It’s the Earth Not the Moon

It’s the Earth Not the Moon

The film “It’s the Earth Not the Moon” by director Gonçalo Tocha will premiere in NY at the Museum of the Moving Image as part of the First Look Series.

Screening & Live Event

“It’s the Earth Not the Moon” 2011, 183 mins.
with director Gonçalo Tocha in person

Sunday, January 8, 2:30 p.m.
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street)
Astoria, NY 11106

The remote island of Corvo is the westernmost point of continental Europe, a tiny speck of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Accompanied by his soundman/composer Dídio Pestana, filmmaker Tocha arrived at this isolated former whaling outpost (population 440) intending “to film everything we can. . . to try to be everywhere at the same time.” The patient attempt to fulfill this impossible task resulted in the most generous, quixotic, and quietly magical of anthropological projects. It’s the Earth Not the Moon is raptly fascinated with all aspects of life on Corvo: labor and leisure, customs and rituals, current politics and the myths of the past. The film was awarded Best Feature at the DocLisboa Film Festival, and Special Mention, Filmmakers of the Present at the Locarno Film Festival.

First Look

Curated by Dennis Lim, Rachael Rakes, and David Schwartz

To start the New Year, the Museum introduces a brand-new showcase for inventive, groundbreaking international cinema. Modest in size but ambitious in scope, First Look is a highly selective group of films that are distinguished by their artistic audacity. Established and emerging directors create new approaches to narrative, documentary, and experimental film, in many cases creating hybrid forms. These films are adventures; not only do they bring us to new places, they offer new ways of seeing the world, and they redefine their medium. Nearly all of the selections are New York premieres, and many are accompanied by personal appearances. In-depth articles about the films will be published on Moving Image Source, the Museum’s multimedia magazine.

Free with Museum admission. A First Look series pass, allowing the holder admission to the Museum and all First Look screenings for the run of the series, is available for $40. Order online or call 718 777 6800.