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Films - July 2019

 

Languages

Arabic

French

Japanese

Vietnamese


Cantonese

German

Mandarin

Wolof


English

Hebrew

Polish

Farsi

Italian

Russian

Arabic

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Directed by Muaya Alayan
(Palestine/Germany/Netherlands, 2019, 127 min.)

Sarah, an Israeli café owner living in West Jerusalem, and Saleem, her Palestinian bread vendor and deliveryman who lives in East Jerusalem, have a clandestine affair. But their tryst takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time, leaving them to deal with more than their broken marriages (Arabic, Hebrew and English).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., July 12

 

Cantonese

Integrity

Directed by Alan Mak
(Hong Kong, 2019, 114 min.)

Sean Lau stars as King, chief investigator for Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption. When two important witnesses fail to appear in a court case he is leading, his search leads him deeper and deeper into a web of cryptocurrency, high-stakes tobacco smuggling, and a vast network of corruption that even reaches back to his own childhood.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 26, 7 p.m.

 

Men on the Dragon

Directed by Sunny Chan
(Hong Kong, 2018, 92 min.)

In this feel-good indie hit, four corporate employees join the company's dragon boat racing team to avoid falling victim to a round of layoffs, only to find that becoming middle-age athletes improves their troubled personal lives as well.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 28, 2 p.m.

 

Still Human

Directed by Oliver Siu Kuen Chan
(Hong Kong, 2019, 111 min.)

This moving dramedy about a grumpy wheelchair-bound pensioner and the live-in maid hired to take care of him touches on a number of important issues, from the precarious financial situation of many of Hong Kong's elderly residents, to the prejudice faced by the city's scores of Filipino guest workers.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 19, 7 p.m.

 

English

All Is True

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
(U.K., 2019, 101 min.)

The year is 1613 and William Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Directed by Pamela B. Green
(U.S., 2018, 103 min.)

Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning — in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché's career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1,000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green's energetic film is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation (English and French).

The Avalon Theatre
Wed. July 17, 8 p.m.

 

The Biggest Little Farm

Directed by John Chester
(U.S., 2018, 91 min.)

This documentary chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester's unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Booksmart

Directed by Olivia Wilde
(U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

The Dead Don't Die

Directed by Jim Jarmusch
(Sweden/U.S., 2019, 104 min.)

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Farewell

Directed by Lulu Wang
(U.S., 2019, 98 min.)

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., July 19

 

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Directed by Joe Talbot
(U.S., 2019, 121 min.)

Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Late Night

Directed by Nisha Ganatra

(U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she's accused of being a "woman who hates women," she puts affirmative action in action and presto, Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine's all-male writers' room.

The Avalon Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Maiden

Directed by Alex Holmes
(U.K., 2019, 97 min.)

This is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy's inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 5

 

Midsommar

Directed by Ari Aster
(U.S., 2019, 140)

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. But what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Opens Thu., July 3

 

Pavarotti

Directed by Ron Howard
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 114 min.)

This riveting documentary that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people.

West End Cinema

 

The Quiet One

Directed by Oliver Murray
(U.K., 2019, 98 min.)

Throughout his three-decade career as a founding member of and bassist for The Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman was known to the world as the "quiet one" in the band. Now at long last, the famously private music legend speaks out about his extraordinary life and experiences as part of "the greatest rock and roll band in the world."

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 5

 

Rocketman

Directed by Dexter Fletcher
(U.K/U.S., 2019, 121 min.)

This musical fantasy follows the journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Souvenir

Directed by Joanna Hogg
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 119 min.)

A shy but ambitious film student begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.

West End Cinema

 

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Directed by Jon Watts
(U.S., 2019, 129 min.)

Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Opens Tue., July 2

 

The Spy Behind Home Plate

Directed by Aviva Kempner
(U.S., 2019, 101 min.)

A major league catcher for 15 years during baseball's Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s, Morris "Moe" Berg was known as the "brainiest guy in baseball," speaking numerous languages and earning a law degree while playing professional ball. But very few people know that Berg also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), spying in Europe and playing a vital role in America's efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during World War II.

The Avalon Theatre
West End Cinema

 

Tony Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
(U.S., 2019, 119 min.)

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

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

 

Wild Rose

Directed by Tom Harper
(U.K., 2019, 100 min.)

Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of prison and reunited with her son and daughter, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville.

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

 

Yesterday

Directed by Danny Boyle
(U.K., 2019, 116 min.)

Jack, a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town, finds his dreams of fame rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack's fame explodes, but he risks losing Ellie in the process.

The Avalon Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Farsi

Brick and Mirror

Directed by Ebrahim Golestan
(Iran, 1964, 126 min.)

Iranian cinema's first true modern masterpiece, "Brick and Mirror" explores fear and responsibility in the aftermath of the 1953 coup d'état. With its title alluding to a poem by Attar, Ebrahim Golestan's first feature mixes dream and reality, responding to the changing climate of Iranian society, the failure of intellectuals and corruption in all walks of life.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 6, 12 p.m.,
Mon., July 8, 7 p.m.

 

French

Contempt

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France/Italy, 1963, 103 min.)

One of Jean-Luc Godard's greatest and most glorious films features French screenwriter Michel Piccoli who signs on to write an adaptation of Homer's "Odyssey" for crass American producer Jack Palance, to be directed by legendary German director Fritz Lang (playing himself). But with every concession and deferral Piccoli makes to the overbearing American, his wife Brigitte Bardot loses a little more respect for him.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 6, 2:30 p.m.,
Sun., July 7, 2:30 p.m.

 

Non-Fiction

Directed by Olivier Assayas
(France, 2019, 108 min.)

Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, "Non-Fiction" traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs — including a passionate fling with an actress (Juliette Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor — as fodder for his explosive new novel.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Le Sauvage aka Lovers Like Us

Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau
(France, 1975, 91 min.)

When Nelly (Catherine Deneuve) gets cold feet about marrying Vittorio (Luigi Vannucchi), and then can't collect on a debt owed to her by former employer, she steals a valuable painting and hides out on the secluded island of semi-hermit Frenchman Martin (Yves Montand) in Caracas, Venezuela. Further hijinks ensue in this fast-paced comic romp.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 14, 7 p.m.,
Tue., July 16, 7:10 p.m.

 

German

Three Peaks

Directed by Jan. Zabeil
(Italy/Germany, 2019, 94 min.)

On a seemingly idyllic summer vacation in the spectacular Italian Dolomites, a man courts the acceptance of his girlfriend's young son, trying to bond as a new family. But fatherhood, suspicion and resentment are a combustible formula in this tightly wound family drama turned harrowing survival thriller (German, French and English).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., July 26

 

Hebrew

Redemption

Directed by Yossi Madmoni and Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov
(Israel, 2018, 104 min.)

A former frontman for a rock band is now a religious a father to a 6-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments, so he reunites his band for one last tour.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., July 24, 8 p.m.

 

Italian

Rocco and His Brothers

Directed by Luchino Visconti
(Italy, 1960, 177 min.)

Looking for opportunity, five brothers move north with their mother to Milan. There, Simone and Rocco find fame in the boxing ring, and love in the same woman — Nadia. Jealousy mounts, blood is shed and a striving family faces self-destruction in this incisive, sensuous, emotionally bruising masterwork.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 5, 1 p.m.,
Tue., July 9, 7:15 p.m.

 

Japanese

Early Summer

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(Japan, 1951, 125 min.)

The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. Noriko impulsively chooses her childhood friend, at once fulfilling her family's desires and tearing them apart.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., July 3, 2 p.m.

 

Mandarin

The Thousand Faces of Dunjia

Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
(China, 2017, 113 min.)

This big-screen extravaganza — loaded with all the over-the-top CGI effects, goofy humor and spectacular fight scenes — stars pop singer Aarif Rahman and is set in a mythical version of ancient China, where a clan of supernatural heroes battles shape-shifting aliens to retrieve a magical orb that will restore peace to the kingdom.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 21, 2 p.m.

 

Polish

Warsaw 44

Directed by Jan Komasa
(Poland, 2014, 130 min.)

We meet the film's main characters — Stefan, Biedronka and Kama — shortly before fighting breaks out in the summer of 1944 during the Warsaw Uprising. Young Poles see their involvement in the underground movement as both patriotic duty and adventure under the brutal Nazi German occupation. They witness not only sacrifice and heroism, but also cruelty, betrayal and murder — as history teaches them a bloody and brutal lesson in growing up (Polish and German).

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., July 31, 8 p.m.

 

Russian

Underground

Directed by Emir Kusturica
(Yugoslavia/France/Germany/Bulgaria/Czech Republic/Hungary/U.K./U.S., 1995, 170 min.)

In this sprawling, tragicomic, satirical epic that chronicles a parallel "underground" history of Yugoslavia, from World War II to the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, ne'er-do-well friends Blacky and Marko are separated by war and the ensuing communist era in the most outrageous of ways: Marko becomes a high-ranking official under Tito, while Blacky and a group of partisans hide below ground in a secret cellar, where they spend the next 20 years (in Russia, English, Serbian, German and French).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., July 15, 7:30 p.m.,
Wed., July 17, 7:30 p.m.

 

Vietnamese

The Third Wife

Directed by Ash Mayfair
(Vietnam, 2019, 96 min.)

In late 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage and becomes the third wife to her older husband, wealthy landowner Hung. A lowly newcomer in the insular household, she soon learns she will only gain status if she can produce a male child. Finding herself pregnant, she awaits the birth, but her path towards security is fraught with danger when May starts to feel a forbidden attraction for the second wife.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Wolof

Hyenas

Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
(Senegal/France/Switzerland/U.K., 1992, 110 min.)

A now-rich woman returns to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, "Hyenas" is a film of sinister, mocking laughter and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by Western materialism (Wolof, French and Japanese).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., July 1, 7:10 p.m.,
Tue., July 2, 9 p.m