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10 Films to See in June

Written by on June 3, 2019 

5. The Chambermaid (Lila Aviles; June 12)

One of the most striking directorial debuts of the year is Lila Avilés’s The Chambermaid which invites a keen look at the class divide in a luxury Mexico City hotel. Brimming with humanity, we follow Evelina (Gabriela Cartol), a chambermaid as she balances her workload, her dreams, and her fantasies dozens of stories above her home life which, in a clever decision, we never see. In our review from the Toronto International Film Festival, John Fink said, “The Chambermaid offers a sometimes funny and playful look into the inner life of Eve; nuanced and natural, it has a quiet and modest power as it comments on the ironies of contemporary cities like Mexico City and their growing economic divide.”

4. All Good (Eva Trobisch; June 6)

A foreign film receiving a Netflix release unfortunately means it won’t make as much of an impression compared to a standard roll-out, but this German gem is worth seeking out. Rory O’Connor said in our Locarno review, “What immense health German cinema has found itself in lately. Since the turn of the decade, audiences of a certain ilk have grown accustomed to seeing names like Ade, Petzold, Grisebach, Schanelec, and Köhler show up on art-house and festival screens. We may soon need to add Eva Trobisch to that list. Yes, if All Good (Alles ist gut)her snare drum taut and timely feature debut–is anything to go by, the East Berlin-born writer-director should provide that rich vein of deutsche Regisseure will its latest transfusion.”

3. Our Time (Carlos Reygadas; June 14)

For his latest film, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas looked inward, casting his own family in the 173-minute Our Time, set on a ranch as jealousy interrupts their way of life. Ethan Vestby said in our TIFF review, “At least based of its original title of Where Life is Born, director Carlos Reygadas’ fifth feature film from the outset seemed to promise the ultimate realization of his festival-approved Transcendental Vision. Yet what we finally received instead six years after his last feature is a three-hour cuckold drama that’s thankfully at least a little closer in spirit to the lizard-brained surrealism of Post Tenebras Lux as opposed to his banalization of Dreyer (and still art-house calling card) Silent Light. One almost wants to describe it as admirably awkward; the feeling of both watching a train-wreck unfold in (very) slow-motion and a work of art that very boldly and genuinely seeks to please no one.”

2. The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch; June 14)

At least in terms of initial reception, it seems as though Jim Jarmusch didn’t break the curse of the Cannes Opening Night selection with The Dead Don’t Die, yet a new film from the director is always essential viewing in my mind. Following a divisive reaction at the festival (including from our own Leonardo Goi), thankfully this zombie comedy is getting quite soon after its initial premiere. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat, and Tom Waits, it’s also got the cast of the summer.

1. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (Martin Scorsese; June 12)

Before Martin Scorsese’s major Netflix release The Irishman this fall, a preamble has arrived in the form of another documentary centering on Bob Dylan. Don’t expect something kin with his more strait-laced (and excellent all the same) No Direction Home as Rolling Thunder Revue is described as “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream” that “captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975″ and earns the designation of “story” rather than “portrait” or some such. Appearing in one of his only interviews this decade, Dylan will be joined by many other familiar faces in what should be another epic outing for the director, clocking in at nearly 2.5 hours–though still a full hour shorter than his last Dylan film.

Matinees to See: I Am Mother (6/7), The Raft (6/7), Late Night (6/7), In the Aisles (6/14), The Command (6/21), Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (6/21), Endzeit – Ever After (6/12), Anna (6/21), Child’s Play (6/21), Toy Story 4 (6/21), and Yesterday (6/28)

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