"MoMA Presents: Veiko Ounpuu’s 'Autumn Ball'" Film Program

The Museum of Modern Art

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"Autumn Ball," directed by Veiko Ounpuu (Estonian, b. 1972), is the first Estonian fiction film to be shown at The Museum of Modern Art, making its New York premiere with this week-long run. "Autumn Ball" is a pitch-black comedy about loneliness and sexual despair in Estonia. Alienation runs rampant, if not exactly wild, in a hideous Tallinn apartment complex, a gray concrete relic of Soviet urban planning, where the film’s characters reside. Ounpuu’s film heralds a notable talent; his vision is as astringent as it is deadpan, as ribald as it is disaffected—and also colored by the slightest tinge of hope. "Autumn Ball" is based on a 1979 novel by Mati Unt, the writer who also inspired Ounpuu’s first film, the 43-minute Empty (2006).

[Image: from Veiko Ounpuu's "Sugisball (Autumn Ball)" (2007) Courtesy of Strand Releasing.]



from June 03, 2009 to June 08, 2009
Screenings are 123 mins. Wednesday from 4pm. Thursday from 7pm. Friday from 7pm. Saturday from 1:30pm. Sunday from 5pm. Monday from 4pm.


Veiko Ounpuu

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