MoMA The Contenders 2016, NYC

Affair: MoMA The Contenders 2016 (Film Series)

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hot Spot: MoMA Theatres, NYC

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.

Who You May Spot: Actors, guests

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Opening the series at MoMA on November 10 is Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016), featuring a post-screening conversation with stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. The film follows a linguist who must lead a team of investigators trying to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors. Tickets for the MoMA screenings go on sale two weeks prior to each screening at 9:30 a.m. at The Museum of Modern Art and online at

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