August Indie Film Series


ON THE SEVENTH DAY (En el Septimo Dia)
Directed by Jim McKay
Rated NR 97 minutes

Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers, and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team’s captain–young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José’s team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. José tries to reason with his boss or replace himself, but his efforts fail. If he doesn’t work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn’t stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 100%

UNDER THE TREE (Undir trénu)
Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
Rated R 89 minutes

UNDER THE TREE follows a man who is accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbors over an old and beautiful tree. What starts as a typical spat between suburban neighbors unexpectedly and violently reaches a boiling point, soon spiraling out of control.

This film leads viewers into decidedly bleak territory, but it’s leavened by sly intelligence and a surprising sense of humor.  Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 80%

ZAMA
Directed by Lucrecia Martel
Rated NR 115 minutes

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 95%
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