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Films - August 2019

 

Languages

Arabic

French

Japanese


Cantonese

German

Russian


Czech

Hebrew

English

Italian

Arabic

Tel Aviv on Fire

Directed by Sameh Zoabi
(Luxembourg/Belgium/Israel/France, 2019, 100 min.)

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise — until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. (Arabic and Hebrew).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 9

 

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).

West End Cinema

 

Cantonese

Full Contact

Directed by Ringo Lam
(Hong Kong, 1992, 104 min.)

Last year, Hong Kong lost one of its true cinematic pioneers. Ringo Lam was among the leaders of a freakishly talented generation of filmmakers that turned Hong Kong into an international cinema powerhouse through high-octane, action-packed gangster movies. We pay tribute to him by showing his ferociously over-the-top "Full Contact," in which Chow Yun Fat stars a criminal with a conscience who seeks vengeance on the gay libertine gangster who double-crossed him and left him for dead (Cantonese and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 16, 7 p.m.

 

The Leakers

Directed by Herman Yau
(Hong Kong/Malaysia, 2018, 103 min.)

When a contagious and deadly virus suddenly strikes Malaysia, a Hong Kong journalist is tipped off by a colleague that its release may not be accidental. That touches off an investigation that entangles journalists, cops, a corrupt pharmaceutical company run by a wealthy, feuding family and an international hacking group with shadowy motives (Cantonese, English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin).

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 9, 7 p.m.

 

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
(Hong Kong/China, 2018, 107 min.)

"Master Z: Ip Man Legacy" is a spin-off of the popular franchise about the life of Bruce Lee's famous martial arts teacher. Max Zhang stars as a former challenger to Ip Man, who now lives a peaceful life as a single father running a store — until he runs afoul of local criminals and has to defend his turf from opium den proprietress (Cantonese and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 11, 2 p.m.

 

Police Story

Directed by Jackie Chan
(Hong Kong, 1985, 100 min.)

The jaw-dropping set pieces fly fast and furious in Jackie Chan's breathtakingly inventive martial-arts comedy, in which the director/star/one-man stunt machine plays a Hong Kong police inspector who goes rogue to bring down a drug kingpin and protect the case's star witness from retribution (Cantonese and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.

 

Project Gutenberg

Directed by Felix Chong
(Hong Kong/China, 2018, 130 min.)

The winner of no less than seven Hong Kong Film Awards, this thriller follows the exploits of a gang of counterfeiters. The legendary Chow Yun-fat returns, with obvious enjoyment, to his smooth criminal roots as the suave, dapper and elusive head of the gang. He is being pursued by the Hong Kong police with the help of convicted counterfeiter, who has been extradited from Thailand to help them—but is his testimony reliable? (Cantonese and Mandarin).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 4, 2 p.m.

 

Czech

The Hastrman

Directed by Ondrej Havelka
(Czech Republic, 2018, 100 min.)

At the beginning of the 19th century, after years abroad, a mysterious nobleman returns to his deteriorating ancestral home in a small Bohemian village to revitalize his family's property. Despite looking human, his obsessive affinity for water shows he has a hidden side. In this romantic fantasy, a new love brings the Hastrman unexpected happiness and an agonizing dilemma: whether to remain a wild creature or cross the boundaries and get closer to becoming human.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 14, 8 p.m.

 

English

After the Wedding

Directed by Bart Freundlich
(U.S., 2019, 110 min.)

A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 16

 

Blinded by Light

Directed by Gurinder Chadha
(U.K., 2019, 117 min.)

In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 16

 

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Directed by Mads Brügger
(Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium, 2019, 128 min.)

In 1961, U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed in what was then Northern Rhodesia, killing Hammarskjöld and 15 others. Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a crime far worse than killing the secretary-general of the United Nations (English, French, Swedish, Bemba and Danish).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 23

 

The Farewell

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

Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi reluctantly returns home to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai-Nai herself. As Billi navigates family expectations, she finds a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother's wondrous spirit and ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Directed by David Leitch
(U.S./U.K., 2019, 135 min.)

Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 2

 

A Hard Day's Night

Directed by Richard Lester
(U.K., 1964, 87 min.)

In the band's screen debut, the Beatles's abundant charisma and American director Richard Lester's effervescent style — a by-now much-imitated amalgam of TV commercial-honed technique, French New Wave style and documentary-like immediacy — won over middle-aged film critics and the public alike, helping to dispel any lingering suspicions of the Fab Four's passing faddishness.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 2, 7:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 3, 2:45 p.m.

 

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.

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
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Lion King

Directed by Jon Favreau
(U.S., 2019, 118 min.)

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Love, Antosha

Directed by Garret Price
(U.S., 2019)

This heartfelt documentary portrays the brief but rich life of Anton Yelchin. Best known for his role as Chekov in the rebooted "Star Trek" films, he had an amazingly prolific career in movies and television, while dealing with a dangerous health condition he concealed.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 30

 

Luce

Directed by Julius Onah
(U.S., 2019, 109 min.)

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 9

 

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.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

 

The Manchurian Candidate

Directed by John Frankenheimer
(U.S., 1962, 126 min.)

John Frankenheimer's renowned take on McCarthyism and Cold War fanaticism stars Laurence Harvey as a U.S. soldier abducted during the Korean War. In Manchuria, a communist cell brainwashes him before returning him to the U.S. to serve as an unwitting political assassin.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 4, 9:20 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 8, 9:30 p.m.

 

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Directed by Nick Broomfield
(U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

This film takes an in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen (English and Norwegian).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

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.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Mike Wallace Is Here

Directed by Avi Belkin
(U.S., 2019, 90 min.)

"Mike Wallace Is Here" offers an unflinching look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century's biggest figures in his over fifty years on air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship that redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 2

 

One Child Nation

Directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
(U.S., 2019, 85 min.)

China's One Child Policy, the rigid population control measure in force for over 30 years that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. This film explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering shocking human rights violations such as abandoned newborns, forced sterilizations and abortions, government abductions and a lucrative adoption-to-foreigners market (English and Mandarin).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 16

 

One, Two, Three

Directed by Billy Wilder
(U.S., 1961, 104 min.)

Billy Wilder's most frenetically paced comedy was both a throwback to 1930s screwball style and avant-garde for its anything-goes satire. Released as the Cold War was heating up in a divided Berlin (the Wall went up during production), this farce of capitalists, communists and "ex"-Nazis competing to rook each other struck some as tasteless, but its cult classic reputation has only grown with time.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 3, 12:30 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 6, 5:15 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 8, 5:15 p.m.

 

Paris Is Burning

Directed by Jennie Livingston
(U.S., 1990, 71 min.)

Where does "voguing" come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This groundbreaking documentary, seven years in the making, provides a still-vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 2

 

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 Pink Panther

Directed by Blake Edwards
(U.S., 1963, 113 min.)

It's the largest diamond in the world, containing the image of a panther. Claudia Cardinale owns it, and David Niven — playboy by day, legendary jewel thief "the Phantom" by night — is after it. It's also sought by Niven's nephew Robert Wagner, himself an aspiring jewel thief, who plans to cover his tracks by framing the Phantom — unaware that it's his uncle. Is it any wonder Peter Sellers's bumbling Inspector Clouseau is confused?

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 17, 11 a.m.,
Mon., Aug. 19, 5:15 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 21, 5:15 p.m.

 

Sea of Shadows

Directed by Richard Ladkani and Sean Bogle
(Austria, 2019, 104 min.)

When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the vaquita porpoise. A team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice (English and Spanish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

A Shot in the Dark

Directed by Blake Edwards
(U.S./U.K., 1964, 102 min.)

The first "return of the Pink Panther" finds bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) investigating a series of murders in which every clue points to the maid, bombshell Elke Sommer. Ever oblivious, Clouseau distrusts everyone except the obvious suspect, even notoriously accusing George Sanders of killing someone "in a rit of fealous jage."

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 18, 11 a.m.,
Tue., Aug. 20, 5:15 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 22, 5:15 p.m.

 

Them That Follow

Directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage
(U.S., 2019, 98 min.)

Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, Them That Follow tells the story of a pastor's daughter who holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Aug. 9

 

Toni 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 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.

Landmark's Bethesda Row 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
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

French

In Safe Hands

Directed by Jeanne Herry
(France/Belgium 2018, 110 min.)

Abandoned at birth, baby Theo's uncertain future lies in the hands of the Child Welfare Services. Jean, who is no stranger to the foster system, is given the responsibility of temporarily looking after Theo. Meanwhile Alice, unable to have children of her own, has never stopped fighting to be a mother. Thanks to the dedicated members of social services, the paths of Alice and Theo will cross, blending the journey of Jean and the rest of the team along the way.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 21, 8 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 E Street Cinema

 

Hebrew

The Other Story

Directed by Avi Nesher and Jonathan Mordechay
(Israel, 2019, 112 min.)

"The Other Story" tells a suspenseful, poignant and humorous story through the eyes of two rebellious young women from two troubled families that tangle in the most unexpected ways in Jerusalem. As the characters' warring personal convictions and intimate anxieties clash, the secular and religious world views they hold dear also come to embody the struggle for identity reflecting present-day Israel.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 2

 

Italian

Piranhas

Directed by Claudio Giovannesi
(Italy, 2019, 105 min.)

Dreaming of a life lush with designer clothing and elite nightclubs, a group of naïve teenage boys join a local mafia gang and begin selling drugs — an entryway into the violent, power-hungry world of crime that becomes all-consuming, threatening their innocence, their relationships and the safety of their families.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 9

 

Japanese

High and Low

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

(Japan, 1963, 143 min.)

Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in this highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., Aug. 7, 2 p.m.

 

Russian

Aquarela

Directed by Viktor Kossakovsky
(U.K./Germany/Denmark/U.S., 2019, 89 min.)

Water is the main protagonist here, seen in all its great and terrible beauty, as Viktor Kossakovsky travels the world, from the precarious frozen waters of Russia's Lake Baikal and Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma, to Venezuela's mighty Angel Falls to paint a portrait of this fluid life force in all its glorious forms (Russian, English and Spanish).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Aug.