FLC to remain closed as NYC declared 'major disaster area'

Bacurau moves to Kino Marquee platform

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles’ Bacurau is now available on Kino Lorber’s new virtual theatrical exhibition initiative Kino Marquee
Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles’ Bacurau is now available on Kino Lorber’s new virtual theatrical exhibition initiative Kino Marquee Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

As of 8:00pm last night, New York State by order of Governor Andrew M Cuomo was in lockdown and on March 21 had been declared by FEMA a “Major Disaster Area.” New York State has over 20,000 confirmed coronavirus positives as of today, by far the most in the nation. More than half of the positives are from New York City. Robert De Niro and Danny DeVito have done PSAs imploring the people of New York to stay at home.

Horses of Bacurau on the run
Horses of Bacurau on the run Photo: Kleber Mendonça Filho

On March 12, UniFrance and Film at Lincoln Center’s 25th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, which was to run through March 15 at the Walter Reade Theater in New York, was aborted due to the announcement by Governor Cuomo on the coronavirus pandemic limiting gathering in public spaces. The theatrical run of Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles’ Bacurau, which opened at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on March 6 was also cut short and the filmmakers’ Mapping Bacurau, which was to take place from March 13 through March 24 never got off the ground.

At that time Film at Lincoln Center hoped to reopen at the end of this month. Those plans have been changed with the following announcement.

“Even as FLC’s theaters remain temporarily closed, the cinematic experience continues: In partnership with Kino Lorber, FLC is offering audiences the chance to see Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles's Bacurau (NYFF57), which opened in our cinemas on March 6. The film is available now on Kino Marquee, a new virtual theatrical exhibition initiative that extends the film's theatrical run on home screens for a limited time only.

“In consultation with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts along with government and health officials, Film at Lincoln Center has extended its closure through May 17 in response to the ongoing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Additional updates about affected programming will follow in the coming weeks.”

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