MoMA Presents: Mike De Leon Film Retrospective
The Museum of Modern Art will present the film series Mike De Leon: A Portrait of a Filipino Filmmaker at The Museum of Modern Art screening November 1st through November 30th. This complete retrospective, the first ever presented in North America, brings together all of De Leon’s feature films and shorts as a writer and director.
Mike De Leon, the producer and cinematographer of Lino Brocka’s haunting masterpiece Manila in the Claws of Light (1975), is one of Filipino cinema’s most fiercely political and dramatic storytellers in his own right. De Leon’s films mix the genres of melodrama, crime, supernatural horror, slapstick comedy, and the musical with blisteringly critical stances toward his country’s history of corruption and cronyism, state-sponsored violence, feudalist exploitation, and populist machismo.
MoMA’s retrospective includes De Leon’s debut feature, ITIM (The Rites of May) (1976), in a new restoration that premiered at Cannes earlier this year, as well as other of his widely celebrated works.
Venue: Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
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