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.

Read the Summer of Film brochure here or download.

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 (dir. Arnaud Desplechin) and Cries & Whispers (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

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Now Playing

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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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.

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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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