Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet From Stardom

Some of the biggest foreign, indie and documentary films of the summer are coming to Film Society of Lincoln Center!

Our summer schedule of new releases kicked off over the weekend with Much Ado About Nothing. Joss Whedon's bold and imaginative Shakespeare adaptation is a bonafide hit that set records in our theaters. An exciting roster of premieres continues for the next three months, leading right up to the 51st New York Film Festival this fall.

Much Ado continues into next week and will be joined by Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet From Stardom, which opens Friday. The doc, a portrait of the overlooked women who sing back-up on pop hits, has been embraced by audiences on the festival circuit from its premiere at Sundance in January right up to the Rooftop Films' screening downtown on Saturday night. One of its subjects, singer Darlene Love, was here at the Film Society last week for an advanced screening and jumped on stage to sing for the packed Lincoln Center audience.

Matías Piñeiro's Viola (ND/NF '13)

Next month, we'll welcome a new voice in Latin American cinema. Matías Piñeiro will be here with his acclaimed New Directors/New Films title Violaa take on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The film, which mixes melodrama and comedy in its look at the lives of a group of young Argentineans, has earned Piñeiro increased attention in the US. During our Latinbeat festival in July, we'll screen all four of Piñeiro's films, including his 2010 short Rosalinda, which will accompany Viola.

Perhaps the most divisive film from this year's Cannes Film Festival, Nicolas Winding-Refn's Only God Forgives opens at the Film Society on July 19. It stars Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas. During a recent FilmLinc interview, Refn said that his new film continues themes that he's explored in his recent films Drive (2011) and Valhalla Rising (2009).

Before heading to Sea World with the family, you may want to check out Gabriela Cowperthwaite's eye-opening documentary Blackfish. Another hit at Sundance, this exploration of the captivity of theme park killer whales opens on July 19. Check out the thrilling trailer below.

The first Friday in August brings the long overdue release of NYFF50 favorite Our Children from Belgian director Joachin Lafosse, which topped Film Comment's list of the Best Undistributed Films of 2012. On August 16, newcomer David Lowery will bring his Sundance 2013 hit Ain't Them Bodies Saints, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Brian DePalma will round out the month with his sexy thriller Passion, a guilty pleasure starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace that also screened at the 50th New York Film Festival.

As we head into the NYFF51 in September, we'll open João Pedro Rodrigues' lush and experimental The Last Time I Saw Macao (NYFF50), Gilles Legrand's You Will Be My Son (RDV '13), and Martha Shane & Lana Wilson's insightful documentary about doctors who perform late term abortion After Tiller (Sundance '13).

Which movie(s) are you most excited about?

June 7: Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joss Whedon

June 14: Twenty Feet from Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville
(Radius/The Weinstein Company)

July 12: Viola, directed by Matías Piñeiro
(Cinema Guild)

July 19: Only God Forgives, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn
(Radius/The Weinstein Company)

July 19: Blackfish, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
(Magnolia Pictures)

August 2: Our Children, directed by Joachim Lafosse
(Distrib Films)

August 16: Ain't Them Bodies Saints, directed by David Lowery
(IFC Films)

August 30: Passion, directed by Brian De Palma

September 13: The Last Time I Saw Macao, directed by João Pedro Rodrigues
(Cinema Guild)

September 13: You Will Be My Son, directed by Gilles Legrand
(Cohen Media)

September 20: After Tiller, directed by Martha Shane & Lana Wilson
(Oscilloscope Laboratories)