Sci-fi film festivals are nothing new, but New York’s Museum of Modern Art is putting a near-future twist on the idea that should make for one heck of a thought-provoking summer series.
MoMA is planning an ambitious film series this summer designed to showcase more than 40 international sci-fi flicks with one thing in common: No space travel, aliens, or monsters. Instead, all of the films are focused on the near-future and how our world could look just a year or two down the line. The series is designed to explore “our humanity in all its miraculous, uncanny, and perhaps ultimately unknowable aspects.”
It’s a fascinating concept, and shines the light on a subgenre of science fiction that is often overshadowed by the bigger and flashier stories of alien attacks and action. It’s also digging up more than a few deep cuts from international filmmakers, and should give fans a chance to check out some real gens along the way.
The line-up includes films from sources as varied as the United States, India, China, the Soviet Union, and Mexico. A few of the highlights include Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, Alex Garland's Ex Machina, Chris Marker's La Jetée, David Cronenberg's Videodrome, George A. Romero's The Crazies, Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day, Alex Proyas' Dark City, and Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men. Just to name a few of them.
The film series kicks off July 17, and will feature guest presenters such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter) and a few others. Check out the full schedule here.
If you’re around NYC, do you plan on checking this one out?