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Focus Features: 10th Anniversary Salute at MoMA

Focus Features, which formed in May 2002 as a division of NBC Universal, has been an influential force in art house filmmaking for over ten years, consistently producing and distributing some of the best independent films in the business. To celebrate its ten year anniversary, the Museum of Modern Art will be featuring screenings of ten classic films from the company’s first decade. Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator at the Department of Film, organized the exhibition, which will take place throughout the month of May.

With recent offerings such as Mike Mills’ Beginners to The Pianist, one of the company’s first breakthrough films, the film company has an astounding catalog and track record from its relatively short history. For example, Focus Features has garnered Oscar and Golden Globe nominations almost every year since its inception.

In addition to these screenings, Brokeback Mountain, the company’s biggest commercial hit, will have a special Q&A session after the Thursday, May 7th screening with James Schamus, Focus Features CEO and a producer of the film.

Here’s a list of the screenings below:

A Serious Man, 2008, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Thursday, May 3 at 4:00pm
Friday, May 4 at 4:00pm

Brokeback Mountain, 2005, directed by Ang Lee
Thursday, May 3 at 7:00pm
Sunday, May 6 at 4:00pm

Beginners, 2011, directed by Mike Mills
Friday, May 4 at 4:30pm
Saturday, May 5 at 1:30pm

The Constant Gardner, 2005, directed by Fernando Meirelles
Saturday, May 5 at 7:30pm
Monday, May 7 at 4:30pm

The Pianist, 2002, directed by Roman Polanski
Sunday, May 6 at 1:00pm
Monday, May 7 at 7:30pm

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004, directed Michel Gondry
Wednesday, May 9 at 4:00pm
Saturday, May 19 at 1:30pm

Milk, 2008, directed by Gus Van Sant
Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 12 at 2:00pm
The Kids are All Right, 2010, directed by Lisa Cholodenko
Thursday, May 10 at 4:00pm
Friday, May 18 at 4:30pm

Lost in Translation, 2003, directed by Sofia Coppola
Friday, May 11 at 4:00pm
Sunday, May 13 at 1:00pm

Eastern Promises, 2007, directed by David Cronenberg
Saturday, May 12 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 20 at 1:00pm

For more information, go to MoMA’s website.