Cinetopia International Film Festival Starts Friday With A Film On The Lawn Of The DIA

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Looking for a great lineup of notable new features, short films, and documentaries? Check out the Cinetopia International Film Festival, from June 3-12. The event, created for the people of Southeast Michigan, brings together the best screenings that film festivals have to offer.

The festival starts on Friday, June 3. Screenings will take place at venues in multiple locations, including Detroit, Ann Arbor, Bloomfield, and Dearborn. Cinetopia features screenings of many films from renowned international film festivals like Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, Venice, and South by Southwest. Several screening events will take place in the Detroit Film Theatre auditorium as well as the Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall on June 3, 4, and 5.

Tickets are available for purchase online. For a single ticket (entry to one specific screening), the general public can expect to pay $12. Members of the Arab American National Museum, Cinema Detroit, Charles H.W. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts, The Henry Ford, or The Michigan Theater will only pay $9 for a single ticket. For more information on ticket prices, click here.

An opening night screening will take place on June 3 at 9:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The movie shown will be “Only Yesterday (Omohide poro poro)”, an anime feature rated PG. The event is free, so take the kids with you if you plan to attend.

Another free event is the Detroit Voices Short Film Competition, which will be held at the Detroit Film Theatre (5200 Woodward Ave) on Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Some of the movies you may want to check out during the festival include

As I Open My Eyes (A peine j’ouvre les yeux) – Farah has just been accepted to medical school. However, her passions lie with her music and the underground band she’s part of. Farah clashes with authorities as she learns the true meaning of betrayal.

This film is part of foreign language fiction. It shows at the Michigan Theater Screening Room on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. and at the Arab American National Museum on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Black Mountain Poets – Two convict sisters steal a car and pose as noted, published poets in the scenic Black Mountains of Wales during a Poet’s Poet Retreat. The sisters must keep up their facade in this hilarious tale of love, friendship, and drama.

The film’s screening will be held at the Henry Ford Gian Screen Experience on Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. and the Michigan Theater’s Auditorium on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

Johnnie To’s Office (Hua li shang ban zu) – This Chinese musical focuses on modern-day corporate culture in China. It shows the necessary things that employees must do to keep their jobs and ensure their product’s continued market relevance during an economic downturn.

The musical will be shown at the Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m. and the Michigan Theater Auditorium on Saturday, June 11 at 9 p.m.

Little Men – The film tells the story of unlikely middle school friends Jake and Tony, complete opposites in most respects. When the boys’ parents get into a rent dispute, their friendship will be tested.

The movie will be shown at the Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m., the Michigan Theater Auditorium on Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m., and at the State Theatre Screen 2 at 1 p.m.

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