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Films – July 2015















Apu Trilogy
Directed by Satyajit Ray
(India, 1960, 105 min.)

By the time “The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)” was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece “The Music Room” and was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings our protagonist’s journey full circle.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema 


Days of Being Wild
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
(Hong Kong, 1990, 94 min.)

In 1960s Hong Kong, idle playboy Leslie Cheung is kept in luxury by his retired courtesan foster mother, who gives him everything he needs but not the one thing he wants: the identity of his birth mother (Cantonese, Shanghainese, Tagalog, English and Mandarin).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 17, 7 p.m.


From Vegas to Macau
Directed by Wong Jing
(Hong Kong/China, 2014, 93 min.)

Hong Kong megastar Chow Yun-fat is at his comedic and charismatic best in this action-comedy in which he plays the suave gambler “Magic Hands” Ken, who teams up with his protégés to take down an international crime ring (Cantonese and Mandarin).

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 24, 7 p.m.


Golden Chickensss
(Gam gai SSS)
Directed by Matt Chow
(Hong Kong, 2014, 100 min.)

The brilliant comic actress Sandra Ng returns to her iconic role in this reboot of the popular “Golden Chicken” series. In the first two films, Ng played a fast-talking prostitute. Ten years later, she now runs her own crew of high-class escorts.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 19, 2 p.m.


Martial Club
(Wu guan)
Directed by Lau Kar Leung
(Hong Kong, 1981, 110 min.)

This “pure, unfiltered example of the classic kung fu movie” (Kung Fu Cinema) about a rivalry between two kung fu schools stars Gordon Liu as the legendary hero Wong Fei-hung (followed by a demonstration and discussion with martial arts masters).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 26, 2 p.m.


The Midnight After
Directed by Fruit Chan
(Hong Kong, 2014, 124 min.)

Named both Best Film and Best Director by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, Fruit Chan’s science-fiction comedy follows a group of Hong Kong denizens on a late-night trip. When they emerge from their minibus, the travelers discover they are the only people left in the city — the first of many disturbing realizations.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 31, 7 p.m.


The New Rijksmuseum
(Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum)
Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk
(Netherlands, 2013, 120 min.)

In 2003, an optimistic start was made on the renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, but from the start, the grand project was opposed by unyielding counter-forces and Rembrandt’s palace changed into a permanent building site (Dutch, English and Spanish).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 3



Cartel Land
Directed by Matthew Heineman
(Mexico/U.S., 2015, 98 min.)

With unprecedented access, “Cartel Land” is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy — the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 10


Directed by Michael Curtis
(U.S., 1942, 102 min.)

Why is he in Casablanca? “I was misinformed,” explains nightclub owner/war refugee Humphrey Bogart, who won’t “stick his neck out for nobody” — until Ingrid Bergman walks in.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 2 to 9


Escobar: Paradise Lost
Directed by Andrea Di Stefano
(France/Spain/Belgium/Panama, 2015, 120 min.)

In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams – and then he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.

Angelika Pop-Up


Every Last Child
Directed by Tom Roberts
(UAE, Pakistan, 2014, 83 min.)

“Every Last Child” is the dramatic story of five people impacted by the current polio crisis in Pakistan. Taking place on the front line of the fight against the disease, it is a story of sacrifice, fearless determination and sorrow in the face of mistrust, cynicism and violence (English, Urdu and Pushto).

Angelika Pop-Up


Directed by George Cukor
(U.S., 1944, 114 min.)

Ingrid Bergman won the first of her three Oscars for her portrayal of an innocent wife driven mad by a domineering and treacherous husband in George Cukor’s Victorian-set psychological thriller.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 12 to 16


Directed by Michael Almereyda
(U.S., 2000, 112 min.)

Michael Almereyda’s visionary, bleeding-edge contemporary re-imagining of “Hamlet” stars Ethan Hawke as the moody prince, a film student in New York whose uncle Claudius has recently assumed control of the family business, Denmark Corp.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., July 1, 9:20 p.m.


Directed by Stanley Donen
(U.K., 1958, 100 min.)

Ingrid Bergman leads a lonely life until wealthy diplomat Cary Grant sweeps her off her feet. While he claims to be stuck in a loveless marriage, he may just be scared of commitment.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 18 to 23


Jimmy’s Hall
Directed by Ken Loach
(U.K./Ireland/France, 2014, 109 min.)

Political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the country’s “Red Scare” of the 1930s.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 10


Lawrence of Arabia
Directed by David Lean
(U.K., 1062, 216 min.)

An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 3 to 9


Mr. Holmes
Directed by Bill Condon
(U.K./U.S., 2015, 104 min.)

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 17


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1946, 101 min.)

Miami, 1946: After her Nazi-sympathizing father is sent to prison for seditious activity, Ingrid Bergman gets recruited by OSS man Cary Grant to work as an American agent and infiltrate a Nazi cell in Rio de Janeiro. Bergman must seduce Nazi industrialist Claude Rains, which means the love affair in bloom between Grant and Bergman must be nipped in the bud.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 17 to 22


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1945, 111 min.)

Ingrid Bergman is a hardworking, serious-minded psychiatrist at a Swiss mental hospital who channels all of her energies into work, until she discovers a previously unknown passion by falling in love with the new doctor, Gregory Peck, but is Peck really the doctor he claims to be?

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 24, 2:15 p.m.,
Sat., July 25, 1 p.m.


The Third Man
Directed by Carol Reed
(U.K., 1949, 104 min.)

An American pulp novelist in postwar Vienna finds himself enmeshed in the hunt for an old friend, now a notorious black marketeer.

AFI Silver Theatre
Through July 2


Under Capricorn
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1949, 117 min.)

In 1831, Irishman Michael Wilding arrives in Sydney, Australia, with his uncle, the new governor, hoping to make his fortune. He discovers a rough-and-tumble world of financial scheming and exploitation, but also one where amazing reversals of fortune have made ex-convicts into millionaires.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 24, 12 p.m.,
Sun., July 26, 1 p.m.



Children of Paradise
(Les enfants du paradise)
Directed by Marcel Carné
(France, 1945, 205 min.)

In 1840 Paris, the intertwined love lives of characters from diverse demi-mondes — the city’s artists, aristocrats and its criminal underworld — all intersect on the boulevards and in the cafés of a Parisian neighborhood.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 12, 3:30 p.m.,
Tue., July 14, 12:30 and 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
(France, 2014, 130 min.)

“Eden” looks at the life of a French DJ who’s credited with inventing “French house” or the “French touch,” a type of French electronic music that became popular in the 1990s (French and English).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Ernest & Celestine
Multiple directors
(France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 2014, 80 min.)

In a world where bears live above ground while rodents live below in fear and hate, Celestine, an apprentice mouse dentist, forms an unlikely friendship with a poor street bear musician names Ernest.

Angelika Pop-Up
July 4 to 9


La Femme Nikita
Directed by Luc Besson
(France/Italy, 1990, 118 min.)

A drugged-out Parisian punk (Anne Parillaud) shoots a cop and faces life imprisonment. But instead she is “recruited” (death being the second choice) for a secret government program, where she is trained to be a covert assassin and given a respectable civilian cover (French and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 3, 9:35 p.m.,
Tue., July 7, 9:20 p.m.


From Mayerling to Sarajevo
(De Mayerling à Sarajevo)
Directed by Max Ophüls
(France, 1940, 96 min.)

In 1940, as World War II began, director Max Ophüls, a German Jew who had fled to France, filmed, with a romantic champagne froth, this bitterly ironic drama of how the First World War got started — specifically how the progressive Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Hapsburg throne, ended up in Sarajevo on the fateful day in 1914.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 3 to 9


The Look of Silence
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark/Finland/Indonesia/Norway/U.K., 2015, 103 min.)

Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: He confronts the men who killed his brother.

Opens Fri., July 31


The Passionate Thief
(Risate di Gioia)
Directed by Mario Monicelli
(Italy, 1960, 106 min.)

On New Year’s Eve, an insecure, struggling actress has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year’s party, she jumps at the opportunity and embarks on a series of adventures throughout Rome.

AFI Silver Theatre
Through July 2


A Hard Day
Directed by Seong-hoon Kim
(South Korea, 2014, 111 min.)

Detective Go Geon-soo is having a hard day: He receives a divorce notice from his wife. His mother dies. He and his coworkers are investigated by police inspectors over alleged embezzlement. Then on his way to his mother’s funeral, he commits a fatal hit and run, hiding the man’s corpse in his deceased mother’s coffin. But someone has been watching all along.

Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., July 24


(Qin ai de)
Directed by Peter Chan
(Hong Kong/China, 2014, 130 min.)

This gripping, morally complex drama is based on a true story of divorced parents spending years searching for their missing child. When they finally track him down, he is with a poor woman who has no idea that her now-deceased husband abducted him, and the boy has no memory of his real parents.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 17, 7 p.m.


Rebels of the Neon God
(Qing shao nian nuo zha)
Directed by Ming-liang Tsai
(Taiwan, 1994, 106 min.)

Defying his parents, Hsiao Kang heads for the bright lights of downtown Taipei, where he falls in with a pretty thug and their relationships is a confused mixture of hero-worship and rivalry that soon leads to trouble.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 10


Man With a Movie Camera
(Chelovek s kino-apparatom)
Directed by Dziga Vertov
(U.S.S.R., 1929, 68 min.)

Dziga Vertov’s groundbreaking experimental documentary about Soviet life is also a treatise on filmmaking. Banned in the Soviet Union, it has since become one of the most celebrated and influential films of all time.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 11, 5:30 p.m.


The Children of the Village
(Nhung dua con cua lang)
Directed by Nguyễn Đức Việt
(Vietnam, 2014, 89 min.)

In a village in central Vietnam, 20 years after a wartime massacre decimated its population and destroyed its bridge to the opposite riverbank, a former guerrilla leader cannot forget the pain of war, reminding his fellow villagers of the importance of revenge. But for the next generation of villagers, including his own daughter, matters are less clear cut.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., July 11, 2 p.m.


The Prince and the Pagoda Boy
(Khát vong Thang Long)
Directed by Lưu Trọng Ninh
(Vietnam, 2010, 110 min.)

This lush historical drama recounts the life of Ly Cong Uan, from his youth as a Buddhist disciple to his ascension to emperor of Vietnam in 1010.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 12, 2 p.m.