Summer of Film at Lincoln Center

You’re invited to a Summer of Film at Lincoln Center, a season of expansive programming including free screenings, free talks, and special summer pricing.

Check out the lineup below and click series/film titles for more information. Learn more about Film at Lincoln Center’s free event ticket policy and event registration here.

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June 27 – September 11

Free weekly double features!
50th Mixtape

It’s our golden anniversary, and as a special gift to our audiences—and all New York movie lovers—we’ve put together a free summer playlist. From June to September, Film at Lincoln Center will continue to celebrate its semi-centennial with a series of double features presented free of charge. We have handpicked 20 films—a combination of our all-time and recent favorites—to be screened across 10 Thursdays, culminating on September 11 with a final selection to be decided by a public vote. Our “mixtape” zigzags across recent film history, pairing titles in a way that speaks to cinema’s diversity of expression, and includes important premieres and acclaimed films from our most popular year-round festivals, series, and new releases. As these selections illustrate, we plan to extend our commitment to introducing New York audiences to cinema’s most vital and innovative voices—past, present, and future.

Organized by Florence Almozini and Tyler Wilson.

June 27: Cleo from 5 to 7 (dir. Agnès Varda) + The Portrait of a Lady (dir. Jane Campion)
July 11: Two English Girls (dir. François Truffaut) + Mulholland Dr. (dir. David Lynch)
July 18: Come Drink with Me (dir. King Hu) + The Assassin (dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien)
July 25: The Leopard (dir. Luchino Visconti) + Happy as Lazzaro (dir. Alice Rohrwacher)
August 1: Stalker (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky) + High Life (dir. Claire Denis)
August 8: School Daze (dir. Spike Lee) + Sorry to Bother You (dir. Boots Riley)
August 15: Nocturama (dir. Bertrand Bonello) + Burning (dir. Lee Chang-dong)
August 22: demonlover (dir. Olivier Assayas) + Elle (dir. Paul Verhoeven)
August 29: Velvet Goldmine (dir. Todd Haynes) + Her Smell (dir. Alex Ross Perry)
September 5: Three Times (dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien) + Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)
September 11: Audience Choice: Esther Kahn and Cries & Whispers – Registration opens August 28!

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August 23 – September 3

2-for-1 double features!
Make My Day: American Movies in the Age of Reagan

Blow Out


The presidency of Ronald Reagan was marked by such 80s movie events as Raiders of the Lost Ark, The King of Comedy, First Blood, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Blue Velvet. These films, plus the birth of MTV, helped form the pop-cultural backdrop for the Cold War and the delirious 1984 presidential campaign that led to Reagan’s re-election. In his latest book, Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan—the culmination of a trilogy he began with The Dream Life and An Army of Phantoms—critic/historian J. Hoberman contextualizes and examines Reagan as historical figure and symbolic totem, placing the key American films released during his presidency within a narrative bookended by the bicentennial celebrations (coinciding with the beginning of Reagan’s national ascendency) and the Iran-Contra Affair. On the occasion of this essential new book’s publication, Film at Lincoln Center will present a series of special double features selected by Hoberman from the films he discusses.

Organized by J. Hoberman and Dan Sullivan.

August 23 & September 1: Conan the Barbarian (dir. John Milius) + First Blood (dir. Ted Kotcheff)
August 23 & 26: Cutter’s Way (dir. Ivan Passer) + Blow Out (dir. Brian De Palma)
August 24 & September 1: Gremlins (dir. Joe Dante) + The Terminator (dir. James Cameron)
August 24 & 31: The King of Comedy (dir. Martin Scorsese) + Videodrome (dir. David Cronenberg)
August 25 & 27: Risky Business (dir. Paul Brickman) + Sudden Impact (dir. Clint Eastwood)
August 25 & 30: Back to the Future (dir. Robert Zemeckis) + Desperately Seeking Susan (dir. Susan Seidelman)
August 26 & 28: True Stories (dir. David Byrne)  + Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (dir. Tim Burton)
August 27 & September 2: Near Dark (dir. Kathryn Bigelow) + River’s Edge (dir. Tim Hunter)
August 28 & September 3: Salvador (dir. Oliver Stone) + Walker (dir. Alex Cox)
August 30 & September 2: Robocop (dir. Paul Verhoeven) + The Running Man (dir. Paul Michael Glaser)
August 31 & September 3: The Last Temptation of Christ (dir. Martin Scorsese) + They Live (dir. John Carpenter)

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Now Playing


Philippe Lesage, Canada, 2018, 130m
French with English subtitles
Following his autobiographical 2015 narrative debut The Demons, Philippe Lesage continues to chronicle the life of young Felix (Édouard Tremblay-Grenier), now diverging to capture the romantic trials and tribulations of two Quebecois teen siblings. While the charismatic, Salinger-reading Guillaume (Théodore Pellerin) wrestles with his sexual identity at his all-boys boarding school, the more ostensibly grown-up Charlotte (Noée Abita) discovers the casual cruelty of the adult world that awaits her post-graduation. Lesage and his young actors depict the aches of becoming oneself with nuance, honesty, and compassion, and the result is one of the most beautiful coming-of-age stories in years. A 2019 New Directors/New Films selection. A Film Movement release.

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Now Playing

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?

Roberto Minervini, Italy/USA/France, 2018, 123m
Italian-born, American South–based filmmaker Roberto Minervini’s follow-up to his Texas Trilogy is a portrait of African-Americans in New Orleans struggling to maintain their unique cultural identity and to find social justice. Shot in very sharp black and white, the film is focused on Judy, trying to keep her family afloat and save her bar before it’s snapped up by speculators; Ronaldo and Titus, two brothers growing up surrounded by violence and with a father in jail; Kevin, trying to keep the glorious local traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians alive; and the local Black Panthers, trying to stand up against a new, deadly wave of racism. This is a passionately urgent and strangely lyrical film experience. An NYFF56 selection. A KimStim release.

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Opens August 30

The Load

Ognjen Glavonić, Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar, 2018, 98m
Serbian with English subtitles
Ognjen Glavonić’s wintry road movie concerns a truck driver (Leon Lucev) tasked with transporting mysterious cargo across a scorched landscape from Kosovo to Belgrade during the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. A companion piece to the director’s 2016 documentary Depth Two, The Load is a work of enveloping atmosphere that puts a politically charged twist on the highway thrillers it recalls: Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear and William Friedkin’s retelling, Sorcerer. The streamlined premise gives way to a slow-dawning reckoning, in which implications of guilt and complicity slowly but surely sink in. A 2019 New Directors/New Films selection. A Grasshopper Film release.

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Opens September 6

Say Amen, Somebody

George T. Nierenberg, USA, 1982, 101m
One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is George T. Nierenberg’s exuberant, funny, and deeply moving celebration of 20th-century American gospel music. With unrivaled access to the movement’s luminaries, Thomas Dorsey and Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, Nierenberg masterfully records their fascinating stories alongside earth-shaking, show-stopping performances by the Barrett Sisters, the O’Neal Twins, and others. As much a fascinating time capsule as it is a peerless concert movie, Say Amen, Somebody returns to Film at Lincoln Center in a gorgeous 4K restoration by Milestone Films, with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. An NYFF20 selection. A Milestone Films release.

September 6-9

Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin



This September, Film at Lincoln Center is pleased to celebrate one of Poland’s most visionary filmmakers. Piotr Szulkin (1950-2018) was a director, screenwriter, novelist, theatrical director, and painter whose profoundly imaginative works rendered 20th-century philosophy and Polish medieval literature through speculative fiction, noir, and grotesque allegories. Best known for his tetralogy of wildly iconoclastic sci-fi movies—Golem (1979), The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981), O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization (1985), and Ga-ga: Glory to Heroes (1986)—Szulkin regularly faced censorship from the Communist regime of the late ’70s and early ’80s for his unabashedly political works. The retrospective offers a selection of new digital restorations and imported film prints; whether viewed as existential tales, absurdist parables, or premonitions about modern society’s hostility and the evils of totalitarianism, they continue to resonate with chilling truth about humankind. Presented in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Organized by Florence Almozini and Tyler Wilson.

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September 12-16

Two Free Women: Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner

Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin


A testament to the collaborative nature of art and show business, the career of beloved comic actor Lily Tomlin has long been intimately connected to that of her partner Jane Wagner. This dual retrospective considers their projects together across a variety of formats, in which writer and sometimes director Wagner’s sharp-eyed observations and deftly drawn characters are animated through Tomlin’s tremendous versatility on screen. Two Free Women highlights a diverse selection of their films, including the classic one-woman opus The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, in which Tomlin shape-shifts between a dozen different personas; the underrated and misunderstood May-December romance Moment by Moment; Tomlin’s brilliant performances in such movies as Nashville, 9 to 5, and All of Me; and a bevy of rarities, including the tender, Wagner-penned childhood drama J.T. The scope of their work suggests the breadth of a lasting and fruitful partnership that reshaped the art of American comedy, and expanded its feminist imagination.

Organized by Hilton Als and Thomas Beard.

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New releases are organized by Dennis Lim and Florence Almozini.

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