While the annual Chanel-sponsored MoMA Film Benefit was unable to be planned this year due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, which was resolved last week, Chanel will continue to support the museum’s film endeavors with various engagements this fall/winter.
Chanel reveals the sponsorship of MoMA’s The Contenders, now in its 16th year, which is an open-to-the-public screening series of some of the year’s most lauded films, which this year will feature several post-screening talks with the actors and talent behind the films.
Running through Jan. 10, The Contenders lineup includes a Nov. 30 screening of “Barbie,” with a post-screening talk with Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt; “Poor Things” on Dec. 5 with a post-screening discussion with Yorgos Lanthimos and Tony McNamara; “Nyad” on Dec. 13, post-screening discussion with Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi; “Passages” on Dec. 14, post-screening conversation with Ira Sachs, and “Priscilla” on Dec. 18, post-screening conversation with Sofia Coppola.
“We have just launched MoMA’s The Contenders 2023 made possible by Chanel, which is our annual survey of the most exciting new films of the past year, which will now happily feature appearances by actors as well as writers, directors and other members of the crew,” said Rajendra Roy, chief curator of film at MoMA. “Beginning Dec. 1, fans of movie music can experience a retrospective of the work of one of the world’s greatest film composers — Ennio Morricone. The series will open with a new restoration of ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and include such classics as ‘Once Upon a Time in the West,’ ‘The Thing,’ and ‘The Untouchables.’”
The Contenders is just one area of support Chanel is providing MoMA Film this fall (it is the largest sponsor of the institute). Earlier this week Chanel sponsored a MoMA Movie Night screening of “Maestro,” attended by director and star Bradley Cooper, and on Thursday will hold a Through Her Lens talk with Patty Jenkins and Zazie Beetz.
“To have a sponsor who understands the extreme pressure the film industry has been facing, and stands by our focus on the artistry and the films when we had to scale back events, is such a gift,” said Roy. “The generosity of their support has allowed us to continue to present the deeply researched, innovative programming that New York audiences expect from MoMA. We couldn’t be more grateful.”