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Tori and Lokita + Maid

Sunday, Mar 19, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

Tori and Lokita 
Dirs. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. Belgium/France. 2022, 83 mins. In French with English subtitles. DCP. With Pablo Schils, Mbundu Joely, Charlotte De Bruyne, Tijmen Govaerts, Alban Ukaj, Marc Zinga. The latest by the Dardenne brothers (The Son, The Kid with a Bike) is an angry, intimate account of the harrowing odyssey of two African refugees, a young boy and teenage girl, who have come to care for each other like brother and sister, even as Belgian authorities question the legitimacy of their blood relation. To earn enough money to obtain Lokita fake immigration papers, the two work as couriers for a dissolute pot dealer, while being forced to kick back most of their earnings to the smuggler who brought them to the country and pressured to send money to Lokita’s family in Benin. As their situation grows increasingly desperate, Lokita makes a fateful decision. A characteristically absorbing and detailed depiction of mettle, devotion, and resourcefulness under the most dehumanizing circumstances, Tori and Lokita is as urgent and timely a statement as the Dardennes have ever given us, arriving at a devastating conclusion, a call to action that rings out far beyond the cinema. Recipient of the 75th Anniversary Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. A Sideshow and Janus Films Release. New York premiere 

Preceded by 
Dir. Lucrecia Martel. Argentina/Mexico. 2022, 12 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles. With Anavelí Acero, Jorgelina Contrera, Ariel Gigena, Daniel Valenzuela. The latest work from Argentinian master Martel is an exquisitely ambiguous class encounter palindrome in which a woman’s training in hospitality keeps getting derailed by calls from home and other impulses. New York premiere  

Co-presented with Cinema Tropical

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.

About the Filmmakers:

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne were born in Belgium and together directed numerous documentaries. In 1975, they created Dérives, the company that has produced over 60 documentaries, including their own. In 1994, they created Les Films du Fleuve for the production of feature films. They are among the most acclaimed filmmakers of their time, and their work has received countless awards worldwide, including two Palme d’Ors (Rosetta and L’Enfant), and an Academy Award® nomination for Marion Cotillard’s performance in Two Days, One Night.  


Lucrecia Martel is a contemporary Argentinian director, screenwriter, and producer whose work has gained worldwide recognition since her debut feature, La Ciénaga, in 2001. Her subsequent films include The Holy Girl (2004), The Headless Woman (2008), Zama (2017), and Maid (2022). The two latest films premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. Retrospectives of her work have screened at many art and cultural institutions such as Harvard, MoMA, Lincoln Center, Cambridge, and London’s Tate Museum, together with a series of master classes about sound and narrative that the filmmaker offered around the world.