The Hammer Museum: The Contenders 2016, LA


When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hot Spot: The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: Every year there are films that resonate far beyond a theatrical release—if they manage to find their way to a commercial screen at all—or film festival appearance. Their significance can be attributed to a variety of factors, from structure to subject matter to language, but these films are united in their lasting impact on the cinematic art form. For this annual series, the Department of Film combs through major studio releases and the top film festivals in the world, selecting influential, innovative films made in the past 12 months that we believe will stand the test of time. Whether bound for awards glory or destined to become a cult classic, each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance, and any true cinephile will want to catch them on the big screen.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, announce the initial line-up for the third year of their bicoastal collaboration on The Contenders, MoMA’s annual end-of-year series that offers filmgoers the opportunity to see recently released films that are bound for awards glory or destined to become cult classics, often accompanied by rare post-screening discussions with filmmakers and actors.

Thursday, December 1: Loving, Q&A with Jeff Nichols & Joel Edgerton
Friday, December 2: Nocturnal Animals, Q&A with Tom Ford
Monday, December 5: Manchester by the Sea, Q&A with Kenneth Lonergan
Tuesday, December 6: Jackie
Wednesday, December 7: Arrival, Q&A with Denis Villeneuve, Amy Adams
Thursday, December 8: Lion, Q&A with Dev Patel
Monday, December 12: Moonlight, Q&A with Barry Jenkins
Tuesday, December 13: Into the Inferno, Q&A with Werner Herzog
Wednesday, December 14: Weiner
Thursday, December 15: Hell or High Water

Who You May Spot: Jeff Nichols, Joel Edgerton, Tom Ford, Kenneth Lonergan, Denis Villeneuve, Dev Patel, Werner Herzog, Amy Adams, Barry Jenkins

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Opening the series at the Hammer Museum on December 1 is Loving (2016), written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga; Nichols and Edgerton will participate in a post-screening discussion. Loving tells the story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, whose courage and commitment paved the way for marriage equality. Tickets for the Hammer screenings will be available online at

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