MoMA’s The Contenders Series Returns With Screenings of ‘Three Billboards’, ‘Molly’s Game’, ‘I Love You, Daddy’ & More

MoMA’s The Contenders Series Returns With Screenings of ‘Three Billboards’, ‘Molly’s Game’, ‘I Love You, Daddy’ & More


The Contenders, a series we anxiously look forward to every year, returns to MoMA on Thursday, November 9. Now in its 10th year, the curated event brings together some of the most critically acclaimed and controversial films of past year, with several of the screenings followed by a discussion with the film’s director and/or cast. This year’s series, which runs through January 12, 2018, kicks off with Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Advance tickets are currently sold out, but there are usually some available day of or via the stand by line.

Receiving rave reviews after screenings at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is pitch-black comedy that stars Frances McDormand as a foulmouthed, grief-stricken mother who decides to use three highway billboards to get local law enforcement’s attention. Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, Lucas Hedges, and Sam Rockwell, who plays a repugnant redneck police deputy, round out the cast. McDonagh and Rockwell will be at MoMA for a post-screening conversation.

Other highlights of the series include Nancy Buirski’s The Rape of Recy Taylor, followed by a conversation with Buirski, Ruth Negga and Peter Saraf; Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game with Sorkin and Jessica Chastain present, and The Florida Project accompanied by a post-screening chat with director Sean Baker. You can find the line-up that has been announced so far below. More will be added in the weeks to come.

Tickets go on sale two weeks prior to each film’s screening date and are free for members and $12 for non-members. For additional information visit MoMA’s website.

Thursday, November 9
7:30pm – Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri + post-screening discussion with Sam Rockwell & Martin McDonagh

Friday, November 10
7:30pm – Wonderstruck

Saturday, November 11
4:30pm – The Rape of Recy Taylor + post-screening discussion with Nancy Buirski, Ruth Negga, and Peter Saraf
7:30pm – Wonder Woman

Sunday, November 12
5:30pm – Darkest Hour + post-screening conversation with screenwriter Anthony McCarten

Wednesday, November 15
7:30pm – Get Out + post-screening discussion with Jordan Peele

Friday, November 17
7:30pm – Molly’s Game + post-screening discussion with Aaron Sorkin & Jessica Chastain

Saturday, November 18
4:30pm – Blade Runner 2049
7:30pm – Dawson City: Frozen Time + post-screening discussion with Bill Morrison

Sunday, November 19
2:30pm – mother! + post-screening discussion with Darren Aronofsky
5:30pm – Call Me By Your Name

Monday, November 20
7:30pm – Mudbound + post-screening discussion with Dee Rees

Tuesday, November 21
7:30pm – Brawl in Cell Block 99 + post-screening discussion with S. Craig Zahler

Wednesday, November 22
7:30pm – Personal Shopper

Saturday, November 25
4:30pm – Okja
7:30pm – I Love You, Daddy

Sunday, November 26
2:30pm – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) + post-screening discussion with Noah Baumbach
5:30pm – The Shape of Water + post-screening discussion with Guillermo del Toro

Tuesday, November 28
7:30pm – The Florida Project + post-screening discussion with Sean Baker

Wednesday, November 29
7:30pm – Beach Rats + post-screening discussion with Eliza Hittman

Thursday, November 30
7:30pm – Wind River