We invite you to join us for the 2019 Cinetopia Film Festival. This is our 6th year with Cinetopia!

Purchase tickets and passes, or get more info about the entire process, at cinetopiafestival.org/pass

The Detroit area Central Box Office is located in the lobby of Emagine Royal Oak, 200 N. Main St. Royal Oak, MI, 48067.
The box office opens 30 minutes before show time from Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19.

Friday, May 17

Man Made
4:15 p.m.

Directed by T Cooper
USA | 93 min | Documentary | English | Not Rated

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). Man Made is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.

To Dust
6:30 p.m.

Directed by Shawn Snyder
USA | 92 min | Drama | English | Rated R for language and some disturbing images

Grieving the recent death of his wife, Shmuel (GÉZA ROHRÏG) decides that, in order to move on, he must understand the science behind the decomposition process of his wife’s body—despite the blasphemy inherent in any scientific inquiry. To assist his sinful pursuit, he seeks out Albert (MATTHEW BRODERICK), a community-college biology professor who Shmuel enlists to teach informal science lessons. These soon grow to include homemade experiments and a road trip to a body farm, and, as their macabre mis- adventures and unlikely friendship grow ever more peculiar, the odd couple prove they will stop at nothing to satiate their curiosity and, ultimately find Shmuel the peace he seeks. —Tribeca Film Festival 2018

Them That Follow
9:00 p.m.

Directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage
USA | 98 min | Drama | English | Not Rated

METRO DETROIT PREMIERE! Snake handlers are spiritual renegades belonging to an obscure sect of American Pentecostalism: part of a century-old tradition of worshipping with venomous snakes during church services. Seeing themselves as the vanguards of salvation in a morally bankrupt world, believers put their lives on the line, each and every week, to prove themselves before God. Set deep in the hills of Appalachia, Them That Follow explores this unseen way of life—telling the story of a pastor’s daughter whose forbidden relationship forces her to confront the dangerous traditions of her father’s church. Featuring OLIVIA COLMAN, JIM GAFFIGAN, and WALTON GOGGINS.

Saturday, May 18

3:00 p.m.

Directed by Ondi Timoner
USA | 95 min | Drama/Biography | English | Not Rated (contains graphic nudity)

No photographer of the twentieth century was as renowned for his ability to capture such great beauty — and court such great controversy — as Robert Mapplethorpe. Though he died nearly thirty years ago, Mapplethorpe’s name remains synonymous today with boundary-pushing and bold artistic contrasts, owing to both his gorgeous black-and-white prints of voluptuous flowers and his stunning, provocative nude studies of the BDSM subculture. The first-ever biopic of the artist, Mapplethorpe stars a revelatory MATT SMITH (Doctor Who, The Crown) in the title role. The award-winning British actor portrays Mapplethorpe from his early days in New York City, chronicling his relationships with musician Patti Smith (MARIANNE RENDÓN) and curator Sam Wagstaff (JOHN BENJAMIN HICKEY), to his death in 1989 from HIV/AIDS at age 42.

Bite Me
6:00 p.m.

Directed by Meredith Edwards
USA | 83 min | Romantic Comedy | English | Not Rated

Bite Me is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. Set in modern-day New York City, the film follows two seemingly incompatible misfits as they struggle to break free from their identity crises and discover who they really are. The central tension and heart-warming joy of the film comes from watching these two outsiders surrender to the terrifying act of falling in love. Bite Me is a love song to the unsung weirdos of our generation.

SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE! Live Q & A with director Meredith Edwards following the screening

Jules of Light and Dark
8:45 p.m.

Directed by Daniel Laabs
USA | 85 min | Drama | English | Not Rated

In present-day Texas, Maya (TALLIE MEDEL) and her on again, off again girlfriend Jules (BETSY HOLT) total their car after a night of backwoods raving and teen mischief. They’re rescued from the wreckage by Freddy (ROBERT LONGSTREET), a divorced oil worker whose stoic facade crumbles as he comes to see himself, and his repressed desires, in Maya. As Jules recovers, Maya and Freddy develop a rapport that dulls the debilitating silence of their small-town lives. Together, they subtly encourage one another to chase after what they want the most (or at least figure out what that might be). Jules Of Light And Dark is an iridescent coming-of-age story boasting the rural isolation of DEB SHOVAL’s AWOL and the wanderlust of ANDREA ARNOLD’s American Honey. Defined by earnest, full performances and a blue palette, DANIEL LAABS’ first feature solidly articulates the universality of queer loneliness and uncertainty across genders and generations.

SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE! Live Q & A with director Daniel Laabs following the screening