forget (Avant que j’oublie)." 2008. France. Written and directed by Jacques Nolot. A gay gigolo enters into a downward spiral as he struggles against advancing age, poverty, loneliness, writer’s block, and the increasing complications of living with HIV.
5:00 "Tropical Malady (Sud pralad)." 2004. France. Written and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. A lyrical and mysterious film from maverick director Weerasethakul (Blissfully Yours andSyndromes and a Century), one of the most prominent young directors of the Thai New Wave. When a mystical love affair between a young soldier and the country boy he seduces is disrupted by the boy’s sudden disappearance, the soldier journeys alone into the heart of the Thai jungle in search of him. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and an Official Selection of the New York Film Festival. 118 min.
8:00 "Time to Leave (Le temps qui reste)."
Sunday, July 5
2:30 Before I Forget (Avant que j’oublie). 2008. (See Saturday, July 4, 2:00)
5:30 The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun). 2005. France/ Taiwan. Written and directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. With Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Lu Yiching, Yang Kuei-mei. A jaded adult-movie star in Taipei daydreams in elaborate, erotic musical fantasies. Award-winning director Ming-Liang (Vive l’amour and I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone) blurs the line between fantasy and reality in this tale of sexual voyeurism and outrageous obsessions. 112 min.
Monday, July 6
4:30 "Tropical Malady (Sud pralad)."
8:00 "The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun). 2005."