Films - August 2018

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Cantonese

German

Swedish


Czech

Hebrew


English

Japanese

French

Korean

 

Cantonese

I've Got the Blues

Directed by Angie Chen
(Hong Kong, 2017, 90 min.)

This documentary centers around artist Yank Wong. A complex man who resists definition, Wong is a painter, art director, set designer, writer, musician and photographer — a true renaissance man who expresses his creativity in multiple forms.

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

 

Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu

Directed by Lau Kar-leung
(Hong Kong, 1982, 109 min.)

This cult classic Shaw Brothers film will be accompanied by a live score blending hip-hop, soul, funk and more, mixed live by Shaolin Jazz cofounder DJ 2-Tone Jones. The result is a new soundtrack that accentuates specific scenes and fight sequences.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 3, 7 p.m.

 

The Secret

Directed by Ann Hui
(Hong Kong, 1979, 90 min.)

Ann Hui, who went on to become a monumental figure of Hong Kong cinema, skillfully utilized the dynamics of the Hollywood suspense genre to tell a decidedly local tale. The story takes off from a horrific crime inspired by a real-life incident, turning sensational headlines into a map of social and psychological currents (Cantonese and Mandarin).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 5, 2 p.m.

 

Czech

8 Heads of Madness
(8 hlav šílenství)

Directed by Marta Nováková
(Czech Republic, 2017, 107 min.)

The film follows the life of the talented Russian poet Anna Barkova (1906-76), who spent 22 years of her life in the Gulags. She survived thanks to the help of her poetry, hope for better days and passionate love for a woman named Valentina.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 8, 8 p.m.

English

BlacKkKlansman

Directed by Spike Lee
(U.S., 2018, 135 min.)

In the early 1970s, Ron Stallworth is the first African American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 10

 

Blindspotting

Directed by Carlos López Estrada
(U.S., 2018, 95 min.)

Lifelong friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about the intersection of race and class, set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Dark Money

Directed by Kimberly Reed
(U.S., 2018, 99 min.)

This political thriller examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana — a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide — to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

West End Cinema

 

Eighth Grade

Directed by Bo Burnham
(U.S., 2018, 93 min.)

A rare film that perfectly captures the awkwardness of adolescence, this poignant comedy focuses on 13-year-old Kayla as she endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence and makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Far from the Tree

Directed by Rachel Dretzin
(U.S., 2018, 93 min.)

This life-affirming documentary explores the difficulties and rewards of raising and being a child whose experience is vastly different from that of his or her parents, featuring families coping with the challenges presented by Down syndrome, dwarfism, autism and having a child in prison.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 3

 

Generation Wealth

Directed by Lauren Greenfield
(U.S., 2018, 106 min.)

Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield puts the pieces of her life's work together for in an incendiary investigation into the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Green Fog

Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson
(U.S., 2017, 63 min.)

Using Bay Area-based footage from hundreds of sources, the filmmakers exert the inexorable pull of Hitchcock's twisted tale of erotic obsession while paying tribute to San Francisco and the ways it looks and feels through the medium of cinema.

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.


Hochelaga, Land of Souls

Directed by Francois Girard
(Canada, 2017, 100 min.)

This mesmerizing time-travel drama spans eight centuries of layered indigenous, colonial and contemporary histories. Uncovering artifacts and clues to Montreal's extraordinary past, a young archaeologist of Mohawk heritage embarks on an incredible journey of discovery through the tangled history of his at-once-modern and ancient city (English, French, Mohawk and Algonquin).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m.

 

Juliet, Naked

Directed by Jesse Peretz
(U.S., 2018, 105 min.)

"Juliet, Naked" is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan's musical obsession.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Aug. 24

 

Love, Cecil

Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
(U.S., 2018, 98 min.)

Lisa Immordino Vreeland directs this documentary about Academy Award-winning costume designer Cecil Beaton, a respected photographer, artist and set designer who was best known for designing on award-winning films such as "Gigi" and "My Fair Lady."

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Directed by Ol Parker
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 114 min.)

Ten years after "Mamma Mia! The Movie," return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA, as Sophie learns about her mother's past while pregnant herself.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-U
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Mary Goes Round

Directed by Molly McGlynn
(Canada, 2017, 86 min.)

Thoughtful and self-assured, Mary is an intelligent and compassionate substance abuse counselor. The trouble is, she has a serious drinking problem that she struggles mightily to conceal.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 20, 6:45 p.m.

 

McQueen

Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui
(U.K., 2018, 111 min.)

"McQueen" is a personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite visuals and music, "McQueen" is an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 3

 

Meditation Park

Directed by Mina Shum
(Canada, 2017, 94 min.)

An Asian-Canadian grandmother arrives at her own declaration of personal independence after discovering that her longstanding husband may not be as worthy of her reverential treatment as she once believed.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m.

 

Metric: Dreams So Real

Directed by T. Edward Martin
(Canada, 2017, 110 min.)

In 2016, Canadian rock group Metric traversed the globe on the most significant tour of their career. This feature-length concert documentary captures their last live show in Vancouver, British Columbia, the culmination of a year's work on the part of the band and their dedicated crew.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 24, 7:20 p.m.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Directed by Casey Wilder Mott
(U.S., 2018, 104 min.)

One of Shakespeare's most beloved creations is the frolicking tale of lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics and mischievous woodland spirits. This production is a fresh and stylish reinvention set in present-day Hollywood, making great use of the locations.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 17

 

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
(U.S., 2018, 147 min.)

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission has gone wrong (English and French).

Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Nico, 1988

Directed by Susanna Nicciarelli
(Italy/Belgium, 2018, 93 min.)

Approaching 50, Nico leads a solitary, low-key existence in Manchester, far from her 1960s glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for cult band The Velvet Underground. Her career seems over, but her new manager gives Nico some needed drive to hit the road again to tour Europe, although she continues to struggle with addiction and personal demons.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 31

 

Puzzle

Directed by Marc Turtletaub
(U.S., 2018, 103 min.)

Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Aug. 3

 

RBG

Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West
(U.S., 2018, 97 min.)

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Serpent's Egg

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(U.S./W. Germany, 1977, 119 min.)

Ingmar Bergman's second English-language production follows a week in the life of Abel, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I. When his brother Max commits suicide, Abel seeks refuge in the apartment of professor Vergérus, an old acquaintance (English and German).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 25, 11 a.m.,
Wed., Aug. 29, 7:05 p.m.

 

Three Identical Strangers

Directed by Tim Wardle
(U.K., 2018, 96 min.)

New York, 1980: Three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Touch

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(U.S./Sweden, 1971, 115 min.)

Ingmar Bergman's first English-language feature focuses on Karin, a Swedish housewife trapped in a stable but somewhat unsatisfying marriage to a small-town surgeon. When a lively, engaging Jewish-American archaeologist enters the picture, Karin gives in to her attraction and begins an affair. But Karin's new relationship turns out to be less fulfilling than she had hoped.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Aug. 15, 7:15 p.m.

 

Venus

Directed by Eisha Marjara
(Canada, 2017, 95 min.)

At once hilarious and serious, smart and sassy, this lively gender-shifting comedy is the witty tale of Sid, a transitioning woman whose life takes a surprising turn when a 14-year-old boy named Ralph arrives at her door with the surprising announcement that he is her son.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 27, 7:05 p.m.


The Wife

Directed by Björn Runge
(Sweden/U.S./U.K., 2018, 100 min.)

A wife (Glenn Close) questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Aug. 24

 

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Directed by Morgan Neville
(U.S., 2018, 94 min.)

For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life's weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

French

All You Can Eat Buddha

Directed by Ian Lagarde
(Canada/Cuba, 2017, 85 min.)

At the Palacio, a rather forlorn, all-inclusive resort somewhere in the Caribbean, there arrives an unusual guest, a gentle French-Canadian behemoth named Mike. His voracious appetite, mysterious magnetism and otherworldly talents combine to attract resort staff and tourists alike.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 13, 9:15 p.m.

 

Between Sweet and Salt Water
(Entre la mer et l'eau douce)

Directed by Michel Brault
(Canada, 1967, 85 min.)

Francophone country boy and aspiring folk singer Claude leaves his small fishing and logging village, and his girlfriend, to try his luck in the big city of Montreal. Initially moving from job to job, Claude eventually becomes a successful musician. But when he decides to return home after a failed romance and his burgeoning fame leave him disillusioned, he arrives back only to realize too late the value of what he left behind.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 13, 7:15 p.m.

 

Custody

Directed by Xavier Legrand
(France, 2018, 93 min.)

This tense domestic thriller will keep audiences guessing and leave them with their hearts in their throats. It begins quietly at a judicial hearing to decide custody of 11-year-old Julien living with his divorced mother Miriam. His father Antoine claims he loves his son and just wants to keep in touch; Miriam says he is violent. Fatefully, the family law judge awards Antoine weekend visiting rights, but Antoine has not given up on his marriage and immediately begins to manipulate Julien to try to reach Miriam.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 3

German

The Captain

Directed by Robert Schwentke
(Germany/Poland/Portugal/France, 2018, 118 min.)

In the chaotic final few weeks of the Second World War, young German soldier Willi Herold, a lowly enlisted man, deserts, desperately trying to survive. Stumbling on an abandoned military vehicle, he finds a captain's uniform and puts it on, and is transformed by its allure and power. A parade of fresh atrocities follows in the self-declared captain's wake, serving as a reminder of the dire consequences of social conformity and untrammeled political power.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 10

 

Hebrew

The Cakemaker

Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer
(Israel/Germany, 2017, 104 min.)

Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover's widow, who owns a small café. Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction (Hebrew, German and English).

West End Cinema


Japanese

An Actor's Revenge

Directed by Kon Ichikawa
(Japan, 1963, 113 min.)

Set in the cloistered world of 19th-century kabuki theater, this film charts a female impersonator's attempts to avenge his parents, who were driven to suicide by three corrupt men.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., Aug. 1, 2 p.m.


Korean

The Age of Shadows
(Mil-jeong)

Directed by Jee-woon Kim
(South Korea, 2016, 140 min.)

Set in the late 1920s, a cat-and-mouse game unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them.

Korean Cultural Center

Swedish

Autumn Sonata
(Höstsonaten)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1978, 93 min.)

In a long-planned collaboration, Ingrid Bergman returned to Swedish cinema after 40 years for her last feature film role, a concert pianist returning home to an anguished reunion with neglected daughter Liv Ullmann.

AFI Silver Theatre
Aug. 24 to 28

 

Cries and Whispers
(Viskningar och rop)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1972, 91 min.)

Amid the blood-red backgrounds of a turn-of-the-century mansion, Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Thulin keep a death-watch over spinster sister Harriet Andersson. Flashbacks tell of disappointed lives, meaningless marriages and sisterly conflicts.

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Aug. 14, 7:20 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 16, 7:20 p.m.

 

Dreams

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1955, 88 min.)

Set in Gothenburg where the famous wooden roller coaster of Liseberg Park provides an emblematic backdrop, "Dreams" spans 24 hours in the lives of two women (a fashion mogul and model) at different points in their relationships with men.

National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 12, 4 p.m.

 

Ego

Directed by Lisa James Larsson
(Sweden, 2013, 100 min.)

For 25-year-old Sebastian, life is all about partying, one-night stands and satisfying his enormous ego. When things are at their best Sebastian suddenly loses his eyesight in an accident forcing him to re-examine what actually matters to him and what's just superficial.

Embassy of Sweden
Sun., Aug. 12, 3 p.m.

 

Face to Face

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden/U.S., 1976, 176 min.)

Liv Ullmann gives a gut-wrenching performance as Dr. Jenny Isaksson, a psychiatrist on the verge of a breakdown while staying with her grandparents and awaiting the construction of a new house.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 18, 3:45 p.m.

 

From the Life of the Marionettes

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(W. Germany/Sweden, 1981, 104 min.)

Made during his self-imposed exile in Germany, Ingmar Bergman offers a lacerating portrait of a troubled marriage as an unhappily married businessman nurses fantasies of murdering his wife, until a prostitute becomes his surrogate prey.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 26, 7:05 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 30, 7:05 p.m.

 

Hour of the Wolf

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1968, 90 min.)

Holed up together in a tiny cabin on a remote island, sensitive artist Max von Sydow recounts stories from his past to pregnant wife Liv Ullman. As the stories become increasingly lurid, Ullmann begins to wonder if these are real memories or nightmares.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 8, 9:30 p.m.

 

A Lesson in Love
(En lection I karlek)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1954, 96 min.)

After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a young patient of his and Marianne has got herself involved with her former lover, who was once David's best friend

National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 4, 4 p.m.

 

The Magic Flute
(Trollflöjten)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1975, 135 min.)

Considered by many the greatest film version of an opera, Ingmar Bergman pays loving tribute to Mozart's exquisite work, while adding some Bergmanesque touches.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 19, 12:30 p.m.

 

The Magician
(Ansiktet)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1958, 101 min.)

When Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler's prior performances abroad, the leading townspeople request that their troupe provide them with a sample of their act.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 18, 3:30 p.m.

 

The Passion of Anna
(En passion)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1969, 101 min.)

On the island of Fårö, reclusive Max von Sydow becomes involved with high-strung widow Liv Ullmann and cynical couple Bibi Andersson and Erland Josephson, and the foursome trade barbs and innuendos at a drunken dinner party.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 5, 4:20 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 7, 9 p.m.

 

The Rite
(Riten)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1969, 72 min.)

When actors are brought in for questioning on an obscenity charge, a magistrate subjects them to group and individual interrogations. As a response, the troupe performs their "act" for him, with mortal results.

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

 

Scenes from a Marriage Part 1

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1973, 300 min.)

When Erland Josephson suddenly leaves his wife Liv Ullmann for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage. This film, shot in intense, intimate close-ups, chronicles the 10 years of turmoil and love that bind the couple despite their divorce and subsequent marriages.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 11, 2:30 p.m.

 

Scenes from a Marriage Part 2

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1973, 300 min.)

When Erland Josephson suddenly leaves his wife Liv Ullmann for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage. This film, shot in intense, intimate close-ups, chronicles the 10 years of turmoil and love that bind the couple despite their divorce and subsequent marriages.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 12, 2:30 p.m.

 

Sawdust and Tinsel
(Gycklarnas afton)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1953, 96 min.)

As an itinerant circus rolls through the countryside in turn-of-the-century Sweden, a coach driver recounts to owner Albert a tale of lurid humiliation from long ago involving Frost the clown, who must retrieve his naked wife before a crowd of leering, jeering soldiers. Later Albert finds himself reliving the episode within his own circus ring.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 4, 2 p.m.

 

Shame
(Skammen)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1968, 103 min.)

Ingmar Bergman's existential study of life during wartime begins like a chamber drama, with husband-and-wife classical musicians Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann ensconced in a country farmhouse, quietly waiting out the far-off events of an unnamed war. But then the war comes to them, changing everything around them, inside them and between them.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 4, 4:45 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 8, 7:20 p.m.

 

Smiles of a Summer Night
(Sommarnattens leende)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1955, 110 min.)

In Sweden at the turn of the century, members of the upper class and their servants find themselves in a romantic tangle that they try to work out amidst jealousy and heartbreak.

National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 19, 4 p.m.

 

Summer with Monika
(Sommaren med Monika)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1953, 96 min.)

The sensual, young, and freethinking Monika escapes with her new lover to the Swedish Archipelago, where the two spend the summer in a fragile idyll that eventually ends in loss of innocence and painful resignation.

National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 5, 4 p.m.

 

Young Sophie Bell
(Unga Sophie Bell)

Directed by Amanda Adolfsson
(Sweden, 2015, 80 min.)

After high-school graduation, life is finally going to begin for real. At least that's how best friends Sophie and Alice feel about the upcoming move to Berlin. But their plans are crushed when Alice disappears in Berlin under murky circumstances.

Embassy of Sweden
Sun., Aug. 26, 3 p.m.

Last Edited on July 31, 2018

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