July 2015

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EU Envoy Juggles
Litany of Crises

a5.european.union.parliament.homeWith a migration crisis, the Ukraine crisis and eurozone crisis bearing down it, the once-exclusive club of the European Union is taking one hit after another. Read More 

People of World Influence

After Stellar Foreign Service Career,
Pickering Still Going Strong

a1.powi.pickering.homeFew modern-day diplomats have left as indelible a mark on the State Department as Thomas Pickering, and retirement has not dimmed the former envoy's influence on issues ranging from Iran to Benghazi. Read More


Chilly Twitter Talk

Nordic Ambassadors Take to Twitter
For Freewheeling Talk on Arctic

a8.twiplomacy.twitter.homeOn a steamy summer day, Nordic envoys took to Twitter to discuss a chilly topic, the Arctic, in a history-making town hall meeting. Read More


Muslim Brotherhood's Fate

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Struggles
To Recover After Spectacular Fall

a3.muslim.egypt.square.homeThe Muslim Brotherhood has fallen spectacularly in Egypt and around the region, but is the Islamist group really on its last legs? Read More


Greek Tragicomedy

Journalist Finds Self-Inflicted Wounds
Wandering 'New Greek Ruins'

a4.greek.book.catastrophe.homeJames Angelos's "The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins" almost reads like a tragicomedy, if the real-life consequences of a Greek default weren't so serious. Read More


Digital Diplomacy Forum

Northern Ireland Punches Above
Its Weight in Digital Diplomacy

a6.digital.stormont.parliament.ireland.homeThe Northern Ireland Bureau has walked a fine line navigating sensitive events back home and its larger union with the U.K. to carve out a social media niche for itself. Read More

Book Review

Amid Decline Debate, Nye Insists
American Century Is Far From Over

a7.dean.nye.century.portrait.homeJoseph Nye's "Is the American Century Over?" argues that it is not, sorting through the bold claims and fuzzy thinking that pervade the debate about America's role in the world. Read More

Medical

Why I'm Saying No
To Football for My Son

a8.medical.youth.football.homeAs a growing body of research establishes the long-term risks posed by repeated concussions, participation in elementary and high school football has taken a hit. Read More

   

After Stellar Foreign Service Career, Pickering Still Going Strong

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By Michael Coleman

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Nordic Ambassadors Take to Twitter For Freewheeling Talk on Arctic

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By Larry Luxner

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Struggles To Recover After Spectacular Fall

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By Justin Salhani

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Journalist Finds Self-Inflicted Wounds Wandering ‘New Greek Ruins’

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By Dave Seminara

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EU Envoy Juggles Litany of Crises

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By Larry Luxner

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Northern Ireland Punches Above Its Weight in Digital Diplomacy

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By Molly McCluskey

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Amid Decline Debate, Nye Insists American Century Is Far From Over

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By John Shaw

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Why I’m Saying No To Football for My Son

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By Gina Shaw

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In Hypercompetitive Market, Hotels Spruce Up to Stay Fresh

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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U.S. Airlines Cry Foul as Cash-Rich Gulf Carriers Grab More Business

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By Larry Luxner

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Flood of American Tourists Eying Once-Closed-Off Communist Island

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By Kathy Kemper

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Textile Museum, George Washington University Combine Forces

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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English Sister City Celebrates America’s Victory Over the English

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By Linda Harper

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Art, Money Collide in Waterston’s Vision of Decay, Decadence

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By Kate Oczypok and Anna Gawel

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Syrian Refugee Tries to Break Through Silent Indifference

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By Sarah Alaoui

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National Gallery Toasts 25 Years of Photography With Massive Shows

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By Gary Tischler

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Music-Inspired Sibling Endeavor Shows Highs, Lows of DJ Scene

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Chefs Soak Up Summer With Seasonal Flair

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By Michael Coleman

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In ‘Eden,’ French Filmmaker Tells Family Story Close to Home

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By Ky N. Nguyen

At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve hosted screenings of her fourth narrative feature, “Eden,” an autobiographical tale that she co-wrote with her brother Sven Hansen-Løve based on his modest rise and more dramatic fall as a French garage house music DJ in the 1990s.

Mia Hansen-Løve’s first two films, “All Is Forgiven” and “Father of My Children,” made their world premieres at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Her third film, “Goodbye First Love,” got love from the critics after debuting at the Locarno International Film Festival. At Sundance, “Eden” was slotted in the Spectrum sidebar, the festival programmers’ favorite picks from leading international film festivals.

In between screenings at Sundance, Hansen-Løve retreated to a quiet house just one block from the crowds on Main Street in Park City, Utah, but she didn’t take too much of a breather. She squeezed into her hectic schedule a one-on-one chat with The Washington Diplomat and proved to be an earnest interview subject. Soft-spoken and humble, she apologized for her English even though it was excellent.

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Mia Hansen-Løve directed "Eden" based on her brother Sven's life as a DJ in the French electronic dance music scene of the 1990s.

Hansen-Løve was pleasantly surprised that I saw her teenage acting debut in “Late August, Early September,” directed by acclaimed French auteur Olivier Assayas, who later become her husband. “I’ve changed a lot since then. I was lucky to be in Olivier’s film by chance. I was in high school at the time. I was 16, 17. My parents weren’t working in the movie business; they are teachers. They did this casting in the school, looking for young girls; I went there,” she recalled.

“I was doing some theater in school, but I didn’t have any plans as an actress. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I had no idea. I knew what I didn’t want to do … becoming a teacher. I admired my parents, but I thought they had a very tough life. I guess I wanted to be able to travel more than they did, to have less obligations, be more free. I wanted to live. I wanted to write, too.

“I met Olivier Assayas through this film. That’s how it really started for me,” she continued. “It wasn’t so much for me becoming an actress because I never felt like a professional actress. It’s more that I experienced what it was to make a film through these few days that I spent on the shooting. It changed me forever in a way. It’s not that I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker, but I knew I wanted to be involved in films in a way or another,” Hansen-Løve explained.

“At the same time, I wanted to write. I wrote a short film when I was 21. I used to be a very shy young girl and woman. The thing that was very impressive for me is that on the day when I was on the set, I immediately felt that I was in the right place for me even though I didn’t know anything. I didn’t know the technique. I hadn’t been to film school. But I felt at ease on the set from the start.”

Nevertheless, writing and directing “Eden” was an arduous journey. “It has been a long process. I’ve been writing this film [since] three, four years ago. It was the idea to make a film inspired by my brother’s life that would be some kind of a portrait of him, but also to make a film about my generation…. When I was trying to define what my generation was really passionate about, it was the music that came first to me,” Hansen-Løve told us.

“Like my previous films, it’s a mixture of things that are very close to reality almost in a documentary way [and] things that are much more fictionalized,” the director said. “For me, it’s more about the filming of truth; I try to transmit that. But then the real facts and the fiction are organically balanced.

“It’s really close to my brother’s life in terms of the events,” she added. “We shot in many of the clubs where my brother used to work — or we recreated them. A lot of the characters around him are also inspired by people he’s known, even though often they’re a mixture of two different characters.”

Hansen-Løve, who as Sven’s sister only has a minor role in the film, reflected on her real-life relationship with her brother. “On the one hand, I’m quite close to my brother. I couldn’t have made this film if I wasn’t because we spent so much time together. The film actually made us even closer,” she said.

His DJ career, in fact, enabled her to go to nightclubs when she was just a young teenager and helped her develop an appreciation of music. “He used to bring me mix tapes,” Hansen-Løve recalled. “He was really the one who made me discover music — not only house music, any kind of music — because my parents obviously were listening to Schubert and Brahms. So my brother was the one bringing me the Velvet Underground, Beatles, Otis Redding, whatever, and then house music, which came very early, almost at the same time. All this music came from him.”

Sven eventually stopped DJing “because he was tired of it,” Hansen-Løve said. “He was broke. He was depressed … having lived too long in that area, becoming aware that it wasn’t going anywhere at the end anymore. Also, he saw his friends going away, living another life and getting other jobs.

“He left his career as a DJ even though now, with the film, he’s kind of started again, actually, but in a very different way,” she added, noting that he’s kept his day job. “But he was invited to DJ at some places in Paris.”


Ky N. Nguyen is the film reviewer for The Washington Diplomat.

   

Films - July 2015

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Languages

Bengali

French

Mandarin


Cantonese

Indonesian

Silent


Dutch

Italian

Vietnamese

English

Korean

Bengali


Apu Trilogy
Directed by Satyajit Ray
(India, 1960, 105 min.)

By the time "The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)" was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece "The Music Room" and was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings our protagonist's journey full circle.

Landmark's E Street Cinema 


Cantonese


Days of Being Wild
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
(Hong Kong, 1990, 94 min.)

In 1960s Hong Kong, idle playboy Leslie Cheung is kept in luxury by his retired courtesan foster mother, who gives him everything he needs but not the one thing he wants: the identity of his birth mother (Cantonese, Shanghainese, Tagalog, English and Mandarin).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 17, 7 p.m.

 

From Vegas to Macau
Directed by Wong Jing
(Hong Kong/China, 2014, 93 min.)

Hong Kong megastar Chow Yun-fat is at his comedic and charismatic best in this action-comedy in which he plays the suave gambler "Magic Hands" Ken, who teams up with his protégés to take down an international crime ring (Cantonese and Mandarin).

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 24, 7 p.m.

 

Golden Chickensss
(Gam gai SSS)
Directed by Matt Chow
(Hong Kong, 2014, 100 min.)

The brilliant comic actress Sandra Ng returns to her iconic role in this reboot of the popular "Golden Chicken" series. In the first two films, Ng played a fast-talking prostitute. Ten years later, she now runs her own crew of high-class escorts.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 19, 2 p.m.

 

Martial Club
(Wu guan)
Directed by Lau Kar Leung
(Hong Kong, 1981, 110 min.)

This "pure, unfiltered example of the classic kung fu movie" (Kung Fu Cinema) about a rivalry between two kung fu schools stars Gordon Liu as the legendary hero Wong Fei-hung (followed by a demonstration and discussion with martial arts masters).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 26, 2 p.m.

 

The Midnight After
Directed by Fruit Chan
(Hong Kong, 2014, 124 min.)

Named both Best Film and Best Director by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, Fruit Chan's science-fiction comedy follows a group of Hong Kong denizens on a late-night trip. When they emerge from their minibus, the travelers discover they are the only people left in the city — the first of many disturbing realizations.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 31, 7 p.m.

Dutch

The New Rijksmuseum
(Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum)
Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk
(Netherlands, 2013, 120 min.)

In 2003, an optimistic start was made on the renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, but from the start, the grand project was opposed by unyielding counter-forces and Rembrandt's palace changed into a permanent building site (Dutch, English and Spanish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 3

English

 

Cartel Land
Directed by Matthew Heineman
(Mexico/U.S., 2015, 98 min.)

With unprecedented access, "Cartel Land" is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy — the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 10

 

Casablanca
Directed by Michael Curtis
(U.S., 1942, 102 min.)

Why is he in Casablanca? "I was misinformed," explains nightclub owner/war refugee Humphrey Bogart, who won't "stick his neck out for nobody" — until Ingrid Bergman walks in.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 2 to 9

 

Escobar: Paradise Lost
Directed by Andrea Di Stefano
(France/Spain/Belgium/Panama, 2015, 120 min.)

In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams - and then he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.

Angelika Pop-Up

 

Every Last Child
Directed by Tom Roberts
(UAE, Pakistan, 2014, 83 min.)

"Every Last Child" is the dramatic story of five people impacted by the current polio crisis in Pakistan. Taking place on the front line of the fight against the disease, it is a story of sacrifice, fearless determination and sorrow in the face of mistrust, cynicism and violence (English, Urdu and Pushto).

Angelika Pop-Up

 

Gaslight
Directed by George Cukor
(U.S., 1944, 114 min.)

Ingrid Bergman won the first of her three Oscars for her portrayal of an innocent wife driven mad by a domineering and treacherous husband in George Cukor's Victorian-set psychological thriller.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 12 to 16

 

Hamlet
Directed by Michael Almereyda
(U.S., 2000, 112 min.)

Michael Almereyda's visionary, bleeding-edge contemporary re-imagining of "Hamlet" stars Ethan Hawke as the moody prince, a film student in New York whose uncle Claudius has recently assumed control of the family business, Denmark Corp.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., July 1, 9:20 p.m.

 

Indiscreet
Directed by Stanley Donen
(U.K., 1958, 100 min.)

Ingrid Bergman leads a lonely life until wealthy diplomat Cary Grant sweeps her off her feet. While he claims to be stuck in a loveless marriage, he may just be scared of commitment.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 18 to 23

 

Jimmy's Hall
Directed by Ken Loach
(U.K./Ireland/France, 2014, 109 min.)

Political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the country's "Red Scare" of the 1930s.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 10

 

Lawrence of Arabia
Directed by David Lean
(U.K., 1062, 216 min.)

An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 3 to 9

 

Mr. Holmes
Directed by Bill Condon
(U.K./U.S., 2015, 104 min.)

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 17

 

Notorious
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1946, 101 min.)

Miami, 1946: After her Nazi-sympathizing father is sent to prison for seditious activity, Ingrid Bergman gets recruited by OSS man Cary Grant to work as an American agent and infiltrate a Nazi cell in Rio de Janeiro. Bergman must seduce Nazi industrialist Claude Rains, which means the love affair in bloom between Grant and Bergman must be nipped in the bud.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 17 to 22

 

Spellbound
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1945, 111 min.)

Ingrid Bergman is a hardworking, serious-minded psychiatrist at a Swiss mental hospital who channels all of her energies into work, until she discovers a previously unknown passion by falling in love with the new doctor, Gregory Peck, but is Peck really the doctor he claims to be?

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 24, 2:15 p.m.,
Sat., July 25, 1 p.m.

 

The Third Man
Directed by Carol Reed
(U.K., 1949, 104 min.)

An American pulp novelist in postwar Vienna finds himself enmeshed in the hunt for an old friend, now a notorious black marketeer.

AFI Silver Theatre
Through July 2

 

Under Capricorn
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1949, 117 min.)

In 1831, Irishman Michael Wilding arrives in Sydney, Australia, with his uncle, the new governor, hoping to make his fortune. He discovers a rough-and-tumble world of financial scheming and exploitation, but also one where amazing reversals of fortune have made ex-convicts into millionaires.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 24, 12 p.m.,
Sun., July 26, 1 p.m.

 

French


Children of Paradise
(Les enfants du paradise)
Directed by Marcel Carné
(France, 1945, 205 min.)

In 1840 Paris, the intertwined love lives of characters from diverse demi-mondes — the city's artists, aristocrats and its criminal underworld — all intersect on the boulevards and in the cafés of a Parisian neighborhood.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 12, 3:30 p.m.,
Tue., July 14, 12:30 and 6:30 p.m.

 

Eden
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
(France, 2014, 130 min.)

"Eden" looks at the life of a French DJ who's credited with inventing "French house" or the "French touch," a type of French electronic music that became popular in the 1990s (French and English).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Ernest & Celestine
Multiple directors
(France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 2014, 80 min.)

In a world where bears live above ground while rodents live below in fear and hate, Celestine, an apprentice mouse dentist, forms an unlikely friendship with a poor street bear musician names Ernest.

Angelika Pop-Up
July 4 to 9

 

La Femme Nikita
(Nikita)
Directed by Luc Besson
(France/Italy, 1990, 118 min.)

A drugged-out Parisian punk (Anne Parillaud) shoots a cop and faces life imprisonment. But instead she is "recruited" (death being the second choice) for a secret government program, where she is trained to be a covert assassin and given a respectable civilian cover (French and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 3, 9:35 p.m.,
Tue., July 7, 9:20 p.m.

 

From Mayerling to Sarajevo
(De Mayerling à Sarajevo)
Directed by Max Ophüls
(France, 1940, 96 min.)

In 1940, as World War II began, director Max Ophüls, a German Jew who had fled to France, filmed, with a romantic champagne froth, this bitterly ironic drama of how the First World War got started — specifically how the progressive Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Hapsburg throne, ended up in Sarajevo on the fateful day in 1914.

AFI Silver Theatre
July 3 to 9

Indonesian


The Look of Silence
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark/Finland/Indonesia/Norway/U.K., 2015, 103 min.)

Through Joshua Oppenheimer's footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: He confronts the men who killed his brother.

Opens Fri., July 31

Italian

The Passionate Thief
(Risate di Gioia)
Directed by Mario Monicelli
(Italy, 1960, 106 min.)

On New Year's Eve, an insecure, struggling actress has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity and embarks on a series of adventures throughout Rome.

AFI Silver Theatre
Through July 2

Korean


A Hard Day
(Kkeut-kka-ji-gan-da)
Directed by Seong-hoon Kim
(South Korea, 2014, 111 min.)

Detective Go Geon-soo is having a hard day: He receives a divorce notice from his wife. His mother dies. He and his coworkers are investigated by police inspectors over alleged embezzlement. Then on his way to his mother's funeral, he commits a fatal hit and run, hiding the man's corpse in his deceased mother's coffin. But someone has been watching all along.

Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., July 24

Mandarin


Dearest
(Qin ai de)
Directed by Peter Chan
(Hong Kong/China, 2014, 130 min.)

This gripping, morally complex drama is based on a true story of divorced parents spending years searching for their missing child. When they finally track him down, he is with a poor woman who has no idea that her now-deceased husband abducted him, and the boy has no memory of his real parents.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 17, 7 p.m.

 

Rebels of the Neon God
(Qing shao nian nuo zha)
Directed by Ming-liang Tsai
(Taiwan, 1994, 106 min.)

Defying his parents, Hsiao Kang heads for the bright lights of downtown Taipei, where he falls in with a pretty thug and their relationships is a confused mixture of hero-worship and rivalry that soon leads to trouble.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 10

Silent

Man With a Movie Camera
(Chelovek s kino-apparatom)
Directed by Dziga Vertov
(U.S.S.R., 1929, 68 min.)

Dziga Vertov's groundbreaking experimental documentary about Soviet life is also a treatise on filmmaking. Banned in the Soviet Union, it has since become one of the most celebrated and influential films of all time.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 11, 5:30 p.m.

Vietnamese

The Children of the Village
(Nhung dua con cua lang)
Directed by Nguyễn Đức Việt
(Vietnam, 2014, 89 min.)

In a village in central Vietnam, 20 years after a wartime massacre decimated its population and destroyed its bridge to the opposite riverbank, a former guerrilla leader cannot forget the pain of war, reminding his fellow villagers of the importance of revenge. But for the next generation of villagers, including his own daughter, matters are less clear cut.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., July 11, 2 p.m.

 

The Prince and the Pagoda Boy
(Khát vong Thang Long)
Directed by Lưu Trọng Ninh
(Vietnam, 2010, 110 min.)

This lush historical drama recounts the life of Ly Cong Uan, from his youth as a Buddhist disciple to his ascension to emperor of Vietnam in 1010.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 12, 2 p.m. 

   

Events - June 2015

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EVENT CATEGORIES

Art

Music

Dance

Theater

Discussions

Festivals

 

ART 

Through July 3

Take It Right Back: Works by Paula Doepfner

In her graphic and sculptural pieces, Berlin-based artist Paula Doepfner works with natural shapes, materials and products such as flowers and ice, alongside iron and glass, as material ways of conveying stories, processes, feelings and utopias.

Goethe-Institut


July 7 to Sept. 11

Miguel Salom: Ictum Olim III: Ambrotypes and Tintypes

Miquel Salom's exhibited works resulted from decades of applied photographic research and visits to the United States to observe, firsthand, original works by photography pioneers. Selected portraits and landscapes use wet collodion, an early form of photographic emulsion.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


July 12 to Aug. 28

Definition of Color

Colombian-born, New York-based mixed-media artist Andés Hoyos primarily works with objects that have been discarded or left behind by others. His hope is that by giving these objects new life he helps to start a broader discussion about recycling. Viewings are by appointment only; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule a visit.

Colombian Ambassador's Residence

Through July 20

Between: Works by Kim Ji Min

This solo exhibition features works by cutting-edge Korean contemporary artist Kim Ji Min that creatively explores the psychology of life in our consumer-driven society. Combining elements of visual, installation, video and found art, Kim's work explores the contradictions inherent in our modern consumer society by repurposing mass quantities of common product labels into striking composite images of nature — an exquisite juxtaposition of industrialized material and organic form. The title "Between" refers to the indeterminate space between our highly labeled social reality and our idealized structure of life.

Korean Cultural Center

Through July 26

Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns

This first comprehensive exhibition to examine the history of metalpoint — the art of drawing with a metal stylus on a specially prepared ground — presents some 90 drawings from the late Middle Ages to the present, from the collections of the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art and other major museums in the United States and Europe.

National Gallery of Art

Through July 26

In Light of the Past: Twenty-Five Years of Photography at the National Gallery of Art

Highlighting exquisite 19th-century works and turn-of-the-century pictorialist photographs; exceptional examples of international modernism from the 1920s and 1930s and seminal mid-20th-century American photography; as well as photographs exploring new directions in color and conceptual art from the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition demonstrates the richness of the National Gallery's photography collection.

National Gallery of Art

Through July 26

Travels in the Imagination

The personal, poetic and playful work of Visvaldis Ziediņš — a Latvian artist who lived and worked during the Soviet era but was not discovered until 2009, two years after his death — changes the perception of the nature of Latvian art during the Soviet era, and refutes the commonly held idea that Latvia did not produce non-conformist art.

AU Museum at Katzen Arts Center


Through Aug. 2

From the Library: Florentine Publishing in the Renaissance

This exhibition presents a variety of books from the late 15th through the early 17th century and explores the development of publishing related to the artistic and scholarly community in Florence.

National Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 5

War & Art: Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage during World War I

This photographic exhibition illustrates the Italian people's struggle to protect their cultural patrimony from the ravages of war. A century later, the images not only document early preservation efforts, but have become works of art in their own right, reminding us of the enduring struggle to save the highest expressions of the human spirit from the degradations and savagery of war.

Woodrow Wilson House


Through Aug. 9

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle ... From the History of the American People

Produced between 1954 and 1956, Jacob Lawrence's "Struggle ... From the History of the American People" portrays scenes from American history, chronicling events from the Revolutionary War through the great westward expansion of 1817.

The Phillips Collection

Through Aug. 16

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, this exhibit will showcase 20 artifacts collected from the debris of the bombings, six large folding screens that depict the horrors of the bombings and a collection of drawings by Japanese children created two years after the war ended.

AU Museum at Katzen Arts Center


Through Aug. 23

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude

To mark the 300th anniversary of the passing of the Longitude Act in 1714, this landmark exhibition tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude (east-west position) at sea, helping to solve the problem of navigation and saving seafarers from terrible fates including shipwreck and starvation.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Aug. 30

Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation

On the heels of its summer blockbuster "BIG Maze," the international design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) returns to take visitors from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explore how BIG's design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts. More than 60 three-dimensional models will be suspended at the second-floor balconies of the museum's historic Great Hall in an unprecedented use of this public space.

National Building Museum

Through Sept. 7

Watch This! Revelations in Media Art

This exhibit of pioneering and contemporary artworks that trace the evolution of a continuously emerging medium celebrates artists who are engaged in a creative revolution — one shaped as much by developments in science and technology as by style or medium.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Through Sept. 13

American Moments: Photographs from the Phillips Collection

In celebration of recent major gifts, the Phillips presents for the first time a major photography exhibition drawn exclusively from the museum's permanent collection. The exhibit showcases more than 140 photographs that capture the changing landscape of America after World War I, with more than 30 renowned artists represented and many works new to the collection.

The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 13

Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria

This retrospective showcases the work of noted Nigerian photographer Chief S.O. Alonge, the first indigenous photographer of the Royal Court of Benin, in conjunction with royal arts from the Benin kingdom. The collection of historic photographs was captured on Kodak glass-plate negatives and documents more than 50 years of the ritual, pageantry and regalia of the obas (kings), their wives and retainers.

National Museum of African Art

Through Sept. 13

The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art

In the decades since 1990, the concepts of time and memory have been frequently explored by photographers who seek not simply to reflect the world but to illuminate how photography constructs our understanding of it. This exhibition explores the work of 26 contemporary artists who investigate the complex and resonant relationship of photography to time, memory and history.

National Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 13

Organic Matters – Women to Watch 2015 / Super Natural

Historically, women artists were encouraged by society to take the natural world as their subject. Rather than narrative art, which was thought to require invention and imagination beyond women's capabilities, subjects such as botanical drawings, still-life paintings and images of animals seemed to require merely the power of observation. Turning this archaic paradigm upside down, these featured contemporary artists actively redefine the relationship of women, nature and art by investigating the natural world — to fanciful and sometimes frightful effect.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 13

Super Natural

Rather than merely document beauty, artists in "Super Natural" engage with nature as a space for exploration and invention. Historical painters and naturalists focused on the singularity or strangeness of plant and animal specimens, sometimes adding narrative details and imagined settings.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Sept. 20

Shirin Neshat: Facing History

This major exhibition of works by Iranian-born, New York-based video artist, photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat is the first to place Neshat's work in the context of the history of modern Iran, a significant influence on her career.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Sept. 27

Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture

The confluence of the image of the river and the act of weaving is present both metaphorically and literally across contemporary practices in Colombia. Using the river as a conceptual device to explore the intersections in Colombian culture today between design, craft and art, "Waterweavers" investigates the intricate ways in which culture and nature can intertwine across disciplines.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through Oct. 4

Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-94) was among the most critically noted impressionist artists during the height of their activity in the late 1870s and early 1880s. Some 45 paintings from the period when Caillebotte was fully engaged with the impressionist movement will provide a focused understanding of the provocative character and complexity of his artistic contributions.

National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 4

Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael

The first monographic exhibition on Dutch painter Wtewael will showcase his international mannerist style and remarkable technical ability through some 45 complex biblical and mythological narratives, as well as portraits and genre scenes.

National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 4

Recent Acquisitions of Italian Renaissance Prints: Ideas Made Flesh

Prints played a pivotal role in the development and transmission of Italian Renaissance style. But because many of these 16th-century prints reproduce the designs of other artists, they have often been undervalued. This exhibition presents some two dozen, reflecting the principal styles and numerous major masters of the period.

National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 31

Celebrating 25 Years of the MCI Silver on Silver: William Spratling, An American in Taxco

Adventurer, writer, collector, illustrator, architect, designer, entrepreneur and businessman are just a few words that have been used to describe William Spratling, a person who undoubtedly had much to do with Taxco's transformation from Mexican small town to center of design. Granted to the Museo Franz Mayer for a 10-year loan in 2012, this exhibition shows the trajectory of Spratling's vision for design as tool of not only aesthetics, but also one of social transformation. In four parts covering different themes, silver pieces, including jewelry and documents, seek to show Spratling as a designer committed to his context and his community.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Nov. 1

The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists

This dramatic multimedia exhibition reveals the ongoing global relevance of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic as part of a shared intellectual heritage and includes original commissions and renowned works of art by approximately 40 of the most dynamic contemporary artists from 19 African nations and the diaspora.

National Museum of African Art

Through Dec. 31

Ingénue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion

The first exhibition at Hillwood to present Marjorie Post's full range of style, "Ingénue to Icon" will examine how Post's lifelong passion for objects that were exceptionally beautiful and impeccably constructed extended to her taste for clothing

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Through Jan. 2

Peacock Room Remix: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre

"Peacock Room REMIX" centers on "Filthy Lucre," an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston who reinterprets James McNeill Whistler's famed Peacock Room as a resplendent ruin, an aesthetic space that is literally overburdened by its own excesses — of materials, history, and creativity. Like "Filthy Lucre" and the original Peacock Room, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the complex relationships among art, money and the passage of time.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Jan. 3

Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art

The modern term Rinpa (Rimpa) describes a remarkable group of Japanese artists who created striking images for paintings, ceramics, textiles and lacquerware.

Freer Gallery of Art

Through Jan. 3

Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626-1705)

Born a prince of the Ming imperial house, Bada Shanren (1626–1705) lived a storied life, remaking himself as a secluded Buddhist monk and, later, as a professional painter and calligrapher. Featured in this exhibition are examples of his most daring and idiosyncratic works, demonstrating his unique visual vocabulary.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

DANCE

Wed., July 1, 7:30 p.m.

Indian Performing Arts Promotions Presents: Amazing Odisha

The Odisha Society of America presents a multifaceted program of classical Indian dance and music to showcase the rich history, artistic excellence and unique culture of the peoples from the eastern Indian state of Odisha. Tickets are $50.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Tue., July 14, 8:30 p.m.

National Ballet of China: The Peony Pavilion

Fusing classical Western ballet with traditional Chinese dance, this spellbinding performance by the National Ballet of China tells the story of star-crossed lovers through luscious costumes and poetic staging. Tickets are $20 to $65.

Wolf Trap Filene Center

 

DISCUSSIONS

Wed., July 8, 6:30 p.m.

Finding Shared Values for U.S. Foreign Policy

Highlighting the importance late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye placed on bipartisanship and moral courage, the first annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture Series will address shared values in U.S. foreign policy with two former secretaries of state, Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell, speaking while Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent with NBC News, moderates.

Library of Congress

Thomas Jefferson Building

 

Mon., July 13, 6:45 p.m.

Dumplings: A Global Wrap and Savory Culinary History

You may know them as pierogis or wontons. They're baozi in China, nikuman in Japan and salapao in Thailand. From North and South America to Europe, Africa and Asia, the dumpling — by any name — has become synonymous with comfort food. Food expert Barbara Gallani explores the contrast between the dumpling as everyday meal and special-occasion food and how this simple dish has inspired songs, poems and even monuments. Following the lecture, sample dumplings from around the world from local restaurants, including Mari Vanna, Osteria Morini and The Source. Tickets are $42; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Thu., July 16, 6:30 p.m.

In the Shadow of Power and Light: Experiences and Lessons from Fukushima

Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant lies a mere 40 miles from D.C., the same distance between Fukushima Prefecture's capital city and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where three of six reactor cores melted down after the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami. This panel discussion investigates how we deal with nuclear crisis and how we can transfer and apply the insights we have gained from the disaster in Fukushima to nuclear power plants in the U.S.

Goethe-Institut

 

Thu., July 23, 6:45 p.m.

Turkish Delights: In Search of Unique Destinations

Gobeklitepe. Catalhoyuk. Land of the Fairy Chimneys. Ephesus. These names evoke destinations mysterious, hidden, far away. But if you are ready to take the path less traveled, why not begin that journey in Turkey? The country is studded with secret places to discover, says Serif Yenen, who explores these destinations and more in a lecture followed by a reception. Tickets are $42; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Sat., July 25, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anatolia: A Turkish Odyssey

Anatolia's colorful history has left a windfall of cultural riches — ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, supremely elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces. In this illustrated seminar, Serif Yenen highlights the history and splendor of ancient Turkey by way of some of its hidden gems. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Mon., July 27, 6:45 p.m.

Bringing the Etruscans Into View

The words "mysterious" or "enigmatic" always seem linked to any mention of the Etruscans, a people who lived in the region of Tuscany in the first millennium B.C. Although influenced in some ways by the Greeks and later integrated into the Roman state, the Etruscans have a style that is all their own and, according to art historian Renee Gondek, we can learn much about their daily practices from the artifacts and structures that have been recovered. Tickets are $42; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

FESTIVALS

July 1 to 5

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The theme of the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival — an international exposition of living cultural heritage produced annually outdoors on the National Mall — is "Perú: Pachamama," exploring the country's stunning vertical landscape that integrates a diversity of ecosystems and cultures. Visitors to the Peru Festival program will experience these unique connections through cooking and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, moderated discussions, ritual and celebratory processions, and other participatory activities.

National Mall

 

MUSIC

Tue., July 7, 7:30 p.m.

Choir Concert: Kinder – Und Jugendakademie Graz

One of the oldest secular Austrian boarding high schools (since 1854), the HIB in Graz with its attached Singing Academy offers its pupils a comprehensive vocal education. On their tours around the world, the young singers from Graz try to build a bridge from the rich Austrian choir tradition to international contemporary music. Admission is free; visit acfdc.org to register.

Embassy of Austria

 

Thu., July 9, 6 p.m.

PostClassical Ensemble Concert and Screening of 'The City'

Aaron Copland, born in Brooklyn, both implicitly and explicitly evokes urban landscapes in his "Piano Variations" and "Quiet City" for chamber orchestra, both of which are performed live at this event — followed by a screening of "The City" (1939), with Copland's most vivid and important film score (as re-recorded by PostClassical Ensemble). Tickets are $12

Phillips Collection

 

Sat., July 11, 8:15 p.m.

Beethoven's Symphony No. 5: Sarah Chang Plays Bruch

The world's most recognizable classical composition, revered as "splendid beyond all measure" (E.T.A. Hoffmann), provides a dramatic finale to an award-winning international violinist's performance of Bruch. Tickets are $20 to $58.

Wolf Trap Filene Center

 

Fri., July 24, 8:15 p.m.

Verdi's Aida in Concert

Venture into Ancient Egypt with the majestic music of Verdi's grand opera "Aida," sung by Metropolitan Opera artists and Wolf Trap Opera alumni Michelle DeYoung, Marjorie Owens, Carl Tanner, and Scott Hendricks. Tickets are $22 to $75.

Wolf Trap Filene Center


Fri., July 31, 5 p.m.

Mark Damisch 40th Anniversary Tour

Mark Damisch, an American concert pianist who began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of 4, celebrates 40 years of tours that have taken him to more than 40 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, Africa, China, the Greek Islands, Iceland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more. Admission is free; visit acfdc.org to register.

Embassy of Austria

 

THEATER

July 7 to Aug. 2

Let Them Eat Chaos

Famed Chicago troupe the Second City returns to Woolly with its latest uproarious offering, a blast of irreverent sketch comedy and razor-sharp satire that skewer American culture. Tickets are $35 to $100.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Through July 5

Tartuffe

Orgon has fallen under the spell of the pious fraud Tartuffe, at great cost to his family and household in "Tartuffe," Molière's crowning achievement and scathing indictment of religious hypocrisy. Tickets are $20 to $110.

Shakespeare Theatre

 

July 7 to Aug. 16

Once

Theatrically breathtaking, the eight-time 2012 Tony Award–winning musical tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Tickets are $65 to $160.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

July 10 to 18

The Ghosts of Versailles

To rewrite history and save Marie Antoinette from the guillotine, the famed playwright of "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Barber of Seville" stages an opera for the ghost queen that can reverse her fate. Don't miss this comic opera-within-an-opera in which the ghosts from the Court of Louis XVI tempt life, death, politics, love and destiny. Tickets are $32 to $88.

The Barns at Wolf Trap

 

July 15 to Aug. 9

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Synetic remounts its playful adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless comedy with a trademark movement-based visual storytelling. This fantastical, darkly playful game of love, mistaken identity and the supernatural was honored with nine Helen Hayes Award nominations when it was first produced in 2010. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theatre

 

July 18 to 26

Roméo et Juliette

Driven by the unique mission to revitalize the importance of vocal artistry and the singer's freedom of expression as the sine qua non of the operatic form, Maryland Lyric Opera presents "Roméo et Juliette," Charles Gounod's grand opera and the most famous of the operatic treatments of this iconic tragedy by Shakespeare. Tickets are $35 to $100.

University of Maryland

Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts

 

Through Aug. 16

The Book of Mormon

Hailed by the New York Times as "the best musical of this century," this outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Tickets are $43 to $250.

Kennedy Center Opera House

   

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