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June Films

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Note: Most educational documentaries are listed with the daily Events.


Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-4555. AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave., various times.

June 7: "Notes on Blindness" (Peter Middleton & James Spinney, 2016). Award-winning lyrical documentary excavating the interior world of blindness. It is based on Touching the Rock, the theologian John Hull's 1990 memoir based on audiocassette diaries he kept over the course of 3 years after, on the eve of the birth of his 1st son, he suddenly went blind. 7-8:30 p.m.


Ann Arbor Senior Center. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. 1320 Baldwin, 12:30 p.m.

Every Mon.: "Movie Matinee," with films TBA.


Cinetopia International Film Festival. June 1-7. This 5th annual Michigan Theater film festival features dozens of films-many of which are Michigan premieres-screened over 7 days at 3 local venues (Michigan Theater, U-M Lorch Hall, and Zingerman's Cornman Farms). The festival also includes several Detroit venues (see cinetopiafestival.org for info about screenings in Detroit, which run June 2-11). The films include narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin. Tickets $12 (Michigan Theater members, $9; 4-pack, $42; festival passes, $50-$150) in advance at cinetopiafestival.org and the Michigan Theater, and at the door.

June 1:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Hero" (Brett Haley, 2017). Comedy that stars Sam Elliott as an aging Western star and Nick Offerman as his drug dealer buddy. 7:30 p.m. "Quest" (Jonathan Olshefski, 2017). Documentary that follows the daily struggles and successes of a working-class Philadelphia family over the course of 8 years. Also screens June 3 & 6 (see below). 9:45 p.m.

June 2:

At the Michigan Theater: "White Colour Black" (Joseph Adesunloye, 2016). Supermodel Dudley O'Shaughnessy stars as a hedonistic young photographer who travels to Senegal to bury his estranged father. 12:45 p.m. "In Between" (Maysaloun Hamoud, 2016). Drama, set in Tel-Aviv, about 3 Palestinian roommates: a stylish lawyer, a lesbian DJ and bartender, and a devout Muslim. Also screens June 3 (see below). Hebrew & Aramaic, subtitles. 1 p.m. "Bugs" (Andreas Johnsen, 2016). Documentary that follows researchers at a Copenhagen lab and their chef partners who are exploring the viability of insects as a primary food source. 1:15 p.m. "Afterimage" (Andrzej Wajda, 2016). Biopic about mid-20th-century Polish artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, whose art and livelihood were threatened by Stalinism. Also screens June 3 (see below). Polish, subtitles. 3:45 p.m. "I Am Not Madame Bovary" (Xiaogang Feng, 2016). Insightful drama about a woman who fights the Chinese bureaucracy after being swindled by her ex-husband. Mandarin, subtitles. 4 p.m. "Free and Easy" (Jun Geng, 2017). Dark comedy about a traveling soap salesman who arrives in a desolate town where a crime sets the strange residents against each other. Chinese, subtitles. 4:15 p.m. "Golden Exits" (Alex Ross Perry, 2017). Drama about a young foreign assistant who disrupts the lives of an unhappily married couple in Brooklyn. 6:45 p.m. "Columbus" (Kogonada, 2017). See review, p. 000. Comic drama about a man who finds himself stuck in a small Midwestern town where his estranged father is in a coma. He befriends a woman who's reluctant to leave the town because she wants to stay with her mother, a recovering drug addict. 7 p.m. "Sami Blood" (Amanda Kernell, 2016). A teenage Sami girl growing up in 1930s Sweden struggles to reconcile her reindeer-breeding culture with the opportunities and freedoms her Swedish peers enjoy. Swedish & Sami, subtitles. 7:15 p.m. "Check It" (Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer, 2016). Documentary that follows a Washington, D.C., LGBT gang. 9:30 p.m. "School Life" (Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane, 2016). Documentary about an Irish boarding school that teaches rock 'n' roll as well as a traditional curriculum. Also screens June 4 (see below). 9:45 p.m. "Band Aid" (Zoe Lister-Jones, 2017). See review, p. 000. Comedy about a couple who tries to save their marriage by starting a punk band and turning their fights into songs. 10 p.m.

At U-M Lorch Hall: "Pop Aye" (Kirsten Tan, 2017). Poignant and humorous drama about a down-on-his luck architect who bumps into an elephant from his childhood. The duo embarks on a journey to the village where the architect grew up. Thai, subtitles. Also screens June 5 (see below). 6 p.m. "The Wound" (John Trengove, 2017). Drama about a South African factory worker who travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. Xhosa, subtitles. Also screens June 5 (see below). 9 p.m.

June 3:

At the Michigan Theater: "Rage" (Yohei Maki, 2016). A grisly murder links 3 seemingly unrelated stories in 3 different Japanese cities. Japanese, subtitles. Also screens June 7 (see below). 1 p.m. "CCS Showcase." Screening of short films by College for Creative Studies students. 1:15 p.m. "Fanny's Journey" (Lola Doillon, 2016). Coming-of-age drama about a 13-year-old who attempts to lead a group of children out of Nazi-occupied France. French, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. "Tribal Justice" (Anne Makepeace, 2017). Documentary that focuses on 2 Native American judges who attempt to rehabilitate rather than incarcerate offenders. Also screens June 7 (see below). 4 p.m. "Clash" (Mohamed Diab, 2016). Drama, set entirely in the back of a police truck, about detainees from different political and social backgrounds who are brought together following the ousting of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Arabic, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. "Step" (Amanda Lipitz, 2017). Documentary about the step dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. 6:45 p.m. "In Between." See June 2 listing above. 7 p.m. "12th and Clairmount" (Brian Kaufman, 2017). Documentary about the 1967 Detroit riot that draws on more than 400 reels of home movies shot by Detroiters. 7:15 p.m. "Patti Cake$" (Geremy Jasper, 2017). See review, p. 000. Drama about an aspiring hip-hop MC who's desperate to escape her downtrodden New Jersey home town. 9 p.m. "Destined" (Qasim Basir, 2016). Drama-fantasy filmed in Detroit that imagines 2 life courses for a young man: as an up-and-coming architect being used by cynical real estate developers to gentrify his old neighborhood and as a powerful drug lord. 9:15 p.m. "Whose Streets?" (Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis, 2017). See review, p. 000. Documentary about how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked a global movement. Also screens June 6 (see below), 9:30 p.m. "Fraud" (Dean Fleischer-Camp, 2016). Documentary that pieces together an average family's seemingly banal iPhone home movies into a dark tale of criminal activity. 11:15 p.m.

At U-M Lorch Hall: "Quest." See June 1 listing above. 4 p.m. "Afterimage." See June 2 listing above. 6:45 p.m. "Rat Film" (Theo Anthony, 2016). Documentary about the history of Baltimore, told through a kaleidoscopic array of viewpoints about rats, from those who keep them as pets to exterminators. 9:30 p.m.

June 4:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Legacies Project." Screening of short films made by area high school and college students based on their interviews with local senior citizens. FREE, 12:15 p.m. "Detroit Voices Retrospective." Screening of short films curated and introduced by Sultan Sharrief. 3:15 p.m. "Uncle Jessie White: Portrait of a Delta Bluesman in Detroit" (Stashu Kybartas & Doug Drummond, 2017). Documentary about the life and career of the beloved blues musician who left the Jim Crow South in 1950 and helped shape Detroit's blues scene. 3:30 p.m. "44 Pages" (Tony Shaff, 2017). Charming documentary about the beloved Highlights children's magazine. 3:45 p.m. "Dina" (Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles, 2017). Documentary about the unconventional relationship between a suburban autistic woman and her fiancé, a Walmart greeter with Asperger syndrome. 5:45 p.m. "School Life." See June 2 listing above. 6 p.m. "I Dream in Another Language" (Ernesto Contreras, 2017). Drama-fantasy about a philologist searching for a dying indigenous language in Mexico when he uncovers a supernatural love story. Spanish & English, subtitles. Also screens June 6 (see below). 6:15 p.m. "Menashe" (Joshua Weinstein, 2017). Yiddish drama, set in Brooklyn's Hasidic Jewish community, about a widower who fights for custody of his son. Subtitles. 8 p.m. "The Wailing" (Hong-jin Na, 2016). Horror-fantasy about a remote Korean mountain town where a mysterious disease that causes viciousness is spreading. Korean & Japanese, subtitles. 8:30 p.m.

June 5:

At the Michigan Theater: "Pop Aye." See June 2 listing above. 6:45 p.m. "Sex, Lies and Videotape" (Stephen Soderbergh, 1989). Drama about four 30-somethings with dysfunctional sex lives. Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, James Spader. 7 p.m. "Solitaire" (Sophie Boutros, 2016). Comic drama, set in a small Lebanese village, about a woman excitedly preparing to meet her daughter's new suitor and his family, all the while carrying on a one-sided conversation with framed photos of her brother who was killed 20 years prior by a Syrian bomb. Then she discovers her soon-to-be in-laws are Syrian. Arabic, subtitles. 9:30 p.m. "The Wound." See June 2 listing above. 9:45 p.m.

June 6:

At the Michigan Theater: "Metropolitan" (Whit Stillman, 1990). Young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely enjoying the gala debutante season, when an outsider joins them and stirs things up. 4:45 p.m. "I Dream in Another Language." See June 4 listing above. 6:45 p.m. "Whose Streets?" See June 3 listing above. 7:15 p.m. "Hoop Dreams" (Steve James, 1994). Stark documentary about the struggles of 2 inner city teens to pursue their dreams of professional basketball.FREE, 7:30 p.m. "Quest." See June 1 listing above. 9:30 p.m.

June 7:

At the Michigan Theater: "Tribal Justice." See June 3 listing above. 6:30 p.m. "Rage" See June 3 listing above. 9:15 p.m.

At Zingerman's Cornman Farms (8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter): "Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry" (Laura Dunn & Jef Sewell, 2016). Documentary about farmer, writer, and activist Berry. 8 p.m.


Himalayan Film Club at the Lodge. $10. Reservations required by emailing ofglobal@aol.com. 120 8th St., 8 p.m.

June 29: "Everest" (Balthasar Kormákur, 2015). Action-adventure film that tells the story of a New Zealand climber who got caught in a snowstorm on an expedition to ascend Mt. Everest. With an appearance by Ang Phula Sherpa, who played the role of Ang Dorje Sherpa in the film. Drinks & popcorn.


Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. 704 Airport Blvd., 8 p.m.

June 17: "Spiritual Cinema." Screening of a feature film or several shorts TBA with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.


Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth), 7 p.m.

June 30: "Paths of the Soul" (Zhang Yang, 2015). Docudrama about the 10-month journey of a group of Tibetans to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet, a 1,200-km pilgrimage on foot while continuously prostrating themselves on the ground. Followed by discussion.


Karma Thegsum Choling. FREE. 678-7549. 614 Miner, 7:30 p.m.

June 21: "The Silent Holy Stones" (Pema Tseden, 2005). A young Tibetan monk goes home for the New Year's celebrations. Fascinated by his family's television, he wants to bring it to the monastery to show it to his master.


Michigan Theater Foundation. Unless there is a live show in the main theater, 2 or 3 different films are shown, usually twice, almost every night. For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org or call 668-TIME. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted), times TBA unless otherwise noted.

June 5 & 7: "Cézanne et Moi" (Danièle Thompson, 2016). Biopic about the friendship between Paul Cézanne and Emile Zola. French, subtitles.

Opens June 7: "Churchill" (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2017). Thrilling biopic about Winston Churchill in the days leading up to D-Day.

Opens June 7: "The Wedding Plan" (Rama Burshtein, 2016). When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, an Orthodox Jew refuses to cancel the event and instead relies on God to supply her with a husband. Hebrew, subtitles.

Opens June 9: "My Cousin Rachel" (Roger Michell, 2017). Period drama about a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious cousin, but then starts to fall for her. Rachel Weisz.

Opens June 16: "Paris Can Wait" (Eleanor Coppola, 2017). A long-married woman unexpectedly takes a 2-day car trip from Cannes to Paris with one of her husband's business associates. Diane Lane & Alec Baldwin.

June 18 & 20: "Three Stooges Shorts." Screening of 6 1930s slapstick comedy classics by the durably popular trio, including Pop Goes the Easel, A Plumbing We Will Go, Woman Haters, Men in Black, Three Little Pigskins, and Grips, Grunts & Groans. 1:30 p.m. (June 18) & 7 p.m. (June 20).

Opens June 23: "Beatriz at Dinner" (Miguel Arteta, 2017). Drama that stars Salma Hayek as a holistic healer who disrupts an upper-crust gathering.

June 25 & 27: "Duck Soup" (Leo McCarey, 1933). Marx Brothers satiric masterpiece, a crazed romp about a pointless war between the kingdoms of Freedonia and Sylvania. 1:30 p.m. (June 25) & 7 p.m. (June 27).

Opens June 30: "The Hero" (Brett Haley, 2017). Comedy that stars Sam Elliott as an aging Western star and Nick Offerman as his drug dealer buddy. Also screens at Cinetopia June 1 (see listing above).

Opens June 30 (tentative): "The Beguiled" (Sofia Coppola, 2017). Drama, set in Civil War-era Virginia, about a girls' school where a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning.


Rave. 973-8424. Tickets available in advance at fathomevents.com and at the door. 4100 Carpenter, different times.

June 4 & 7: "The Godfather" (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972). Quintessential Mafia drama. Al Pacino, Marlon Brando.With commentary by Turner Classic Movies hosts. $5.75-$10.50. 2 & 7 p.m.

June 8: "Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life" (Andrew Sandler, 2017). Documentary about the controversial life and career of R&B, hip-hop, and pop star Brown, with interviews of Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Mike Tyson, Jamie Foxx, and other celebrities. $14 (seniors, $13; kids, $12). 7:30 p.m.

June 11 & 14: "Some Like It Hot" (Billy Wilder, 1959). Celebrated comedy about 2 male musicians who witness a gangland massacre and try to flee disguised as members of an all-girl band. Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe. With commentary by Turner Classic Movies hosts. $5.75-$10.50. 2 & 7 p.m.

June 19: "Resident Evil: Vendetta" (Takanori Tsujimoto, 2017).
CG animated action-adventure flick about a government agent and a biotech professor who team up to stop someone from spreading a deadly virus in New York. With an introduction that includes cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. $11.50. 7 & 10 p.m.

June 25 & 26: "My Neighbor Totoro" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988). Dubbed (June 25) & subtitled (June 26) screenings of this classic Studio Ghibli anime tale about two girls who move to the Japanese countryside and befriend strange and delightful nature spirits. $12.50. 12:55 p.m. (June 25) & 7 p.m. (June 26).






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