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Films – July 2011





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The Beast Stalker
(Ching yan)
Directed by Dante Lam
(Hong Kong, 2008, 109 min.)
A straight-arrow cop seeking redemption pursues a vicious killer who is slowly losing his sight, while a determined prosecutor seeks vengeance on the man who stole her daughters.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 29, 7 p.m.,
Sun., July 31, 2 p.m.

Bodyguards and Assassins
(Shi yue wei cheng)
Directed by Teddy Chan
(China/Hong Kong, 2009, 139 min.)
In 1905 Hong Kong, where the Qing dynasty will do anything to hold on to its power as a revolutionary movement spreads throughout China, Sun Yat-Sen prepares for a historic meeting that will shape the future of the country while a motley crew is entrusted to protect him from the deadly assassins determined to kill him.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 8, 7 p.m.,
Sun., July 10, 2 p.m.

Fire of Conscience
(For lung)
Directed by Dante Lam
(Hong Kong, 2010, 106 min.)
Captain Manfred must solve a brutal murder to prove his partner’s innocence and expose the truth behind Hong Kong’s police force.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 15, 7 p.m.,
Sun., July 17, 2 p.m.

(Sit yan fung wan)
Directed by Felix Chong and Alan Mak
(Hong Kong/Singapore/China, 2009, 100 min.)
Two cops stumble upon a juicy bit of insider trading information during a surveillance job and see no harm in trying to make a quick (but illegal) killing on the stock market, but their personal and professional lives begin to unravel when the plan backfires.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 22, 7 p.m.,
Sun., July 24, 2 p.m. 


The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Directed by Terry Gilliam
(U.K./W. Germany, 1989, 126 min.)
Somewhere in the middle of Europe, circa 1740, an eccentric old man interrupts a performance of “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” in the town square, claiming to be the real Baron Munchausen, the inveterate teller of tall tales and tide-turner of the Turkish invasion — and to prove it, he tells the story himself.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 29, 9:35 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.
AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

A Better Life
Directed by Chris Weitz
(U.S., 2011, 97 min.)
A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. (English and Spanish)
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., July 15

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Directed by Blake Edwards
(U.S., 1961, 115 min.)
A quirky New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. (English and Portuguese)
AFI Silver Theatre
July 15 to 20

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Directed by Craig McCall
(U.K., 2010, 86 min.)
“Cameraman” illuminates a unique figure in British and international cinema: Jack Cardiff, a man whose life and career are inextricably interwoven with the history of cinema spanning nine decades and some of the industry’s greatest icons, from Audrey Hepburn to Humphrey Bogart.
West End Cinema
Opens Fri., July 8

The Hunger
Directed by Tony Scott
(U.K., 1983, 97 min.)
Tony Scott’s arty, edgy vampire saga opens in bravura fashion, with bloodsucking bohemians Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie prowling for victims at a Manhattan goth discotheque, but Bowie is succumbing to age after all those centuries, so the two seek out research scientist Susan Sarandon for her experiments with age reversal.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 9, 9:30 p.m.,
Sun., July 10, 9:45 p.m.

Just Like Us
Directed by Ahmed Ahmed
(U.S., 2010, 72 min.)
This documentary features Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed, in his directorial debut, along with a host of acclaimed stand-up comedians as they perform in Dubai, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt to sold-out crowds totaling more than 20,000 people.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Little Women
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
(U.S., 1949, 122 min.)
In 1860s Concord, Mass., with their father fighting in the civil war, four sisters grow up and find love while being raised their very outspoken mother.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., July 19, 4:30 p.m.,
Thu., July 21, 4:30 p.m.,
Fri., July 22, 4:30 p.m.

The Man Who Fell to Earth
Directed by Nicolas Roeg
(U.K., 1976, 139 min.)
In this uncut 35th anniversary release, space oddity David Bowie lands on 20th-century Earth seeking water for his drought-stricken planet but instead uses his highly advanced technology to become a wealthy industrialist who succumbs to American decadence in the form of TV, booze, sex and stock issues.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 5

The Man Who Knew Too Much
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1956, 120 min.)
A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble onto an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. (English, French and Arabic)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 23, 7 p.m.,
Sun., July 24, 5:05 p.m.,
Thu., July 28, 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

Monte Carlo
Directed by Thomas Bezucha
(U.S./Hungary, 2011, 108 min.)
Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., July 1

No Country for Old Men
Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen
(U.S., 2007, 122 min.)
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande. (English and Spanish)
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 8, 9:15 p.m.,
Sun., July 10, 2:45 p.m.,
Thu., July 14, 9:20 p.m.

Page One: Inside the New York Times
Directed by Andrew Rossi
(U.S., 2011, 87 min.)
In the tradition of great fly-on-the-wall documentaries, “Page One” deftly gains unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of its media desk at a time of sweeping industry change.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 1

The Pink Panther
Directed by Blake Edwards
(U.S., 1963, 115 min.)
Bumbling and conceited French police inspector Clouseau tries to catch The Phantom, a daring jewel thief whose identity and features are unknown – and is acting right under his nose. (English and Italian)
AFI Silver Theatre
July 22 to 28

A Place in the Sun
Directed by George Stevens
(U.S., 1951, 122 min.)
Young up-and-comer George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) is thrust into the blue-collar life of a rich uncle’s family business, becoming involved with a simple, trusting girl on the assembly line and falling in love with a gorgeous, high-society woman (Elizabeth Taylor).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 2, 9:15 p.m.
Tue., July 5, 2 p.m.,
Wed., July 6, 4 p.m.

A Shot in the Dark
Directed by Blake Edwards
(U.K./U.S., 1964, 102 min.)
As murder follows murder, beautiful Maria is the obvious suspect, but bumbling Inspector Clouseau drives his boss mad by seeing her as plainly innocent.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 29, 5:20 p.m.,
Sun., July 31, 12:30 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

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.
AFI Silver Theatre
Opens Fri., July 1

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

Directed by Steven Lisberger
(U.S., 1982, 96 min.)
A hacker is literally abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 1 to 4

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1958, 129 min.)
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 30, 7 p.m.,
Sun., July 31, 5:15 p.m.


Viva Riva!
Directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga
(Democratic Republic of Congo/France/Belgium, 2010, 96 min.)
Riva is a small-time operator who just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo, after a decade away with a major score — a fortune in hijacked gasoline — and finds himself embroiled with a beautiful nightclub denizen and an Angolan crime lord relentlessly pursuing his stolen shipment of gas. (French and Lingala)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Hell on Wheels
Directed by Pepe Danquart and Werner Schweizer
(Germany, 2004, 120 min.)
This documentary looks at one of the world’s biggest sports events, the Tour de France, showcasing its history, fanatic crowds and the men on the bikes in all their torture and glory.
Tue., July 5, 6:30 p.m.

Home Game
Directed by Pepe Danquart
(Germany, 1999/2000, 95 min.)
This beautifully shot film follows the Die Eisbären (“Polar Bears”), an ice hockey team from East Berlin, over a season 10 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, providing a moving portrait of the East German sense of identity in transition.
Mon., July 11, 6:30 p.m.

Vincent Wants to Sea
(Vincent will Meer)
Directed by Ralf Huettner
(Germany, 2010, 96 min.)
A young man suffering from Tourette syndrome absconds from an institution with two other inhabitants to travel to Italy to fulfill his mother’s last wish.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 8


 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


Directed by André Øvredal
(Norway, 2010, 103 min.)
The government says it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway, but local hunters don’t believe it, and neither do a trio of college students — who soon find themselves documenting an unlikely hero, the Troll Hunter, and risking their lives to uncover creatures only thought to exist in fairytales.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 1


Bonheur Conjugal!
Directed by Robert Saidreau
(France, 1922, 64 min.)
A debt-ridden playboy bored with his time-to-settle-down marriage to a wealthy bourgeoise runs off to follow his actress first love on tour in the south of France, but only after mortal consequences. (Screens with “Mots Croisés”)
National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 17, 4:30 p.m.

Mots Croisés
Directed by Michel Linsky and Pierre Colombier
(France, 1926, 61 min.)
A New York bank employee, off to France with his fiancée after winning a crossword-puzzle championship, encounters a couple en route to Nice who’ve got ménage a quatre on their minds — with hilarious results. (Screens with “Bonheur Conjugal!”)
National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 17, 4:30 p.m.

Son Premier Film
Directed by Jean Kemm
(France, 1926, 99 min.)
In Paris to get an inheritance, provincial actor Céleste Noménoé becomes famous overnight after his surprise film debut, although now he is known only as “Grock.” (Silent with live piano accompaniment)
National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 10, 4:30 p.m.