The Power of the Dog, courtesy of Netflix

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Curators’ Choice 2021

December 19–January 16

The Museum’s annual survey of some of our favorite films of the year returns with another rich harvest of cinema—and television—at its best. The first iteration since 2019, following a pandemic-dictated hiatus, Curators’ Choice 2021 evidences a year of stunning ambition, excellence, experimentation, irreverence, liberation, and fury. While 2021 was a challenging year for the movies, with Hollywood and audiences gradually returning to theaters, it’s been a wildly exciting time for international, independent, and festival-oriented films. From idiosyncratic musicals (Annette) to revisionist westerns (The Power of the Dog); from feminist noirs (Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time and Nina Wu) to deluded male melodramas (Red Rocket); and from exuberant family fare (The Mitchells vs. the Machines) to masterful achievements in serial storytelling (The Underground Railroad), this year’s Curators’ Choice offers a wide-eyed, peripheral view of the current state of the cinematic arts.

Organized by Curator of Film Eric Hynes and Assistant Curator of Film Edo Choi.

SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
The American Sector
Sunday, December 19, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Terra Femme
Sunday, December 19, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
Sunday, December 26, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Sunday, December 26, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period …
Sunday, December 26, 4:15 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
The Underground Railroad: Chapters 1–5
Friday, December 31, 12:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Benedetta
Friday, December 31, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
The Underground Railroad: Chapters 6–10
Saturday, January 1, 12:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Bergman Island
Saturday, January 1, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
The Souvenir
Saturday, January 1, 3:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
The Souvenir Part II
Saturday, January 1, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Sunday, January 2, 12:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Undine
Sunday, January 2, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Benedetta
Sunday, January 2, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
All About My Sisters
Sunday, January 2, 3:15 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Days
Sunday, January 2, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
The French Dispatch
Friday, January 7, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
The French Dispatch
Friday, January 7, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Friday, January 7, 7:15 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
Saturday, January 8, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Annette
Saturday, January 8, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Nina Wu
Saturday, January 8, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
The Power of the Dog
Saturday, January 8, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Sunday, January 9, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Downstream to Kinshasa
Sunday, January 9, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Drive My Car
Sunday, January 9, 3:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Sunday, January 9, 7:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Notturno
Saturday, January 15, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
Ascension
Saturday, January 15, 4:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Test Pattern
Saturday, January 15, 5:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image
Screening
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could N…
Saturday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
The Viewing Booth
Sunday, January 16, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Red Rocket
Sunday, January 16, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Anne at 13,000 Ft.
Sunday, January 16, 4:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
PREVIEW SCREENING
Compartment No. 6
Sunday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater