It's out! Here's the film schedule for Socrates' Outdoor Cinema. Ahhhh, movies under the stars overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
SLINGSHOT HIP HOP
Introduction by the director. 2008, 80 mins.
Directed by Jackie Salloum.
A breakout hit at this year's Sundance, and New Directors/New Films Festivals, the exhilarating documentary Slingshot Hip Hop tells the dynamic stories of young Palestinians who use Hip Hop to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty.
WHO'S ON FIRST
Introduction by the director. 2006, 61 mins.
Directed by Valerie Kontakos.
What happens when Greece, a country with no history in baseball, has to field a team for the 2004 Olympics in Athens? In this engaging documentary, a charming underdog story turns into a parable of pride and capitalism.
PERFORMANCE: Live music by Mohammed Al Farra (from PR) and Abeer (from Lyd) from Slingshot Hip Hop.
FOOD: Greek cuisine by Opa! Souvlaki in Astoria
AFRICA 2006, 115 mins.
Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. With Aïssa Maïga, Danny Glover.
In an outdoor courtroom in Mali, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are on trial. Far from polemical, this surprisingly lyrical movie is a poetic exploration of modern-day Africa.
PERFORMANCE: African beats and rhythms by DJ Stone
FOOD: Moroccan cuisine by Mundo Café in Astoria
UNITED STATES 2007, 84 mins.
Introduction by the director.
Directed by Ramin Bahrani. With Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzalez.
A deeply affecting slice of urban neorealism, this Queens-made film, set in the Willets Point "Iron Triangle" near Shea Stadium, follows a 12-year-old orphan who ekes out an existence with his teenaged sister.
PERFORMANCE: A mix of folk, rock, country and jazz, The Robe Crowe Situation will perform a blend of music and poetry.
FOOD: Homestyle American cooking by Josephine's Soul Food Café in Queens
SOUTH KOREA 2006, 119 mins.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho. With Song Kang-ho, Bae Doo-na.
This satirical monster horror movie about a rampaging mutant lizard that captures a young girl, The Host is Korea's biggest box-office hit to date. It is great fun and a timely spoof of rampant militarism and environmental recklessness.
PERFORMANCE: Song Hee Lee Dance CompanyFOOD: Korean cuisine by Go Wasabi in Astoria
THE RED BALLOON
FRANCE 1956, 34 mins.
Directed by Albert Lamorisse.
A young boy and a red balloon wander through the streets of Paris in The Red Balloon, one of the most beloved children's films ever made.
FRANCE 2007, 95 mins.
Directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi.
Persepolis is a coming-of-age tale about an Iranian girl's struggles with love, religion, and politics, based on Marjane Satrapi's popular graphic novel memoir.
PERFORMANCE: TBAFOOD: TBA
ITALY 1963, 138 mins.
Directed by Federico Fellini. With Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée. Fellini's stunning, romantic autobiographical fantasy is a self-portrait of the filmmaker as a circus ringmaster. It is also one of the landmarks in contemporary world cinema.
PERFORMANCE: A five-piece band, Le Nozze di Carlo will perform a mix of Italian classic pop, folk and original music.FOOD: Italian cuisine by Manetta's in Long Island City
MEXICO 2006, 85 mins.
Directed by Fernando Eimbcke. With Enrique Arreola, Diego Cataño, Danny Perea.
A lovely neighbor distracts two teen friends from their Bush vs. Bin Laden video game in this charming chronicle of adolescent life, a surprise indie gem.
PERFORMANCE: Bachelor Sound Machín - like the best garage of yore this quintet of Mexicans in NYC have found a way to turn their idiocy into art-channeling the traditional sounds of Veracruz through the Dada outbursts of punk.
FOOD: Mexican cuisine by Mojave in Astoria
AUGUST 27RAIN DATE