Film Series

Modern Cinema: Criterion Collection and Apichatpong Weerasethakul

October 7–23, 2016
Phyllis Wattis Theater
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Co-presented by SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society, Modern Cinema is a new film series exploring the dynamic forces interacting between cinema’s past and present.

Cinema is a thoroughly modern invention—one that has evolved in tandem with and illuminated the complexities of the modern world. This drive to investigate the relationships, trials, and transformations that define our lives continues to motivate contemporary filmmakers—who build on and question the films and techniques of their predecessors. Modern Cinema reveals this ongoing dialogue, and shines a light on the historical continuity and ongoing impact of this most modern of art forms.

In our inaugural program, we pay tribute to an institution that has become synonymous with the very best of international art cinema. Founded in 1984, the Criterion Collection and its sister company Janus Films have championed filmmakers and films that have made a significant impact on critics, audiences, and artists alike. The resulting canon of works brings the defining moments of cinema to a wide audience, moments that continue to reappear like spirits through contemporary films.

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose video installation Phantoms of Nabua is featured in the exhibition Film as Place, on view at SFMOMA September 10 through October 30, draws on this rich history of filmmaking. His work, which often features ghostlike characters caught between states of life and death, repurposes elements from a broad swath of modern film culture to make his much-celebrated feature films, experimental shorts, and ambitious installation projects.

 

Modern Cinema’s Founding Supporters are Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Generous support is provided by The Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund. Additional support is provided by Becky Draper.

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Events in this Series

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A Touch of Zen

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
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Ugetsu

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
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Grey Gardens

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
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Picnic at Hanging Rock

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
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Carnival of Souls

Friday, October 21, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
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Pitfall

Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
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Cemetery of Splendor

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
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The Spirit of the Beehive

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
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Tropical Malady

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
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Knife in the Water

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
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Syndromes and a Century

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
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Shorts by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
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The River

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
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Viridiana

Friday, October 14, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
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Mekong Hotel

Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
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Black Girl with Borom Sarret

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
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Sans Soleil with La Jetée

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
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L’Avventura

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
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The Seventh Seal

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 5:45 p.m.
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Mysterious Object at Noon

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 3:45 p.m.
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Agnès Varda in California: Documenteur / Black Panthers / Uncle Yanco

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Friday, October 7, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
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Rashomon

Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m.