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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.

OSCILLOSCOPE LAB­O­RA­TO­RIES

A girl goes to live with an adop­tive fam­ily in Carla Simón’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal “Sum­mer 1993.”

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