Free Outdoor Films: Rule-Breakers & Troublemakers
Governors Island Arts & Film at Lincoln Center
Jul 7, 2023, Aug 11, 2023
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Free outdoor films on the Parade Ground return to Governors Island for Summer 2023! “Rule Breakers and Troublemakers” will feature screenings of F. Gary Gray’s Set It Off, Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, and Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham. Screenings are free and open to the public with pre-show entertainment kicking off at 7pm and films beginning 8:30pm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, with vendors to be announced.
Friday, June 9: Set It Off
F. Gary Gray, 1996, USA, 124m
Former bank teller Frankie (Viveca A. Fox) is struggling to make ends meet, working a low-paying job as a janitor alongside close friends Cleo (Queen Latifah), Stony (Jada Pinkett Smith), and T.T. (Kimberly Elise) in mid-’90s Los Angeles. When the four women, angered and demoralized by the status quo of relentless injustice that curtails and undermines their aspirations, set about systematically robbing banks around the city, complications soon arise in the disparate forms of their tyrannical boss (Thomas Jefferson Byrd), an unsympathetic LAPD detective (John C. McGinley), and a budding romance between Stony and a charming bank manager (Blair Underwood). Director F. Gary Gray infuses the heist genre with bracing emotional clarity, sensitively yet unsentimentally dramatizing the challenges faced by working-class women of color who are forced to navigate an unacceptably inhospitable socioeconomic reality.
Friday, July 7: Out of Sight
Steven Soderbergh, 1998, USA, 123m
Razor-sharp wit and expertly deployed star wattage — not to mention crackling sexual chemistry between the two leads — were in abundant supply when Steven Soderbergh burst into the mainstream, directing Scott Frank’s ultra-cool adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1996 novel. George Clooney is Jack Foley, a career bank robber on the run after breaking out of a Florida penitentiary; Jennifer Lopez is U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco, the no-nonsense law enforcement officer who’s determined to put Foley back behind bars. Alongside a stacked supporting cast that also includes Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Albert Brooks, and Viola Davis in one of her earliest film roles, Clooney and Lopez bring humor and heat to a singularly sexy game of cat-and-mouse as Foley makes his way to Detroit in pursuit of a rumored stash of diamonds, with Sisco in hot pursuit. Edited with wry precision by the legendary Anne V. Coates, Soderbergh’s seventh feature is a master class in smart, ensemble-driven genre filmmaking, and remains a relentlessly entertaining crowd-pleaser 25 years after its release.
Friday, August 11: Bend It Like Beckham
Gurinder Chadha, 2002, U.K./Germany/USA, 112m
English, Punjabi, Hindi, and German with English subtitles
British Indian director Gurinder Chadha’s third feature tells the story of teenager Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra in a winning breakout performance), an avid soccer fan, dreams of living up to the example of her idol, star player David Beckham, against the wishes of her culturally conservative Punjabi elders. When new friend Jules (Keira Knightley) persuades her to join the local women’s team without her parents’ knowledge, Jess quickly wins the acceptance and respect of her teammates and their coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), but must struggle to reconcile her passion for the game with her family’s expectations. In the 21 years since its U.K. release, Chadha’s film — which remains the highest-grossing soccer film of all time, and boasts scene-stealing supporting performances by Anupam Kher, Archie Punjabi, and Juliet Stevenson — has continued to be hailed as a latter-day classic of its intersecting genres, simultaneously excelling as crowd-pleasing sports movie, winning romantic comedy, and heartfelt cross-cultural coming-of-age fable.
Presented by Governors Island Arts and Film at Lincoln Center, with support from the Friends of Governors Island. Curated by Film at Lincoln Center and produced by Rooftop Films.
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