The Hammer Museum today announced the lineup for the Los Angeles presentation of The Contenders, a special ticketed series organized by The Museum of Modern Art that offers filmgoers the opportunity to see recently released films that are bound for awards glory or destined to become cult classics. Now in its third year at the Hammer, The Contenders features 10 nights of films and intimate post-screening conversations with directors and actors from December 1 through December 15, 2016.

Opening the series at the Hammer on December 1 is Loving, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga; Nichols and Edgerton will participate in a post-screening discussion. Loving tells the story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, whose courage and commitment paved the way for marriage equality. Other highlights include Nocturnal Animals with director Tom Ford on December 2 and Into the Inferno with Werner Herzog on December 13.
Announced Schedule:
Thursday, December 1, 7:30 p.m., Loving with director Jeff Nichols and lead actor Joel Edgerton
Friday, December 2, 7:30 p.m., Nocturnal Animals with director Tom Ford
Monday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., Manchester by the Sea with director Kenneth Lonergan
Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 p.m., Arrival with director Denis Villeneuve
Thursday, December 8, 7:30 p.m., Lion with lead actor Dev Patel
Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 p.m., Into the Inferno with director Werner Herzog

*Additional screenings for December 6, 12, 14, and 15 will be announced on the Hammer’s website.

Tickets $12 general public / $8 for Hammer members.
Tickets will be available on site at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater Box Office and online – CLick HERE!

About The Contenders:
Selected from major studio releases and top film festivals by curators in MoMA’s Department of Film, selections shown in The Contenders represent the best of mainstream movies, independents, foreign-language films, documentaries, and art-house sensations. Now in its ninth year, the series highlights films that are contenders for lasting historical significance, often with special appearances by directors and actors. Previous guests have included directors Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, 2013), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, 2012), and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, 2012) and actors Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners, 2013), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013), and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, 2011). The exhibition is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator, and Sean Egan, Producer, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

The MoMA presentation is supported by the Annual Film Fund. The Hollywood Reporter is the Official Media Sponsor of The Contender.

What: Screening
Where: Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd LA, 90024
When: See above schedule