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The Contenders 2018

November 08, 2018 – January 08, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces its selection of the boldest films of 2018 for the 11th year of The Contenders, running November 8, 2018, through January 8, 2019. MoMA’s annual end-of-year series offers audiences the unique opportunity to peer behind the industry curtain, with special presentations that often feature revealing post-screening conversations with filmmakers and actors. 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 moma.org/contenders.

Opening the series at the Museum on November 8 is Steve McQueen’s Widows (2018), a blistering, modern-day thriller set against a backdrop of crime, passion, and corruption. Widows  is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Oscar winner Viola Davis leads a knockout ensemble of women who take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Director Steve McQueen and Producer Iain Canning will be present for a post-screening discussion on opening night.

A full screening schedule can be found here.

Organized by the Department of Film.

Media Sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter.

The presentation is supported by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation and Steven Tisch, with major contributions from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), Yuval Brisker Charitable Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

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A Quiet Place. 2018. USA. Directed by John Krasinski. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Border. 2018. Sweden/Denmark. Directed by Ali Abbasi. Courtesy of Neon

First Reformed. 2018. USA. Directed by Paul Schrader. Courtesy of A24

Free Solo. 2018. USA. Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Courtesy of National Geographic Films

If Beale Street Could Talk. 2018. USA. Directed by Barry Jenkins. Courtesy of Annapurna Pictures

Isle of Dogs. 2018. USA. Directed by Wes Anderson. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Monrovia, Indiana. 2018. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. Courtesy of Zipporah Films

Paddington 2. 2017. UK/France/USA. Directed by Paul King. Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Private Life. 2018. USA. Directed by Tamara Jenkins. Courtesy of Netflix

RBG. 2018. USA. Directed by Betsy Cohen and Julie West. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Roma. 2018. Mexico. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Courtesy of Netflix

Shoplifters. 2018. Japan. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Sorry to Bother You. 2018. USA. Directed by Boots Riley. Courtesy of Annapurna Pictures

Suspiria. 2018. Italy/USA. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Courtesy of Amazon Studios

The Death of Stalin. 2018. France/UK/Belgium/Canada. Directed by Armando Iannucci. Courtesy of IFC Films

The Guilty. 2018. Denmark. Directed by Gustav Möller. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 2018. USA. Directed by Desiree Akhavan. Courtesy of FilmRise

The Old Man & the Gun. 2018. USA. Directed by David Lowery. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

The Other Side of Everything. 2017. Serbia/France. Directed by Mila Turajlic. Courtesy of Icarus Films

The Other Side of the Wind. 2018. USA. Directed by Orson Welles. Courtesy of Netflix

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead. 2018. USA. Directed by Morgan Neville. Courtesy of Netflix

Widows. 2018. USA. Directed by Steve McQueen. Courtesy of Twentieth-Century Fox

Wildlife. 2018. USA. Directed by Paul Dano. Courtesy of IFC Films

Zama. 2017. Argentina. Directed by Lucretia Martel. Courtesy of Strand Releasing