Thursday, July 23rd
6:00pm @ the Annenberg Theater
FREE Foreign Film
Sleepwalking Land
In Mozambique, a Road to Self-Discovery

““Sleepwalking Land” opens like a Mozambican riff on Cormac McCarthy’s despairing, post-apocalyptic novel, “The Road.” An old man (Aladino Jasse) and a young orphan (Nick Lauro Teresa) walk a parched road, keeping an eye out for marauding gangs. They come across a flame-scarred bus stuffed with burnt corpses and make it their home, venturing out to forage for scraps of food in the ravaged landscape.

The boy discovers a notebook left behind by a dead man (Hélio Fumo) whose village was destroyed by the gangs. Its pages tell of his loss and exile, and of a woman (Ilda Gonzalez) who is searching for her lost son. The orphan asks, could it be me? And as in “The Road,” he journeys toward the sea to discover his fate.

From this bleak scenario, based on a novel by Mia Couto, the filmmaker Teresa Prata creates an affecting portrait of life during wartime. Ms. Prata, a skilled storyteller with a clear, unsentimental eye, neatly balances large-scale horror with a small-scale point of view charged with simple, direct feeling, deftly interweaving the present-tense narrative with the tale from the journal.

“Sleepwalking Land” has a dreamlike texture and intimations of magic realism, but its confrontation with the experience of war bespeaks a wide-awake mind.”   – Nathan Lee for the NY Times .  For the entire review, click here.

July 25, 11:00
Nature and Light: The Impressionists
Lecture Hall 
Lecturer: Robert Brasier, Deputy Director of Education and Public Programs
This Saturday the museum will offer the final lecture presented by museum staff highlighting two current exhibitions.
Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based artists exhibiting their art publicly in the 1860s. Characteristics of Impressionist paintings include visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. This lecture will review paintings in the exhibition Impressionist and Modern Masters: Nature and Light that were created by these master Impressionists.
The lecture is free with museum admission.
Check out these cute bicycle Bells that are for sale in their Museum too!
 How cute!

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