‘Ghost Portraits’ enters the MoMA exhibition – 11/15/2023 – Mônica Bergamo

The film “Retratos Fantasmas”, by Kleber Mendonça Filho, was selected for the exhibition The 2023 contendersorganized each year by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA).

To choose, the museum’s Cinema department evaluates major studio releases during the year to select “influential and innovative” productions that they believe will have a long shelf life. “Whether destined for awards or considered cult classics, each of these films is a candidate for lasting historical significance,” the exhibition’s official website states.

The festival begins this Wednesday (15) with the screening of “Past Lives”by Korean-Canadian Celine Song, which is only expected to premiere in Brazil next year.

“Retratos Fantasmas” will be presented next Tuesday (21). Other highlights of world cinema were also selected, such as “Killers of the Flower Moon”, by Martin Scorsese, “Barbie”, by Greta Gerwig, “Oppenheimer”, by Christopher Nolan, and “Anatomy of a Fall”, by director Justine. Triet, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

In the film, Kleber Mendonça traces the history of Recife since the end of street cinemas. The film is produced by Frenchwoman Emilie Lesclaux, the filmmaker’s wife. The two are also responsible for “Aquarius” (2016) and “Bacurau” (2019).

“Phantom Portraits” had its world premiere at Cannes and has already been selected for more than 30 international festivals. The documentary was also chosen to represent Brazil in the race for the next Oscar for best international film.


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