AFS Cinema announces reopening date and first film lineup: arthouse mecca brings new titles, immortal classics
Prepare for a Summer of the soul … and the cinema!
Mark your calendar: July 15th. AFS Cinema, the two-screen cinema operated by Austin Film Society, will reopen to the public with a stellar array of classics, standards, quirks and new releases.
The reopening comes as AFS has raised more than $ 130,000 through its Next Picture Show initiative, with the goal of raising $ 150,000 to dismantle the arthouse gem. AFS CEO Rebecca Campbell said: “We are blown away by the incredible support and enthusiasm from the community for the reopening of AFS Cinema, and beyond the gratitude for the generous donations and words of encouragement. It shows us that not only are people ready to go back to the movies. – to watch and experience new films as they were meant to be seen – but also that this non-profit arthouse is a vital cultural touchstone for the community. We are delighted to announce our opening date and look forward to seeing everyone at AFS Cinema this summer. ”
After 16 months of closure due to the pandemic, the theater will reopen with its established signature lineup and carefully curated new releases on July 15. Tickets will be available from June 25 at www.austinfilm.org (check out details on how the theater operates during the pandemic at www.austinfilm.org/covid).
It all starts with the new version of Summer of the soul, Ahmir’s remarkable documentary “Questlove” Thompson on the cultural impact and sheer groove of the 1969 Harlem Culture Festival. A week later sees the local release of Without getting killed or caught, Tamara Saviano and Paul Whitfield’s delicate examination of the life of Texas dean of songwriters Guy Clark, and the eternally complicated relationship between Clark, his wife Susanna and his best friend Townes Van Zandt. All of this before Lowery’s radically faithful account of the trials and torments of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), which opens nationwide on July 30, followed by a portrayal of a modern legend, Rita Moreno: Just a girl who decided to go (August 11).
Meanwhile, one of Austin’s most acclaimed filmmakers, Keith Maitland, will host the Austin theatrical premiere of his latest film, SXSW 2021 smash. Dear Mr. Brody (July 18), the tragic story of an optimist whose crazy idea revealed the secret needs of the American people through a bizarre letter-writing campaign. This is far from the only screening with guests: Saviano will be present for the opening weekend screenings of his documentary, while John Singleton biographer Mark C. Cunningham will have all the answers during the question-and-answer screenings from Singleton’s first director, Boyz N The Hood (July 28, August 2).
On the signature programming side, AFS mixes science and culture with the return of the Science on Screen series examines the crazy question of what we put in our mouths with a projection of Larry Cohen’s monstrous satire, The thing (July 21, 24). Meanwhile, under the Modern Masters banner, AFS will bring to Berlin the fantastic romance and love letter of Christine Petzold, Undine (July 19, 24), but this is just the start of a busy summer.
A legitimate celebration of AFS favorite Claire Denis, with a new copy of her universally adored 1999 naval drama Good work (July 16, 20), which will be interspersed with screenings of the suffocating and sexual film by Jacques Deray The swimming pool (July 17, 18). For a much darker vision and worldview, there is the harshness and dreaminess of Andrei Tarkovsky. Mirror (July 22, 24, 26), then back to France for an often overlooked Franco-American gem, Melvin Van Peebles’ 1968 tale of a black American soldier in Paris, The story of a three-day pass (August 7, 9, 11). After that, there will be a welcome in-person screening for one of the titles AFS has hosted on its AFS @ Home platform, the 1968 Senegalese masterpiece by Ousmane Sembène. Mandabi (August 23).
The world of Wong Kar Wai
Another series previously available on AFS @ Home, the Hong Kong visionary didn’t just polish the films that made him an international icon of independent cinema, but refined and revamped them when he embarked on a series of restorations. To catch Chungking Express (July 23, 24), Days of being wild (July 23, 25), Fallen angels (July 25), Love mood (July 27, 30, 31 and August 1), Happy together (July 30-31), and As the tears fall (July 31 August 1) on the big screen where they deserve to be seen.
When they say essential, they mean essential, as in the cycle of Tales of the Four Seasons by Eric Rohmer:
A spring tale (August 5, 7), A winter tale (August 12, 14), A summer tale (August 19, 21), and An autumn tale (August 26, 28).
The hourglass sanatorium
AFS’s unique midnight riff returns in all its signature weirdness with Shunji Iwai’s pop weirdness All about Lily Chou-Chou (6-7, 10 August), mythical Hungarian animation Son of the white mare (13-14, 18 August), Polish Gothic meditation The hourglass sanatorium (August 20-21, 24), and Singapore Sling (August 27-28), the anti-taboo black by Nikos Nikolaidis.
Music and films combine with two documentaries on the pioneers of sound: the restoration of the Outlaw Country archives by James Szalapski, Torn freeways August 1, 3-4, 8, 11, 14), and an indoor premiere for Transistor sisters (August 4-5, 7-8), highlighting the pioneers of electronica.
The best of the Black Cannon
While we’re with the detectives, get a clue about the ongoing celebration of the best of America’s Golden Age of crime drama with The great sleep (August 6, 8), Double indemnity (August 13, 15), and Touch evil (August 20, 22), all in 35mm, plus a new digital restoration of Kiss me to death (August 27, 29)
The titles that speak for themselves:
• 2001: A Space Odyssey (August 14-16)
• The secret life of plants (Aug 17, 21-22)
• Polyester (August 28-29, 31)
Classics on the big screen
• The last picture show (July 15, 17)
• Hud (July 17)
• Run (July 18)
• Once upon a time in america (July 25)
• Maria Braun’s wedding (July 29)
• Sunrise (August 21-22)
• I am Cuba (August 21, 25)
• Break (August 28, 30)