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For the 15th anniversary of Outdoor Cinema, Film Forum joins Socrates Sculpture Park for the first time to become primary programmers of the eight-week international film festival.

Each evening will feature regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants and performances by local musicians and dancers that celebrate the culture of the film. Pre-screening performances begin at 7 pm and films begin at sunset (weather permitting). Admission is free, and the evening’s food and performance line-up is announced the week prior.

Outdoor Cinema 2013 features eight international titles from Chad, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Romania, South Korea, Turkey, and the United States – selected by Karen Cooper, director, and Mike Maggiore, programmer and publicist, Film Forum, and Dan Nuxoll, program director, and Mark Elijah Rosenberg, artistic director, Rooftop Films.

2013, 84 mins. Directed by Penny Lane. Not Rated

Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic, and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison. Our Nixon is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before. Courtesy of Cinedigm. Programmed by Rooftop Films.

2010, 92 mins. Written & Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Not Rated

Ironically titled, this drama set in Chad follows the fortunes of Adam, a former swimming champion, now a 60-year-old “pool man” at a tourist hotel. Tensions between Adam and his grown son are exacerbated when the former loses his job to the younger man and his fragile world begins to crumble. The country’s endless civil war plays a decisive role in defining the two men’s psychic reality in this smart, subtle, and deeply moving story of modern Africa. Winner, Jury Prize, 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Programmed by Film Forum.

2009, 73 mins. Written & Directed by Pedro González-Rubio. Rated G

A love story between father and son, man and nature, water and sky, Alamar is set in the turquoise waters of Banco Chinchorro in the Caribbean, home to thousands of species of fish. The film – somewhere between fiction and documentary – tells the story of a young boy whose divorced parents (Italian mother, Mexican father) make him a child of two worlds. A father transports his urban son to this natural paradise to teach him to dive for lobster and fish for barracuda, spending days on a tiny fishing boat and nights in a reed-roofed cabin that floats atop the water. Programmed by Film Forum.

2012, 89 mins. Written & Directed by Hong Sang-soo. Not Rated

French actress Isabelle Huppert stars (three times!) in this comedy/drama – a triptych set in a Korean seaside town. Huppert plays three different Annes – a successful film director on holiday with a Korean director and his wife; a married woman having an affair with a Korean man; and a recent divorcée whose husband left her for a Korean woman. Three breezy tales of love, lust, and misunderstandings, all peppered by the dimly jovial propositions of one persistent lifeguard. Programmed by Film Forum.

2013, 82 mins. Directed by Adrian Sitaru. Not Rated

Wonderfully surreal, painfully real – this is the story of children, adults, and animals that live together trying to have a better life, but sometimes death comes unexpectedly. In the bittersweet comedy Domestic it is all about us – people who eat the animals that they love, and the animals that love people unconditionally. Programmed by Rooftop Films.

2008, 120 mins. Written & Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. Rated R

Miguel, a Dominican baseball pitcher from the small town of San Pedro De Macorís, single-mindedly focuses on training at a pro baseball academy – as so many in his country do – awaiting his chance to graduate to the minor leagues in the U.S., and to help pull his family out of poverty. At 19, he gets his break – a call-up to spring training for a team in Iowa – but what happens when his game falters? And were all the sacrifices worth it? A beautifully filmed, exquisitely acted drama from Brooklyn filmmakers, Boden & Fleck (Half Nelson), that takes a bracing new look at a fractured American dream. Programmed by Film Forum.

2000, 82 mins. Directed and narrated by Agnès Varda. Not Rated

Considered “the grandmother of the New Wave” in France, Agnès Varda melds literary and documentary conventions with the politics of feminism and compassion, and a whimsical touch that is all her own. The Gleaners & I, inspired in part by the Jean-François Millet painting, uses the subject of gleaning (the act of gathering leftovers) to create a warm and witty discourse on, among other things, the nature of consumerist society and the role of creativity in survival. Programmed by Film Forum.

2007, 122 mins. Written & Directed by Fatih Akin. Not Rated

This drama from the German-born filmmaker of Turkish heriatge explores the lives of six characters, including two young women: a Kurdish political activist wanted by the German authorities, and Lotte, a naïve German student who becomes sexually entangled with her. The Rainer Fassbinder muse, Hanna Schygulla, plays Lotte’s suspicious mother in this tale from a new Europe – one in which national boundaries are disappearing as quickly as traditional sexual norms. Programmed by Film Forum.

August 29: Rain date

Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Boulevard

(Broadway at Vernon Boulevard)

Long Island City, NY 11106

(718) 956-1819

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Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park is the principal outdoor site for contemporary sculpture in New York City. Set on a small cove off the East River, the 4.5-acre park consists of a large open space encircled by rock gardens, specially built walls, walkways and areas of wild grasses and boulders lining the ...


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