Films Coming Soon

Friday, April 03, 2020

[DONA FLOR E SEUS DOIS MARIDOS]

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Film Movement to bring DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS to the AFI Silver – virtually! Now you can watch this newly restored Brazilian classic from home, all while supporting AFI Silver during our temporary closure.

Streaming link will be available starting April 3.

Based on the novel by Jorge Amado, this classic Brazilian comedy follows the strange events that befall Dona Flor (Sônia Braga, AQUARIUS; BACURAU; KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN) after she is left a widow by the death of her wild, irresponsible husband, who dies after yet another wanton night of carousing. Attempting to marry more wisely the second time around, Dona Flor weds a stable, but boring, pharmacist who has no interest in sex. When she discovers that her new sex life is less than satisfying, Dona Flor is visited by the sexy ghost of her late husband. Upon its initial release, DONA FLOR became the most successful film in Brazilian history. Its box office record was untouchable for decades, and only reached 35 years later, by the 2010 blockbuster ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN. Internationally, DONA FLOR received nominations for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. DIR/SCR Bruno Barreto; SCR Eduardo Coutinho, Leopoldo Serran, from the novel by Jorge Amado; PROD Luiz Carlos Barreto, Newton Rique. Brazil, 1976, color, 110 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. RATED R

Sunday, April 12, 2020

[臉] [LIǍN]

Commissioned by and largely shot within the Louvre, FACE is Tsai Ming-liang's mediation on the post-colonial cinematic process and an ode to François Truffaut. Here Hsiao-kang (Tsai's muse Lee Kang-sheng) directs a filmic retelling of Richard Strauss' operatic retelling of Oscar Wilde's theatrical retelling of the biblical Salomé — starring none other than Jean-Pierre Léaud (Truffaut's own Lee Kang-sheng) — all the while struggling with the loss of his mother. Full of fantastical, gorgeous images responding to the Louvre's collection, FACE highlights Tsai's painterly, stylized compositions. (Note courtesy of Doc Films.) DIR/SCR Tsai Ming-liang; PROD Jacques Bidou. France/Taiwan, 2009, color, 138 min. In French and Mandarin with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Friday, April 03, 2020

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber to bring SORRY WE MISSED YOU back to the AFI Silver – virtually! Now you can watch this acclaimed drama (another favorite from the 2019 AFI European Union Film Showcase) from home, all while supporting AFI Silver during our temporary closure.

Streaming link will be available starting April 3.

Ken Loach's follow-up to 2016's Palme d'Or-winning I, DANIEL BLAKE interrogates another facet of life in contemporary Britain, this time taking on the harsh realities of the gig economy through the lens of one family struggling to make ends meet in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash. Ricky (Kris Hitchen), a former construction worker who lost his job and home in the crash, is keen to make a go of it when a friend suggests he take a job as a semi-freelance delivery driver. Though it sounds appealing, it is soon clear that without any of the benefits of conventional employment, Ricky will need to run himself ragged just to call it a wash, forfeiting even the basic need for a bathroom break to keep on track and meet the steep daily targets. When Ricky convinces his wife, Abbie (Debbie Honeywood), an equally hardworking home care nurse, to sell her car so that he can buy his own van and avoid the unaffordable daily rental rate charged by the delivery firm, what starts as a step toward independence risks dragging Ricky and his family further and further behind. DIR Ken Loach; SCR Paul Laverty; PROD Rebecca O'Brien. UK/France/Belgium, 2019, color, 100 min. In heavily accented English with English subtitles. NOT RATED