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“Saving Brinton” was an audience favorite last year at AFI Docs, and why not? The subject of this engaging, affecting documentar­y is doing the Lord’s work (assuming that God is a die-hard cinephile). In his home town of Washington, Iowa, film collector and historian Michael Zahs has carefully kept a store of archival films that were once shown throughout the Midwest by husband-and-wife impresario­s Frank and Indiana Brinton. For 30 years very few people cared, but the film follows Zahs as he shows what he has to his neighbors, archivists at the University of Iowa and ultimately bigwigs in the film preservati­on and festival world. This is a gentle, revelatory homage not only to film as a constantly evolving art form — the hand-colored images from the turn of the century are breathtaki­ng — but also as a fulcrum for community, as the world comes to Washington and, ultimately, a piece of Washington goes out to the world. Unrated. At the AFI Silver. Contains nothing objectiona­ble. 87 minutes. — Ann Hornaday

The directoria­l debut of Catalan filmmaker Carla Simón, “Summer 1993” follows a 6-yearold orphan (Laia Artigas) as she goes to live with her uncle’s family after the death of her mother from AIDS. Variety says that the autobiogra­phical film “avoids sentimenta­lity while reproducin­g the inchoate, conflictin­g emotions of a child unable to know how to process her trauma.” Unrated. At Landmark’s E Street Cinema. In Catalan with subtitles. 97 minutes.

“The Misandrist­s” is the latest film by gay Canadian filmmaker and sexual provocateu­r Bruce La Bruce, a progenitor of the punkily anti-establishm­ent “Queercore” movement. The campy satire centers on a radical, lesbian-separatist colony that offers shelter to an injured male traveler. According to IndieWire, “La Bruce has a facility for contempora­ry gender politics, turning

his feminist uptopia into a critique of essentiali­st views even as it pays tribute to such lofty

feminist views. Unrated. At the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market. Contains graphic surgery, explicit sexual content and nudity. 91 minutes.

 ?? CARTILAGE FILMS ?? Susanne Sachsse, center, and other lesbian separatist­s offer shelter to a male traveler in the campy “The Misandrist­s,” from queer filmmaker Bruce La Bruce.
CARTILAGE FILMS Susanne Sachsse, center, and other lesbian separatist­s offer shelter to a male traveler in the campy “The Misandrist­s,” from queer filmmaker Bruce La Bruce.
 ?? OSCILLOSCO­PE LABORATORI­ES ?? A girl goes to live with an adoptive family in Carla Simón’s autobiogra­phical “Summer 1993.”
OSCILLOSCO­PE LABORATORI­ES A girl goes to live with an adoptive family in Carla Simón’s autobiogra­phical “Summer 1993.”

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