July and August Programming: New films by Texas directors, 1930s Pre-Code Treasures, The Beatles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and more

(AUSTIN, TEXAS – June 1, 2018) Austin Film Society (AFS) announces its July and August programming with an Essential Cinema series of 1970s films from German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the Beatles’ YELLOW SUBMARINE 50th anniversary restoration, an Essential Cinema series of Pre-Code Treasures from the 1930s, and the 2018 Sundance Short Film Tour, featuring MAUDE by local director Anna Margaret Hollyman.

New release films are added each Monday. SUPPORT THE GIRLS, the newest film from Andrew Bujalski, opens at the AFS Cinema on August 24. Bujalski is a previous recipient of the AFS Grant, which supports Texas filmmakers.

WHO:  Austin Film Society
WHAT: July and August Programming: New films by Texas directors, 1930s Pre-Code Treasures, The Beatles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and more
WHERE:  AFS Cinema | 6406 N Interstate 35 Suite 3100, Austin, TX 78752
WEB:  austinfilm.org
CONTACT:  Austin Film Society / Christine Lee: christine@austinfilm.org 
Austin Film Society / Meghan Malone: meghan@austinfilm.org

Highlights include:

Essential Cinema: The Bitter Tears of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 7/5-7/28
This series celebrates the prolific master of New German Cinema and his razor-sharp gaze at culture and society across genre and style. Presented in conjunction with the restoration of his series of TV films, EIGHT HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY.

This colorful, funny and music-filled animated classic returns to screens with a 50th anniversary restoration.

Sundance Short Film Tour, 7/28-7/31
This collection showcases some of the best short works and jury award winners from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, including the short film MAUDE by Austin-based director Anna Margaret Hollyman.

Essential Cinema: Pre-Code Treasures, 8/2-8/30
Scholar Dr. Caroline Frick joins us for a celebration of Hollywood films from the pre-censorship code era. The first screening of each film is followed by audience discussion.

The full programming line-up is below.


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New Releases
The new AFS Cinema offers daily screenings of new releases on a full schedules. Dates and times will be updated weekly. Selected New Release films listed below.

    Andrew Bujalski, USA, 2018, 94 min.

Lisa is the last person you’d expect to find in a highway-side ‘sports bar with curves’, but as general manager at Double Whammies, she’s come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely, but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction. Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?

Essential Cinema: The Bitter Tears of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Mondo Belmondo
This July, we celebrate the great actor–and wildly popular action star–Jean-Paul Belmondo with a selection of his best work, both high-brow and low.

  • BREATHLESS, 7/6, 7/8
    Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1960, 35mm, 90 min. In French with English Subtitles
  • THAT MAN FROM RIO, 7/13, 7/15
    Philippe de Broca, France & Italy, 1964, DCP, 112 min. In French with English Subtitles
  • LEON MORIN, PRIEST, 7/18, 7/24
    Jean-Pierre Melville, France & Italy, 1961, DCP, 117 min. In French with English Subtitles
  • LE MAGNIFIQUE, 7/27, 7/29
    Philippe de Broca, France & Italy, 1973, DCP, 95 min. In French with English Subtitles

Doc Nights features new documentaries.

  • HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD, 7/15, 7/17
    Rudiger Suchsland, Germany, 2017, DCP, 105 min. In German with English Subtitles
    Nick Ebeling, USA, 2017, DCP, 90 min.
    Jake Meginsky & Neil Young, USA, 2018, DCP, 91 min.

Comedy, Bergman Style
Bergman’s centennial is celebrated as part of an ongoing series.

    Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1957, 35mm, 96 min. In Swedish with English Subtitles
  • THE DEVIL’S EYE, 8/15
    Ingmar Bergman, Swedish, 1960, 35mm, 87 min. In Swedish with English Subtitles

Homo Arigato
Rare and beautiful queer films presented by Mouthfeel and Young Creature.

CONTRAST Festival, 7/20-7/22

Essential Cinema: Pre-code Treasures

Best of the Fests
Selections from the world’s most important film festivals, many playing in Austin for the first time.

  • SUNDANCE SHORTS, 7/28, 7/29, 7/31
    Various, DCP, 91 min

History of Television

    Various, Digital, 100 min.

Lates are late-night weekend screenings of the new cult film canon.

    Tom Tykwer, Germany, 1998, 35mm, 80 min. In German with English Subtitles.
  • LIQUID SKY, 7/6, 7/7, 7/10
    Slava Tsukerman, USA, 1982, DCP, 112 min.
  • THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, 7/20, 7/21, 7/23
    Nicolas Roeg, UK, 1976, DCP, 139 min.
  • DECODER, 7/27, 7/28
    Muscha, Germany, 1984, Digital, 87 min. In German with English Subtitles
  • HOLY MOUNTAIN, 8/3, 8/4, 8/5, 8/8
    Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico, 1973, 35mm, 114 min. In Spanish with English Subtitles
  • LADY SNOWBLOOD, 8/17, 8/18
    Toshiya Fujita, Japan, 1973, DCP, 97min. In Japanese with English Subtitles
  • DIVA, 8/25, 8/26
    Jean-Jacques Beineix, France, 1981, 35mm, 117 min. In French with English Subtitles

Modern Masters showcases the great filmmakers who are making their best work right now.

  • CLAIRE’S CAMERA, 7/16, 7/22
    Hong Sang-soo, France & South Korea, 2017, DCP, 69 min. In Korean with English Subtitles

Sunday School is a monthly family-friendly series, which aims to introduce young audiences to global classics that parents and kids can enjoy together. Sunday School is guest programmed by local cinephile and mom Stacy Brick.

  • POPEYE, 8/12, 8/14
    Robert Altman, USA, 1980, DCP, 114 min.

Newly Restored Films
This July and August, AFS Cinema will feature the newly restored works of auteurs Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Lino Brocka among other classic cinema.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder:

Lino Brocka:

  • INSIANG, 8/10, 8/13
    Lino Brocka, Philippines, 1976, DCP, 95 min. In Filipino with English Subtitles
    Lino Brocka, Philippines, 1975, DCP, 125 min. In Filipino with English Subtitles


  • YELLOW SUBMARINE, 7/8, 7/10, 7/12, 7/13, 7/14, 7/15
    George Dunning, UK, 1968, DCP, 85 min.
  • THE LAST MOVIE, 8/18, 8/19, 8/21
    Dennis Hopper, USA, 1971, DCP, 108 min.
  • UNDERGROUND, 7/29, 8/1
    Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia, 1995, DCP, 170 min. In Serbian with English Subtitles
  • FANTASTIC PLANET, 8/11, 8/14, 8/17
    Rene Laloux, France & Czechoslovakia, 1973, 35mm, 72 min. In French with English Subtitles

Science on Screen
At this special screening of the thought-provoking drama about Artificial Intelligence, we will be joined by an expert AI panel.

    Michael Almereyda, USA, 2017, DCP, 98 min.

In the near future, a time of artificial intelligence: 86-year-old Marjorie (veteran actress Lois Smith)—a jumble of disparate, fading memories—has a handsome new companion (Jon Hamm) who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? Also starring Academy Award®-winners Geena Davis and Tim Robbins, MARJORIE PRIME is based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-Nominated play, exploring memory and identity, love and loss.


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