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May
20
Mon
Film: “Junun”
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Filmed in India’s spectacular fifteenth-century Mehrangarh Fort, this rare documentary by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) captures Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s collaboration with Israeli singer Shye Ben Tzur and Indian ensemble Rajasthan Express. (Dir.: Paul Thomas Anderson, United States, 2015, 54 min., DCP, English, Hebrew, Hindi, and Urdu with English subtitles)

[PHOTO CREDIT: Shin Katan]

May
21
Tue
Adams Morgan Movie Nights: SPACE @ Marie Reed Recreation Center
May 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Adams Morgan Movie Nights celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with five space-themed films in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

On five Tuesday evenings from May 21 to June 18, grab a blanket, a friend, and eats from a neighborhood restaurant to watch films under the twinkling lights of the city. On select evenings (May 21 and June 11), experts and staff from the National Air and Space Museum will discuss the science behind the films and set up telescopes for on-site viewing (clouds permitting). Several restaurants on the surrounding blocks will be offering special “Brown Bag Movie Meals” packaged to go.

Movies are shown at dark at the Marie Reed Recreation Center at 18th and California Streets, NW. Bring your chairs, kids and neighbors for a fun evening out. Dogs are not allowed on the turf field. The Marie Reed Elementary School PTA will be selling refreshments; proceeds benefit the PTA. Visit admodc.org/movies for details.

May
28
Tue
Adams Morgan Movie Nights: SPACE @ Marie Reed Recreation Center
May 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Adams Morgan Movie Nights celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with five space-themed films in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

On five Tuesday evenings from May 21 to June 18, grab a blanket, a friend, and eats from a neighborhood restaurant to watch films under the twinkling lights of the city. On select evenings (May 21 and June 11), experts and staff from the National Air and Space Museum will discuss the science behind the films and set up telescopes for on-site viewing (clouds permitting). Several restaurants on the surrounding blocks will be offering special “Brown Bag Movie Meals” packaged to go.

Movies are shown at dark at the Marie Reed Recreation Center at 18th and California Streets, NW. Bring your chairs, kids and neighbors for a fun evening out. Dogs are not allowed on the turf field. The Marie Reed Elementary School PTA will be selling refreshments; proceeds benefit the PTA. Visit admodc.org/movies for details.

May
31
Fri
Film: “Hit the Night”
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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The winner of two major awards at the 2017 Busan International Film Festival, this indie gem inspired reviewers to hail director Jeong Ga-young as the female Hong Sang-soo (whose latest films play on May 12). But where Hong’s films often feature male artists using their fame to hit on young women over endless rounds of soju, Jeong turns the tables. Playing an independent filmmaker much like herself, Jeong invites a handsome young actor (played by K-Drama heartthrob Park Jong-hwan) out for drinks under the pretense of interviewing him for her latest project. But her real goal is to get him into bed. As the liquor flows and her questions range from provocative to explicit, the results are flustering (for him), hilarious (for the audience), and, in their frank treatment of female desire, utterly unique in Korean cinema. As Jeong said in an interview of the character she created: “She is sexually liberated, she knows what she wants, and she’s very self-assured. I feel that is a kind of a character that is hard to see in Korean media nowadays.” Intended for mature audiences. (Dir.: Jeong Ga-young, Korea, 2017, 85 min., DCP, Korean with English subtitles)

Jun
1
Sat
Screening: The Story of Yanxi Palace
Jun 1 @ 3:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Travel to the Forbidden City by watching the first two episodes of a 2018 TV drama that became a megahit in China, The Story of Yanxi Palace. Set in the Qing dynasty during the Qianlong emperor’s reign and full of gorgeous costumes and sets, the show reveals the world of the eighteenth-century Chinese court, complete with love, betrayal, and palace intrigue. It’s a must-see after visiting the exhibition Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912! (90 mins., Mandarin with English subtitles)

Join us before the screening for a 2 pm talk: “Women of the Qing Court: History and Fantasy.”

Jun
4
Tue
Adams Morgan Movie Nights: SPACE @ Marie Reed Recreation Center
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Adams Morgan Movie Nights celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with five space-themed films in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

On five Tuesday evenings from May 21 to June 18, grab a blanket, a friend, and eats from a neighborhood restaurant to watch films under the twinkling lights of the city. On select evenings (May 21 and June 11), experts and staff from the National Air and Space Museum will discuss the science behind the films and set up telescopes for on-site viewing (clouds permitting). Several restaurants on the surrounding blocks will be offering special “Brown Bag Movie Meals” packaged to go.

Movies are shown at dark at the Marie Reed Recreation Center at 18th and California Streets, NW. Bring your chairs, kids and neighbors for a fun evening out. Dogs are not allowed on the turf field. The Marie Reed Elementary School PTA will be selling refreshments; proceeds benefit the PTA. Visit admodc.org/movies for details.

Jun
5
Wed
Film: “Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance”
Jun 5 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Lady Snowblood made such an impression on our matinee audience last year that we just had to present the sequel. Our furious heroine (Meiko Kaji) is captured by the authorities and sentenced to death for the various killings she has committed. However, she is offered a chance to escape—if she carries out dangerous orders for the government. More politically minded than the original, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance is full of exciting plot turns and ingenious action sequences. Description courtesy of Janus Films. (Dir.: Toshiya Fujita, Japan, 1974, 89 min., DCP, Japanese with English subtitles)

Jun
7
Fri
Film: “The Running Actress”
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In person: Moon So-ri, director and actress

The award-winning star of such films as Oasis and A Good Lawyer’s Wife, Moon So-ri has been one of Korea’s most famous actresses for years. Recently, she turned her talents to directing. The result is a semifictional self-portrait in three parts. In the first, a chance meeting with a famous producer highlights the sexism still present in the Korean film industry. The second depicts a typical week in Moon’s life (including a cameo by her real-life husband, director Jang Joon-hwan, who visits us June 9 with his film 1987: When the Day Comes). Finally, another director’s funeral becomes an occasion for arguments and reflections by Moon and two fellow actresses. All three parts showcase her talent for mixing humor and pathos. (Dir.: Moon So-ri, Korea, 2017, 71 min., DCP, Korean with English subtitles)

Jun
9
Sun
Film: “1987: When the Day Comes”
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In person: Jang Joon-hwan, director

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Beginning with his cult hit Save the Green Planet!, Jang Joon-hwan has shown a facility for creating fast-paced, compelling pop art out of weighty themes. 1987: When the Day Comes is his most accomplished effort to date. This political thriller tells the true story of a student activist’s death and its subsequent cover-up, which sparked the 1987 June democracy movement that eventually ousted Chun Doo-hwan’s military dictatorship and brought democracy to South Korea. Jang expertly weaves together multiple storylines and a host of characters (played by a who’s who of Korean movie stars) into a drama that is gripping from start to finish. The film is directed, in the words of Variety’s Maggie Lee, “with a combination of humanistic ardor and intelligent insight,” resulting in “a compelling depiction of how brave individuals from all walks of life mobilized a whole nation to bring a recalcitrant dictator and his henchmen to their knees.” (Dir.: Jang Joon-hwan, Korea, 2017, 129 min., DCP, Korean with English subtitles)

Jun
11
Tue
Adams Morgan Movie Nights: SPACE @ Marie Reed Recreation Center
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Adams Morgan Movie Nights celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with five space-themed films in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

On five Tuesday evenings from May 21 to June 18, grab a blanket, a friend, and eats from a neighborhood restaurant to watch films under the twinkling lights of the city. On select evenings (May 21 and June 11), experts and staff from the National Air and Space Museum will discuss the science behind the films and set up telescopes for on-site viewing (clouds permitting). Several restaurants on the surrounding blocks will be offering special “Brown Bag Movie Meals” packaged to go.

Movies are shown at dark at the Marie Reed Recreation Center at 18th and California Streets, NW. Bring your chairs, kids and neighbors for a fun evening out. Dogs are not allowed on the turf field. The Marie Reed Elementary School PTA will be selling refreshments; proceeds benefit the PTA. Visit admodc.org/movies for details.

Jun
14
Fri
Film: “Microhabitat”
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Jeon Go-woon’s impressive debut feature is, according to Rebecca Pahle of Film Journal International, “emotionally complex and bittersweet . . . a quiet miniature masterpiece.” It stars actress and model Esom as a musician turned cleaning woman. She has pared down her life to the bare essentials—whiskey, cigarettes, and a roof over her head—in an attempt to drop out of Korea’s high-pressure society. But when she loses her apartment, she is forced to depend on the kindness of old friends, causing her to question whether her personal code of honor is sustainable. “Microhabitat pulls off the rare feat of straddling the stark social realities of Korea’s indie cinema and the entertaining sheen of its commercial films. Jeon’s debut is vibrant and fun, yet always thoughtful and often poignant” (Pierce Conran, Screen Anarchy). (Dir.: Jeon Go-woon, Korea, 2017, 106 min., DCP, Korean with English subtitles)

Jun
16
Sun
Film: “The Fortress”
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Set in 1636, this sweeping historical epic tells the story of China’s invasion of Korea and the stalwart soldiers who waged a last-ditch defense of a mountain fortification. Balancing action-packed battle scenes with meticulous evocations of political backstabbing in the royal court, Hwang Dong-hyuk’s film upholds the grand tradition of large-scale Korean period dramas. (Dir.: Hwang Dong-hyuk, Korea, 2017, 139 min., DCP, Korean with English subtitles)

Jun
18
Tue
Adams Morgan Movie Nights: SPACE @ Marie Reed Recreation Center
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Adams Morgan Movie Nights celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with five space-themed films in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

On five Tuesday evenings from May 21 to June 18, grab a blanket, a friend, and eats from a neighborhood restaurant to watch films under the twinkling lights of the city. On select evenings (May 21 and June 11), experts and staff from the National Air and Space Museum will discuss the science behind the films and set up telescopes for on-site viewing (clouds permitting). Several restaurants on the surrounding blocks will be offering special “Brown Bag Movie Meals” packaged to go.

Movies are shown at dark at the Marie Reed Recreation Center at 18th and California Streets, NW. Bring your chairs, kids and neighbors for a fun evening out. Dogs are not allowed on the turf field. The Marie Reed Elementary School PTA will be selling refreshments; proceeds benefit the PTA. Visit admodc.org/movies for details.

Jun
23
Sun
After the Flaherty Seminar Screening
Jun 23 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In conjunction with the 65th Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, 2019 programmer Shai Heredia presents recent moving-image work that explores the political landscape through innovative documentary form. A conversation with Shai Heredia and filmmakers featured at the Flaherty Seminar this year follows the screening. Filmmakers and titles are announced in June.