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Exclusive: Film Forum Announces Summer Slate, Including New Films From Jonathan Demme and Jafar Panahi

Indiewire By Max O'Connell | Indiewire March 27, 2014 at 3:45PM

Film Forum has announced its summer lineup, and as expected, it's an eclectic and exciting mix of docs and dramas, relative newcomers and respected veterans, and all films are of interest.
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Nabil Ayouch's 'Horses of God'

Film Forum has announced its summer lineup, and as expected, it's an eclectic and exciting mix of docs and dramas, relative newcomers and respected veterans, and all films are of interest.

The season begins on May 7th with a weeklong run of a pair of documentaries about artists. The first, "Sol LeWitt," explores the life and work of shy and modest but highly respected East Coast conceptual artist LeWitt. The second film takes a look at his polar opposite: "Llyn Foulkes One Man Band" showcases the furious, narcissistic, fascinating West Coast painter and musician in all of his glory.

The next week shows Moroccan film "Horses of God," a portrait of young boys growing up in poverty amidst widespread violence and mental illness. The boys dream of escaping to Western Europe or becoming famous soccer players, but nearer are the religious fanatics who entice them with promises of "a community of new brothers" for those who will join their terrorist causes. The film, said to be a heartbreaking character study, is directed by Nabil Ayouch," the acclaimed director of "Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets," and is presented by Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme.

Demme has his own film on the way on July 27th -- "A Master Builder." An adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play, the film stars Wallace Shawn as an egomaniac architect who wishes to make peace with himself as his life approaches its end, as he's plagued by guilt for how he's treated his wife (Julie Hagerty), employees and mistresses. The film is based on Shawn's translation of the play, which was directed on stage by his "My Dinner with Andre" co-star and co-writer Andre Gregory (who also stars in the film). It is Demme's first narrative film since 2008's "Rachel Getting Married."

Other highlights include "Burning Bush," the new film by "Europa Europa" director Agnieszka Holland about the self-immolating, anti-Soviet Czech activist Jan Palach and his family's legal efforts to clear his name; "Through a Lens Darkly," a documentary about how black photographers define themselves, their people, and their culture; and "Closed Curtain," the new film by director Jafar Panahi which combines documentary and fictitious elements to comment on his house arrest and ban from filmmaking in Iran. 

The full list of films is after the break, along with the films' planned runs.

MAY 7 – 13 (1 WEEK)

SOL LEWITT
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CHRIS TEERINK
THE NETHERLANDS     2013    72 MINS. 
IN ENGLISH AND DUTCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
ICARUS FILMS

LLYN FOULKES ONE MAN BAND
DIRECTED BY TAMAR HALPERN AND CHRIS QUILTY
USA   2013   88 MINS.

MAY 14 – MAY 27 (2 WEEKS)

HORSES OF GOD
DIRECTED BY NABIL AYOUCH
PRESENTED BY JONATHAN DEMME
MOROCCO / FRANCE / BELGIUM     2012    115 MINS.   
IN MOROCCAN ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
KINO LORBER

MAY 28 – JUNE 10 (2 WEEKS)

THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE
DIRECTED BY MATTHEW POND AND KIRK MARCOLINA 
USA    2013    74  MINS.
FILMS TRANSIT

JUNE 11 – 24 (2 WEEKS)

BURNING BUSH
DIRECTED BY AGNIESZKA HOLLAND 
CZECH REPUBLIC      2013    PART 1: 160 MINS.  PART 2: 80 MINS.  
IN CZECH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
KINO LORBER

JUNE 25 – JULY 8 (2 WEEKS)

YVES SAINT LAURENT
DIRECTED BY JALIL LESPERT 
FRANCE    2014   104 MINS.   IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY 

JULY 9 – 22 (2 WEEKS)

CLOSED CURTAIN
DIRECTED BY JAFAR PANAHI AND KAMBOZIA PARTOVI 
IRAN    2013   106 MINS.  IN FARSI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

JULY 23 – AUGUST 5 (2 WEEKS)

A MASTER BUILDER
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN DEMME 
USA   2014   127 MINS.  

AUGUST 6 – 19 (2 WEEKS)

WEB JUNKIE
DIRECTED BY SHOSH SHLAM AND HILLA MEDALIA
USA / ISRAEL    2014   79 MINS. 
IN MANDARIN CHINESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
KINO LORBER

AUGUST 20 – 26 (1 WEEK)

EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD
DIRECTED BY DANIEL DENCIK
DENMARK / SWEDEN  2013   90 MINS.  
IN ENGLISH AND DANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
ARGOT PICTURES

AUGUST 27 – SEPTEMBER 9 (2 WEEKS)

THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE
DIRECTED BY THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS 
USA   2014   92 MINS.
ZEITGEIST FILMS

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