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Jun 29, 15 Marie Moore
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced its Summer Lineup.
Opens July 10:
Sean Baker, USA, 2015, DCP, 88m
Sean Baker’s fifth feature is a frenetic, funny, and often moving work that employs the most contemporary of means—it was shot on the iPhone 5S—to present the story of Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez), a transgender hooker back on the streets of Los Angeles following a stint in jail. Seeking to confront her unfaithful boyfriend/pimp (James Ransone), Sin-Dee and fellow sex worker Alexandra (Mya Taylor) tear through Tinseltown against a sonic backdrop of blaring music, innocent and not-so-innocent bystanders be damned.
Opens July 24:
Pedro Costa, Portugal, 2014, DCP, 103m
Portuguese and Creole with English subtitles
Since the late ’90s, Pedro Costa has devoted himself to the task of doing justice to the lives and tragedies and dreams of the Cape Verdean immigrants who once populated the now-demolished neighborhood of Fontainhas. Costa works with a minimal crew and at ground level, patiently building a unique cinematographic language alongside the men and women he has befriended.
Opens July 31:
The Kindergarten Teacher
Nadav Lapid, Israel/France, 2014, DCP, 119m
Hebrew with English subtitles
Nadav Lapid’s follow-up to his explosive debut, Policeman, is a brilliant, shape-shifting provocation and a coolly ambiguous film of ideas. Nira (Sarit Larry), a forty something wife, mother, and teacher in Tel Aviv, becomes obsessed with one of her charges, Yoav (Avi Shnaidman), a 5-year-old.
Nadav Lapid in person!
Opens August 14:
The Great Man
Sarah Leonor, France, 2014, DCP, 107m
French with English subtitles
When we first meet Markov (Surho Sugaipov), he and fellow French Legionnaire Hamilton (Jérémie Renier) are tracking a wild leopard in a desert war zone, at the end of their posting in Afghanistan. An ambush results in an abdication of duty—despite it stemming from an act of fidelity. We learn that Markov had joined the Legion as a foreign refugee, hoping to gain his French citizenship and provide a better life for his young son. Ultimately, the complications of immigration and legal status seem petty when compared with the primal urge to do right by those who have committed their lives to saving others’. The intrinsic struggle between paternal/fraternal responsibility and unfettered mobility takes on a Opens August 21:
Tom Shoval, Israel/Germany, 2013, DCP, 107m
Hebrew with English subtitles
Tom Shoval’s gripping, haunting feature debut depicts the ill-advised kidnapping scheme of two Israeli brothers (real-life siblings Eitan and David Cunio) from preparation to aftermath. With their father’s unemployment threatening the stability of their comfortable middle-class existence, older brother Yaki takes advantage of his recently acquired assault rifle, courtesy of his compulsory military service, to put into action a plan equally inspired by desperation and a lifelong diet of violent mainstream American cinema. But the brothers might have bitten off more than they can chew: it’s Shabbat, and their victim’s wealthy orthodox family won’t pick up the phone to take the ransom call. This sharply observed study of familial attachment and fraternal psychology broadens into a tough-minded generational portrait that subtly addresses many aspects of contemporary Israeli life, from the role of the military to the recent economic protests to the enduring fault lines of class and gender. A Match Factory release.
Opens August 26:
Queen of Earth
Alex Ross Perry, USA, 2015, DCP, 90m
Writer-director Alex Ross Perry’s blistering follow-up to 2014’s Listen Up Philip (NYFF52) is a sophisticated and unnerving psychodrama, created under the sign of Polanski and Fassbinder and buoyed by two fiercely committed performances from stars Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston. A harried Catherine (Moss) arrives at the lakeside cabin of her best friend Virginia (Waterston), intending to recover from the death of her artist father and a bad breakup with her boyfriend (Kentucker Audley). But the privileged Virginia isn’t having any of Catherine’s martyr complex, and the two find themselves at each other’s throats as Catherine increasingly loses her grip on reality and Virginia’s next-door neighbor and occasional love interest Rich (Patrick Fugit) arrives on the scene.
Alex Ross Perry in person!
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center Summer Lineup
THE PERFECT GUY, being released September 11th by Sony/Screen Gems, draws Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy into the dating minefield. The intense, heart-pounding drama surrounds Lathan who quickly jumps into a relationship after leaving a man she thought was ”the one.” Lathan then meets “the perfect one,” who turns out to be a psycho. He falls madly in love with Lathan and will do anything to keep her.