BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park has unveiled the roster for its annual outdoor international summer festival and this year’s selection includes films from six nations.
The festival pairs films from a specific country with cuisine from that nation that is provided by a local eatery.
Socrates’ 19th annual free international festival, which is held in collaboration with Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films, will kick off on July 5. This year’s lineup includes movies from Mauritania, Sweden, Greece, Venezuela, Spain and the United States.
All of the films will be presented in their original language with English subtitles. Most of the films are aimed at adult audiences.
Each screening will feature cuisine from Queens restaurants that matches the region of the film being shown. The screenings also often include local musicians and dancers who will celebrate the cultures of the films’ countries of origin.
The festival’s first screening is Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako’s acclaimed, Academy Award nominated film “Timbuktu,” which will be shown on July 5. Swedish crime drama “Easy Money” will screen on July 12, while Greek comedy “Chevalier” will be shown on July 26. On Aug. 9, the festival will show Spanish musical “The Silence Before Bach” and, on Aug. 16, John Turturro’s musical comedy “Romance and Cigarettes,” which stars James Gandolfini and Susan Sarandon, will screen.
And Venezuelan-Peruvian production “Bad Hair (Pelo Malo)” will conclude the series on August 23. The July 19 and August 2 screenings have yet to be announced.
Each evening’s food and performance line-ups will be announced the week before the screening.
All pre-screening performances will kick off at 7 p.m. and the films will begin at sundown. The films are all free-of-charge.
Outdoor Cinema 2017 is made possible, in part, through public funds from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and city council.
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