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At the KPFK Film Club Page, we are working hard to keep YOU cinema-wise, letting you know about great films available at the theaters and screening virtually—there’s some REALLY fantastic stuff out there. We’ll also try to keep you in the know with some insightful film reviews, articles, and announcements.  The goal is to provide our followers with a site they can have fun visiting often, for both entertainment and information, and to give folks a way to sustain our cultural cinema treasures with their support. 

Please stay safe and send our beloved Cinema Partners (including the Laemmle Theaters, the Frida Cinema, and the Art Theater in Long Beach) your love.  That includes once again enjoying movies at the theaters.  Cinemas have taken considerable steps to ensure safe viewing…reduced capacity and assigned seating to provide distancing, mask requirements, wipe-downs, air filtration, disinfecting, employee health training, etc.  You can read what each theater is doing at their website.  If you still would prefer to watch at home, we also keep you in the know about several Video On Demand and Curated Streaming Services. And don’t forget to check out our Fabulous Film Reviews (, or click on the links provided in the film postings!)


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The Territory--Provides an immersive look at the tireless fight of the Amazon’s Indigenous Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers.
Three Minutes: A Lengthening--Three minutes of footage, shot by David Kurtz in 1938, are the only moving images remaining of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk, Poland before the Holocaust. THREE MINUTES explores the human stories hidden within the celluloid.
Spin Me Round--Flown to an Italian immersion program on her company's dime, what starts as a romantic getaway devolves into chaos in this wild new comedy from the director of The Little Hours.
Beast--Sometimes the rustle in the bushes actually is a monster.  Idris Elba stars in a pulse-pounding new thriller about a father and his two teenage daughters who find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the savannah has but one apex predator.  
Lost Illusions--Aspiring poet Lucien de Rubempré joins a cynical team of journalists in 19th century Paris and discovers that the written word can be an instrument of both beauty and deceit in this sumptuous adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s LOST ILLUSIONS.
Blue Island--With courage and sensitivity, Blue Island confronts the large-scale 2019 protests in Hong Kong.
We are Living Things--Two immigrants living on the fringes of American society hit the road in search of the truth about a shared UFO abduction and to escape the law.
Free Puppies--Millions of rescue dogs from the rural South have been transported to new homes thanks to the tireless efforts of a grassroots network of dog rescuers. Enjoy the KPFK Film Club Review here:
Get Away If You Can--A troubled married couple hoped that an open-ocean sail might re-light the spark of their passion. But when they arrive at a dangerous deserted island and the husband refuses to explore, they hit a breaking point that sends them on a journey into self and survival.
Bloom Up: A Swinger Couple Story--Pet shop owners by day and swingers by night, Italian couple Hermes and Betta are, in most ways, regular people in this honest, sex-positive look at the swinger lifestyle. Enjoy the KPFK Film Club Review here:
Immaculate Room--Mike (Emile Hirsch) and Kate (Kate Bosworth), a seemingly perfect couple, join a psychological experiment to compete for five million dollars if they can last 50 days in a sleek, white room in complete isolation.
Prima Facie--Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.
A Love Song--At a campground in the rural West, a woman waits alone for an old flame from her past to arrive, uncertain of his intentions while bashful about her own.


In Theaters August 26
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Description: Directed by Choi Dong-hoon and starring Ryu Jun-Yeol, Kim Woo-bin, and Kim Tae-ri—the first in a planned series of two epic sci-fi action time-warpers. A tale of two eras, ALIENOID follows two Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) gurus seeking a legendary, time-bending blade as they unexpectedly cross paths with modern-era people hunting down a dangerous alien concealed inside a human’s body.

The One and Only: Tilda Swinton…on mubi
Cycling the Frame
(1988)—Now Screening
I AM LOVE (2009) —Now Screening
THE BOX (1996)—August 22nd
Egomania: Island Without Hope (1986)—August 30th
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Description:  Effacing the borders of gender and genre, the chameleonic Tilda Swinton embodies the infinite possibilities of cinema. One of the greatest performers of our time, Swinton possesses the kind of striking, androgynous features that closeups adore, yet she can also disappear into her roles with extraordinary ease. One minute she is an alien from outer space in Peter Wollen’s sci-fi masterpiece Friendship’s Death (1987), the next she multiplies into fashionable cyborg clones in Hershman Leeson’s mind-bending Teknolust (2002). With an ability to shape-shift between regality, ferocity, and an expression of muted passion, Swinton’s face is the perfect canvas for filmmakers to conjure the depths of their artistic obsessions. In this sense, she is not only a part of the artwork, but a human work of art herself.

Hold Me Tight
Opens September 9 in NY at  Film at Lincoln Center & Angelika Film Center, September 16 in LA at Laemmle Royal ( ), followed by select top theatrical engagements nationwide.
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Description: Kino Lorber presents Mathieu Amalric’s new award-winning film! “A gritty, engrossing tale of love and loss. Krieps delivers her strongest performance since 'Phantom Thread'.”
– Adam Solomons, Little White Lies.  Adapted from a stage play by Claudine Galéa, HOLD ME TIGHT stars Vicky Krieps as Clarisse, a mother coping with great emotional upheaval, and Arieh Worthalter (Girl) as Marc, the husband she leaves behind. Krieps gives a riveting performance as a woman on the run from her family for reasons that aren't immediately clear. Amalric’s sophisticated narrative alternates between scenes of Clarisse's road trip and of Marc as he cares for their two children, Paul, and Lucie, a pianist prodigy. While giving clues along the way, Amalric keeps viewers uncertain as to the reality of what they're seeing until the film’s final moments.

Premieres Thursday, September 29 ( )
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Description: A SHUDDER ORIGINAL…AUSTRAILIAN COMEDY HORROR COMING SOON!  Invited away on a hen's weekend, Sissy is stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully...and a taste for revenge. stars Aisha Dee, Barlow, and Emily De Margheriti.  Written and directed by Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes, and an Official Selection, SXSW 2022.

the innocents
Premieres August 18
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Description: playtime takes a dangerous turn, on Shudder.  During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal mysterious powers when the adults aren't looking.  But what starts out innocent soon takes a dark and violent turn in this gripping supernatural thriller.
Directed by Eskil Vogt, starring Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf, Mina Yasmin, and Bremseth Asheim.

Exclusively on Shudder Aug. 18
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Description: Lovecraftian Horror coming to shudder. Spiraling out after a bad breakup, Wes (Ryan Kwanten) ends up at a remote rest stop miles away from civilization. His situation worsens after he finds himself locked inside the bathroom with a mysterious figure (J.K. Simmons) speaking to him from an adjacent stall. As Wes tries to escape, he finds himself an unwilling player in a situation bigger and more terrible than he could possibly imagine… Directed by Rebekah McKendry, stars Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Oscar-Winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).

Kili Big
Coming to Chicken Soup For The Soul August 18 :
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Description: Who Says Plus-Sized Women Can’t Climb Mountains?  The film, directed by Ida Joglar, follows a group of plus-sized women as they attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.  The film inspires viewers to challenge any preconceived notions on body image and is an emotional journey, filled with suspense and intensity, that will leave you breathless.They call themselves the Curvy Kili Crew, 20 plus-sized women determined to conquer the roof of Africa and, in doing so, make way for others who have been told their body types do not belong on a mountain. Soaring natural beauty, friendship among intergenerational women from different walks of life, adventure, fat positivity… Join this unforgettable group as they trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Filled with suspense and intensity, this emotional journey will leave you breathless. 

Coming to Theaters August 19 (including the Laemmle Theaters- ), & Digital Aug. 23
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Description: Director Michelle Danner’s Gripping THRILLER from saban films!  Privileged teenager Aiden has one last chance to get his life back on track. His lucrative side hustle dealing drugs to his classmates and his own personal addiction has forced his distraught mother to turn him over to the police. If he acts as a confidential informant and sets up a major drug kingpin, the cops promise to reward his cooperation. As the sting operation is set in motion, Aiden falters, threatening to jeopardize the deal with the police and his very life.   Stars Edouard Edouard Philipponnat (House of Gucci), Elizabeth Röhm (American Hustle), Eric Balfour (24), Jessica Amlee (For All Mankind), and Cameron Douglas (Wonder Boys).

Opens in NY on Friday, August 12 at the Quad Cinema and in LA on Friday, August 19 at the Laemmle Noho, with expansion to follow.
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Description: Mauro Russo Rouge's Lyrical and Intimate Portrait of an Italian Couple's Alternative Sexual Lifestyle.  Pet shop owners by day and swingers by night, Italian couple Hermes and Betta are, in most ways, regular people. In this honest, sex-positive look at the swinger lifestyle, director and cinematographer Mauro Russo Rouge is invited into their lives with no moment off-limits, crafting a portrait of a relationship that gives equal weight to the mundane yet strangely fascinating logistics of organizing sex parties as it does to the act itself. Shot in a rich visual style that is deeply sensual without ever feeling vulgar or exploitative, BLOOM UP is an intimate exploration of the deep love and complex challenges one polyamorous couple shares.

FREE PUPPIES!  The True Story of Rescue Dogs
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Opening in Theaters beginning August 12, 2022 in Live & Virtual Cinemas.  Weekend Q&A's in New York City and Los Angeles with Filmmakers Samantha Wishman & Christina Thomas and the Tri-state Rescue Ladies.
Description: First Run Features presents a grassroots movement to relocate rescue dogs!  The first feature film on the booming national movement to relocate rescue dogs! Millions of rescue dogs from the rural South have been transported to new homes thanks to the tireless efforts of a vast, grassroots network of dog rescuers.  FREE PUPPIES! is the true story of where those dogs came from and the grim challenges facing a group of women rescuers working together to save them.

When I Consume You
Out On VOD August 16 From 1091 Pictures
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Description: Perry Blackshear’s Hotly-Anticipated, Widely-Celebrated Psychological Demonic Horror Hit!  A heartfelt family drama about grief and redemption. Libby Ewing and Evan Dumouchel play brother-sister duo Daphne and Wilson Shaw. Troubled since childhood, the two have struggled to find stability as they’ve grown older, and while Daphne seems to have finally gotten her life together, the mysterious darkness that’s stalked their family all along begins to close in more aggressively than ever before. A unique urban folktale set and filmed in Brooklyn, When I Consume You confronts the vulnerabilities that people struggle with every day through a genre lens to create a chillingly intimate indie horror nightmare.

This week at the fabulous Frida!! 8/12/22
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SHARP STICK, Thursday, August 11th - 8pm
MAD GOD, 8/11-18
THE GOONIES: Free Outdoor Music & Movies at Birch Park, Friday, August 12th, FREE!
NEPTUNE FROST, Friday, August 12th - 8pm
Back-to-School Marathon Fundraiser for The Frida Cinema! Saturday, August 13th - Starting at 12pm! 12 hours: Clueless (1995), Easy A (2010), The Craft (1996), Mean Girls (2004), and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)!
LITTLE WOODS, Sunday, August 14th - 2pm
2046, 8/14-16
VAGABOND, 8/14-15
BANE: HOLDING THESE MOMENTS, Wednesday, August 17th - 7:30pm

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Screens at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, and the 2022 New York Film Festival. MUBI will release the film theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on October 14, 2022, with a national rollout to follow.
Description: Park Chan-wook’s winner of Best Director at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is now South Korea's Oscar® Submission! A detective (Park Hae-il; THE HOST) falls for a mysterious widow (Tang Weil; LUST, CAUTION) after she becomes the prime suspect in his latest murder investigation.

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Mack and Rita, August 12th - August 25th. When 30-year-old self-proclaimed homebody Mack Martin (Elizabeth Lail) reluctantly joins a Palm Springs bachelorette trip for her best friend Carla (Taylour Paige), her inner 70-year-old is released — literally. The frustrated writer and influencer magically transforms into her future self: “Aunt Rita” (Diane Keaton). Freed from the constraints of other people’s expectations, Rita comes into her own, becoming an unlikely social media sensation and sparking a tentative romance with Mack’s adorable dog-sitter, Jack (Dustin Milligan).

Opening August 12th at the Laemmle Royal Theatre ( ) and other area theatres
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Description: Strand Releasing presents a vibrant, lively film tracking the lives of young women today! Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö have each other’s backs, always.  They want to live adventurous lives, loaded with experiences and passion.  Emma, on the contrary, has given her whole life to figure skating.  Nothing gets between her and success.  But when the girls meet, life opens new paths, and they all rocket in new directions.  While Mimmi and Emma experience the earth moving effects of first love, Rönkkö is on a quest to find pleasure.

Streams Exclusively on Shudder, Thursday, September 22
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Description: Shudder Releases Trailer for Gothic Horror Based on the Life of Edgar Allan PoE.  Raven’s Hollow is set in Autumn, 1830. West Point military Cadet Edgar Allan Poe and four other cadets on a training exercise in upstate New York come upon a man eviscerated on a bizarre wooden rack. His dying words direct them to a forgotten community, which they believe is guarding sinister secrets. Enthralled by the Innkeeper’s beautiful and mysterious daughter Charlotte and fuelled by the town resident’s refusal to speak to the murder, Poe determines to uncover the truth. Risking his life and more, Poe ultimately comes face to face with the terror that will haunt him forever.

Opens Friday, August 12 at Film at Lincoln Center in New York City, followed by Los Angeles and Other Select Cities
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Description:  The critically-acclaimed second feature film by Bolivian director Kiro Russo (Dark Skull) is a beguiling cinematic journey and a symphonic meditation on mass urbanization and the place of the individual in modern Latin American metropoli  The film follows Elder, a young man who arrives in the capital after a seven-day journey on foot to protest alongside other miners for the reinstatement of their jobs. Once in the city, Elder and his friends get a job in the market with the help of the elderly Mamá Pancha, but soon his health starts to mysteriously deteriorate. As his condition worsens and he struggles for breath, Mamá Pancha sends him to Max—a medicine man, hermit, and street performer—who attempts to bring the young man back to life. Playing with perspective, sound, and the power of optics, we join Elder and Max on their journey through a dark and swirling landscape while observing the inner workings of the growing city, largely from the outside.

Debuts exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-YAH! on August 5, before hitting Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD September 27, from your friends at Well Go USA.
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Description: A deaf gangster with a traumatic past must fight his way out of his small Indonesian village after his young son witnesses a horrible murder, pitting the man against the mob outfit that employed him in writer/director Randolph Zaini’s first feature film.

‘POV’ Celebrates Milestone 35th Anniversary Maintaining its Longstanding Commitment to Latinx and Latin American Stories and Filmmakers
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Description: America’s Longest-Running Documentary Series Will Host the Broadcast Premieres of Three New Latinx Titles This Season, two powerful and critically-acclaimed documentaries with Latin American connections and one Latinx nonfiction short:
Faya Dayi, August 29, 2022--Mexican-Ethiopian director Jessica Beshir’s Oscar®- shortlisted film. A hypnotic immersion into the Oromo and Harari communities of Hararghe, Ethiopia, where khat, a euphoria-inducing plant, holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life, Faya Dayi unfolds to become a living record of everyone from the harvesters of the crop to people lost in its narcotic haze, to a desperate but determined younger generation searching for an escape from political strife.
The Last Out, October 3, 2022—From Academy-Award nominee Sami Khan and Michael Gassert.
A moving chronicle of three Cuban baseball players who risk exile to chase their dream of playing in the U.S. major leagues, The Last Out explores the shadowy nexus of the migrant trail and pro sports as it follows the trio on a harrowing journey from immigration obstacles to the broken promises of dubious agents. Against all odds, these young athletes try to hold onto their hope while fighting for a better life for their families.
Chilly and Milly, October 31--POV Shorts Season 5, premiering, will include William D. Caballero’s touching animation, recent Jury Prize winner at the 2022 PBS Short Film Festival. Eleven years after filming a documentary about his family, Caballero returns home to revisit scenes from his documentary with his parents, Chilly and Milly. Chilly, William's father, is a diabetic with kidney failure whose illness detrimentally affects the lives of him and his family. Milly, William's mother, is the matriarchal caretaker of the family. When Chilly passes during the pandemic, William and Milly must come to terms with their loss. With Chilly's passing, Milly is tasked with finding a new purpose in life.

MY IMAGINARY COUNTRY (Mi país imaginario)
An Urgent and Inspiring Chronicle of How a Popular Uprising Sparked Deep Political Change

The Cannes Film Festival Official Selection will have an exclusive engagement at IFC Center in New York City beginning on Friday, September 23, followed by openings at the Laemmle Monica Center in Los Angeles on Friday, September 30, as well as in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco also on that date.
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Description: Icarus Films Announces The Latest Film by Master Documentarian Patricio Guzmán. In October 2019, without warning, a revolution exploded across Chile. It was an event that Guzmán had been waiting for since 1973, when a violent military attack overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende, and became the ending of Guzman’s most famous film, and one of the greatest documentaries of all time, The Battle of Chile. Now, millions of people took to the streets of Santiago and across the country, demanding economic justice, free education and health care and fundamentally, a new constitution. Featuring harrowing front-line protest footage and interviews with dynamic activists—of a movement largely led by women and feminist leaders—My Imaginary Country powerfully, yet elegantly connects Chile's complex, bloody history to the country’s contemporary social movements, and leading to the recent election of a new president.

NOW STREAMING: OVID's "The Right to Choose" Collection
OVID has put together a unique collection of hard-to-find documentaries exploring abortion rights, religion, politics, and the ways they intersect. Just like every new film coming in August, the titles highlighted below are exclusive to OVID ( ).  You won't find these films anywhere ( ) else!
With God On Our Side, A Six-Part Series by Calvin Skaggs and David Van Taylor.  A six-hour documentary series treating one of the most important political and cultural stories in contemporary America: the rise to power of the Religious Right.
Choice Thoughts, Reflections on the Birth Control War, A film by Jacqueline Frank.  In a witty mix of rare archival footage and sound bites from religious and political leaders, filmmaker Jacqueline Frank takes a fast-paced look at 100 years of the fight for birth control and legalized abortion.
A Man's Place, A film by Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin.  Five men ranging in age from their twenties to fifties talk about unexpected pregnancies: how they reacted to learning a partner was pregnant, the complex feelings that arose, and the lasting effects on themselves, their partners, and their relationships.
Abortion, Kansas, and What Lies Ahead--In a stunning victory for reproductive rights, voters in Kansas chose overwhelmingly to protect abortion rights in their state. Read OVID’s blog metafilm, offering some of the favorite coverage on the Kansas vote, and some thoughts about what might happen next:

The Subtle and Absorbing Drama Set in a Mexican Tequila Factory Opens September 9 at the IFC Center
in NYC and September 16 at American Cinematheque in LA, Followed by a National Rollout
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Description:  Cinema Guild Announces the U.S. Theatrical Release of the Sundance and Outfest Award-Winning Fiction Feature Debut by Director Juan Pablo González. Set in the bucolic hills of the Jalisco Highlands, the film tells the story of fifty-year-old businesswoman María García, who is the owner of Dos Estaciones, once a premier tequila factory that is now struggling to stay afloat.  María hires Rafaela as a new manager for the factory and comes to rely on her to keep her business afloat. The lines between the personal and the professional start to blur, hinting at a romantic interest between the two fiercely independent women in an industry run by men. Yet, when a persistent crop plague and an unexpected flood cause irreversible damage, María is forced to do everything she can to save her community's pride and primary economic source.

Now on Filmocracy, 8/4/22
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Filmdle comes to "Worldle" Multiverse--Filmdle shows 1-6 seconds of the trailer in increments of one second. Your mission is to guess the film in as few guesses as possible. It's a real test for all you film buffs out there!    
The Trial--Josef K wakes up in the morning and finds the police in his room. They tell him that he is on trial but nobody tells him what he is accused of.
Undaunted--The stories of the people who faced relentless hardships and failures, and yet went on to found astrophysics and pioneer the invention of powered flight.
The Eye of Silence--Amélie and Coco, two young Beijing women, are searching for the ideal husband. They are attending one of the hottest parties of the year when Coco is accidentally killed during an erotic game.
Looking Back--An old woman reflects on her younger years when she was happy with how her life was. She compares how they were different and questions how she can be happy again. GIFT FEST
Wildhood--In a rural east-coast trailer park, Link lives with his toxic father and younger half-brother Travis. When Link discovers his Mi'kmaw mother could still be alive, it lights a flame and they make a run for a better life. RIFFA 2022
An Island Drifts--Set in Singapore, a young teacher presses for the truth from a maladjusted student, the act leads to devastating results and they suffer the ignominy of losing everything that matters to them. RIFFA 2022

Exclusive US Streaming Premiere on 7/29, Only at Film Movement Plus!
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Description: A Principled Documentarian Uncovers a Scandal! As a documentary director, Yuko (Kumi Takiuchi) has mastered the balance between journalistic integrity and self-interest. Her professional ethics, when reporting a case of high-school bullying which led to two suicides, demand impartiality and respect for the truth — there are, however, some versions of the truth which are more likely to get aired on television than others. But when Yuko, who makes a career picking through the fallout after headline news stories, realizes that a scandal is about to break much closer to home, she reevaluates her lofty principles to become a participant in a morally challenging story. And, as the boundaries between work and family, reality and ideals, beliefs and truths become blurred, and the world Yuko knew begins to veer in unexpected directions, what irreversible choices will she ultimately make? Directed by Yujiro Harumoto.

A one-night-only live screening and Q&A with the filmmaker Bianca Stigter and author Glenn Kurtz, moderated by scholar Michael Berenbaum
At the Laemmle Royal, West Los Angeles, 7:30 pm ( )
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Description: The award-winning, Sundance & Venice Film Fest pick, Presented by Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and Super Ltd.!  Three minutes of home movie footage, mostly in color, shot by David Kurtz in 1938, are the only known moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk, Poland, before the Holocaust. Those precious minutes are examined in intricate detail to unravel the human stories hidden in the celluloid. Tracing the story of those three minutes begins with the journey of Glenn Kurtz to discover more about his grandfather's film, ultimately leading to identifying people and places otherwise erased from history, and helping to connect a Holocaust Survivor with his lost childhood. Written & directed by Dutch filmmaker, Bianca Stigter.

Who Invited Them
Screening September 1st on Shudder:
Description: Adam and Margo’s housewarming party goes well enough… except for this one mysterious couple (Tom and Sasha) lingering after the other guests have left. The cool couple reveals themselves to be their wealthy and successful neighbors but as one nightcap leads to another, Adam and Margo start to suspect their new friends are actually duplicitous strangers with a dark secret.

Wonder what’s going on at Mubi?
Lots!  Here’s just some of the fabulous screenings you can catch at  :
FREE CHOL SOO LEE, On August 17, the Sundance selection arrives in theaters across the country for an exclusive one-night event.  This unmissable true crime documentary chronicles the story of a Korean immigrant whose wrongful murder conviction ignited an extraordinary national movement, serving as a testament to the power of social action. A MUBI Release.  Info and tickets here:
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Bruno Barreto, 1976--Made during Brazil’s military dictatorship, Bruno Barreto’s magic realist feature is sensual and darkly comedic, propelling Sônia Braga from soap star to national deity. For a deep dive into the film’s legacy, this liberating tale of female desire is explored in episode 3 of the MUBI Podcast:  
Nest, Hlynur Palmason, 2022--With a year at home with his children suddenly on his hands, Icelandic rising star Hlynur Pálmason forged his own microcosmic utopia with this warm and whimsical short. Exquisitely capturing the changing seasons on 35mm, Nest is a tactile wonder charged with the untamed energy of its young cast.

Opens in theaters 8/12/22, including the Laemmle Theaters (  )
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Description: Bleecker Street presents an Official Selection at Sundance by acclaimed director James Pondsolt, starring Lake Bell and Megan Mullally.  As their last summer before middle school comes to a close, four best friends face the uncertainties of growing up and embark on their biggest adventure yet.

Available on home entertainment through DVD, Blu-ray™+DVD combo pack and available for digital download and on-demand, on OCTOBER 18, 2022
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Description: SHOUT! STUDIOS Presents one of the world’s most renowned fairy tales, brought to life in a spectacular new epic fantasy movie adventure!  Since her father’s death, the kind-hearted but also courageous Cinderella lives with her cruel stepmother and spoiled stepsister, Dora, who treat her like a servant in her own house. During one of her escapes to the forest, Cinderella prevents a couple of men from hunting, amongst them, the handsome prince of the kingdom. They immediately feel attracted to each other, but he is expected to find a suitable bride at the next royal ball, which Cinderella is now allowed to attend. Equipped with a great deal of courage and empowered by her three magical acorns, she decides to stand up for herself and determine her own fate. Is she able to break free from her stepmother’s tyranny and find true love? THREE WISHES FOR CINDERELLA is a timeless and heartwarming story about love, self-empowerment, courage, with belief in liberty and justice. Visually stunning, the film is set in the arctic winter of Norway, with breathtaking scenery, rustic charms, and gorgeous production design, cinematography, and visual effects… a film that the entire family will enjoy.

In Theaters & on Digital and Demand September 23
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Description: LIONSGATE AND SABAN FILMS PRESENT A NEW THRILLER FROM K. Asher Levin.  Steve Brennan is trying to piece together a life shattered by a road rage incident that killed his wife, and left his teen daughter Jane deaf and resentful of him. Still hoping to mend things with Jane a year later, Brennan accepts a contract for a high-paying demolition job in the desolate New Mexico sprawl outside Las Cruces. When he and Jane arrive at the site, they are suddenly taken hostage by a dangerous couple, who will stop at nothing to retrieve what lies beneath the property. Now father and daughter must work together to outsmart their captors and survive the grueling night. Starring Thomas Jane Liana, Liberato, Harlow Jane, and Emile Hirsch.

Streams Exclusively on Shudder Thursday, August 4
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Description: Shudder Releases Acclaimed Southern Gothic Horror Directed by Vincent Grashaw.  In What Josiah Saw, after two decades, a damaged family reunites at their remote farmhouse, where they confront long-buried secrets and sins of the past. The film, which is written by Robert Alan Dilts, stars Robert Patrick (The Terminator), Nick Stahl (Sin City), Scott Haze (Child of God) and Kelli Garner (Lars And The Real Girl). PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR… GUARANTEED TO HAUNT YOU FOR DAYS”--Dread Central.

LOS CONDUCTOS, Winner of the Best First Feature Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, is now screening on MUBI:
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Description: Grasshopper Film Announces the Strikingly Evocative Debut Feature from Colombian Director Camilo Restrepo!An oracular and kaleidoscopic debut feature.  A fever-dream of hallucinatory textures and sounds.  Restrepo’s scintillating first feature—set in Medellín, Colombia and freely inspired by a true story—draws on the director’s extensive background in the visual arts and his previous short-film successes to to tell the story of Pinky (newcomer Luis Felipe Lozano in a haunting performance), an ex-cult member who is on the run. Having just freed himself from the grip of a religious sect by assassinating its leader, Pinky finds a place to squat and a job in a counterfeit t-shirt factory. Misled by his own faith, he begins to question everything. But as he tries to put the pieces of his broken life back together, violent memories return to haunt him, and they demand revenge.

comes to VOD Aug 30th, Available on AppleTV, Amazon, GooglePlay, Vudu, and Vimeo
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Description:  VISIONARY DIRECTOR Bertrand Mandico's Award-Winning Queer Sci-Fi Fantasy, from Altered Innocence.  In a faraway future, on a wild and untamed female inhabited planet called After Blue, a lonely teenager named Roxy unknowingly releases a mystical, dangerous, and sensual assassin from her prison. Roxy and her mother Zora (Elina Löwensohn) are held accountable, banished from their community, and forced to track the murderer named Kate Bush down.  Haunted by the spirits of her murdered friends, Roxy starts a long journey pacing the supernatural territories of this filthy paradise. The newest vision from Bertrand Mandico (The Wild Boys) plays like a lesbian El Topo (in space!) with stunning 35mm in-camera practical effects, otherworldly set pieces, and a dazzling score by Pierre Desprats. Stars Elina Löwensohn (KNIFE+HEART, LET THE CORPSES TAN, NADJA, SCHINDLER'S LIST, SIMPLE MEN), Vimala Pons (ELLE), Agata Buzek (REDEMPTION), and Paula Luna

In Theaters July 29
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Description: Prequel to THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS, the most-watched film in Korean cinema history, from Well Go USA.  A prequel to THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS, HANSAN: RISING DRAGON depicts the historical Battle of Hansando. In 1592, admiral Yi Sun-sin and his fleet face off against the might of the invading Japanese navy and its formidable warships. As the Korean forces fall into crisis, the admiral resorts to using his secret weapon, the dragon head ships known as geobukseon, in order to change the tide of this epic battle at sea.

Holy Mole batfolks!  A VERy Special Screening at MoMI!
THE BATWOMAN (La mujer murciélago)
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Description:  The Batwoman is a fascinating and little-known entry in the Batman superhero canon. Taking advantage of Batman’s increased popularity, director René Cardona, known later for his luchador adventures, aimed to showcase the talents of actress Maura Monti by splicing elements of "Batmania" with Mexico’s popular lucha libre style. Dressed in cape, cowl, boots, and bikini, Maura takes on the lead role of Batwoman, called upon to investigate an evil, whacked-out scientist who is capturing wrestlers for diabolical experiments. With Maura Monti, Roberto Cañedo, Héctor Godoy, David Silva,Crox Alvarado, Armando Silvestre, and Manuel Capetillo. A film by René Cardonan. New Digital Restoration!

In Theaters and Prime Video This Fall
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Description: 2022 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL COMPETITION SELECTION COMING TO THEATERS AND AMAZON PRIME VIDEO.  ARGENTINA, 1985 is inspired by the true story of Julio Strassera, Luis Moreno Ocampo, and their young legal team of unlikely hero’s in their David-vs-Goliath battle, in which, under constant threat, they dared to prosecute Argentina’s bloodiest military dictatorship against all odds and in a race against time to bring justice to the victims of the Military Junta.  Directed by Santiago Mitre, starring Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes) and Peter Lanzani

OVID's 2nd Annual Doc Month—21 Docs and a Docuseries, All Exclusives is proud to announce its upcoming slate of streaming releases --every film in August is a documentary, all of which will be exclusively streaming on OVID!
Description: The August lineup highlights the fight for abortion rights, the fragility of the separation of church and state in American life, gay rights, and much more! Later in the month, eight documentaries by Academy and Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker Peter Friedman will have their SVOD premiere on OVID. Made over the course of nearly forty years, these films explore subjects including the early days of the AIDS crisis, animal psychics, and the totemic powers of an Elvis painting, to name a few. All this and more comes to OVID next month!
Here's the complete list of films premiering on OVID (  ) this month (in alphabetical order):
A Man's Place, Coline Grando (2017)
Choice Thoughts, Jacqueline Frank (1996)
Death by Design, Peter Friedman (1995)
The Devil is in the Detail, Peter Friedman (2021)
Fighting in Southwest Louisiana, Peter Friedman (1992)
Holy Terror, Victoria Schultz (1986)
I Had an Abortion, Gillian Aldrich and Jennifer Baumgardner (2005)
I Talk to Animals, Peter Friedman (1990)
It Was Rape, Jennifer Baumgardner (2013)
Jesus Politics, Ilan Ziv (2008)
Kigali Shaolin Temple, Magali Chirouze and Claire Mollard (2013)
The Life & Times of Life & Times, Peter Friedman (1998)
MANA - Beyond Belief, Peter Friedman (2005)
Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance, Steve Bull and Terese Svoboda (1992)
Middle of Everywhere, Rebecca Lee and Jesper Malmberg (2008)
Rosita, Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater (2005)
Roy Smeck: Wizard of the Strings, Peter Friedman (1984)
Silverlake Life, Peter Friedman (1992)
Stony Paths, Arnaud Khayadjanian (2015)
To a More Perfect Union, Donna Zaccaro (2018)
When Abortion Was Illegal, Dorothy Fadiman (1993)
With God on Our Side, Calvin Skaggs and David Van Taylor (2005)

Two Special Screenings in Los Angeles Hosted by filmmaker David Licata
July 26th at Laemmle's Monica Film Center
July 27th at Laemmle's Glendale
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Description: First Run Features presents  a film about taking the long view.  What’s it like to dedicate your life to work that won’t be completed in your lifetime?   15 years ago, filmmaker David Licata focused on four projects and the people behind them in an effort to answer this universal question. The subjects include Jill Tarter, Director of the SETI Institute, who has been involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence since the 1970s; David and Jared Milarch, father and son tree farmers and co-founders of the Champion Tree Project, who clone old-growth trees to combat climate change; gospel music archivist Robert Darden, who founded the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, an organization that is trying preserve at-risk recordings from the black gospel music tradition; and Paolo Soleri, controversial architect behind Arcosanti, a town designed to test his theories about housing an overpopulated planet.  We discover what inspired them to begin, what obstacles they face, what drives and sustains them, and how they measure success of an endeavor they will not live to see completed. But most of all we discover that their lives really aren’t that different from everyone else’s: who hasn’t gazed at the stars and wondered if we are unique, nurtured a plant, sought ideal shelter, fell in love with a song and couldn’t wait to share it with someone? And who among us will truly see our work finished before we leave this earthly plain?

ARRAY's FREE Triple Feature Movie Event!!!
Rhythm Of The Night
ARRAY's Creative Campus, 180 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026
7/30/22, 7:00pm - 10:30pm
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Description: ARRAY is taking audiences back to the heyday of rhythm and blues and rock and roll with a triple feature showing of musical films: THE FIVE HEARTBEATS, LA BAMBA and THE SAPPHIRES. One ticket. Your choice of three films. Decide when you arrive, which film you'd like to watch in one of our unique movie areas: Amanda Cinema, ARRAY's Cinema Lounge, or under the stars in Queen's Court. A summer movie night you won't want to miss! FREE!
THE FIVE HEARTBEATS-Traces the rise and fall of a popular African American 1950s rhythm and blues singing group. Fame, fortune, and friendships collide in this musical portrait featuring Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry J. Lennix, and Tico Wells.
THE SAPPHIRES-In 1968, four talented Aboriginal young women navigate love, friendship, and war as their all-girl group The Sapphires decide to leave their homeland for Vietnam to entertain the US troops during the height of the Australian civil rights movement.
LA BAMBA-Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) becomes an overnight rock 'n' roll success in 1958. But as his star rises, he becomes haunted by a recurring nightmare of a plane crash just as he begins his first national tour.

PRIVATE DESERT  (Deserto Particular)
Opens August 26 at the Quad Cinema in New York City, September 9 at the Laemmle Theaters in LA
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Description: Kino Lorber Announces the U.S. Theatrical Release of a Timely and Urgent Latest Feature from Acclaimed Brazilian Director Aly Muritiba.  Brazil’s official submission to the International Feature category at the 94th Academy Awards®.   Sara and Daniel who, although in a long-distance relationship, comfort one another from within their own, very different life circumstances. Sara is a genderfluid blue-collar worker who lives as her male birth identity Robson by day and her femme identity, Sara, by night, while caring for her religious grandmother in Sobradinho, a small town in the rural northeast of the country. Daniel, who teaches in a police academy in the southern metropolis of Curitiba, has been placed on unpaid leave after a violent incident occurs that’s all over the news.The only thing holding him together is his online romance with Sara, whom he has never met in person. When she suddenly disappears, Daniel drives 2,000 miles across Brazil to find her. He posts Sara’s picture all over town but no one recognizes her, until he receives a mysterious call from someone claiming to know her and asking to meet. What follows is a journey of the heart that will change Sara and Daniel forever.

Premiering on VOD & Digital on 8/16, From Mutiny Pictures
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Description: A Compulsive Liar Finds Himself in Hot Water with the Wrong Crime Syndicate in a Black Comedy with an All-Star Ensemble.  Rob Smart (Ian Niles, “Millenniums”, “A Mother’s Greatest Fear”, Black Water) is a compulsive liar with an out-of-his-league girlfriend, Katie (Melanie Chandra, “Hot Mess Holiday”, “Code Black”). After Rob makes a poor impression on Katie’s wealthy father (Patrick Kilpatrick, Black Water, Cops and Robbers), Rob aims to impress him by borrowing millions of dollars from Big Sally, a vicious crime boss (Catherine Curtin, “Stranger Things”, “Orange is the New Black”), to purchase a mansion and fake his own wealth. After his plan succeeds and Rob is welcomed by Katie’s family with open arms, the crime boss alters the deal and Rob needs to scramble to pay the money back by the end of the week. Big Sally leverages Rob’s job at a real estate development company to get him to sabotage contracts in her favor, her scheme all along. Unfortunately for Rob, the weight of his lies gets him fired, rendering the scheme useless and putting Rob further into jeopardy

Available on SHUDDER, Thursday, July 21 (  )
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Description:  THIS IS GWAR gives rare insight into the 30-plus year career of one of the world’s most outrageous heavy metal bands, GWAR, known for their grotesque costumed characters and notoriously wild, fluid-soaked stage shows. This is the powerful story of the most iconic heavy metal/art collective/monster band in the universe, as told by the humans who have fought to keep it alive for over thirty years. The feature documentary includes interviews with members of GWAR, both past and present, as well as other artists including Weird Al Yankovic, Thomas Lennnon, Alex Winter, Bam Margera, and Ethan Embry, also including never before seen footage of legendary GWAR frontman Dave Brockie.

Premieres July 21 on Shudder:
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Description: An ancient legend comes to life in Shudder’s new horror release! Director Nico van den Brink’s  story of 38-year-old Betriek who lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night Betriek sets out to find an explanation. The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient.  Stars Sallie Harmsen and Alexandre Willaume.

COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON, A Film by Mounia Akl
Opens July 15 at the Quad Cinema in NY and July 22 at the Laemmle Monica in LA ( )
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Description:  Kino Lorber presents A keen and darkly comic commentary on Lebanon’s waste crisis and unsettled political landscape,  Costa Brava, Lebanon captures the joys and frustrations of a close-knit family with an intimacy that feels startlingly natural, and sets them against a sharply drawn backdrop of environmental crisis. In the not-so-distant future, the free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution and social unrest of Beirut by seeking refuge in an idyllic mountain home. Without warning, the government starts to build a garbage landfill right outside their fence, intruding on their domestic utopia and bringing the trash and corruption of a whole country to their doorstep. As the landfill rises, so does tension in the household, revealing a long-simmering division between those family members who wish to defend or abandon the mountain oasis they have built.   Starring Nadine Labaki & Saleh Bakri.

Opens theatrically on Friday, July 29 at BAM in NY and on Friday, August 7 at American Cinematheque in LA, with rollout to follow.
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Description: New 4K Restoration of Ayoka Chenzira's Coming of Age Portrait of Black Womanhood, Presented by Julie Dash, from kino lorber.  This coming-of-age comedy-drama about three Black women living in Brooklyn, explores the life of teenager Rainbow Gold (Victoria Gabrielle Platt) who is entering womanhood and navigating conversations and experiences around standards of beauty, self-image, and the rights Black women have over their bodies. Rainbow attends a strict parochial school, studies dance, and is just becoming aware of boys. She lives with her strait-laced mother Alma Gold (Kim Weston-Moran), who runs a hair salon in the parlor of their home. When Alma’s free-spirited sister Ruby (Mizan Kirby) arrives from Paris after a 10-year absence, the sisters clash over what constitutes the “proper” direction Rainbow’s life should take. Alma has fooled herself into believing she has no need of male companionship and advises her daughter to follow her example. Ruby encourages both her niece and her sister to embrace life – and love – fully and joyfully. Alma’s Rainbow highlights a multi-layered Black women’s world where the characters live, love, and wrestle with what it means to exert and exercise their agency.

So Vam
Premieres Tuesday, August 23 on Shudder Streaming Service
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Description: Shudder exclusive… Thrilling Australian horror/drama!  Kurt is an outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to be a famous drag queen. When he is kidnapped by a predatory old vampire and killed, he is rescued just in time to be resurrected by a gang of rebellious vampires who feed on bigots and abusers.  As a vampire he finally knows empowerment and belonging, but his killer is still out there: creating new minions with their own rotten hatred and threatening all that he loves. Until Kurt faces the monster, he will never truly be free, but this time he need not face it alone. Produced and directed by Alice Maio Mackay, an award-winning transgender 17-year-old filmmaker based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Opens in Los Angeles at Laemmle Monica, as well as in Seattle, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Santa Barbara and other cities on July 22. VOD release date - July 29, 2022.
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Description:  Gina (Sally Phillips) is taken by surprise when for her fiftieth birthday a male sex worker, a gift sent by her girlfriends, offers to do anything she wants. She asks him to do for her what no one else will – she has him clean her house. Only later does Gina realize he is from a removals business she was involved with liquidating. Amused and delighted, her friends wish for a sexy cleaner themselves, sparking a new career for Gina who decides to employ the entire male removals team as house cleaners. Written and Directed by Renée Webster, starring Sally Phillips.

Avi Nesher’s Israeli War Drama RELEASING this FRIDAY on Netflix, July 15th
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Description: On Netflix, Inspired by true events,!Avi Nesher’s Image of Victory is a Triumph of Cinema!--Jerusalem Post.  1948: Hassanin, an Egyptian filmmaker, is tasked with documenting a raid on the isolated kibbutz Nitzanim. When the kibbutz learns of the impending army raid, Mira, a young but valiant mother, is forced to reckon with the true cost of war and make an impossible choice.

Releases Friday, July 8th in NY (Metrograph), and Friday, July 15th in LA (Laemmle Theatres- ) with rollout to select cities.
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Description: Kino Lorber presents the Caméra d'Or for best first feature film at the Cannes Film Festival. The riveting coming-of-age debut feature by Croatian writer & director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović. On a remote island along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, 17-year-old Julija spends her days diving for eel with her domineering father Ante and watching other teens party on a nearby yacht. Julija bristles at Ante’s heavy handed cruelty and resents her mother Nela’s passivity. She longs for independence but is unsure how to achieve it, until the arrival of the rich and mysterious Javier seems to offer a way out. Equal parts fiery feminist outcry and stirring coming-of-age drama, the film announces director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović as a major new talent in world cinema.

Queen of Glory
Opens in Theaters on 7/15
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Description: a Charming, Modern Take on the Classic NYC Immigrant's Tale! Brainy scientist Sarah Obeng (Nana Mensah, Netflix’s “The Chair“), a doctoral student at Columbia University, is weeks away from following her very married boyfriend to Ohio when her mother dies suddenly. Her inheritance? A small, but beloved, Christian bookstore in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx where she was raised in the tight-knit Ghanian immigrant community. Tasked with planning a culturally respectful funeral befitting the family matriarch, Sarah must juggle the expectations of her loving yet demanding family while navigating the reappearance of her estranged father all while grappling with what to do with the bookstore. Aided by an only-in-New York ensemble of Eastern European neighbors, feisty African aunties and a no-nonsense ex-con co-worker, Sarah faces her new responsibilities while figuring out how to remain true to herself.

Good Madam
Streaming Exclusively on Shudder (  ) July 14
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Description: Shudder Releases a Haunting South African Psychological Horror Film.  Tsidi, a single mother, is forced to move in with her estranged mother Mavis, a live-in domestic worker caring obsessively for her catatonic white ‘Madam’ in an affluent Cape Town suburb. As Tsidi tries to heal her family however, a sinister specter begins to stir.  Good Madam explores the generational trauma inherent to South African culture, sprawling from the past to the present day, with chilling delivery and haunting results. The film was directed by Jenna Cato Bass, and stars Chumisa Cosa, Nosipho Mtebe, and Kamvalethu Jonas Raziya. “THE SCARIEST MOVIE I SAW AT TIFF”—Dread Central

Nationwide release only in theaters September 16, World Premieres tonight at the Maui Film Festival
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Description: From the director of Fantastic Fungi Louie Schwartzberg! An epic journey forty years in the making, GRATITUDE REVEALED takes us on a transformational, cinematic experience of how to live a more meaningful life full of Gratitude through his intimate conversations with everyday people, thought leaders, and personalities revealing Gratitude is a proven pathway back from the disconnection we  feel in our lives; disconnection from ourselves, our planet, and each other.  Starring: Jack Kornfield, Deepak Chopra, Christine Carter, Michael Beckwith, Lynne Twist, and Norman Lear.

In theaters August 12
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Description:  While investigating a terroristic threat that goes viral online, Korean authorities discover that a suspect has recently boarded an international flight bound for the United States. When a healthy passenger on the same flight suddenly dies a gruesome death of unknown cause, panic erupts both in-flight and on the ground. With steadily decreasing fuel and international refusals to offer aid, the captain and crew will be forced to take unprecedented emergency measures in an attempt to save the lives of their passengers.

 Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel
Laemmle sneak preview club free screening! Thursday, July 7 at 7:30pm at the Royal
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Description: The legendary Chelsea Hotel, an icon of 1960s counterculture and a haven for famous artists and intellectuals including Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and the superstars of Warhol's Factory, has recently reopened after extensive renovations, which are now almost complete. Dozens of long-term residents, most in their later years, have lived amidst the scaffolding and constant construction for close to a decade. Against this chaotic backdrop, DREAMING WALLS takes us through the hotel’s storied halls, exploring its living body and the bohemian origins that contributed to its mythical stature. Its residents and the walls themselves now face a turning point in their common history.

Premiering globally on July 8 and available to stream in stunning 4K.  A MUBI Release.
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Description: New Nick Cave documentary premieres this Friday!A documentary portrait exploring renowned singer-songwriter Nick Cave and fellow Bad Seeds bandmate Warren Ellis, THIS MUCH I KNOW TO BE TRUE arrives this Friday. Director Andrew Dominik's follow up to One More Time with Feeling gives a unique behind-the-scenes look at their exceptional creative relationship, as they record their latest studio albums. "A remarkable performance documentary"– VARIETY

OPENS JULY 8, 2022
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Description: Sara (Juliette Binoche) and Jean (Vincent Lindon) have been in a loving and stable relationship for ten years. When they first met, Sara was in a relationship with François (Grégoire Colin), Jean’s best friend. One day, Sara sees François on the street. He does not see her, but she is overwhelmed by a sensation that her life could suddenly change. François does indeed get in touch with Jean to suggest that they work together again. Before long, things are in danger of spiraling out of control. Based on Christine Angot's 2018 novel 'Un tournant de la vie.'  Directed by Claire Denis.

Opens theatrically at the Quad in New York on Friday, June 24, before expanding to more cities nationwide, including Los Angeles on Friday, July 8, at the Laemmle Royal ( )
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Description: Kino Lorber presents a Powerful Portrait of A Teenage Ukrainian Gymnast In Exile. Olga is a talented teenage Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, dreaming of Olympic gold and trying to fit in with her new team in her new home. As she prepares for the European Championships, the Ukrainian people back home in Kyiv rise up in what has become known as the Maidan Revolution, suddenly involving everyone she cares about. Olga is left a powerless, distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, faces danger as she challenges the brutal Yanukovich regime. Incorporating documentary footage from the 2013 uprising, Olga is a tense, sensitively handled tale of exile reflecting the clash between the personal and the political in a young woman’s search for identity. From writer/director Elie Grappe, starring Anastasiia Budiashkina.  Winner: SACD Prize, Cannes Semaine de la Critique 2021

Releasing July 8 in Theaters & VOD
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Description: The Road to Galena follows one man’s pursuit of personal fulfillment over traditional success. Cole Baird (Ben Winchell) has everything – a beautiful wife, successful career, large home and fancy toys. Behind the facade, however, is a man trapped by his surroundings and falling ever behind in the pursuit of his life’s dream.  Not strong enough to confront his father’s expectations, he left his true love, his best friend and a fulfilling small-town life to embark on a legal career – intent, one day, to return. Now the rising star in Washington social circles and the youngest managing partner in the history of a powerhouse D.C. law firm, Cole is given the choice to continue the path of success in a life to which he never aspired or to return to the community that nurtured him.  Written & directed by Joe Hall.

DREAMING WALLS: INSIDE THE CHELSEA HOTEL - Opening July 8 in select theaters (including the Laemmle Theaters)  and on demand
The legendary Chelsea Hotel, an icon of 1960s counterculture and a haven for famous artists and intellectuals including Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and the superstars of Warhol's Factory, is under renovation. Soon it will reopen to the public as one of New York's most fashionable luxury hotels. The film takes us through the hotel’s storied halls, exploring its living body and the bohemian origins that contributed to its mythical stature.
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On BLU-RAY for the first time in the US, starting JULY 1.  The Blu-ray edition of SAMPO contains: New 4K restoration of the Finnish-language version of SAMPO from the original 35mm CinemaScope picture elements and 4-track audio by The Finnish National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI), with additional digital restoration by Craig Rogers for Deaf Crocodile, new commentary track by comics artist (Swamp Thing), film historian, and author Stephen R. Bissette… and MUCH MORE!
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Description: DEAF CROCODILE FILMS has done it again, this time with a 4K RESTORATION of director Aleksandr Ptushko’s stunning Finnish/Soviet fantasy epic, based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala.  Legendary director Aleksandr Ptushko’s ravishing, mystical fantasy tells the story of a sinister witch Louhi (Anna Orochko) who covets the Sampo, a magical, rainbow-colored mill that can produce endless salt, grain, and gold. When the hero Lemminkäinen (Andris Oshin) attempts to stop her, Louhi literally steals the sun, plunging the world into eternal darkness.  SAMPO features some of Ptushko’s most surreal and fantastical imagery: a glowing red horse plowing a field of vipers; a boat of fire with a stag’s head; a weeping mother literally walking across the sea to find her lost son. With its witch’s incantations and repeated scenes of forging magical items — “Give me fire for the furnace from the nave of the sky!” — there is an almost Macbeth-like occult force to the film.  This is not the butchered version originally released in the U.S., but a beautifully restored, in 4K, first-ever American release in its original Finnish-language CinemaScope version by Deaf Crocodile.

Debuts in North American theaters and on Digital July 1.
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Description: WELL GO USA TO RELEASES UKRAINIAN ACTION-DRAMA. SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN, helmed by first-time feature director Marian Bushan, stars multi-hyphenate actor, musician and photographer Pavlo Aldoshyn as real-life Ukrainian sniper Mykola Voronin, who had moved to Ukraine’s Donbas region as a brilliant yet eccentric physics teacher and eco-settler. After a senseless tragedy at the hands of invading soldiers soon thereafter, the film follows Mykola as he enlists in the military and earns a coveted position as a sniper, vowing revenge on the attackers as well as an elite enemy combatant who mortally wounded one of Mykola’s closest comrades from the shadows. The film is dramatized, though based on many actual events from Voronin’s life. 

Worldwide theatrical release on September 14, 2022.
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Description: BETTER NOISE FILMS Present Thrills and HORROR with a killer soundtrack! An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter’s brutal murder. With a high-octane original soundtrack, and cameos from some of the biggest names in rock music, this horror-thriller reveals a game of revenge played using a new set of rules.Michael Lombardi ("Rescue Me"), Marc Menchaca ("Ozark"), and Joseph Gatt ("Game of Thrones") headline the cast alongside Jacoby Shaddix, front man of Papa Roach, making his acting debut. THE RETALIATORS features cameos and music by Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody, Zoltan Bathory, and Chris Kael, Papa Roach, Jaya of The Hu, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, Eva Under Fire’s Amanda Lyberg, Matt Brandyberry, Danny Case, Lance Dowdle, and Matt Madiro of From Ashes to New, Cory Marks, and Dan Murphy and Miles Franco of All Good Things, anchored by an original score from Emmy-winning composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein ("Stranger Things").

Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone
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Description: Backed by the Daniels, Rachel Wolther and Alex H. Fischer’s out-of-this-world wonder soars with a joyous, feminist energy.  Across wild vignettes of absurdist dance pieces and skits involving beach balls and alien sheep, the cosmic, the comic, and the plain weird giddily ricochet in perfect chaos. Rachel Wolther, Alex H. Fischer, 2017.  More News!  Enjoy KPFK Film Club Review of this and other great films at:  The KPFK Film Club Review of HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRDS, now on MUBI, can be enjoyed here:

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Description: Greenwich Entertainment presents a unique and intriguing look at the world of Ivy League college admissions.  Four high school seniors in rural Louisiana attend T.M. Landry, an unconventional K - 12 school housed in a sparse warehouse made famous for sending its graduates to elite universities like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. The students aim to meet the intense expectations of Mike Landry, the imposing founder of the school who charts a relentless course towards their college dreams. When the New York Times publishes an expose on Landry’s controversial methods, the school buckles under the scrutiny. Each senior is left to contend with uncomfortable truths about their school and the college admissions system, and decide for themselves what they are willing to do to be accepted.  An acclaimed documentary about the true cost of getting that first foothold into elite American society. Directed by Dan Chen.

On VOD June 28 From Deaf Crocodile, Uncut For The First Time In The US
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Description: 4K Restoration of Aleksandr Ptushko’s Visually Stunning FX-Filled Epic. A stunning Cinemascope ballad of heroic medieval knights, ruthless Tugar invaders, wind demons and three-headed fire-breathing dragons. The film stars Boris Andreyev as the bogatyr (warrior) Ilya, a mythic figure in the Kyivan Rus’ culture that pre-dated both modern Ukraine and Russia (much of the film’s action is set in Kyiv, and Ilya’s relics are held today in the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra monastery). Based on a series of famous byliny (oral epics), the film follows Ilya as he wages a decades-long battle against the Tugars who threaten his homeland, kidnap his wife, and raise his own son to fight against him. Ptushko began his career in the 1930s and went on to become a combination of Walt Disney, Ray Harryhausen, and Mario Bava for his dazzling, bejeweled fantasies including THE STONE FLOWER, SADKO, SAMPO, and RUSLAN & LUDMILA.  This Deaf Crocodile Films release has been restored in 4K.

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Description: Oscilloscope presents Nathalie Álvarez Mesén's Spellbinding Debut.  In a remote village in Costa Rica, 40-year-old Clara (Araya) endures a repressively religious and withdrawn life under the command of her mother (Chavez). Her uncanny affinity for creatures large and small allows Clara to find solace in the natural world around her. Tension builds within the family as Clara’s younger niece (Espinoza) approaches her quinceañera, igniting a sexual and mystical awakening in Clara, and a journey to free herself from the conventions that have dominated her life. DIRECTED AND CO-WRITTEN BY  Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, STARRING Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Flor María Vargas Chavez, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, and Daniel Castañeda Rincón.

In Theaters July 22 & on Digital and Demand July 26
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Description: Saban Films presents an intense journey into the darkness of the American Old West.  A seemingly unstoppable, violent creature stands between a gang of outlaws, a Native American woman, and a fortune of gold in the terrifying Old West.  Dutch Wilder and his crew are tasked with ambushing prospectors who’ve discovered gold in the uncharted Blackwood Forest.  But first they must track the horse thief who killed one of their men. The “thief” is a Native American, herself a victim of barbaric frontier injustice. Coerced in-to accompanying the gang through the treacherous terrain, she leads them deeper into darkness where they’re attacked by the malevolent, ancient entity. The Wilder posse and Native guide must work together and fight for their very survival.

Available July 26, 2022 on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital
Bonus Features Include New Commentary by Director Bruno Baretto,
A Behind-the-Scenes Featurette and a 16-Page Collectible Booklet Featuring
A New Essay by Film producer & Costume Designer Mary Jane Marcasiano
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Description:  Based on the novel by Jorge Amado, Director Bruno Barreto’s provocative erotic comedy, DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS (1976), was the most successful film in Brazilian history for thirty-five years, was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Foreign Film” and made Sonia Braga an international superstar. Following the strange events that befall Doña Flor (Braga, Kiss of the Spider Woman) after she is left a widow by the death of her wild, philandering husband, Vadinho (José Wilker), she attempts to marry more wisely the second time around. The bewitchingly beautiful widow succeeds, but when she discovers her staid pharmacist husband has no interest in sex, she happily welcomes the sexy ghost of her late husband. Called “a classic erotic comedy” (Gary Arnold, Washington Post), DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS has been meticulously restored in 4K, and will be available on extras-laden Blu-ray for the very first time featuring new commentary by director Barreto and more!

World Premiere at BAMcinemaFest, June 23-30, 2022
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Description: Amber Bemak’s Daring Debut Feature Documentary! A Playful and Self-Reflexive Exploration of Mexican/Chicanx Performance Artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña and his Troupe La Pocha Nostra’s Decades-Spanning Career of Radical Artistic Practice and Collaborative Performance.   At a time when the mainstream media is filled with stories about the US–Mexico border, the film presents the work and philosophical frameworks of an artist with a sustained dedication to highly impactful, innovative artistic interventions on that border. Featuring exclusive footage from his personal archive, Gómez-Peña enacts his artistic interventions by reclaiming and "queering the border" as a laboratory for utopian ideas and artistic experimentation.

Cinematic Thrills at the Laemmle Theaters this week!
Theater and Virtual Cinema
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Apples--Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. Enjoy the KPFK Film Club Review here:
Elvis--Explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks) and his wife, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
Man of Integrity--Reza leads a simple life along with his wife and young son in a remote village and working on his goldfish farm until a private company with close links to the government, takes control of nearly every aspect of regional life, local links in the larger network of corruption. Enjoy the KPFK Film Club Review here:
1982—A life-affirming coming-of-age tale set at an idyllic school in Lebanon’s mountains on the eve of a looming invasion. It unfolds over a single day and follows an 11-year-old boy’s relentless quest to profess his love to a girl in his class.
New Old Play--Qiu Jiongjiong’s visually magnificent new film is a unique hybrid of fiction, historical reminiscence, and experimental theatre, an overview of China from the 1930s to the 1980s.
Memoria--A bewildering drama about a Scottish woman (Tilda Swinton), who, after hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia.
Flux Gourmet--Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas and gastrointestinal disorders.
Maestro: A Symphony of Terror—A loving tribute to the cult classics of the past, but also an exploration into deep philosophical issues about the nature of art. The tale of a genius provoked and pushed into madness and beyond,
Diamond in the Rough--New college grad Ariana Alvarez (Samantha Boscarino) is given a chance to turn her life around when she joins a stuffy country club, complete with a hopelessly hot caddy (Griffin Johnson).

Wednesday, July 6, at 7 PM, Laemmle’s West L.A., Glendale, and Newhall
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Description: Laemmle Theatres’ Anniversary Classics Series presents Juzo Itami’s delectable comedy.  A truck driver and his friends come to the aid of a noodle shop owner’s widow and help her to refine and perfect her ramen dishes. But several quirky subplots and other tasty asides interrupt and enrich the central narrative.  The noodle dishes themselves are lovingly photographed to whet the audience’s appetites. Beyond that, puckish humor and eroticism add flavor to this savory melange.  As Hal Hinson declared in the Washington Post, Tampopo is “a rambunctious mixture of the bawdy and the sublime…perhaps the funniest movie about the connection between food and sex ever made.”

Opens at AMC/Regal and more screens nationwide on June 24th, followed by a digital release through Utopia on July 19th
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Description:  Who played for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers…His most notable accomplishments on the field include 5,714 strike-outs, seven no-hitters and the fastest pitch at 108.1mph, AND he set 51 MLB records…Nolan Ryan, of course! And now there’s an acclaimed film about him, released by Utopia… FACING NOLAN, which debuted at the 2022 Southwest Film Festival, gives viewers an intimate look at the ups and downs of Nolan’s storied 27-year career, his personal relationships with friends and family, and covers a handful of Nolan’s greatest achievements on the diamond. Told from the point of view of the hitters who faced him and the teammates who revered him, the film features new interviews with Nolan Ryan, President George W. Bush, Craig Biggio, Steve Buechele, George Brett, Rod Carew, Roger Clemens, Tom Grieve, Tom House, Randy Johnson, Pete Rose, Ivan Rodriguez, Bobby Valentine, Dave Winfield, Bobby Witt and many others.

Opens at the New Plaza Cinema in New York, and at Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles on June 24, 2022. Other select cities will follow.
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Description: Big World Pictures is proud to present the Winner of Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof, whose latest feature "There Is No Evil" won the Golden Bear at the 2020 Berlinale, has been making scathing social commentary of the Iranian regime for over a decade, but he remains relatively unknown in the US—despite winning numerous prizes at such top world film festivals as Cannes and Berlin. A MAN OF INTEGRITY reveals the corruption and state cronyism at the heart of one of the most powerful and influential regimes in the Middle East. Reza, having distanced himself from the urban quagmire, leads a simple life along with his wife and young son, somewhere in a remote village in Northern Iran. He spends his days working on his goldfish farm. Nearby, a private company with close links to the government and local authorities, has taken control of nearly every aspect of regional life. Its shareholders, accumulating wealth, power and economic influence, have been pushing local farmers and small owners to sell off their belongings, farms and estates, to the benefit of the Company’s influential network and its monopoly. It is under their pressure that many villagers have themselves become local links in the larger network of corruption.

Opening June 24 in select theaters, including the Laemmle Theaters ( )
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Description: Thought provoking drama in a directorial debut!  Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. Prescribed daily tasks on cassette tapes so he can create new memories and document them on camera, Aris slides back into ordinary life, meeting Anna (Sofia Georgovasili), a woman who is also in recovery.  Through images deadpan, strange and surreal, Greek writer-director Christos Nikou posits a beguiling reflection on memory, identity, and loss, exploring how a society might handle an irreversible epidemic through one man’s story of self-discovery.

William Klein’s THE FRENCH
Opens at Metrograph, NY, May 20, National Rollout to Follow + Available on Metrograph At Home
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Description: A Riveting Behind-the-Scenes Portrait of the 1981 French Open.  Metrograph Pictures presents William Klein’s The French, one of the great documentaries on the spectacle of sport and a truly intimate look at the human beings behind the tennis legends. Featuring John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Yannick Noah, Arthur Ashe, Martina Navratilova, Ilie Năstase, and Björn Borg.  Presented by Wes Anderson.For two weeks a year, the world looks to Paris as the titans of tennis come together to play at the Roland Garros Tournament, better known as The French Open or simply, The French. In 1981, Klein and three camera crews were given exclusive, unprecedented access to the tournament for the first time in its 90-year history, and using that doorway into locker rooms, TV studios, and players’ boxes, he shot the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the 1981 French Open—a crucial moment in a crucial year in the history of a game, and its iconic players Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Yannick Noah, and Ivan Lendl. 

A Dark, Dark Man
The film will premiere as three one-hour installments beginning July 19, 2022 on MHz Choice’s industry leading SVOD service, available through Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV. Android TV, Samsung TV and Xbox One.
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Description:  MHz Choice Announces the Streaming Premiere of An Award-Winning Kazakhstan Film. “Staggeringly controlled, slow-burn scorcher of a crime thriller…brilliant, diamond-hard film noir.” – Variety.  Conceived as a Kazakh version of a French film noir, A Dark, Dark Man starts with the murder of a small boy and is set in a bleak yet artfully framed beautiful landscape – rural and dusty rather than urban and gritty. The protagonist is Bekzat (Daniar Alshinov), a young policeman who is already a jaded and cynical accomplice to the corruption all around him. His slow-motion awakening to confronting the corrupt system is inspired almost against his will by the sudden appearance of an outside journalist, Ariana (Dinara Baktybaeva). Bekzat’s pursuit of the real murderer is flawed and a jagged zigzag towards justice, encountering plenty of blood and wrongdoing along the way.The film does purposely depart from its darker noir tone with an ‘80s-inspired soundtrack and is genuinely funny at times."  Yerzhanov has explained that, “In my films, humor helps to neutralize landmines."

Opening in Live & Virtual Cinemas June 17, 2022; This just In! Filmmaker Phil Wall will participate in Q&As at the Laemmle Monica Film Center following the 5 PM screenings June 17-19 and at the Playhouse following the screening on June 27. His father, film subject Dick Wall, will join him for the Santa Monica screenings, Father's Day included.
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Description: First Run Features presents an uplifting documentary by Phil Wall.  The Book Keepers follows the uplifting journey of a husband who keeps his wife's dream alive by becoming the spokesperson for her book after her death.  Carol Wall's debut memoir – about cancer, friendship, and cultivating an open heart – was a breakout success. But joy turned to tragedy when the breast cancer she wrote about returned, and she died months after its publication. Carol’s husband, Dick, determined to help her life-affirming message find its audience, becomes the book’s unlikely spokesperson and embarks on a nationwide book tour. He’s joined by the couple’s filmmaker son, Phil, who captures his dad’s efforts to ensure her dream lives on. The result is an intimate portrait of love and loss – an ode to the healing power of storytelling.

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Available On VOD July 14 From XYZ Films
Description: A Gripping Romantic Spy Thriller from XYZ FILMS.  Anna is a washed-up intelligence officer whose last mission left seven people dead. Drunk, broke, and alone she is given the chance for one last mission: to seduce and recruit a valuable asset connected to the Saudi Royal Family. As she gets closer and closer to her target, Anna finds she is in over her head and she must decide between accomplishing her mission or finding a way to save herself.

In select North American theaters June 17
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Description: Well go usa presents the long-awaited sequel to hit Korean sci-fi action thriller. In this sequel to the popular Korean sci-fi action thriller THE WITCH: SUBVERSION, the story moves away from a confined secret lab and out into the real world. After a mysterious girl emerges as the sole survivor of a bloody raid on the research facility behind the top-secret Witch Program, she is rescued by a pair of civilians who soon realize the girl is both very powerful and in very grave danger. However, as the assassins tasked with locating and silencing the girl move ever closer, the lives of everyone around her fall under increasingly great peril.

Two-for-One Theater Tickets!
Starting June 17, 2022, at Laemmle's NoHo
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Description:  Emelie Mahdavian’s sweeping documentary BITTERBRUSH follows Hollyn Patterson and Colie Moline, range riders who are spending their last summer herding cattle in remote Idaho. Totally off the grid with only their dogs as companions, Hollyn and Colie brave inclement weather and perilous work conditions while pondering their futures. A portrait of friendship, life transitions, and the work of two skilled young women in the isolated and beautiful landscape of the American West, BITTERBRUSH is an intimate portrayal of a way of life rarely seen on film.

Screenings on Bloomsday, June 16, 7:30 PM, at Laemmle’s Glendale and Royal Theatres.
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Description:  On Bloomsday, June 16th, one hundred years after James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses was first published, Laemmle Theaters joins the worldwide literary celebration by reviving the acclaimed documentary In Bed With Ulysses.  The film presents extraordinary passages from Ulysses that are showcases of erotic prose, indictments of prejudice, pleas for peace and human rights, and tours de force of language which seem to have almost no other purpose but to explore how eloquent and evocative words can be.  Most of all, the novel and this film are about love: Protagonist Leopold Bloom’s enduring love for his unfaithful wife Molly, and hers for him, her lonely Poldy.

MAD GOD premieres exclusively on the Shudder streaming service ( ) June 16.  It also is screening theatrically in New York at the IFC Center, and will open 6/16/22 in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Theaters ( ), with a national rollout to follow.   
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Description: Phil Tippett’s Nightmarish Award-Winning Stop-Motion Masterpiece.  Directed by the Oscar and Emmy Award-Winning Creative Mind Behind the Visual Effects of ROBOCOP, STARSHIP TROOPERS, JURASSIC PARK, and More! Mad God is an experimental animated film set in a world of monsters, mad scientists and war pigs. A corroded diving bell descends amidst a ruined city, settling down upon an ominous fortress guarded by zombie-like sentries. The Assassin emerges to explore a labyrinth of bizarre, desolate landscapes inhabited by freakish denizens. Through unexpected twists and turns, he experiences an evolution beyond his wildest comprehension. A labour of love that has taken 30 years to complete, Mad God combines live-action and stop-motion, miniature sets and other innovative techniques to bring Tippett's wholly unique and grotesquely beautiful vision to life. 

OFFICIAL COMPETITION is only in theatres, June 17, 2022, including the Laemmle Theaters ( )
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Description:  Pénelope Cruz & Antonio Banderas in a new comedy from IFC Films. When a billionaire entrepreneur impulsively decides to create an iconic movie, he demands the best. Renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) is recruited to mastermind this ambitious endeavor. Completing the all-star team are two actors with enormous talent but even bigger egos: Hollywood heartthrob Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theater actor Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Both are legends, but not exactly best friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric trials set by Lola, Félix and Iván must confront not only each other, but also their own legacies. Who will be left when the cameras finally start rolling?  Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, stars Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez.

Opens in theaters June 17, including the Laemmle Theaters ( )
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Description: Focus features presents the hilarious and original mockumentary, much loved at Sundance!  BRIAN AND CHARLES follows Brian, a lonely inventor in rural Wales, who spends his days building quirky, unconventional contraptions that seldom work. Undeterred by his lack of success, Brian attempts his biggest project yet. Three days, a washing machine, and various spare parts later, he’s invented Charles, an artificially intelligent robot who learns English from a dictionary and has an obsession with cabbages. What follows is a humorous and entirely heartwarming story about loneliness, friendship, family, finding love, and letting go.

THE VISITOR (El visitante)
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Description:  The fourth narrative feature from accomplished Bolivian filmmaker Martín Boulocq (THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND MY BEST YEARS, EUGENIA), is an introspective look at family relationships, class disparity, and the increasingly-dominant presence of Evangelism in Bolivia. THE VISITOR tells the story of Humberto (in an impressive performance by newcomer Enrique Aráoz), an ex-convict who makes a modest living by singing at wakes. Humberto’s greatest desire is to rebuild his relationship with his estranged daughter and provide her with a decent life, but the grandparents of the child—wealthy Evangelical pastors—are not willing to give up custody of their only granddaughter. Financially and ideologically bullied into a corner, Humberto is forced to face his own demons while simultaneously fighting a powerful ecclesiastical institution to which he once belonged.

Debuting exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-YAH! ( on June 17, before hitting Digital July 26.
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Description:  PAID IN BLOOD “pays homage to the Korean crime thrillers of the two previous decades” as well as to yakuza films. When a powerful crime ring begins construction on the largest casino in all of Asia, the group is challenged by a vicious young gangster from Seoul who is more than eager to kill his way to the top. In a desperate attempt to stop the newcomer, the gang’s leader declares all-out war on the man and his followers.

On the 3rd Day
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Description: new, on the horror streaming site… shudder.  Cecilia and her son Martín have a car accident. On the third day after the crash, she wanders by herself on a lonely route and there is no clue of her son. She can't remember what happened during this time and she is desperately looking for her son. On her quest she finds coincidences with her case and other police files, which seem to be acts of a brutal hunting. The circles goes round and Cecilia will end up facing a religious man, who is the responsible of this slaughter. For her, he is a lunatic. For him, Cecilia is the enemy.  Directed by Daniel de la Vega, starring Federico Aimetta and Mariana Anghileri.

Premieres 6/10/22 at NYC’s Quad Cinema, with other releases to follow, including the Laemmle Theaters in LA 6/17/22
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Description: Film movement presents a Darkly Funny Coming-of-Age Tale.  Carrie Lowstein (Madeline Grey DeFreece) and Hannah Rosen (Rachel Sennott, Shiva Baby) have been inseparable for as long as they can remember. When their former Hebrew school classmate, Samantha Goldstein, commits suicide, the two girls go to her funeral as well as the "Teen Talk-back" session designed to be an opportunity for them to understand grief through their faith. But, after an innocent kissing exercise turns Carrie's world inside out, the best friends find themselves distracted by the teenage complications of lust, social status, and wavering faith.

Theatrical prmiere on Friday, 6/3, at NYC'S FILM FORUM with additional theaters to follow.
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Description:  There's no point burying the lead — Miracle (or Miracol), the new film from Bogdan George Apetri, is a masterpiece, what Owen Gleiberman of Variety called "one of the best films I've seen at the Venice Film Festival."  When a novice -- the young, beautiful Cristina Tofan (Ioana Bugarin) sneaks away from an isolated convent in rural Romania to mysteriously attend to urgent matters, Apetri withholds key information about her motives as we follow her enigmatic journey, allowing tension to steadily build to a wavering precipice. MIRACLE’s second part follows Marius Preda (Emanuel Pârvu), a determined inspector retracing Cristina's steps days after her departure. Here, the narrative opens into both gripping police thriller and devastating social commentary, as Marius gradually uncovers clues and revelations leading not only to the unfathomable truth behind Cristina’s mysterious actions, but possibly, to an actual miracle as well.

Opens Nationwide In Theaters And VOD 6/10
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Description: Shout! Studios Presents The Daring True Story of a San Francisco Legend.  Based on a true story, Mike Colter stars as trucking and construction entrepreneur Charlie Walker. In 1971, two oil tankers violently collided off the San Francisco Coast spilling millions of gallons of crude oil creating an environmental disaster.  Against all odds, Charlie was able to secure one of the most lucrative contracts to clean the coastline that threatened much of the San Francisco Bay. With only three trucks, an incredible work ethic and a whole lot of heart, the film recounts the racial discrimination Walker endured as he tries to save the coastline all while fighting institutional racism from the very company that hired him in the first place.

Bans off our Bodies! The War on Women’s Reproductive Freedom
A Free Q&A and online screening!  Activist Heather Booth in zoom conversation with NCJW's Sheila Katz
Sunday, June 12, 2022, 4 pm PDT / 7 pm EDT, a Zoom Webinar
Q&A Panel Discussion with:
HEATHER BOOTH, Activist and Founder of the Jane Collective
LILLY RIVLIN, Filmmaker of "Heather Booth: Changing Lives"
SHEILA KATZ, Moderator and CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women
STREAM three films for free (June 6 - 13) by registering here (  ) then join the Q&A on zoom on June 12. You will automatically be registered on zoom for the webinar by reserving your ticket here to watch the films: Heather Booth: Changing Lives, Jane: An Abortion Service, and Abortion Helpline: My Name is Lisa.
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Description: LA Jewish Film Festival in partnership with National Council of Jewish Women and Women Make Movies presents…a critical in-depth conversation about Jewish values and the war on women's reproductive freedom and the recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Tune in to watch Sheila Katz, CEO of National Council of Jewish Women moderate the Q&A with activist Heather Booth, Founder of the JANE Abortion Collective, and Lilly Rivlin, director of the film, "Heather Booth: Changing Lives. "   Read about Heather here:   . View the trailer to Heather Booth: Changing Lives here:

Premieres at the 2022 Brooklyn Film Festival, June 3 – 12; Online: Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 12; In Person: Saturday, June 4, 8pm at Windmill Studios (more info at:  ) ;
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Description:  A Gripping Portrayal of the Creative Process and the Lengths One’s Willing to Go for their Art.  Based on the novel Mountain Range by Daniel Galera, Welcome, Violeta! stars renowned Argentine actor Darío Grandinetti (Talk to Her; Rojo) as Holden, the charismatic leader of a writing residency set deep in the towering Argentine Andes mountain range. The film tells the story of Ana (played by Brazilian actress Débora Falabella), a young woman eager to complete her novella Violeta at the well-known “End of the World” literary laboratory. Over the course of her stay at the remote residence, Ana becomes more and more familiar with Holden’s idiosyncratic methods that require the participating artists to abandon their own identities and live emotionally and psychologically as their characters. Captivated by her artistic investigation, Ana immerses herself wholly into the method and starts living as Violeta, until her fiction loses control.

SUNKEN ROADS: Three Generations After D-Day
Streaming on Apple TV, iTunes & Vimeo On Demand plus DVD & Blu Ray availability begins May 30, 2022
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Description: First Run Features presents an "Extraordinary" (Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC) film!  Don McCarthy was 20 years old on D-Day, when his infantry division landed on Omaha Beach. Don and the other veterans who survived D-Day will someday soon have passed into memory and legend. This realization inspires 20-year-old filmmaker Charlotte Juergens to join Don and seven other D-Day vets on a journey to France – a commemorative pilgrimage to Omaha Beach for the 70th anniversary of the invasion. The vets come to see Charlotte as a granddaughter, trusting her with their stories as they confront the trauma that still haunts them 70 years after the war. In capturing their lives, Sunken Roads offers an intergenerational perspective on D-Day, presenting the memories of 90-year-old combat veterans through the eyes of a 20-year-old woman.

In Theaters June 3, 2022 via Roadside Attractions
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Description: The TIFF Favorite From The Legendary Terence Davies! BENEDICTION explores the turbulent life of WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden). The writer and soldier was a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World War and was decorated for his bravery but who became a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war when he returned from service. His poetry was inspired by his experiences on the Western Front, and he became one of the leading war poets of the era. Adored by members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London’s literary and stage world, he embarked on affairs with several men as he attempted to come to terms with his homosexuality. At the same time, broken by the horror of war, he made his life’s journey a quest for salvation, trying to find it within the conformity of marriage and religion.  Written and directed by Terence Davies, starring Jack Lowden, Peter Capaldi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeremy Irvine, Calem Lynch, Tom Blyth, Kate Phillips, Geraldine James, Anton Lesser, Suzanne Bertish, Matthew Tennyson, and Julian Sands.

Opens at the Laemmle Royal on May 27th..
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Description: Big World Pictures is proud to present NURI BILGE CEYLAN’S CANNES PRIZE-WINNING BREAKOUT FILM! A divorced photographer’s life of solitary routine is interrupted when a distant cousin from his remote village comes to stay in his tiny Istanbul apartment, quickly outstaying his welcome. “With its laconic, faintly elliptical narrative style, its subtle, striking compositions, and its superb performances, the film has much to say both about masculinity and about modern life in the Western(ized) world... A droll wit ensures that its none too rosy take on friendship and fulfilment never feels forced or oppressive.

Opening June 3rd at the Laemmle Royal Theatre in Los Angeles
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Description: Strand releasing presents a witty examination of starting out in the world, defining who you are and, most importantly, what you want to be.  Sophie (Forestier) is a graphic artist trying to make ends meet in Paris. She just missed out on art school, so she has decided to try to create her own career. To pay her way, she takes a job as a waitress and shares a flat with a student. She hangs out regularly with Julia (Laetitia Dosch, Jeunne Femme), her fun-loving friend. And she drifts between a number of lovers. But Sophie is looking for something else – a balance between life and love. And work. In her first film, artist and comic book author Antico gives us a very modern portrait of twentysomething life, which may or may not be loosely inspired by her own. A Film By Nine Antico.

Opens June 3 at the Quad and BAM in NYC with National Rollout to Follow, Including the Laemmle Theaters in LA on June 10
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Description: Kino Lorber presents a Visionary Afro-Futurist Musical.  Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing. Co-directed with his partner, the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry. Set between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience – Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.

In Theaters June 3
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Description: A Sundance-premiering family sci-fi adventure from well go usa!  Vietnam's first-ever children's sci-fi feature, is based on a beloved 1970s Czechoslovakian television series that became a cultural sensation in Vietnam throughout the 1980s and ‘90s.  After losing his mother, a grieving boy discovers a crashed spaceship and makes a new friend with awesome powers (though she does need a little help with her earthly social skills). Together, they embark on a zany, fun-filled adventure while taking on the bad guys and helping Maika find her way home.

60th Anniversary Screening in Tribute to Sidney Poitier w/Actor Barry Gordon
Wednesday, June 22 at 7 PM, Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, Actor Barry Gordon in Person
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Description:  The film is based on a real psychiatric case about a doctor who tried to fathom the reasons for the racial prejudices of a belligerent patient. As he probes the character’s past, he discovers some of the reasons for the convict’s poisonous ideas but is unable to “cure” him of his antisocial attitudes.  It was the film’s producer, Stanley Kramer (THE DEFIANT ONES, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER), who suggested altering the real case by making the psychiatrist a Black man. Both Poitier and Darin contribute outstanding performances. The script by director Hubert Cornfield and S. Lee Pogostin incisively scrutinizes the psychological roots of race prejudice and fascism. A film exposing the poison of white supremacy remains just as timely today as it was in 1962.

Cocoon (2021)
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Description:  IN THE SUMMER STREETS OF BERLIN, A YOUNG GIRL DISCOVERS FIRST LOVE IN LEONIE KRIPPENDORF’S  TENDER, LGBTQ COMING-OF-AGE DRAMA.  In the multicultural microcosm of her noisy Berlin neighborhood, there are many firsts for 14-year-old Nora (Lena Urzendowsky) during one particularly hot summer. She gets her period, smokes marijuana, discovers her love for other girls and meets the wild Romy (Jella Haase). With her, the noisy area of Kreuzberg suddenly seems endlessly large and full of hidden beauty.  While the heat sticks to her skin, Nora loses her heart to her wild new friend and learns to stand up for herself. And when summer ends, as she makes her way into adulthood, things will never be the same again for Nora in this tender drama nominated for a Generation14 Plus Crystal Bear and Teddy for Best Feature Film at the 2020 Berlinale.

Fanny: The Right to Rock
Opening at NY’s Quad Cinema 5/27/22, with additional theaters to follow, including The Landmark Westwood in LA the Regal Westpark in Irvine, 6/3/2022
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FIRST ALL-FEMALE ROCK BAND, from Film Movement!!!  Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina-American sisters got together with other teenage girls to play music. Little did they know their garage band would morph into the legendary and ferocious rock group Fanny, one of the very first all-women bands to sign with a major record label. Yet, despite releasing 5 critically-acclaimed albums over 5 years, touring with famed bands from SLADE to CHICAGO and amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie, Fanny's groundbreaking impact in music was written out of history…until now, with the feature-length documentary, FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK.  Join those in the know—Fanny are FABULOUS ROCKERS.  Just look here for proof:

Opens theatrically at Film Forum in New York on Friday, May 20, before expanding to more cities nationwide, including Los Angeles on Friday, May 27, at the Laemmle Royal & Laemmle Town Center.
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Description:  In northern India, a breathtakingly beautiful Himalayan community attracts tourists by commingling South Asian and Swiss Alps aesthetics. Debut filmmaker Ajitpal Singh tells an unconventional story of feminist strength while “accentuating the [region’s] spectacular exteriors and wide-canvas nature shots” (Variety). One local woman competes with her neighbors for business while battling the strictures of patriarchy, a local infrastructure from hell, and religious superstitions. She saves money, uses feminine wiles to subvert the corrupt powers-that-be, and piggy-backs her son up and down the mountainside to medical appointments with condescending doctors. In the end, our heroine’s tightly wound grit must find release… in triumph, or madness, or both.  From debut director Ajitpal Singh.

Opens theatrically at the Village East by Angelika in New York on May 13, and at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles on May 20th, with other cities to follow.
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Description:  Jonathan Agassi was one of the most successful gay porn stars in the world.  His rise to fame was stratospheric and revolutionized the industry.  He built his fame and success on what is considered a global taboo, but in fact pleases millions.  Filmed over eight years, the documentary follows Jonathan Agassi from his native Tel Aviv to Berlin, documenting his ascent to the top of the gay porn industry, as well as his struggles with drug addiction and depression. At times deeply disturbing but darkly funny, JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE offers a rare and intimate look at the world of gay porn and escorting, and presents a unique relationship between a mother and son who courageously redefine familiar family concepts. Winner of the Ophir Prize (Israeli Oscar) for Best Documentary.

In Theaters and Available on Digital and On Demand 6/17
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Description: A crime thriller from Paramount Pictures and Saban Films! When a master thief is sabotaged during a bank heist and left for dead, he seeks revenge on his former crew one target at a time. Now, with the cops and the mob closing in, he's in the race of his life to reclaim an untold fortune in cryptocurrency from those who double-crossed him. UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture stars in this nail-bitingly tense and action-packed thriller. Stars Randy Couture, Louis Mandylor, Chris Maher, Benjamin Abiola, Michele Plaia, Texas Battle and Cam Gigandet.

Writer/Director Alessandro Celli'sThrilling Post-Apocalyptic Debut Opens on Friday, May 20 in New York (Angelika Film Center) and Los Angeles (Landmark Westwood) before expanding theatrically nationwide.
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Description: Kino Lorber is pleased to present a thrilling dystopian vision. In the not-too-distant future on Italy’s southern coast, the city of Taranto has become a toxic wasteland ruled by warring gangs and surrounded by barbed wire.  Best friends Pietro and Cristian dream of escaping their hardscrabble existence for a better life in nearby New Taranto. Opportunity knocks when Hothead, the charismatic and dangerous leader of a local gang called the Ants, recruits the two boys and gives them everything they fantasized about: money in their pockets, a family, and a father figure. The friendship begins to splinter as Cristian displays a surprising talent for mayhem, a new female friend pushes them further apart, an obsessed cop hounds the gang, and Hothead becomes increasingly unhinged. Recalling everything from Mad Max to Lord of the Flies to City of God, director Alessandro Celli’s thrilling feature debut stars Dennis Protopapa, Giuliano Soprano, Alessandro Borghi, Barbara Ronchi, and Ludovica Nasti.

Cine Nueva Onda
May 6th-13th, 2022.  Info and FREE Access available here:
Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA), in association with the Hola Mexico Film Festival’s Description: A Free showcase of young & experimental Latin narratives from up-and-coming So Cal filmmakers.  Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today initiative, presents Fantasías y Sueños (Fantasies and Dreams), two amazing one-hour long programs offering a glimpse into today’s zeitgeist, where fresh, authentic voices reflect on what's going on and the world they would love to see.
Señora Genovese--After watching an infomercial about traveling, an old woman decides to escape from the retirement home to make her dreams come true.
The Burning Plain--An incarcerated firefighter struggles to find emotional stability as he relives searing memories of his traumatic past.
Modernica--An introspective musical journey into the emotional mind of Felipe.
Ke Petiu Hein+? --A tender exploration of the relationship the Wirarika community, an indigenous community living in Mexico's Sierra Occidental, has to the act of dreaming.
Preggers--After Isabella’s encounter with a curandera, she takes a pregnancy test and decides to have an abortion. Her boyfriend Carlos berates her for it but once he is confronted by children in a nightmare, he finally understands his partner's decision.
Güero y Prieto--A young, newly Mexican immigrant in Miami is in for a rude awakening when he finds himself with no money and no support from his family back home, until he meets an undocumented young man who offers him the possibility to start a new life away from his chaotic family.
Yoruga--A lonely old man pays a visit to Yoruga, one of the last animals on Earth.
El Triste--On the backstage of a show, El Triste, an old used ragdoll-like marionette, decides to prove to himself and his fellow puppets that he is valuable and worthy of admiration.
The Little Thief--After stealing a bean from a local market, a young boy experiences guilt for the first time.
Soul and Life--Mischievous bandits come to grips with their future lives while on the run from the police, clashing over the meaning of love, wealth, and revenge.
Evaporated--A young man falls in love with his best friend’s mom, setting the limit of his friendship.
In Case I'm next--A gut-wrenching manifesto responding to decades of systemic attacks on Black lives in the name of law and order.

Screens In theaters and On VOD May 13th
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Description: Vertical Entertainment presents an indie comedy starring Christopher Lloyd, Richard Kind, Tara Holt & Stephen Friedrich. Inspired by the writers’ own experiences in the theater world, the film meets a thespian couple Tucker Charlemagne (Friedrich) and Sandrene St. Jean (Holt) as they are kicked out of the avant-garde acting scene in New York by their long-time guru, Buford Slezinger (Lloyd), forcing them to venture back to Sandrene’s hometown of Fargo, North Dakota to start a new theatre company and win a residency at the historic Fargo Theatre. Upon arrival, they discover that Fargo already has a theater company led by Sandrene’s ruthless former drama teacher Mr. Mortensen (Kind). Through a whirlwind of immersive theater attacks, alleyway sing-offs, sabotage, and TMI cast bonding, Tucker, Sandrene, and the Tankhouse will stop at nothing to win, setting up an epic showdown with Mr. Mortensen’s Red River Players.

Indian Filmmaker Achal Mishra’s THE VILLAGE HOUSE (GAMAK GHAR)
Digital Release in North America on 5/10/22, through Grasshopper Films, in Association with Deaf Crocodile Films & Gratitude Films
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Description: An Award-Winning, lovely, luminous, and gentle portrait of a large extended Indian family over several decades. A large Indian family gathers at their matriarch’s rural home, following the inevitable rhythms of change, children moving away to the city, and the inexorable decay of traditional village life. Like Bergman’s FANNY AND ALEXANDER, THE VILLAGE HOUSE is suffused with warmth and nostalgia, and a remarkable eye for detail: men cheating amiably at cards, vegetables frying in oil, kids and uncles mesmerized by a Salman Khan movie, the ephemeral poetry of the present as it slips away. “Gradually we came down to visiting only once a year,” one character observes sadly as the house falls slowly into disrepair — and as the building ages with the family, THE VILLAGE HOUSE becomes the most intimate of epics, tracing birth, death, and rebirth like a flood leaving its high watermark on the bark of a tree. In Maithili language with English subtitles. Winner Best Director & Best Production Design, FOI Online Awards, India.

ARRAY Hosts A Spring Salute to Sidney Poitier! FREE!
Saturday, May 21, Amanda Cinema (ARRAY’s Creative Campus, 180 Glendale Blvd., LA 90026)
1:00 PM | NO WAY OUT (1950) Directed By Joseph L. Mankiewicz
4:00 PM | PARIS BLUES (1961) Directed By Martin Ritt
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Description: YOU are invited to join ARRAY for a special salute to the extraordinary screen star Mr. Sidney Poitier.  In Sidney Poitier's first feature film NO WAY OUT, a hospital's only Black doctor is assigned to treat two white brothers who have been shot. When one dies on the operating table, it causes tension within the town that could start a race riot. Also starring: Richard Widmark; Linda Darnell; Stephen McNally.  In a potent collision of race, romance and jazz, PARIS BLUES chronicles the passionate relationship of two couples embarking on intellectual and artistic adventures in turbulent times. Also starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Diahann Carroll and Louis Armstrong.  In conjunction with this one-day double feature showing, ARRAY’s 101 initiative will debut the newest learning companion for the three-part doc-series THEY’VE GOTTA HAVE US. Engaging audiences with interactive discussions, this event goes beyond the screen to prompt discussions about Mr. Poitier's undeniable legacy as an artist and activist.

Opens at the Laemmle Glendale Theater Friday, May 6.
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Description: Following in the tradition of Antonioni’s Blowup and Coppola’s The Conversation, director Yann Gozlan — and an excellent cast led by the ever-impeccable Pierre Niney — crafts a taut, suspenseful intrigue, unraveling the events behind a tragic incident in the aeronautics industry. Matthieu, a brilliant young black-box analyst with an extraordinarily acute ear, is charged with investigating a deadly plane crash. Progressively obsessed by inexplicable evidence that doesn’t add up, and spiraling further and further into the realm of paranoia, he gradually loses credibility at the BEA, the bureau that investigates aviation safety in France. So he’s forced to go rogue, risking both his career and his life, but determined to uncover the sordid truth.

Opens theatrically on April 22 in New York and May 6 in Los Angeles (Laemmle Royal and Harkins' Cerritos 16-- ) and San Diego (Landmark Hillcrest and Angelika Carmel Mountain) with a national rollout to follow.
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Description:  Panah Panahi’s Charming Family Road Movie, a Cannes Favorite.  Kino Lorber is pleased to present a touching family drama from Iranian writer/director Panah Panahi. The film was a breakout success at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it received its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight, and was featured at the AFI, New York and BFI London (Best Film award) festivals, among others. This charming, sharp-witted and ultimately deeply moving comic drama takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns. Panahi follows a family of four—two middle-aged parents and their two sons, one a taciturn adult, the other an ebullient six-year-old—as they drive across the Iranian countryside. Over the course of the trip, they bond over memories of the past, grapple with fears of an unknown future and fuss over their sick dog. Rather than rely on an episodic structure built around external encounters, Panahi keeps the focus on the psychological dynamics inside the car and at various stops along the way. The result is a film that gradually builds emotional momentum as it reveals the furtive purpose for the family's journey, and dexterously swings from comedy to tragedy en route

Premiering in Theaters and Virtual Cinema on 5/6/22
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Description: A UKRAINIAN SURGEON SEEKS AN ESCAPE FROM THE TRAUMAS OF WAR IN THIS POWERFUL DRAMA. In 2014, Serhiy, a Ukrainian surgeon, enlists to fight Russian military forces in the Donbass region, where he is captured by enemy soldiers. Now a prisoner of war, he witnesses horrifying scenes of humiliation and violence at the hands of the Russian invaders. In addition, his captors co-opt his medical background to dispense mercy killings to the tortured. After his release, he returns to his comfortable middle-class apartment, still suffering from the trauma of his experiences. Looking inward, Serhiy tries to find a purpose in life by rebuilding his relationship with his daughter and ex-wife, learning how to be a human being again through being a father.  REFLECTION is part of Film Movement’s Ukrainian Film Collection, 10% of gross ticket sales will be donated to the Ukraine Crisis Fund, administered by Americares.  

Have a Divergent Summer
Divergent PR's upcoming slate for Summer 2022 looks fabulous!  Stay tuned here as more info becomes available!
OFFICIAL COMPETITION - Opening June 17 in select theaters
When a billionaire entrepreneur impulsively decides to create an iconic movie, he demands the best. Renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) is recruited, as are two actors with enormous talent but even bigger egos: Hollywood heartthrob Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theater actor Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Who will be left when the cameras finally start rolling?
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APPLES - Opening June 24 in select theaters
Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities.  Aris meets Anna (Sofia Georgovasili), a woman who is also in recovery.
BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE - Opening July 8 in select theaters
Sara (Juliette Binoche) and Jean (Vincent Lindon) have been in a loving and stable relationship for ten years. When they first met, Sara was in a relationship with François (Grégoire Collin), Jean’s best friend. One day, Sara sees François on the street. Before long, things are in danger of spiraling out of control.
DREAMING WALLS: INSIDE THE CHELSEA HOTEL - Opening July 8 in select theaters and on demand
The legendary Chelsea Hotel, an icon of 1960s counterculture and a haven for famous artists and intellectuals including Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and the superstars of Warhol's Factory, is under renovation. Soon it will reopen to the public as one of New York's most fashionable luxury hotels. The film takes us through the hotel’s storied halls, exploring its living body and the bohemian origins that contributed to its mythical stature.
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Opens at Angelika Film Center in NYC - April 29, and Laemmle Royal in LA - May 6 ( ). A national release will follow.
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Description:  Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, FIDDLER'S JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN captures the humor and drama of director Norman Jewison's quest to recreate the lost world of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia and re-envision the beloved stage hit as a wide-screen epic. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim puts us in the director's chair and in Jewison's heart and mind, drawing on rare behind-the-scenes footage, original storyboards, and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with Norman Jewison, Topol (Tevye), composer John Williams, production designer Robert F. Boyle, film critic Kenneth Turan, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and actresses Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, and Neva Small (Tevye’s daughters). The film explores how the experience of making Fiddler deepens Jewison as an artist and revives his soul.

Streaming & DVD Launch Date: May 3, 2022; streaming on Apple TV, iTunes & Vimeo On Demand
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Description: First Run Features presents Robert Clem's New Music Documentary!  How They Got Over celebrates the spirit of gospel performers and how they helped usher in a musical revolution that changed the world forever! How They Got Over features classic performance footage of the Soul Stirrers, Dixie Hummingbirds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Blind Boys of Mississippi, Sensational Nightingales, the Davis Sisters and many more. Some of the greatest names in quartet music are interviewed in the film, giving vivid accounts of how they “got over” in their performances: shouting, bending over backwards, dancing, jumping off the stage: what came to be known as “gospel drama” – and a huge influence on future rock 'n' rollers.

THE TSUGUA DIARIES (Diários de Otsoga), by Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes
The Sun-Soaked Meditation on the Torpor of Pandemic Life and the Act of Filmmaking Itself Opens Friday, May 27 at Film at Lincoln Center in New York City, Followed by Select Cities
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Description: A cockeyed and languid celebration of the rigorous process of moviemaking that unfolds, in reverse chronological order, over twenty-two days of pandemic lockdown.  A daily journal that reveals only the leadup but rarely the aftermath, the film begins by surveying the mundane routine tasks of three housemates and close friends (Carloto Cotta, Crista Alfaiate, and João Nunes Monteiro) living in rural tranquility during Portugal’s COVID 19 lockdown: impromptu dance parties, gardening, picking fruit, building a backyard butterfly house. Soon, we discover that there’s more going on beyond the limits of the camera frame as various members of a film crew make themselves visible on-screen.

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Description: UKRAINE’S OFFICIAL 2022 OSCARS® SUBMISSION! An OMNIBUS DRAMA built around four fraught encounters on the Donbass Byways of eastern Ukraine. A man alleging to be a schoolmaster is accosted by the military at a checkpoint. Two teenagers wait for their soldier boyfriends in a dilapidated town square. A journalist is held captive and gets brutally assaulted. A young woman apologizes to an elderly couple for running over their chickens. Featuring four stories set against the backdrop of the Donbass roads during wartime, loomed by disorientation, paranoia, and terror, BAD ROADS, which challenges the very notion of truth, delivers audiences to a bleak Ukraine they’ll not soon forget. Written and directed by Natalya Vorozhbit, starring Igor Koltovskyy, Andrey Lelyukh, Vladimir Gurin, Anna Zhurakovskaya, Yuliya Matrosova, Maryna Klimova, Yuri Kulinich, Zoya Baranovskaya, Oksana Voronina, and Sergei Solovyov. BAD ROADS is part of Film Movement’s UKRAINIAN FILM COLLECTION.  For all screenings, the company is donating 10% of gross ticket sales to the Ukraine Crisis Fund administered by Americares, a BBB-accredited charity with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.  Additional upcoming films in the UKRAINIAN FILM COLLECTION include Sergei Loznitsa’s acclaimed dark comedy, DONBASS, which opens at New York City’s IFC Center on April 8, the Sundance Award-winning documentary THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE (4/22) and REFLECTION, Valentyn Vasyanovych’s powerful wartime drama (5/6).

Opening in New York, April 15th, Exclusively at Film at Lincoln Center; Opening in Los Angeles April 29
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Description: Oscilloscope Laboratories presents an adventure based on a legendary figure! Luciano (Gabriele Silli) is a wandering outcast in a remote, late 19th-century Italian village.  His life becomes undone by alcohol, forbidden love, and a bitter conflict with the prince of the region over the right of passage through an ancient gateway. When the quarrel escalates, Luciano is exiled to the distant Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego where, with the help of ruthless gold-diggers, he searches for a mythical treasure, paving his way toward redemption. However, in these barren lands, only greed and insanity can prevail. Written and directed by Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis.

World Premieres April 29 In Theaters and Digital and On Demand From Saban Films
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Description: A Tense and Twisted Cult Thriller! Two women are in a desperate attempt to flee the clutches of Skylight, an insidious cult. Trapped at Skylight’s isolated desert campus, The Aviary, Jillian (Akerman), and Blair (Izzo) join forces to make a treacherous escape. Alone in the harsh wilderness, they are consumed by paranoia and unable to shake the feeling that they are being followed by the cult's leader, Seth (Messina), a man as seductive as he is controlling. With supplies dwindling and their senses failing, Jillian and Blair are faced with a horrifying question: how do you run from an enemy who lives inside your head?  Starring Malin Akerman (Dollface, WATCHMEN), Lorenza Izzo (Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, KNOCK KNOCK), and Chris Messina (I CARE A LOT, The Mindy Project) .Written/directed by Chris Cullari & Jennifer Raite and from the producers of explosive horror hits GET OUT, THE INVISIBLE MAN, and more!.

Los Angeles Theatrical Premiere on April 29 at the Laemmle Glendale, and soon will be in a dozen cities and counting. Held over at New York's Film Forum for a second week, started at the Austin Film Society last night.
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Description: “BEFORE QUADROPHENIA, BEFORE THE JAM, BEFORE THE SEX PISTOLS, THERE WAS BRONCO BULLFROG.” —SASHA FRERE-JONES, OBSERVER.  Seventeen-year-old Del, with no money and nowhere to go, breaks into train cars with his cool, fresh-out-of-Borstal (reform school) pal Bronco Bullfrog. But one day he meets the lovely Irene, and despite an earful from his dad (and her mum), the two young lovers run away together… but to where?

MUBI presents Franz Rogowski: The Man of the Hour—five films
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A celebration of the acclaimed actor! Franz Rogowksi has steadily solidified his place as the most exciting European actor of his generation. In anticipation of the May 6 streaming premiere of his latest triumph, Great Freedom (A MUBI Release), this month kicks off an ongoing series that showcases the incredible range of this transformative performer.
LUZIFER, APRIL 25--Johannes (Rogowski), a man with the heart of a child, lives a secluded life with his mother dominated by religious fervor, whose idyllic world is turned upside down when a developer begins buying up the land around them, unleashing hellish consequences.
IN THE AISLES, APRIL 28--The reclusive Christian (Rogowski) takes a job working the night shift at a big box store, when he becomes enamored by his charming but mysterious co-worker Marion (Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann). But Marion has secrets of her own.
TRANSIT, APRIL 30--Paris is invaded by foreign troops, German refugee Georg flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a deceased writer. There he delves into the delicate culture of the refugee community, becomes involved in the lives of a mother and son, and meets the writer’s enigmatic wife Marie.
LOVE STEAKS, MAY 2,--The first example of FOGMA, a German take on mumblecore pioneered by director Jakob Lass, this unscripted drama blends improvisation, documentation and fiction and finds the actor as an attendant in a luxury wellness hotel whose relationship with a cook threatens to spiral out of control.
GREAT FREEDOM, MAY 6--In Germany after WWII, the liberation by the Allies did not mean freedom for everyone. Hans (Rogowski) has been found guilty of something the government deems a crime: he is gay.

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Description: Hillbilly Senseis and Deadly Flying Feet…a High-Octane Ode to 80's B-Flicks.  Kill Bad Guys.  Save Hot Babes.  Eat China Buffet.  And strap in for a non-stop, high-octane ode to 80’s B-flicks following one hillbilly ninja’s mission to save the world! The Ninja VIP Super Club is doing a slow drag across the American Midwest, culminating in female sacrifice. When they kidnap a super-hot babe that local scumbag, Rex, has his eyes on – it’s up to him to become a ninja and steal her back! From exploding cows to bazooka cops, badass ball rippers and an over-the-top ninja villain in cowboy boots with an appetite for everything that’s soft and fuzzy – along with the original song “I’m a Ninja Now” from Vince Johnson, the singer-songwriter behind Joe Exotic’s viral songs such as “I Saw a Tiger” -- this outrageous twist on ‘80s B-ninja flicks is a singular, out-of-body experience moviegoers won’t soon forget!

Opening April 22nd at Laemmle Royal Theatre and other area theatres in Los Angeles
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Description: Strand releasing presents… The incomparable Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern) gives a mesmerizing, take-no-prisoners performance in Saturday Fiction, a slow-burn spy thriller set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai on the cusp of World War II. She plays acclaimed actress Jean Yu, who has returned to Shanghai from China after a long absence. Jean Yu is in rehearsals for a play to be directed by a former lover (Mark Chao), but she seems to have ulterior motives, functioning as a double agent and gathering intelligence for the Allies, including the fateful realization of Japan’s imminent attack on Pearl Harbor. Shooting in evocative black-and-white, director Lou Ye (Spring Fever, Suzhou River) has created here a gripping thriller that builds to a nerve-wracking climax, and which never loses sight of the human beings caught up in the gears of history.

Lands On VOD From Deaf Crocodile And Grasshopper Films April 19 ( )
A collector's edition BluRay of DELTA SPACE MISSION is currently available through Vinegar Syndrome and OCN Distribution, and can be found here:,on%20her%20with%20disastrous%20results.
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Description:  The first-ever animated film to come out of Romania.  Best described as an early 80s Eastern European space-prog album high on sugary breakfast cereal, Heavy Metal magazine, Hanna-Barbera cartoons and 8-bit arcade games like Galaxian and Asteroids, all of these elements will give you some idea of the otherworldly weirdness of the Romanian animated sci-fi film DELTA SPACE MISSION. In the year 3084, Alma, a Modigliani-esque alien journalist with blue-green skin, boards a state-of-the-art spacecraft named Delta whose highly advanced computer brain develops a mad teenage crush on her with disastrous results.

Premieres Exclusively on Shudder ( ) April 21.  AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural.
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Description: The Hotly Anticipated World Premiere Zombie Thriller from Horror Maestro Gustavo Hernandez!  A virus breaks out and a chilling massacre rages through the streets. The sick become hunters, and only calm their fever by unscrupulously killing all those not yet infected. Unaware of this, Iris (Paula Silva, In The Quarry) and her daughter spend the day in the sports club where Iris works as a security guard. When night falls, their fight for survival beings. Their only hope of salvation arrives when they discover that after each attack, the infected seem to stop for 32 seconds of calm before attacking again.

Monday, April 25, 2022, 7:00 PM, Museum of Tolerance, 9786 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Q&A following the screening with Director Daniel Raim, Producer Sasha Berman, Co-Writer Michael Sragow, and actress Michèle Marsh, who played Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof. Moderated by the Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Hilary Helstein. 
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Description:  Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, FIDDLER'S JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN captures the humor and drama of director Norman Jewison's quest to recreate the lost world of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia and re-envision the beloved stage hit as a wide-screen epic. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim puts us in the director's chair and in Jewison's heart and mind, drawing on rare behind-the-scenes footage as well as original interviews with Norman Jewison, Topol (Tevye), composer John Williams, production designer Robert F. Boyle, film critic Kenneth Turan, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and actresses Rosalind Harris, Michèle Marsh, and Neva Small (Tevye’s daughters).  Presented by Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Tolerance

Premieres 4/22/22 via Virtual Cinema, VOD, and Digital.  Presented by Film Movement.
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Description: An Unconventional Japanese Triptych -- Equal Parts Thriller, Sex Comedy and Gastronomy.  The lives of a trio of seemingly unconnected lives of three people around Japan and their appetites, both culinary and carnal.  In the first story, designer Enatsu worries about his sexless marriage. Next, office worker Akane is recovering from driving-induced panic attacks. In the final third, elite advertising agent Ikeyama wants to end a relationship with his lover. Connecting all three is a shabby man who calls himself Kurita. He appears and presents each with a secret. Both suspicious and revolting, Kurita gradually reveals to each deep, mouth-watering truths regarding their sexual drive...   Written and directed by Kôta Yoshida, starring Manami Hashimoto, Ryô Ikeda, Mukau Nakamura, and Honami Satô.


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