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Jun 29, 2010

Socrates Outdoor Cinema Schedule

One of my favorite parts of summer in Astoria is the Socrates film series – I’ve seen great films there from France, Iran, and beyond, and always enjoyed myself. Not (…)

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One of my favorite parts of summer in Astoria is the Socrates film series – I’ve seen great films there from France, Iran, and beyond, and always enjoyed myself. Not to mention the tasty food that goes along with each film, befitting the country of origin.

This summer they’ve got another great lineup, and we’ve got the July schedule for you. Hope to see you there!

July 7 / Rain date: Thursday, July 8
World Premiere!
FLOOD TIDE (UNITED STATES)
Presented by Rooftop Films
With live musical score by Dark Dark Dark
2010, 85 mins. Directed by Todd Chandler. In this road movie on a river, partly filmed near Socrates, four musicians who build boats out of junk embark on a voyage down the Hudson River. Music is integral to this film, which combines elements of narrative and small-town concert scenes.

July 14
THE SECRET OF KELLS (IRELAND)
2009, 75 mins. Directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey. A surprise Oscar nominee for Best Animated Film, The Secret of Kells follows the adventures of 12-year old Brendan on a dangerous mission to help complete a magical illuminated manuscript. Almost entirely hand-drawn, this dazzling film, made in the iconic style of medieval art, is a gorgeous antidote to the familiar style of today’s digital animation.

July 21
SWEDISH SHORT FILMS (SWEDEN)
Presented by Rooftop Films, with support from the Swedish Film Institute
92 mins (total). Directed by Ruben Ostlund, Tora, Patrik Eklund, Asa Blanck, Johan Palmgren, and Jonas Odell. Magicians skewer their assistants, bank robberies go awry, trains fall off their tracks, and lovers come and go in this wild collection of six award-winning short films from Sweden, including the Oscar-nominated Instead of Abracadabra.

July 28
DAISIES (CZECH REPUBLIC)
With support from the Czech Center New York
1966, 74 mins. Directed by Vera Chytilov√°. This playful, wildly subversive comedy is one of the masterpieces of the Czech New Wave. Two teenage girls, disenchanted with the world around them, launch a campaign of mischief against anyone they happen to stumble across. This mad Dadaist farce presents an unbridled depiction of teen rebellion.

OUTDOOR CINEMA 2010
12th Annual Festival of Internatioal Film, Music, Dance, and Food
Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of Queens
Wednesday evenings in July and August at Socrates Sculpture Park
Pre-screening performances begin at 7pm
Films begin at sunset
Free Admission / Weather Permitting

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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