Ape. Photo courtesy of Factory Twenty Five.

First Look 2014

January 10–19, 2014

Organized by Chief Curator David Schwartz and Assistant Film Curator Aliza Ma

First Look is the Museum’s annual showcase for inventive new international cinema. Now in its third year, the series has established itself as a vital addition to New York’s film scene, an oasis of thoughtful and provocative filmmaking amid the hype and noise of the awards season. It is a great way for New York filmgoers to start the year, just ahead of the Sundance, Rotterdam, and Berlin film festivals. All of the films have played to acclaim at international film festivals, and all are New York premieres. Many of the filmmakers will be present for post-screening discussions, and Wavemakers and The Inner Jungle will be accompanied by live music.

Sandwiched between the delightfully free-spirited opening and closing night films, Little Feet and The Rendez-Vous of Déjà Vu, First Look 2014 offers an eclectic selection of movies: fascinating excursions into the histories of film and music (Rohmer in Paris, Natan, Wavemakers); deeply intimate personal stories (The Inner Jungle, The Summer of Flying Fish); bracingly dark comic visions (Ape, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear); riveting social dramas that unfold in unforgettable landscapes (Rags and Tatters, The Quispe Girls, To the Wolf); and three distinctive and beautiful short films (Old MoonLooking for Adventure, America). The series also includes a special preview screening of Visitors, the contemplative and stunning new film by Godfrey Reggio with a score by Philip Glass. What this year’s films have in common is that they are all visually and cinematically spellbinding movies that will linger in the memory.

Tickets for First Look films are $10 each ($6 for Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above), with the exception of Visitors preview screening which are $20 public ($12 Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above). An All Festival Pass is available for $40 ($24 Museum members). Complimentary industry and press passes are available. 

The Village Voice is the official media sponsor of First Look 2014.