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Films – June 2011




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 Art Nouveau Prague
(Praha secesní lé ta 1895-1914)
Directed by František Vláčil
(Czechoslovakia, 1974, 30 min.)
This short documentary is a sumptuous survey of the art and architecture of Prague at the turn of the 20th century. (Screens with “Glass Skies” and “Sentiment”)
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 28, 7 p.m.,
Wed., June 29, 7 p.m.

Glass Skies
(Sklenená oblaka)
Directed by František Vláčil
(Czechoslovakia, 1958, 18 min.)
A young boy and an old man share dreams of flight in this poetic and visually dazzling short film. (Screens with “Sentiment” and “Art Nouveau Prague”)
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 28, 7 p.m.,
Wed., June 29, 7 p.m.

Identity Card
(Občanský průkaz)
Directed by Ondřej Trojan
(Czech Republic, 2010,137 min.)
The lives of four boys in the 1970s and their friends, first loves and parents are tracked from the age of 15, when they receive their state identity cards, to age 18, when they try everything possible to get out of military service.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., June 8, 8 p.m.

Directed by Tomas Hejtmanek
(Czech Republic, 2003, 76 min.)
This tribute to director František Vláčil is based on interviews taped with him before he died, which are reenacted and intercut with footage of locations used in some of his films. (Screens with “Glass Skies” and “Art Nouveau Prague”)
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 28, 7 p.m.,
Wed., June 29, 7 p.m.

Serpent’s Poison
(Hadí jed)
Directed by František Vláčil
(Czechoslovakia, 1981, 80 min.)
Her mother dead, 18-year-old Vladka travels to a remote village in the dead of winter to find the father she has never met — and is disappointed when she finds that this hardworking man is an alcoholic.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 3 p.m.,
Tue., June 7, 7 p.m.

The Shadow of the Fern
(Stín kapradiny)
Directed by František Vláčil
(Czechoslovakia, 1984, 90 min.)
Caught poaching a deer, two callow teenagers shoot the gamekeeper and flee into the forest — imagining a life of escape and adventure for themselves outside the law in this hallucinatory nightmare of pursuit and persecution.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 18, 2:45 p.m.,
Sun., June 19, 7:45 p.m.


Ava & Gabriel: A Love Story
(Ava & Gabriel: Un Historia di Amor)
Directed by Félix de Rooy
(Netherlands/Curacao/France, 1990, 100 min.)
Formally trained artist Gabriel courts controversy when he chooses the local Antillean beauty Ava, who is engaged to a white police officer, to model for his portrait of the Virgin Mary in the town’s church. (Dutch and Papamientu)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 7:20 p.m.

Bride Flight
Directed by Ben Sombogaart
(Netherlands/Luxembourg, 2008, 130 min.)
Three women leave post-war Holland to join their fiancés New Zealand. On the immigration flight (the “Bride Flight”), the three form a bond of friendship, along with an attractive Dutchman, that over the next 50 years leads to adultery, betrayal, near tragedy and ultimately reunion. (Dutch and English)
The Avalon Theatre
Opens in June


’70: Remembering a Revolution
Directed by Alex de Tereuil and Elizabeth Topp

(Trinidad and Tobago, 2010, color, 112 min.)
This documentary explores the impact of the 1970 Black Power revolution in the streets of Trinidad and Tobago 40 years after afros have given way to grey beards and the Che berets have been stored away.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 3, 7 p.m.

Directed by Mike Mills
(U.S., 2010, 104 min.)
A new love floods a man with memories of his father who — following 44 years of marriage — came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 10

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Directed by Wener Herzog
(U.S./Canada/Germany/France/U.K., 2011, 90 min)
Werner Herzog filmed this documentary inside the Chauvet caves of southern France, capturing the oldest-known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. (English and German)
AFI Silver Theatre

Dial M For Murder
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1954, 105 min.)
An ex-tennis pro and jealous husband carries out a plot to murder his wife, and when things go wrong, he improvises with a brilliant plan B.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 17 to 19

Double Take
Directed by Johan Grimonprez
(Netherlands/Belgium/Germany, 2009, 80 min.)
In this documentary disguised as a hallucinatory thriller begins with an anecdote told by Alfred Hitchcock (lookalike actor Ron Burrage) about an encounter with his dopplegänger. His advice if you should ever meet your double: kill him. But what begins like one of Hitchcock’s droll television intros proceeds to chronicle the battle of images during the Cold War.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 28 to 30

The First Grader
Directed by Justin Chadwick
(U.K./U.S./Kenya, 2010, 103 min.)
In this dramatization of a true story, an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau veteran now fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

House of Bamboo
Directed by Samuel Fuller
(U.S., 1955, 102 min.)
In occupied Japan, American military cop Robert Stack infiltrates a gang of criminals — all dishonorably discharged GIs — led by the urbane and unbalanced Robert Ryan. (English and Japanese)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., June 18, 2:30 p.m.

I Confess
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1953, 95 min.)
Refusing to give into police interrogators’ suspicions, due to the seal of confession, a priest becomes the prime suspect in a murder in this religious thriller set in Quebec. (English, French, Italian and German)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat, June 4, 1 p.m.,
Mon., June 6, 9:15 p.m.,
Wed., June 8, 9:10 p.m.

Lift Up
Directed by Huguens Jean and Philip Knowlton
(U.S./Haiti, 2011, 86 min.)
This documentary follows Clifford and Huguens, two Haitian immigrant brothers who now call Maryland home, on an emotional journey back to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake that left the country ravaged. (English and Creole)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 5:30 p.m.

Mas Man
Directed by Dalton Narine
(U.S./Trinidad and Tobago, 2010, 57 min.)
This documentary portrays Caribbean carnival artist Peter Minshall and his exploration of themes about modern humanity through his “mobile street theater” mas bands during the Trinidadian Carnival. (Screens with “The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn”)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 7 p.m.

Midnight in Paris
Directed by Woody Allen
(Spain/U.S., 2011, 94 min.)
Traveling to the French capital for business with their family, a young engaged couple is forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn
Directed by Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
(U.S./Haiti, 2008, 52 min.)
This documentary follows the journey of DJARARA, a Haitian “rara” band made up of young immigrants who take this ancient music from the hills of Haiti to the streets of Brooklyn. (Screens with “Mas Man”)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 7 p.m.

Paris: The Luminous Years
Directed by Perry Miller Adato
(U.K./U.S., 2010, 120 min.)
One of America’s most original cultural documentarians, Perry Miller Adato’s latest effort portrays the city and its famed café society as a catalyst in the modernist movement, focusing on the many Americans who made Paris their home.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., June 11, 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Luciano Blotta
(Argentina, 2009, 88 min.)
Three Jamaican musicians fight for a place in an overcrowded reggae field in this documentary set in the dangerous streets, back alleys and crowded dance halls of Kingston, Jamaica. (English and Jamaican patois)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 9:25 p.m.

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae
Directed by Stascha Bader
(Switzerland/Canada, 2009, 98 min.)
The remaining great singers and musicians of rocksteady — the prevailing style during Jamaica’s Golden Age of music in the late 1960s and precursor of reggae — come together after 40 years to perform and record a reunion concert in Kingston.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Jun 3, 9:30 p.m.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1948, 80 min.)
Two young men strangle their classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., June 1,8:30 p.m.,
Thu., June 2, 9:10 p.m.

Stage Fright
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1950, 110 min.)
A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he’s accused of murdering the husband of a high-society entertainer.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 4:45 p.m..
Sun., June 5, 1 p.m.,
Thu., June 9, 9 p.m.

Strangers on a Train
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1951, 101 min.)
Tennis Champ Farley Granger meets mysterious, overly admiring Robert Walker on a train from New York and receives a startling proposal: Walker will kill Granger’s unfaithful wife in return for Granger killing Walker’s father.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., June 2, 7 p.m.

Directed by Richard Ayoade
(U.K./U.S., 2010, 97 min.)
Oliver Tate, 15, has two big ambitions: to save his parents’ marriage via carefully plotted intervention in their love life, and to lose his virginity before his next birthday.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 10

The Tree of Life
Directed by Terrence Malick
(U.S., 2011, 138 min.)
This impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 3

The Trip
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
(U.K., 2010, 107 min.)
When a man is asked to tour the country’s finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend, but when she backs out, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 17

Under Capricorn
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1949, 117 min.)
In Hitchcock’s least-seen film, an Irishman comes to Australia with his uncle, the new governor — and finds himself drawn into a dangerous love triangle with a married couple.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 11, 12:20 p.m.,
Sun., June 12, 12:20 p.m.


L’Amour Fou
Directed by Pierre Thoretton
(France, 2010, 98 min.)
The relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover is portrayed in this documentary that includes a tour of the couple’s lavishly furnished houses in Paris, Normandy and Marrakech and their priceless art collection.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Boyfriends and Girlfriends
(L’Ami de Mon Amie)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1987, 103 min.)
Best friends Lea and Blanche get caught up in romantic game-playing after Lea takes a liking to Alexandre whom Blanche has a crush on, and decides that Blanche would be perfect for Lea’s boyfriend, Fabien whom she has grown tired of.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 18, 4:45 p.m.,
Sun., June 19, 2:45 p.m.

Diary of Country Priest
(Journal d’un Curé de Campagne)
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1951, 115 min.)
In post-World War II France, rookie priest Claude takes on a tough assignment in a small village whose inhabitants seem as cold as the forbidding climate.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 10 to16

Le Doulos
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
(France, 1962, 109 min.)
Serge Reggiani gets out of the slammer and back into the game, settling an old score and joining a crew on a major heist. But the cops, seemingly tipped off, catch him in the act. Was there a squealer?
AFI Silver Theatre
June 28 to 30

Frantz Fanon, His Life, His Struggle, His Work
Directed by Cheikh Djemaï
(Martinique/France/Algeria/Tunisia, 2004, 52 min.)
This documentary reveals the short but intense life of one of the great thinkers of the 20th century: Frantz Fanon, a Martinique-born psychiatrist who became an unlikely spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism in the 1950s. (Screens with “Maestra”)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 5 p.m.

Free Hands
(Les Mains Libres)
Directed by Brigitte Sy
(France, 2010, 100 mi.)
A filmmaker shooting interviews with long-term inmates in a Paris prison has an affair with one of the inmates, leading her to break the law.
La Maison Française
Tue., June 14, 7 p.m.

Full Moon in Paris
(Les Nuits de la Pleine Lune)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1984, 100 min.)
A beautiful interior decorator has a live-in boyfriend at her home in the country and enjoys a carefree single life when she stays at her apartment in Paris, but can she continue to have it both ways?
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 11, 2:45 p.m.,
Sun., June 12, 2:45 p.m.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
(Canada/France, 2011, 130 min.)
A mother’s last wish sends her twins on a journey to their ancestral homeland in the Middle East in search of their tangled family roots, where they discover a mother very different from the one they knew. (French, Arabic and English)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Léon Morin, Priest
(Léon Morin, Prêtre)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
(France/Italy, 1961, 117 min.)
A jaded widow befriends a young priest and an extraordinary relationship between two spirited individuals — provocative, persuasive, even seductive — plays out against the treacherous backdrop of Nazi-occupied France.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 28 to 30

Pauline at the Beach
(Pauline à la Plage)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1983, 94 min.)
A teenager spends her summer in the company of her chic, recently divorced older cousin, and gets swept up in a whirlwind of parties and romantic intrigues before gaining a more clear-eyed perspective on the folly of it all.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 3:15 p.m.,
Tue., June 7, 8:45 p.m.,
Thu., June 9, 7 p.m.

(Le Rayon Vert)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1986, 98 min.)
Parisian secretary Delphine, bored with summer plans that constantly don’t pan out the way she’d like, finally and accidentally meets someone who seems to be totally made for her.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 28, 9:30 p.m.,
Thu., June 30, 7 p.m.


To the Limit
(Am Limit)
Directed by Pepe Danquart
(Austria/Germany, 2007, 100 min.)
Brothers Alexander and Thomas Huber, among the world’s best sport and alpine climbers, set out to break the record in speed climbing at the wall of all walls: El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California.
Mon., June 27, 6:30 p.m.

The Robber
(Der Räuber)
Directed by Benjamin Heisenberg
(Germany/Austria, 2010, 97 min.)
This is the true story of Austria’s most-wanted bank robber of the 1980s, a champion marathon runner who led a double life as a serial bank robber, sprinting between heists (and away from police cars) as many as three times a day.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


The Double Hour
(La doppia ora)
Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi
(Italy, 2009, 95 min.)
A penniless maid and a chilly ex-cop, each tormented by past mistakes and unable to move forward with their lives, meet during a schmaltzy speed dating event — as wary flirtation blooms into desperate passion.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


13 Assassins
(Jûsan-nin no shikaku)
Directed by Takashi Miike
(Japan/U.K., 2010, 126 min.)
In 1844 Japan, young lord rapes and kills with impunity by virtue of his political connections. Though the era of the samurai is fading, an honest government official covertly enlists 13 swordsmen to assassinate this sadistic lord before he can seize more power.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

An Autumn Afternoon
(Sanma no aji)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(Japan, 1962, 112 min.)
An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter in postwar Japan but finds himself torn between happiness for her and sadness at her impending departure.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 24, 7 p.m.

High and Low
(Tengoku to jigoku)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
(Japan, 1963, 143 min.)
A wealthy executive is drawn into a quandary when a kidnapper nabs his chauffeur’s son by mistake but still demands a ransom large enough to ruin him financially.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 17, 7 p.m.

Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
(Japan, 1964, 161 min.)
Four traditional Japanese supernatural folktales come together in one film that employs stylized sets, bold colors, and haunting performances from the cast.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 26, 2 p.m.

Life of Oharu
(Saikaku ichidai onna)
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
(Japan, 1952, 136 min.)
A samurai’s daughter suffers under 17th-century Japan’s feudal patriarchy.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 19, 2 p.m.


Directed by E J-yong
(South Korea, 2009, 104 min.)
Six of South Korea’s biggest female actresses star in this amusing behind-the-scenes show-biz exposé that also reveals the psychological stresses of the Korean star system.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 5:15 p.m.,
Wed., June 8, 7 p.m.


Almacita, Soul of Desolato
(Almacita di Desolato)
Directed by Felix de Rooy
(Netherlands/Curacao, 1986, 100 min.)
This folktale epic from Curacao, complete with rain dances and benta music, focuses on the mythic adventures of Solem, a village priestess and “miracle worker,” and little Lucio.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., June 6, 7 p.m.


City of Life and Death
(Nanjing! Nanjing!)
Directed by Lu Chuan
(China/Hong Kong, 2009, 132 min.)
The Imperial Japanese Army siege of the Chinese capital of Nanking, in which as many as 300,000 citizens were killed, is recreated through the eyes of both victims and occupiers. (Mandarin and English)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 10


Directed by Catherine Murphy
(U.S./Cuba, 2011, 33 min.)
This documentary tells the story of the Cuban Literacy Campaign in 1961 — one of the farthest-reaching and most successful literacy campaigns to date — through the eyes of the female literacy workers. (Screens with “Frantz Fanon, His Life, His Struggle, His Work”)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat,, June 4, 5 p.m.