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Films – June 2019





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Dukla 61

Directed by David Ondříček

(Czech Republic, 2018, 150 min.)

In this gripping drama based on true events, college student Petr brings home his pregnant girlfriend Jana, deciding to abandon his studies and become a miner like his father. But failure to comply with safety protocol and the pressure to produce results results in one of the country’s greatest mining tragedies.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., June 12, 8 p.m.




Directed by Sharelly Emanuelson

(Curaçao, 2018, 85 min.)

Curaçao’s Grupo Serenada was formed in 1977, when a local youth rock band merged with a church choir, drawing its repertoire from the African, European and regional Caribbean influences that have shaped the country’s music. Over the years, the group has explored the boundaries of local music and experimented with voice harmonization, rhythms and musical styles (Dutch, Papiamentu and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., June 10, 7 p.m.



All Is True

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

(U.K., 2019, 101 min.)

The year is 1613 and William Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

American Woman

Directed by Jake Scott

(U.K./U.S., 2019, 111 min.)

In a small, blue-collar town in Pennsylvania, a 32-year-old woman’s teen daughter goes missing and she is left to raise her infant grandson alone. The story is told over the course of 11 years, from the time her daughter vanishes, through the the trials-and-tribulations of subsequent years looking for closure, leading up the long-awaited discovery of the truth.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 14


Directed by Franco Rosso

(U.K., 1980, 95 min.)

Raw and smoldering, this film follows a young dancehall DJ in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police and the National Front (English and Jamaican).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 9:30 p.m.

Being Blacker

Directed by Molly Dineen

(Jamaica/U.K., 2018, 90 min.)

This documentary tells the story of Blacker Dread, a renowned Jamaican-born reggae producer and record shop owner from Brixton, the traditional home of London’s Jamaican migrants.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., June 10, 9 p.m.

The Biggest Little Farm

Directed by John Chester

(U.S., 2018, 91 min.)

This documentary chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Directed by Olivia Wilde

(U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

AFI Silver Theatre

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary

Directed by Cori Wapnowska

(U.S., 2017, 69 min.)

“BRUK OUT!” looks deep inside the raw, energetic world of Jamaican dancehall culture through the eyes of the powerful women at its heart — dancehall queens.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., June 7, 10 p.m.


Directed by Rommel Hall

(Barbados, 2017, 95 min.)

On Dec. 16, 1984, the small island of Barbados is rocked by the news of the bloody murder of a white plantation owner. The four men involved were rounded up and sent to be tried in court. But what followed were tales of daring escapes and police chases as one of the men consistently remained one step ahead of the law.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 3:45 p.m.


Directed by Frédéric Frowick

(U.S., 2019, 105 min.)

Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.

Landmark’s Theatres

Opens Fri., June 7

Hero – Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross

Directed by Frances-Anne Solomon

(Trinidad and Tobago/Canada/Ghana/U.K., 2018, 110 min.)

“Hero” is the story of Ulric Cross, who in 1941 left his small island home in Trinidad to seek his fortune and become the British Royal Air Force’s most decorated West Indian airman. His life took a dramatically different course when he followed the call of history and joined the independence movements sweeping Africa in the 1950s and ’60s.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., June 6, 7:15 p.m.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Directed by Chad Stahelski

(U.S., 2019, 130 min.)

In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, skilled assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail (English, Russian, Japanes and Italian).

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Late Night

Directed by Nisha Ganatra

(U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action in action and presto, Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 7

Long Shot

Directed by Jonathan Levine

(U.S., 2019, 125 min.)

Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly (English, French and Russian).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Meeting Gorbachev

Directed by Werner Herzog and Andre Singer

(U.K./U.S./Germany, 2019, 90 min.)

This riveting documentary chronicles the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the visionary last leader of the Soviet Union, who tried to make the world a safer place (English, Russian, German and Polish).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Directed by Ron Howard

(U.K./U.S., 2019)

Ron Howard directs this look at the life and work of opera icon Luciano Pavarotti.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 7

Red Joan

Directed by Trevor Nunn

(U.K., 2018, 101 min.)

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information — including details on the building of the atomic bomb — to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical; and the devastation of World War II.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

The Reggae Boyz

Directed by Till Schauder

(Jamaica/Germany, 2018, 75 min.)

Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world, but on November 16, 1997, when Jamaica’s national soccer team — a.k.a. the Reggae Boyz — qualified for the 1998 World Cup, not a single bullet was fired in the country. As the Reggae Boyz embark on their 2014 World Cup campaign, a steel factory worker dreams of playing on the national team, competing in his local amateur league by night and refusing to give up his dream.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 1:30 p.m.


Directed by Dexter Fletcher

(U.K/U.S., 2019, 121 min.)

This musical fantasy follows the journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Directed by Nicolas Jack Davies

(U.K., 2018, 86 min.)

Combining archival footage, dramatic reconstructions and interviews with legendary artists, RUDEBOY places the story of London label Trojan Records, which, during the late 1960s and early ’70s, became one of the most influential Jamaican record companies in history.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 7:30 p.m.,

Tue., June 11, 9:20 p.m.

The Souvenir

Directed by Joanna Hogg

(U.K./U.S., 2019, 119 min.)

A shy but ambitious film student begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Directed by Storm Saulter

(Jamaica/U.S., 2018, 114 min.)

“Sprinter” follows Akeem Sharp, a talented young athlete who is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeem’s career.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 8 p.m.

The Tomorrow Man

Directed by Noble Jones

(U.S., 2019, 94 min.)

Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Unfinished Sentences

Directed by Mariel Brown

(Trinidad and Tobago, 2018, 95 min.)

In the wake of Trinidadian writer Wayne Brown’s death in 2009, his filmmaker daughter Mariel examines his legacy and the nature of family, love, loss and art.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., June 12, 7 p.m.

Van Gogh & Japan

Directed by David Bickerstaff

(Netherlands, 2019, 85 min.)

In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art, we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

The Avalon Theatre

Sun., June 9, 10:30 a.m.,

Tue., June 11, 10:30 a.m.

Walking on Water

Directed by Andrey Paounov

(Italy/U.S./Germany/UAE, 2019, 105 min.)

Seven years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, renowned environmental artist Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. We follow his visionary quest to install a wide golden walkway floating across the scenic Italian alpine Lake Iseo, looking like a heavenly dream but sturdy enough to support hundreds of thousands of people.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Wild Nights with Emily

Directed by Madeleine Olnek

(U.S., 2018, 84 min.)

In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson, the iconic poet thought to have been a reclusive, is writing prolifically, is baking gingerbread and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan.

West End Cinema

Wild Rose

Directed by Tom Harper

(U.K., 2019, 100 min.)

Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of prison and reunited with her son and daughter, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 28

Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation

Directed by Barak Goodman and Jamila Ephron

(U.S., 2019, 106 min.)

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the legendary event, this film tells the fascinating story of how the three-day Woodstock concert was conceived and, against all obstacles, put together and delivered.

Landmark’s Theatres

Opens Fri., June 14


Directed by Icíar Bollaín

(Cuba/Spain/UK/Germany, 2018, 115 min.)

Based on the autobiography of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, “Yuli” recounts the dancer’s upbringing in Cuba, his path to Cuba’s National Ballet School, his move to the Royal Ballet in London and his relationship with his father, his family and his country (English and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., June 11, 7 p.m.



César and Rosalie

Directed by Claude Sautet

(France, 1972, 110 min.)

Romy Schneider plays a recent divorcee who splits her time between family and the wealthy César (Yves Montand). When David (Sami Frey), an old flame of Rosalie’s, appears, the two men vie for her affections.

La Maison Française

Tue., June 11, 7 p.m.

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Directed by Alain Resnais

(France, 1959, 91 min.)

In Alain Resnais’s groundbreaking work of the New Wave, Emmanuelle Riva portrays a French actress researching a role in post-war Hiroshima. She enters into an affair with a Japanese architect while experiencing flashbacks of a doomed wartime tryst with a German soldier.

La Maison Française

Tue., June 25, 7 p.m.

My Son

Directed by Christian Carion

(France/Belgium, 2019, 84 min.)

After years of putting his career above his family, Julien has found himself with a failed marriage. One day he receives a distressing message from his ex-wife that their 7-year-old son has disappeared while at camp. When authorities provide little help, Julien takes matters into his own hands and begins the treacherous search alone.

West End Cinema


Directed by Olivier Assayas

(France, 2019, 108 min.)

Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, “Non-Fiction” traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs — including a passionate fling with an actress (Juliette Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor — as fodder for his explosive new novel.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Haitian Creole

Douvan Jou Ka Leve

Directed by Gessica Généus

(Haiti/France, 2018, 51 min.)

In this textured and surprising personal documentary, Haitian filmmaker and actress Gessica Généus undertakes a journey to understand what she calls Haiti’s “illness of the soul” — the country’s fraught religious divide between Vodou and Christianity.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 12 p.m.




Directed by Ritesh Batra

(Germany/India/U.S., 2019, 110 min.)

A struggling street photographer in Mumbai, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develop a connection that transforms them in ways they could not expect (Hindi, Gujarati and English).

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance

Directed by Toshiya Fujita

(Japan, 1974, 89 min.)

Our furious heroine is captured by the authorities and sentenced to death for the various killings she has committed. However, she is offered a chance to escape—if she carries out dangerous orders for the government.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., June 5, 2 p.m.



1987: When the Day Comes

Directed by Jang Joon-hwan

(South Korea, 2017, 129 min.)

This political thriller tells the true story of a student activist’s death and its subsequent cover-up, which sparked the 1987 June democracy movement that eventually ousted Chun Doo-hwan’s military dictatorship and brought democracy to South Korea.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., June 9, 2 p.m.

The Fortress

Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk

(South Korea, 2017, 139 min.)

Set in 1636, this sweeping historical epic tells the story of China’s invasion of Korea and the stalwart soldiers who waged a last-ditch defense of a mountain fortification.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., June 16, 2 p.m.


Directed by Hong Sang-soo

(South Korea, 2018, 66 min.)

in a pleasant Seoul café, a woman named A-reum sits alone, typing on her laptop and eavesdropping on other customers. But we soon become aware that nothing is as straightforward as it appears. Scenes are out of order, and we begin to wonder whether A-reum is simply recording the events around her or creating the very fiction we are watching.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., June 24, 7:15 p.m.,

Wed., June 26, 7:15 p.m.

Hit the Night

Directed by Jeong Ga-young

(South Korea, 2017, 85 min.)

Playing an independent filmmaker much like herself, director Jeong Ga-young invites a handsome young actor out for drinks under the pretense of interviewing him for her latest project — but her real goal is to get him into bed.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., June 13, 7:15 p.m.

Hotel by the River

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

(South Korea, 2018, 96 min.)

Two interconnected storylines are set in and around a quiet hotel in winter. In one, an aging poet is visited by his estranged adult sons. In the other, a young woman, with an unexplained wound on her hand, holes up with a friend to recover from a bad breakup.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., June 24, 8:45 p.m.,

Tue., June 25, 7:15 p.m.

Little Forest

Directed by Yim Soon-rye

(South Korea, 2018, 103 min.)

The latest film from pioneering female director Yim Soon-rye is the heartwarming story of a young woman who abandons city life for her remote childhood home. There, she rediscovers the simple pleasures of growing and cooking her own food while reconnecting with childhood friends — and her troubled, single mother.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., June 4, 7:15 p.m.


Directed by Jeon Go-woon

(South Korea, 2017, 106 min.)

A musician turned cleaning woman has pared down her life to the bare essentials — whiskey, cigarettes and a roof over her head — in an attempt to drop out of Korea’s high-pressure society. But when she loses her apartment, she is forced to depend on the kindness of old friends, causing her to question whether her personal code of honor is sustainable.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., June 19, 7:15 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., June 14, 7 p.m.

The Running Actress

Directed by Moon So-ri

(South Korea, 2017, 71 min.)

Award-winning star Moon So-ri has been one of Korea’s most famous actresses for years. Recently, she turned her talents to directing. The result is a semi-fictional self-portrait in three parts. In the first, a chance meeting with a famous producer highlights the sexism still present in the Korean film industry. The second depicts a typical week in Moon’s life. Finally, another director’s funeral becomes an occasion for arguments and reflections by Moon and two fellow actresses.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., June 7, 7 p.m.




Directed by Zhang Yimou

(China/Hong Kong, 2018, 116 min.)

In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow,” a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the king himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the king does not want.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



1950: The Nationalist Uprising

Directed by José Manuel Dávila Marichal

(Puerto Rico, 2017, 105 min.)

Electrifying, revealing and timely, this documentary revisits a seminal event in Puerto Rico’s history: the 10 days in October 1950 when 100 people, members of the island’s Nationalist Party, took up arms to overthrow the rule of the United States and establish Puerto Rican sovereignty.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 1:15 p.m.

Broken Island

Directed by Félix Germán

(Dominican Republic, 2018, 104 min.)

When Guy, a young Haitian boy fleeing poverty, witnesses the murder of his parents at the Dominican border, he is taken in and adopted by a Haitian couple. Guy grows up working in the country’s sugar cane fields, all the while planning to avenge his parents’ murders. But the October 1937 military massacre of more than 30,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent forces Guy and his newfound love Meuda to escape Haiti in search of a new life (Spanish and Haitian Creole).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 11 a.m.

Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World

Directed by Cynthia Biestek

(Cuba/Mexico, 2018, 100 min.)

He became known the world over in the late ’90s as an original member of legendary Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club, but Eliades Ochoa’s passion for his country’s musical heritage led him to pursue a life dedicated to music much earlier than that.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., June 7, 7:15 p.m.

The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia

Directed by Arturo Infante

(Cuba/Germany, 2018, 92 min.)

Celeste, a 60-year-old retired schoolteacher, enjoys her work as a guide at Havana’s planetarium, but is stuck in a rut of humdrum routine. When the government reveals that Cuba has been secretly hosting a delegation of aliens from planet Gryok, and that ordinary Cubans have been invited to apply to visit the aliens’ homeland in return, Celeste discovers that her eccentric “Russian” neighbor is in fact a Gryokite, and receives a personal invitation.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 5:30 p.m.

Massacre River

Directed by Suzan Beraza

(U.S./Haiti, 2019, 79 min.)

In 2013, a ruling from the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court effectively rescinded citizenship rights for more than 200,000 Dominican-born residents of Haitian descent. A rise in populist politics also saw violent mobs springing up nationwide, committed to seeing the destruction of black Dominicans who were already living under the constant threat of deportation. acing against the clock, 23-year-old Pikilina must scramble to gather the documentation necessary to prove her birthright and secure citizenship for her two children (Spanish, English and Haitian Creole).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 6:15 p.m.

Miriam Lies

Directed by Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrad

(Dominican Republic/Spain, 2018, 90 min.)

The politics of race and class in the Dominican Republic are explored with subtlety and nuance in this powerful coming-of-age drama as 14-year-old biracial teen Miriam is deep into extravagant preparations for her quinceañera with her hyper-wealthy white best friend Jennifer, when she discovers that her online boyfriend, who she plans to invite, is black.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 3:30 p.m.



The Third Wife

Directed by Ash Mayfair

(Vietnam, 2019, 96 min.)

In late 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage and becomes the third wife to her older husband, wealthy landowner Hung. A lowly newcomer in the insular household, she soon learns she will only gain status if she can produce a male child. Finding herself pregnant, she awaits the birth, but her path towards security is fraught with danger when May starts to feel a forbidden attraction for the second wife.

Landmark’s Theatres

Opens Fri., June 28