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Films – August 2015












Directed by Heiward Mak

(Hong Kong/China, 2012, 101 min.)

Set in the Hong Kong pop music world, “Diva” stars real-life pop star Joey Yung as a singer who loses her voice in the midst of a concert. While she lays low on the mainland, striking up a relationship with a blind masseur, her fast-talking manager casts his eye on a talented young singer to take her place (Cantonese and Mandarin; director in person).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 16, 3 p.m.


Full Throttle

(Lie huo zhan che)

Directed by Derek Yee

(Hong Kong, 1995, 108 min.)

This fast-paced action movie stars Andy Lau as Joe, who rides his motorcycle in illegal street races. Joe befriends a professional racer sponsored by his estranged father, which spurs a familial rivalry with high-speed stakes.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 2, 2 p.m.


Gangster Payday

(Da cha fan)

Directed by Lee Po-cheung

(Hong Kong, 2014, 97 min.)

Anthony Wong gives a terrific performance as an aging mob boss who helps a feisty young restaurateur stand up to greedy property developers.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Aug. 7, 7 p.m.


The Long Arm of the Law

Directed by Johnny Mak

(Hong Kong, 1984, 100 min.)

Presented in a rare 35mm print, Johnny Mak’s directorial debut is a seminal film that established the Hong Kong gangster movie genre. Lam Wai plays Tung, the leader of a gang of former soldiers living on the edge of poverty in mainland China who hatch a plot to rob a Hong Kong jewelry store and return to China with their spoils.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 9, 2 p.m.




Directed by Ondrej Sokol

(Czech Republic, 2014, 119 min.)

Childhood friends Michal and Adam return after 20 years to their rural hometown to investigate the mysterious death of Michal’s mother in this dark Czech comedy.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Aug. 12, 8 p.m.



Directed by Anatole Litvak
(U.S., 1956, 105 min.)

In 1920s Paris, a suicidal amnesiac, Anna is saved from drowning by exiled White Russian General Bounine. Noting Anna’s resemblance to the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna — rumored to have escaped her family’s execution and fled Russia — Bounine and his cohorts coach Anna/Anastasia into believing she is in fact the missing heir.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 23, 12:45 p.m.

Best of Enemies

Directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
(U.S., 2015, 88 min.)

This documentary delves into the legendary series of nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 7

Dark Places

Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner
(France/U.K./U.S., 2015, 113 min.)

Libby Day was only 7 years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Twenty-five years later, she agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., Aug. 7


Directed by Paul Weitz
(U.S., 2015, 79 min.)

Self-described misanthrope Elle has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up needing help. The two of them go on a daylong journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 28

Hitman: Agent 47

Directed by Aleksander Bach
(U.S./Germany, 2015, 108 min.)

A genetically engineered assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.

Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Aug. 21

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Directed by Steven Spielberg
(U.S., 1984, 118 min.)

After a bravura action sequence that begins in a Shanghai nightclub that sees him jumping out of a plane over the Himalayas, archeologist Indiana Jones ends up confronting an Indian death cult that has enslaved village children.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 14, 9:30 p.m.

Joan of Arc

Directed by Victor Fleming
(U.S., 1948, 145 min.)

Ingrid Bergman brings a fiery conviction to her portrayal of the Maid of Orleans.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 29, 1:20 p.m.

Journey to Italy

(Viaggio in Italia)

Directed by Roberto Rossellini
(Italy/France, 1954, 97 min.)

British couple Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders see their already strained marriage come undone by mutual recriminations on a trip to Naples, but after threatening each other with divorce and separating for most of the trip, the two are surprised to find their union rekindled and their spirits moved by a visit to the ruins of Pompeii.

AFI Silver Theatre
Aug. 15 to 19

Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet

Directed by Roger Allers
(U.S./France/Canada/Lebanon/Qatar, 2014, 84 min.)

Celebrated Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran’s timeless verses, among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, have been given enchanting new form in this painterly animated cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 21

A LEGO Brickumentary

Directed by Klef Davidson and Daniel Junge
(U.S./Denmark, 2014, 92 min.)

This documentary looks at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys, asking the fundamental question: Is it a toy or something more?

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Pop-Up

Listen to Me Marlon

Directed by Stevan Riley
(U.K., 2015, 95 min.)

With exclusive access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive including hundreds of hours of audio recorded over the course of his life, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 14

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Directed by Guy Ritchie
(U.S., 2015, 116 min.)

In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Aug. 14


Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
(India/U.S., 2015, 87 min.)

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., Aug. 28

Midnight in Paris

Directed by Woody Allen
(Spain/U.S./France, 2011, 94 min.)

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Fri., Aug. 7, midnight

No Escape

Directed by John Erick Dowdle
(U.S., 2015, 103 min.)

In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.

Theater TBA
Opens Wed., Aug. 26


Directed by Christian Petzold
(Germany/Poland, 2015, 98 min.)

A disfigured concentration-camp survivor, unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis (English and German).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 7

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Directed by Steven Spielberg
(U.S., 1981, 115 min.)

This a rip-roaring, action-packed yarn breathlessly careens from steamy South American jungle to snowy Nepalese mountaintop to dusty Egyptian desert — with the intrepid and wily adventurer/archaeologist Indiana Jones battling ruthless Nazis to be the first to discover an ancient and possibly magical relic.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
(U.K./France, 2015, 85 min.)

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Theater TBA
Opens Wed., Aug. 5


Directed by Roberto Rossellini
(Italy/U.S., 1950, 107 min.)

In Roberto Rossellini’s neorealist classic, Ingrid Bergman plays a refugee and war bride who made a hasty marriage with an Italian POW to escape from a hellish internment camp [in English and Italian; screens with “Bergman and Magnani: The War of the Volcanoes (La Guerra dei vulcani)” (Italy, 2012, 52 min.)].

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 8, 3 p.m.

That Sugar Food

Directed by Damon Gameau
(Australia, 2015, 90 min.)

In one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar, Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as “healthy.”

Angelika Pop-Up

Three Kings

Directed by David O’Russell
(U.S., 1999, 114 min.)

Spring of 1991: Having removed a treasure map from an Iraqi POW in Kuwait, a motley crew of Army personnel use the momentary disruption of Saddam Hussein’s authority to breeze into Iraq and collect a secret stash of gold bullion.

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Aug. 18, 7 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 20, 9:20 p.m.


Directed by Juan José Campanella
(Spain/Argentina, 2015, 102 min.)

A young man named Amadeo sets off on an unexpected adventure with the players of his beloved Foosball game in this animated film.

Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Aug. 14

We Are Your Friends

Directed by Max Joseph
(U.K./France/U.S., 2015)

An aspiring DJ looks to make it in the electronic music scene.

Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Aug. 28

We Come as Friends

Directed by Hubert Sauper
(France/Austria, 2015, 110 min.)

At the moment when Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old “civilizing” ideology re-emerges — one of colonialism and a clash of empires — with new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources (English, Chinese and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
Opens Fri., Aug. 21


Directed by John Boorman
(Ireland, 1974, 105 min.)

In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity’s achievements (English, Italian, Swedish, Latin, German and French).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Fri., Aug. 14, midnight



Elena and Her Men aka Paris Does Strange Things

(Elena et les hommes)

Directed by Jean Renoir

(Italy/France, 1956, 98 min.)

In fin de siècle Paris, penniless Polish princess Elena Sokorowska makes a good marriage with the Count Henri de Chevincourt (Mel Ferrer), but continues to follow where her passion leads her, in this case dashing, ambitious General François Rollan.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 22, 3 p.m.


Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor

Directed by Thomas Lilti

(France, 2015, 102 min.)

A baby-faced intern begins work at a busy Parisian hospital, confronted with his own limits and fears, as well as those of his patients and fellow staff.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 7


Tom at the Farm

(Tom à la ferme)

Directed by Xavier Dolan

(Canada/France, 2015, 102 min.)

A grieving man meets his lover’s family, who were not aware of their son’s sexual orientation.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Aug. 14



Coming In

Directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner

(Germany, 2014, 104 min.)

When notoriously hip celebrity hair dresser Tom Herzner plans his first hair-product line, he is forced to work incognito at a hair salon-cum-barber-shop somewhere in an edgy Berlin neighborhood run by the sassy, gut-honest Heidi, with whom he falls in love. But there’s one problem: Tom is gay.


Mon., Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m.


Fack ju Göhte

Directed by Bora Dagtekin

(Germany, 2013, 118 min.)

Set against the smugness in German teachers’ lounges, “Fack ju Göhte” tells the story of swamped teachers and disturbed pupils, adding spice to this school comedy with crude dialogue.


Mon., Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m.



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

An optometrist confronts the men who killed his brother during Indonesia’s anti-communist purge and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Le Amiche

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

(Italy, 1955, 100 min.)

Returning to her native Turin to open a salon on the heels of her big Roman success, fashion stylist Eleonora Rossi Drago painfully tries to bond with the local au courant crowd.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 9, 4p.m.


Il Bidone

Directed by Federico Fellini

(Italy/France, 1955, 104 min.)

A trio of con artists subsists by playing tricks on the gullible poor, disguising themselves to fit the mood of each put-up escapade.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 23, 4 p.m.


The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

(L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo)

Directed by Dario Argento

(Italy/W. Germany, 1970, 96 min.)

An American writer in Rome witnesses an attack inside an art gallery while he’s trapped in a glass foyer, recounting the lurid incident over and over inside his head until, after other events ensue, his recollection of the original crime is called into question.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 30, 4 p.m.


The Days Are Numbered

(I giorni contati)

Directed by Elio Petri

(Italy, 1962, 100 min.)

An aging tradesman observes a man his own age keel over on a Roman tram, an event that awakens a sense that he needs to change his life in this modernist take on a working-class life in crisis.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 16, 4 p.m.


Days of Glory

(Giorni di gloria)

Multiple directors

(Italy/Switzerland, 1945, 71 min.)

The first documentary on the German occupation of Rome and Italian resistance in the waning years of World War II was shot over two years covering the trial of Fascist police chief Pietro Caruso, who organized the Ardeatine massacre of 300 Italian prisoners as reprisal for a partisan attack.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Aug. 15, 1 p.m.


Europe ’51 aka The Greatest Love

(Europea ’51)

Directed by Roberto Rossellini

(Italy, 1952, 113 min.)

George and Irene Girard are a wealthy couple in post-WWII Rome, caught up in the family’s industrial business and society life. But after they lose their neglected son to suicide, Irene begins to take an interest in those less fortunate than her, and devotes herself to charitable work.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 9, 4 p.m.


Fear aka Angst

[Non credo più all’amore (La paura)]

Directed by Roberto Rossellini

(W. Germany/Italy, 1954, 84 min.)

Married scientists Irene and Albert have two beautiful children and work together at a top research lab. But Irene has been discreetly conducting an affair with Erich (Italian and German).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 15, 1 p.m.,

Tue., Aug. 18, 5:10 p.m.


The Fiancés

(I fidanzati)

Directed by Ermanno Olmi

(Italy, 1963, 77 min.)

Poor Milanese lovers Giovanni and Liliana have been engaged for years but lack the financial means to marry. When Giovanni, a welder, leaves for Sicily and better pay, their separation only strengthens the relationship.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Aug. 8, 4 p.m.


The Leopard

(Il Gattopardo)

Directed by Luchino Visconti

(Italy/France, 1963, 187 min.)

The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860s Sicily (Italian, Latin and French).

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Aug. 29, 2 p.m.


Roma Ore 11

Directed by Giuseppe de Santis

(Italy/France, 1952, 104 min.)

A freak accident prompted the idea for “Rome 11:00,” a neorealist tale of five women among hundreds of hopefuls applying for a low-paying secretarial job in postwar Rome.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Aug. 22, 2:30 p.m.


Totò Diabolicus

Directed by Steno

(Italy, 1962, 92 min.)

In this 1960s parody of a giallo crime thriller, legendary comic actor Totò plays five siblings: the murder victim, his dowager sister, and his two brothers.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Aug. 8, 2 p.m.


Violent Summer

(Estate violenta)

Directed by Valerio Zurlini

(Italy/France, 1959, 98 min.)

In the summer 1943, the war is not going well, but the wellheeled sons and daughters of the privileged romp around the Adriatic coast as if nothing were wrong.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Aug. 15, 3 p.m.