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