Presented in Japanese with English Subtitles on July 10, 9 p.m., and English Dub on July 11, 6:45 p.m.
Based on her own adolescent experiences, Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava is a gripping debut about a young girl’s coming-of-age in a strict, traditional society. Living with her well-to-do parents in Tehran, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns — friendships, music, social status, academic performance — resemble that of nearly any teenager. When Ava’s mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy — going so far as to visit a gynecologist — Ava is overwhelmed by a newfound rage. Formerly a model student, Ava begins to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large.
50 years after the height of the movement, we are celebrating the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party featuring Agnes Varda’s BLACK PANTHERS, Amiri Baraka’s THE NEW-ARK and two short films based on the Black Panthers in Oakland & San Francisco from the California Newsreel
The employees of Empire Records, an independent music store on the verge of being sold to a large conglomerate, band together to stage a fund-raising party to raise enough money to buy the business. The director of Pump Up the Volume cranks it up another notch with this comedy about an eventful day in the lives of the young slackers, doers and dreamers who work at a bustling record store.
Exilic Trilogy consists of three arthouse docudrama films from Arsalan Baraheni, the exiled Iranian-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. The films present a well-known musician (Soleyman Vaseghi, a.k.a. Soli), a painter (Gholamhossein Nami) and a poet (Reza Baraheni). The films are biographical, poetic and musical, colliding with social, political and philosophical manifestations.
The first film is called “Light and Sound”, starring Soleyman Vaseghi (Soli), a well known Iranian musician who was forced to leave Iran after the 1979 revolution when music got banned by the regime. The film is about the light within the mind of the artist and the sound which he produces through his music in exile.
The second film is called “Frame & Wall”, starring Master Gholamhossein Nami who is known as one of the most important Iranian painters and visual artists. He simply had no political reasons to leave Iran but left for social purposes and ended up in Canada. The film is a visual art poetry which deals with the frames and the walls of this outstanding Iranian painter.
The third film is called “Alchemy & Dust”, starring Reza Baraheni, known as one of the greatest Iranian poets. He was forced to leave Iran about 20 years ago when he was blacklisted after signing a letter regarding the removal of censorship in Iran. This poetic docudrama is shot by Baraheni’s son, who suffered exile with him. The film is about the colliding of a poet and a filmmaker, a father and a son, the poetry and the camera.
Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit Your Name with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist.
English-subtitled version at all showtimes. English-language version on Saturday, July 7 at 4:45pm only.
Rfor some disturbing violent images
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.
Cult classic pairs Cort as a dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the meaning of life with a fresh perspective.
In his all-new stand up special NOBLE APE, Jim Gaffigan gets personal as he discusses the medical crisis that befell his wife and family this year, which almost led to his retirement.
Midcentury Productions’ executive director Don Malcolm has heard the clamor for more French noir—even before the upcoming FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 5 this November. So he’s devised a new feature in the singular series—a one-night stand to tide you over till the Fall extravaganza. Join him at San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre on Thursday evening, July 26 as he shines a light on the most unusual actress in the entire French film noir canon—ANDRÉE CLÉMENT in two startling mid-40s noirs.
DEVIL’S DAUGHTER • LA FILLE DU DIABLE 7:15 PM
THE BACK STREETS OF PARIS • MACADAM 9:00 PM
MILK is the true life story of Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. Supported and surrounded by fellow activists Cleve Jones (Emile Hirsch) and Scott Smith (James Franco), he was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on his third attempt in 1977, making him the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America. The following year, both he and the city’s mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White (Josh Brolin).
With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant’s debut feature Mala Noche heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, the film evokes a world of transient workers, dead-end day-shifters, and bars and seedy apartments bathed in a profound nighttime, as it follows a romantic deadbeat with a wayward crush on a handsome Mexican immigrant. Mala Noche was an important prelude to the New Queer Cinema of the nineties and is a fascinating capsule from a time and place that continues to haunt its director’s work.
Mrs. Géquil is a shy teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, while conducting an experiment in her lab, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels decidedly different... and the appearance of the dangerous Mrs. Hyde soon impacts on Mrs. Géquil’s teaching methods.
NOSSA CHAPE tracks the rebuilding of the Chapecoense football club in Brazil after an airplane carrying the team crashed on November 28th, 2016, leaving all but three of the players dead. With exclusive access to the new team, families of the deceased, and three surviving players, this documentary shows a team and a city divided about how to handle tragedy - should they focus on keeping the memory of the dead alive or moving on with their own lives? As the team flies the same fated route to play the final championship game that last year's team would have played, they must unite around a common identity.
EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA (On the Seventh Day) is a fiction feature from director Jim McKay (GIRLS TOWN, OUR SONG, EVERYDAY PEOPLE) which follows a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn over the course of seven days.
Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers, and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team's captain - young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José's team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. José tries to reason with his boss or replace himself, but his efforts fail. If he doesn't work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn't stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.
Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus, EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA is a humane, sensitive, and humorous window into a world rarely seen. The film’s impact is made quietly, with restraint and respect for the individual experiences, everyday challenges, and small triumphs of its characters.
The filthiest person alive, Divine, is using the codename Babs Johnson while living in a trailer in the woods with her mother Eddie, who loves eggs, her mad hippie son Crackers and her mate Cotton. The envious couple Connie and Raymond Marble, abduct and impregnate female hitchhikers to sell their babies to gay and lesbian couples. The money they make is invested in heroin that's sold in schools. They hire Cookie to have sex with Crackers and spy Divine to compete for the title of "the filthiest people alive". When the competition begins, Connie and Raymond Marble learn why Divine has this title.
PGfor some thematic elements and language.
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.
When an archeologist uncovers a strange skull in a foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further unexplainable occurrences.
Welcome to Grey Gardens…as you’ve never seen it before. Three years before the Maysles’ landmark documentary introduced the world to Edith and Edie Beale—the unforgettable mother-daughter (and Jackie O. relatives) living in a decaying dream world on Long Island—renowned photographer Peter Beard chronicled life at their crumbling estate during one summer in 1972. For the first time ever, director Göran Olsson (The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975) assembles this long-lost footage—featuring glimpses of luminaries like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and Truman Capote—into a one-of-a-kind family portrait bursting with the loving squabbles, quotable bon mots, and impromptu musical numbers that would make Big and Little Edie beloved cultural icons.
The story of one man’s mission in the 1970s to bring the ancient healthcare system of wellness called Ayurveda from India to the U.S - and how it went from virtually unknown to one of the most prominent alternative health systems in the world.
THE LADIES ALMANACK is a feature-length film written & directed by Daviel Shy, based on the novel of the same title by Djuna Barnes. The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of female authors and artists in 1920s Paris.
THE MOST UNKNOWN is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity’s biggest questions. How did life begin? What is time? What is consciousness? How much do we really know?
Popcorn for Breakfast is back!
Stay in your PJs and head over to the Roxie for popcorn for breakfast while watching an assortment of the best of THE PINK PANTHER SHOW!
Recommended ages 5 and up but all ages are welcome.
We'll be showing:
Dial 'P' for Pink
The Hand is Pinker Than the Eye
The Pink Phink
Pink, Plunk, Plink
We Give Pink Stamps
In The Texture of Falling, nothing is what it seems. From its opening shot to its startling climax, the film inverts all expectations. It asks what is real and what is artifice. Where do our fantasies end and our passions begin?
To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor is a feature-length documentary that tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes -- octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax bill upon the death of her spouse because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples – and Edie’s spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this lack of recognition of her more than forty-year relationship with the love of her life, Edie decided to sue the United States government – and won. Windsor and Kaplan’s legal and personal journeys are told in their own words, and through interviews with others of the legal team, movement activists, legal analysts, well-known supporters and opponents. Beyond the story of this pivotal case in the marriage equality movement and the stories behind it, the film also tells the story of our journey as a people, as a culture, and as citizens with equal rights.