Emagine Royal Oak
Cinetopia spans the greater Detroit Metropolitan area, with venues in downtown Detroit, Dearborn, Bloomfield Township, Royal Oak, and Ann Arbor.
Films Playing at the Emagine Royal Oak
Seat capacity: Theater 5 (43 seats); Theater 6 (46 seats); Theater 7 (81 seats); Theater 8 (62 seats)
Click on the film title for more information and showtimes
A Polar Year
Anders leaves his native Denmark for a teaching position in rural Greenland. As soon as he arrives, he finds himself at odds with tightly-knit locals. Only through a clumsy and playful trial of errors can Anders shake his Euro-centric assumptions and embrace their snow-covered way of life.
France | NR | 94 min | Danish, Tunumiisut
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Thursday May 16th at 4:30pm
After So Many Days
After a decade of making music together, Jim and Sam, a recently married singer/songwriter duo from Los Angeles, were not the successful band they hoped they’d be. Feeling stuck and anxious about their future, the duo made a spontaneous decision to go “all in,” making a pact to play one show every day for a year. With suitcases and a guitar, the troubadours ventured out for a 365-day tour down unexplored roads, and onto unexpected stages, bringing their music to new audiences throughout 14 different countries.
USA | NR | 87 min | English
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Thursday May 16th at 6:45pm and Saturday May 18th at 12:45pm
Welcome to Lafors! A small Swedish community in desperate need of a fresh start. Hope rises when the German low-cost superstore Superbilly is considering setting up business in the area. 500 new jobs, that would change everything! Musse at the local government office gets the honour to make the commercial that will be selling Lafors. But Aida and Dana pick up the fight and turn their mobiles and selfie sticks towards everyone that isn’t allowed to take part in the commercial. The battle of who has the right to tell the story of Lafors has begun.
Sweden | NR | 110 min | Swedish, English, Arabic, Tamil, Kurdish, Romanian, Bosnian, German
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 12:15pm
Cassandro, The Exotico! (Cassandro El Exotico!)
This stirring feature portrait of lucha libre star Cassandro in his waning years in the ring is less a swan song than a meteor shower rendered in Technicolor. Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century. Marie Losier captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure with her talent for forging intimacy with a subject while celebrating his individuality broadly.
France | NR | 73 min | English, Spanish
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 8:30pm
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, leaving no survivors. It’s understood that because Hammarskjöld was, at the time, advocating for Congo’s independence, the “crash” was an assassination. With the case still unsolved fifty-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger leads viewers down a wild investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends and elusive interviews later, Brügger begins to uncover a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world.
Denmark | NR | 128 min | English, French, Swedish, Bemba, Danish
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 2:30pm
Complicity (Kazenokiwa Kotono Youni)
Chen Liang, a young Chinese man is an illegal immigrant in Japan. One day he receives a call about a job offer meant for someone else. In his desperation, he pretends to be the intended recipient in order to get the job, which turns out to be work at a traditional Japanese soba restaurant. He starts his new life living and working with the elderly soba master with the fear that his identity could be exposed at any moment.
Japan | NR | 115 min | Japanese, Mandarin
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Thursday May 16th at 4:15pm
“Flowers bloom on every border” wrote Korean poet Ham Min-Bok, a metaphor which inspired acclaimed documentarian Yi Seung-jun to explore how the Olympic values reach across borders of all kinds to deliver hope. Crossing Beyond follows a select group of athletes from diverse backgrounds – British snowboarder Billy Morgan, Ghanaian skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong, ice hockey player Park Yoon-jung and the unified Korean team, Austrian ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, and Afghani Alpine skiers Sayed Alishah Farhang and Sajjad Husaini – as they navigate the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
USA | NR | 100 min | English, Korean
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 3:00pm
After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, a family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding-reunion back in China. Headstrong and emotional writer Billi (AWKWAFINA) rebels against her parents’ directive to stay in New York and joins the family as they awkwardly attempt to rekindle old bonds, throw together a wedding that only grandma is actually looking forward to, and surreptitiously say their goodbyes.
USA | NR | 98 min | English, Mandarin
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Thursday May 16th at 6:30pm
Fiction & Other Realities
Bobby, a New York born and raised Korean American is a struggling singer-songwriter that still lives at home with his widowed Korean mother. Bobby is presented with the opportunity to travel on a world tour as a roadie for his best friend Billy’s electro-pop band. He abandons the tour upon reaching Seoul, Korea. In Korea he befriends INA who becomes his guide in Seoul and also a partner in music. They perform music together and begin to find success. Just as things are looking positive for the duo, things come to a halt and Bobby needs to decide what’s important to him. Returning to his old life or continuing his journey for self worth in Korea. His time in this land where everyone looks like him helps close certain gaps in his life that question his heritage and his inability to feel fully accepted at home in America.
USA | NR | 85 min | English, Korean
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Thursday May 16th at 9:00pm
The Final Adventure of Kaktus Kid (Poslednja Avantura Kaktus Bate)
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 5:45pm
With special guest appearance by director Djordje Markovic
Fonotune: An Electric Fairytale
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 9:45pm
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Sunday May 19th at 1:30pm
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 6:45pm and Saturday May 18th at 12.01pm
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 7.45pm
The Infamous Future
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 7.00pm
With special guest appearances by school CEO David C. Banks, writer John Campbell, and alumnus Christopher
Killing God (Matar a Dios)
Killing God takes place at an isolated house in the countryside over New Year’s Eve: Carlos and his wife Ana invite Carlos’s brother and father to spend the holidays with them at the rented house. But a strange small homeless man crashes the party claiming to be God, and announces that all of humanity will perish at dawn with the exception of two survivors – to be chosen by the dinner party.
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 4.15pm
With special guest appearance by director Caye Cabas and art director Cristina Borobia
In January 2015, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sought a constitutional amendment that would allow him to be elected president for a third time. This film documents the resulting demonstrations and follows three protagonists of the resistance. Ben, who lives in exile in New York, takes the advice of his fellow countrymen in exile and decides to join the struggle in the Congo. Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, continues his public campaign for his country’s freedom and is persecuted by the secret service. Christian fights unperturbed in the streets of Kinshasa, even after former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, on whom the opposition had pinned their hopes, dies and the movement against Kabila’s extension of his time in office seems paralysed. Should one resist in exile, or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required?
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 12.30pm
Leningrad, one summer in the early eighties. Smuggling LP’s by Lou Reed and David Bowie, the underground rock scene is boiling ahead of the Perestroika. Mike and his beautiful wife Natasha meet with young Viktor Tsoï. Together with friends, they will change the destiny of rock’n’roll in the Soviet Union.
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 9:15pm
Making Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Clift was one of the most influential actors in the history of cinema, bucking traditions on and off screen, but countless biographies have reduced him to labels like “tragically self-destructive” and “tormented.” Now, nephew Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon rigorously examine the flawed narratives that have come to define Monty’s legacy. Drawing on interviews with family and loved ones and a rich collection of unreleased archival materials from Monty and his brother, Brooks Clift, this fresh portrait of the actor’s passions, contributions and commitment to living and working in his own way gives one of Hollywood’s underappreciated legends his due.
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 4:45pm and Saturday May 18th at 6:00pm
MAN MADE takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who, like the film’s director, were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA).
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Thursday May 16th at 7:00pm
With special guest appearance by onscreen subject Dominic Giovon Chilko
The Map To Paradise
THE MAP TO PARADISE is an adventure-filled and spectacularly gorgeous tale about the birth of the global movement to protect the sea. From underwater worlds of ice to glistening coral sanctuaries, discover what it takes to build a movement and to create positive change. Filmed across six continents, the filmmakers have set out to challenge the mainstream narrative of hard-hitting environmental documentaries with a “doom and gloom” message, and replace it with one of hope and courage.
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Thursday May 16th at 7:15pm
Midnight In Paris
Midnight in Paris follows a small group of Flint, Michigan, teenagers in the lead-up to their Senior Prom – an event that has transcended the typical black-tie affair and become a rare communal opportunity to celebrate the achievements of its youth. The film looks at the significance of the dance in the lives of the children of Flint, the preparation and effort involved in participating, and the precarious juncture between expectation and reality.
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 8:15pm
In 2015, after HASSAN FAZILI’s documentary Peace aired on Afghan national television, the Taliban assassinated the film’s main subject and put a price on Hassan’s head. Hassan looked at his wife and his daughters, and he knew they had to flee their home. Over the course of their multi-year saga in search of safety, the family grasped onto the only means they had to assert control over their situation: their camera-phones. Midnight Traveler is a gripping vérité story made by a family on the run. Their unique access and artistic vision provide an intimate portrait of a loving family and the myriad fellow travelers they meet on their odyssey.
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Thursday May 16th at 4:45pm and Saturday May 18th at 8:00pm
In snowbound Tokamachi, Japan, teenaged Akio Sakurai took refuge in his room, escaping to another world with a pair of headphones and a pile of Led Zeppelin records. Moving to Tokyo, Akio worked as a kimono salesman by day, but by night became “Mr. Jimmy,” adopting the guitar chops and persona of Jimmy Page. For 35 years, Akio recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs, until the “real” Jimmy Page stopped by one night, and Akio’s life changed forever. Inspired by Mr. Page’s ovation, Akio quits his “salary man” job, leaving behind his family to move to Los Angeles and join “Led Zepagain.” Soon cultures clash, and Akio’s idyllic vision of America meets with reality.
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 9:00pm
With special guest appearance by director Peter Dowd
One Child Nation
China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. From award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, I Am Another You) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another – from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions.
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 7:15pm
Our Time Machine
43-year-old Maleonn is one of China’s most influential conceptual artists today. His father, Ma Ke, was the artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera Theater. After being humiliated and forbidden from working for a decade during the Cultural Revolution, Ma Ke immersed himself in theater. The mysterious excitement of Ma Ke’s creative world inspired the young Maleonn, but his father’s absences stoked early feelings of resentment. When Ma Ke is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Maleonn pours everything into an ambitious new theater project: “Papa’s Time Machine,” a visually stunning time-travel adventure told with human-sized puppets.
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Sunday May 19th at 11:00am
The Sharks (Los Tiburones)
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 4:30pm
Them That Follow
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 5:15pm
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Sunday May 19th at 11:15am
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Friday May 17th at 4:00pm
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 3:15pm
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 2:45pm
The Witch Hunters (Zlogonje)
10-year-old Jovan has had cerebral palsy for as long as he can remember. His condition has shaped his everyday life and made him think of himself as invisible to others –particularly his parents and classmates. In the world of his imagination, however, to which he escapes frequently, he is free to be who he wants and possesses the hero superpowers that everybody dreams of. Jovan’s (extra)ordinary existence is suddenly shaken up by a new classmate, Milica. Bit by bit, brave and determined Milica tears down the wall that Jovan has built around himself and eventually invites him to join her on a real life adventure – to liberate her father from his new wife, Milica’s stepmother, whom she believes is a witch.
Serbia | NR | 86 Min | Serbian
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Sunday May 19th at 1:45pm
Beshay – a man cured of leprosy – has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meagre possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity…
Egypt | NR | 97 min | Arabic
Plays at the Emagine Royal Oak Saturday May 18th at 5:30pm