August 2016

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Cover Story

Bogotá on Verge of Clinching Historic
Reconciliation with FARC Rebels

a4.cover.colombia.police.homeColombians love a good party, and in a year stained by terrorism, South America's second-most populous country has finally given the world something to celebrate. On June 23, Bogotá signed a historic ceasefire with FARC rebels that could end the longest armed conflict in Latin American history and cement Colombia's transformation from a violence-plagued narco state to a stable emerging market. Read More

People of World Influence

Scholar Argues West Ignores 'Islamic
Exceptionalism' at Its Own Peril

a1.powi.hamid.homeThe mainstream debate over Islam in the West tends to center on moderate versus radical, with a heavy dollop of terrorist talk thrown into the mix. Author Shadi Hamid argues that Western societies are missing a big part of the picture, and that Islam as a political force shouldn't be underestimated. Read More


Olympic Regrets

As Brazil Racks Up Bills, Many Cities
Say Games Aren't Worth Costs

a2.olympics.rio.torch.homeIt's seen as a glittering prize, having your city be the focus of global attention as the host of the Olympic Games. But after the races have been run, the shots put and the hurdles jumped, does the prize still shine? When all that's left are dusty stadiums and a bill as long as the gold medal javelin winner's throw, does hosting the Olympics still add up to victory? Read More


Beyond Benghazi

State Department Moves to Protect
Diplomats, Aid Workers Overseas

a3.diplomatic.security.panel.homeAs Democrats and Republicans bicker over what really happened in Benghazi nearly four years ago, the State Department has quietly revamped its guidelines for protecting U.S. diplomats as well as employees of NGOs in overseas danger zones. Read More

Brexit Blues

Done Right, Referendums Educate.
Done Wrong, They're Brexit

a5.brexit.tower.london.homeFor Britain, one referendum led to unprecedented political instability, casting an unflattering light on the dangers of democracy unleashed. On June 23, over 17 million British citizens voted to sever the United Kingdom from the European Union, plunging the U.K. into the unknown. The stunning "Brexit" result prompted a litany of questions like ‘What happens next?‘ Read More

Sidebars: Post-Brexit Breakup Details and Boris, Britain's Undiplomatic Top Diplomat


Guatemala's Firsts

Country's First Female Envoy to U.S.
Tackles Migration, Impunity, Poverty

a6.guatemala.ruiz.homeMarithza Ruiz de Vielman, a lawyer and former foreign minister, recently arrived in Washington as Guatemala's first-ever female ambassador to the United States. And as the representative here of Central America's most populous country, Ruiz takes her new job seriously. Read More


U.S. Views on Muslims

Survey Finds Surprising Rise in
American Support for Muslims

a7.shibley.telhami.mosque.homeA surprising new poll shows American attitudes toward Muslims and their faith have progressively improved since last November, despite the June 12 attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Read More


   

Scholar Argues West Ignores ‘Islamic Exceptionalism’ at Its Own Peril

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By Michael Coleman

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As Brazil Racks Up Bills, Many Cities Say Games Aren’t Worth Costs

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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State Department Moves to Protect Diplomats, Aid Workers Overseas

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By Larry Luxner

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Bogotá on Verge of Clinching Historic Reconciliation with FARC Rebels

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By Larry Luxner

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Done Right, Referendums Educate. Done Wrong, They’re Brexit

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Sidebar: Post-Brexit Breakup Details

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Sidebar: Boris, Britain’s Undiplomatic Top Diplomat

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Country’s First Female Envoy to U.S. Tackles Migration, Impunity

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By Larry Luxner

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Survey Finds Surprising Rise in American Support for Muslims

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By Anna Gawel

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Study Cites the Fats That Could Shorten Your Life

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By Robert Preidt (HealthDay News)

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U.S. Cancer Survivors Living Longer

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Rare Exhibit Uncovers Surprises Inside Propaganda-Laden Hermit Kingdom

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Cuban Doctor Finds New Life Off Coast of Africa

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By Gail Scott

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National Gallery Honors One of America’s Greatest Collectors

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By Kate Oczypok

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Delicate Lace Works Take on Thorny Subject of Migration

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By Gary Tischler

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Embassy Showcases Murals of Country’s Vast Wilderness

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By Kate Oczypok

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BeBe and CeCe Winans Sing Their Way Into Our Hearts

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Riverside Eating Expands Thanks to Yards Park and the Wharf

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By Michael Coleman

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Films - August 2016

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Languages

Cantonese

German

Silent


Czech

Hebrew

Spanish


English

Japanese

French

Mandarin

Cantonese

The Blade

Directed by Tsui Hark

(Hong Kong, 1995, 100 min.)

This phantasmagoric action film, the director's masterful tribute to the martial arts films of his youth, moves like an out-of-control freight train. Featuring rapid cutting, berserk camera movement, frenetic choreography, and compositions bursting with detail, "The Blade" shows one of the world's best directors at the top of his game.

National Museum of American History

Sat., Aug. 6, 1 p.m.

 

Mountains May Depart

Directed by Jia Zhangke

(China/France/Japan, 2015, 131 min.)

At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic, Jia Zhangke's new film also is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the resulting materialism have affected the bonds of family, tradition and love (Cantonese, Mandarin and English).

National Museum of American History

Sat., Aug. 20, 2 p.m.

 

The Red Wolf

Directed by Yuen Wo-ping

(Hong Kong, 1995, 92 min.)

The first African American to be inducted into the Hong Kong Stuntman's Association, Bobby Samuels worked with some of Hong Kong's biggest movie stars during his career there in the 1990s. Join him to close out the 21st Made in Hong Kong Film Festival with a screening and discussion of one of his films, the action-packed hostage drama "The Red Wolf."

National Museum of American History

Sun., Aug. 7, 2 p.m.

 

A Terra-Cotta Warrior

Directed by Ching Siu-tung

(Hong Kong, 1990, 97 min.)

Two and a half years in the making, this was one of the most exquisite fantasy films to come out of Hong Kong in the 1990s, featuring a unique blend of romance, swashbuckling action and comedy. Zhang Yimou and Gong Li — then China's cinematic power couple — star as an imperial soldier and the woman who brings him back to life after he's spent centuries encased in clay in the emperor's tomb.

National Museum of American History

Sat., Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m.

 

Czech

Home Care

(Domaci pece)

Directed by Slávek Horák

(Czech Republic, 2015, 92 min.)

Dedicated home care nurse Vlasta attends to her whimsical patients in her Southern Moravia country region. After Vlasta learns about her own serious illness and need for help, she has to reach outside of her comfort zone, but thanks to the daughter of one of her patients, who introduces her to an esoteric mentor, Vlasta starts to discover the realm of alternative healing, which leads to understanding herself, hopefully.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Aug. 10, 8 p.m.

English

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Directed by Mandie Fletcher

(U.K./U.S., 2016)

Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at a fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The African Queen

Directed by John Huston

Fate, in the form of World War I and an invading German army, throws Katharine Hepburn's starched and stiff-backed British missionary aboard seedy Canadian Humphrey Bogart's decrepit, titular riverboat.

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 19 to 22

 

The American Friend

(Der Amerikanische freund)

Directed by Wim Wenders

(W. Germany/France, 1977, 127 min.)

Jonathan Zimmermann believes that he will soon die of leukemia and when unscrupulous American Tom Ripley learns of this, he exploits Zimmermann's illness for his own purposes. He introduces Jonathan to an underworld figure who offers to hire the terminally ill man as a professional hit man (English and German).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 1, 7 p.m.

 

Breaking the Waves

Directed by Lars von Trier

(Denmark/Sweden/France/Netherlands/Norway, 1996, 158 min.)

In her big screen debut, Emily Watson gives a gutsy, Oscar-nominated performance in this stunning, emotionally draining work that cemented Lars von Trier's reputation as international cinema's bad-boy provocateur. Born into a remote and devout Scottish village, Watson is a loyal wife to oilrig worker Stellan Skarsgård, who suffers a debilitating injury. Bedridden and paralyzed, he sends Watson on increasingly debasing sexual escapades and demands that she return to report the details.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 27, 6:45 p.m.,

Wed., Aug. 31, 6:45 p.m.

 

Equity

Directed by Meera Menon

(U.S., 2016, 100 min.)

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 12

 

Florence Foster Jenkins

Directed by Stephen Frears

(U.K., 2016, 110 min.)

Meryl Streep stars as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreams of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 12

 

Funeral in Berlin

Directed by Guy Hamilton

(U.K., 1966, 102 min.)

Reprising the Harry Palmer character from "The Ipcress File," Michael Caine sets off to East Berlin to assist Soviet security attaché Oskar Homolka in his bid to defect. There, he encounters Israeli secret agent Eva Renzi on a mission to track down Nazi war criminals. Are they after the same man? (Screens with "The Ipcress File" on Aug. 16.)

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 14, 4:45 p.m.,

Tue., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.

 

Ghostbusters

Directed by Paul Feig

(U.S., 2016, 116 min.)

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Angelika Mosaic

 

Gideon of Scotland Yard

Directed by John Ford

(U.K./U.S., 1958, 91 min.)

Detective Chief Inspector George Gideon (Jack Hawkins) has a busy docket for the day: a gang of bank robbers at large, an escaped mental patient from Manchester rumored to be on his way to London and an informant's tip that one of his officers has been taking bribes. Can he crack all the cases in time to make it home for tea with his wife's relatives and his daughter's violin recital?

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 27 to Sept. 1

 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Directed by Taika Waititi

(New Zealand, 2016, 93 min.)

Defiant city kid Ricky, raised on hip-hop and foster care, gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside, where he quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and his cantankerous Uncle Hec go on the run in the bush and a national manhunt ensues.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Directed by Steven Spielberg

(U.S., 1984, 118 min.)

This sequel chronicles the further adventures of Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), famously opening with a bravura action sequence that begins in a Shanghai nightclub and ends with the hero and his compatriots jumping out of a plane over the Himalayas without parachutes. This time out, an Indian death cult that has enslaved village children takes over the bad-guy roles from the Nazis.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 14, 7 p.m.,

Wed., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.

 

Indignation

Directed by James Schamus

(U.S., 2016, 110 min.)

In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War (English and Hebrew).

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 5

 

The Infiltrator

Directed by Brad Furman

(U.K., 2016, 127 min.)

A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Angelika Mosaic

 

The Ipcress File

Directed by Sidney J. Furie

(U.K., 1965, 109 min.)

Looking for a different spin on the spy genre, Harry Saltzman, co-producer on the early James Bond films, cast Michael Caine as the bespectacled, unimposing Harry Palmer. Palmer may be a working stiff, but he's a wised-up one, subtly sarcastic and wary of the old-boy network that's made a mess of MI6 — just the man to root out a traitor in the ranks, as he's called upon to do. (Screens with "Funeral in Berlin" on Aug. 16.)

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 13, 4:45 p.m.,

Tue., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.

 

Jason Bourne

Directed by Paul Greengrass

(U.S., 2016, 123 min.)

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne in the next chapter of the Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

Angelika Mosaic

 

Atlantic Plumbing

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Directed by Werner Herzog

(U.S., 2016, 98 min.)

Oscar-nominated Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon and the Sahara. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of our personal relationships.

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 19

 

The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

(Greece/Ireland/Netherlands/U.K./France, 2016, 118 min.)

In this highly imaginative, absurdist comedy, Colin Farrell stars as a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, he lives in a dystopian society where single people have 45 days to find true love, or else they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Love & Friendship

Directed by Whit Stillman

(Ireland/Netherlands/France/U.S., 2016, 94 min.)

Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances and to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica — and herself too, naturally.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Music of Strangers

Directed by Morgan Neville

(U.S., 2016, 96 min.)

Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, the Silk Road Ensemble is an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, the documentary follows this group of diverse musicians as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.

West End Cinema

 

Morris from America

Directed by Chad Hartigan

(Germany/U.S., 2016, 91 min.)

This romantic tale follows the coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old African American boy living in Germany.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Aug. 26

 

Notebook on Cities and Clothes

(Aufzeichnungen zu kleidern und städten)

Directed by Wim Wenders

(W. Germany/France, 1989, 79 min.)

This "diary film," as Wim Wenders calls it, investigates the similarities between the filmmaking craft and that of Tokyo-based fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, who, in the early 1980s, shocked and revolutionized the fashion world (English, French and Japanese).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Aug. 30, 7:15 p.m.

 

Our Kind of Traitor

Directed by Susanna White

(U.K./France, 2016, 108 min.)

While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When he asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, the couple gets caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics (English, Russian and French).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Paris, Texas

Directed by Wim Wenders

(W. Germany/France/U.K., 1984, 147 min.)

This unconventional road movie tells the story of Travis, a man who wanders out of Mexico one day and into the blazing heat of Texas's Big Bend. Travis does not speak a word; he also seems to have largely lost his memory. But he is driven by his wish to find his family again: his young wife, Jane, whose life he seems to have placed in danger through his pathological jealousy, and his 7-year-old son Hunter.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Directed by Steven Spielberg

(U.S., 1981, 115 min.)

The rip-roaring, action-packed yarn careens from steamy South American jungle to snowy Nepalese mountaintop to dusty Egyptian desert — with Harrison Ford's intrepid adventurer/archaeologist Indiana Jones battling Nazis to discover an ancient relic. (Screens with "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" on Aug. 18.)

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 12 to 18

 

Southside with You

Directed by Richard Tanne

(U.S., 2016, 81 min.)

This film chronicles the 1989 summer afternoon when the future U.S. president, Barack Obama, wooed his future first lady on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 26

 

The Spy Who Loved Me

Directed by Lewis Gilbert

(U.K., 1977, 125 min.)

Roger Moore's best James Bond film boasts perhaps the franchise's greatest opening action sequence, as Bond battles Soviet assassins on the ski slopes of the Austrian Alps, and finally parachutes off a precipice.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 6, 5 p.m.,

Wed., Aug. 10, 7:15 p.m.

 

The State of Things

(Der stand der dinge)

Directed by Wim Wenders

(U.S., 1983, 121 min.)

In this highly personal film about filmmaking in Europe and America, a film crew is stranded at the westernmost tip of Europe. That film's director, Friedrich Munro, finally sets out for Los Angeles to search for the missing producer, finding him on Sunset Boulevard, where he is hiding from the Mafiosi or loan sharks who are after him. The following morning, the two must pay with their lives for their black-and-white film adventure.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 15, 7:10 p.m.

 

Swiss Army Man

Directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan

(U.S., 2016, 95 min.)

Hank is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny washes up on shore and the two become friends.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Tokyo-Ga

Directed by Wim Wenders

(U.S./W. Germany, 1985, 92 min.)

Wim Wenders spotlights the "holy treasure of cinema": Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, who made 54 films (English, German and Japanese).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.

 

French

The Innocents

(Les innocents)

Directed by Anne Fontaine

(France/Poland, 2016, 115 min.)

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of World War II German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent. Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the new anti-Catholic Communist government and facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to the worker as their belief and traditions clash with harsh realities (French, Polish and Russian).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

My King

(Mon roi)

Directed by Maïwenn

(France, 2016, 124 min.)

Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio. Why did they love each other? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion?

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Aug. 26

 

Phantom Boy

Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol

(France/Belgium, 2016, 84 min.)

In this stylish noir caper set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York, Leo is a bedridden 11-year-old with a secret: He has discovered that he can float free from his body, able to explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in hospital he befriends Alex, a New York City cop recovering from an injury received while attempting to stop a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city's power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo's phantom powers and Alex's detective smarts to foil the plot and save New York from destruction.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

German

The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Directed by Lars Kraume

(Germany, 2016, 105 min.)

In 1957 Germany, Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann, the lieutenant colonel responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews who is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and, by doing so, commits treason (German, English and Yiddish).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.

 

Wrong Move

Directed by Wim Wenders

(W. Germany, 1975, 103 min.)

Northern Germany, Bonn, a palace along the Rhine, a housing project on the outskirts of Frankfurt and finally the Zugspitze — these are the stations of the journey that the young Wilhelm Meister hopes will save him from the gloomy irritability and despondency that plague him in his hometown. In unfamiliar places, he thinks that he will be able to do what he has always had an uncontrollable drive to do — to write.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 8, 7:25 p.m.

 

Hebrew

The Kind Words

Directed by Shemi Zarhin

(Israel/Canada, 2015, 118 min.)

This quirky and wry comedy follows three Jewish Israeli siblings who, in the wake of their mother's death, learn the man who raised them is not their biological dad. The revelation sends them on a road trip from Israel across France to discover the truth about their real father.

The Avalon Theatre

 

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Directed by Natalie Portman

(Israel, 2016, 95 min.)

Natalie Portman stars in and directs this drama based on the memoir of Amos Oz, a writer, journalist and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 19

 

Japanese

Our Little Sister

(Umimachi Diary)

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

(Japan, 2015, 128 min.)

Three sisters live together in their late grandmother's house ever since their father left home for another woman. After the death of their father, the trio learn about the existence of a 13-year-old half-sister, who comes to live with them.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Mandarin

Dragon Inn

Directed by King Hu

(Taiwan, 1967, 111 min.)

The Chinese wuxia (martial arts) picture was never the same after this legendary film by King Hu. During the Ming dynasty, the emperor's minister of defense is framed by a powerful court eunuch and executed, and his family is pursued by secret police. In the ensuing chase, a mysterious band of strangers begins to gather at the remote Dragon Gate Inn, where paths (and swords) will cross.

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 5 to 11

 

Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fenyang

Directed by Walter Salles

(France/Brazil, 2014, 99 min.)

Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles accompanies the prolific Chinese director Jia Zhangke on a walk down memory lane as Jia revisits his hometown and other locations from his ever-growing body of work. At each location, the two directors visit Jia's family, friends and former colleagues.

National Portrait Gallery

Sun., Aug. 21, 4:30 p.m.

 

A Touch of Zen

Directed by King Hu

(Taiwan, 1971, 200 min.)

In King Hu's grandest wuxia (martial arts) work, a fugitive noblewoman at risk of being captured and executed, hides in a small village and then must escape into the wilderness with a shy scholar and two aides. There, the quartet face a massive group of fighters and are joined by a band of Buddhist monks surprisingly skilled in the art of battle.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 21, 5:15 p.m.,

Thu., Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.

 

Silent

L'Inhumaine

Directed by Marcel L'Herbier

(France, 1924, 121 min.)

Filmed three years before the much better known "Metropolis," "L'Inhumaine" is a groundbreaking science fiction film directed by French filmmaker Marcel L'Herbier, who led a team of contributors drawn from the leading lights of the European avant-garde art world (with French intertitles and English subtitles).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 13, 7:15 p.m.

 

Spanish

Ixcanul

Directed by Jayro Bustamante

(Guatemala/France, 2015, 93 min.)

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for 17-year-old Maria by her Kaqchikel parents (Spanish and Maya).

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 26

   

Events - August 2016

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Music

Theater

 

ART 

Through Aug. 1

POP of Kolor

In this electric mashup of American pop art with Korean traditional art, Kwang Nyun Song and Kungjoo Park re-envision this iconic American art style with unique techniques and motifs to create an irresistible Korean twist on a signature genre. Park's "The Fantastic Play" expresses the complexity of human beings, who are each filled with different sides to their personality, simultaneously capturing the beautiful, precious side that we often want to reveal, as well as the immature, superficial nature we hide in our hearts. Meanwhile, Song inserts peony blossoms or butterflies — a central motif of Korean traditional folk paintings — into Korean embroidery techniques and infuses portraits of symbolic figures with the concepts of American pop art.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Through Aug. 6

Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection

Joseph Hirshhorn, whose 1966 gift to the nation of nearly 6,000 works led to the creation of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was a passionate and knowledgeable collector. Since its opening in 1974, the Hirshhorn has carried on its founder's legacy through an active and ambitious program of acquisitions. Its highly regarded collection charts the development of modern and contemporary art from the late 19th century to the present, across the world, and across media.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Aug. 6 to Nov. 6

Will & Jane

Merchandising, parodies and spinoffs through the centuries have put William Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a first-name basis with the world. Explore the stories of "Will" and "Jane" and the nature of literary celebrity. How does today's Cult of Jane resemble the first wave of Bardolatry 200 years ago?

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through Aug. 7

(Art)Xiomas – CUBAAHORA: The Next Generation

This contemporary Cuban art exhibit, organized with SPAIN arts & culture, is also part of a larger cooperative effort to celebrate contemporary Cuban art and the centennial of the Art Museum of the Americas's founding director, José Gómez Sicre. The featured artists favor fresh aesthetics while recognizing historical contexts, whose discourses are more autobiographical than politically contextualized. Exhibition participants shy away neither from committing themselves to projects with cultural institutions nor to working independently. Thus they penetrate and overcome barriers that for too long have characterized the timeline of Cuban cultural cooperation.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Aug. 14

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

During the slave trade, 10 times more Africans were brought in bondage into Brazil than into the United States, and Northeast Brazil has the largest population of those of African descent outside Africa. This exhibit explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil.

American University Museum

Katzen Arts Center

 

Through Aug. 14

Contemporary North Korean Art: The Evolution of Socialist Realism

Does art exist in North Korea? For many, this has been an open question. This exhibit, the first of its kind in the United States, seeks to broaden understanding of North Korean art beyond stereotypes of propaganda and kitsch to show sophisticated and nuanced expressive achievements. It investigates previously unrevealed evidence of North Korean artistic experimentation, and the nation's particular evolution of socialist realism within its own culturally homogeneous context. Coinciding with the exhibition of North Korean art, the show "Examining Life Through Social Realities" documents and examines life and the social realities of people living on the Korean peninsula through the realist paintings of 10 South Korean contemporary artists.

American University Museum

Katzen Arts Center

 

Through Aug. 14

The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents this exhibit featuring the work of 10 artists who left Latin America for many different reasons over the last 60 years — primarily for safety, freedom and opportunity — and made their homes, and their artistic careers and contributions, in the Washington region.

American University Museum

Katzen Arts Center

 

Aug. 18 to Oct. 9

Muchedumbre: Photography by Jorge Brantmayer (Chile)

"Muchedumbre" is a photographic project that investigates Chile's post-dictatorship era, its transition to democracy, its economic boom and Chile's current state of paradox. As the Chilean society begins to question an economic system centered on open markets and a growing disparity in wealth, more citizens are demanding a more equitable and just nation. This exhibit documents that process beginning in 2006 through 2015, and chronicles different public demonstrations including marches for free education, gender equality and sexual diversity, as well as protests against environmental degradation, among others.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Aug. 18 to Jan. 7

#Opera Before Instagram: Portraits, 1890-1955

An exhibition opening next month at the Library of Congress will showcase photographs of early opera stars from a collection assembled by the late authority on opera Charles Jahant, in a format that will explore how Jahant might have used an Instagram account had he lived today.

Library of Congress

James Madison Building

 

Through Aug. 26

Inside Tracks

This photographic exhibition documents the extraordinary journey of Robyn Davidson, a 27-year-old Australian woman who set off to cross the desolate outback, accompanied only by four camels and a dog. Rick Smolan, the American photographer assigned by National Geographic to document her journey, had his own adventure tracking Robyn down in the desert. The outback of Australia, seen through Robyn's eyes and Rick's camera, is an ancient, awesome landscape swept by rain, heat and dust.

Embassy of Australia

 

Through Aug. 28

Mats Ek - A Dance Rebel on the Move for 40 Years

Theatrical and wild, with a robust, physical humor and a highly personal movement style — those are some landmarks of Swedish choreographer and director Mats Ek. Since his debut in 1976, his works have stirred and captivated audiences and his reworking's of ballet classics such as "Giselle" and "Swan Lake" have become classics themselves. This exhibition showcases the insight and sensitivity with which photographer Lesley Leslie-Spinks has captured Mats's highly personal and precisely delineated world.

House of Sweden

 

Through Aug. 31

Escape Routes

Currently, 60 million people worldwide are fleeing civil wars, persecution and poverty. Immigration and travel restrictions at the borders of wealthy European countries or on the U.S.-Mexican border, for instance, cannot stop the flow of refugees searching for a better life. In "Escape Routes," a project by the group REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT, digital drawings and pictures made from lace depict migration movements and their causes. The stylized narratives focus on the topic of mutual interdependence in a globalized world undergoing rapid transition.

Goethe-Institut Washington

 

Through Sept. 4

Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora

In this juried and invitational exhibition, 44 artists share personal and universal stories of migration — from historic events that scattered communities across continents to today's accounts of migrants and refugees adapting to a new homeland. The artists explore: historic events that scattered people and cultures across continents; today's accounts of migrants from Syria, Latin America and Africa adapting to new homes; and personal experiences of family members. The exhibition will feature works by artists such as fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, Mexican-American fiber artist Consuelo Jiménez Underwood, French-Togolese artist William Adjété Wilson and American artists Faith Ringgold and Penny Mateer.

The George Washington University Museum

Textile Museum

Through Sept. 5

ICEBERGS

Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the installation opens as part of the annual "Summer Block Party" series. "ICEBERGS" is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling, a material commonly used in building greenhouses. The 20-inch-high "water line" allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs.

National Building Museum

 

Through Sept. 9

Bonsai: Celebrating 40 Years of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

This summer the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), in partnership with the U.S. National Arboretum and the National Bonsai Foundation, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Japan's gift of 53 bonsai trees to the United States. These bonsai trees are housed in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, which is on the U.S. National Arboretum grounds. To mark the occasion, the Japanese Embassy is hosting a magnificently detailed bonsai photography by Stephen Voss. An accomplished photographer with work published in National Geographic, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Politico, Voss will be presenting his new show "In Training," which intimately and respectfully captures the quiet mystique and humble, rugged beauty of the bonsai art form.

Japan Information and Culture Center

 

Through Sept. 11

William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), a renowned figure in the international art circles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was a brilliant observer of contemporary life, an innovative painter and an influential teacher. Presented on the centennial of his death, this retrospective — the first in over three decades — will explore the interrelationships in Chase's work across subject and media, from portraits and figurative paintings, to urban park scenes, domestic interiors, still lifes and landscapes.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Sept. 16

Murals from a Great Canadian Train

In 1953, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) purchased 173 brand-new stainless steel rail cars from the Budd Company of Philadelphia. With the glass ceiling design in its Vista Dome cars, "The Canadian" became the quintessential cross-country train experience. To highlight the natural beauty along the route and to promote tourism, CPR decided that Canada's national and provincial parks should be the inspiration for the interior design of "The Canadian" rail cars. In 1954, the Royal Canadian Academy was asked to coordinate the selection of leading Canadian artists to paint murals for each of the 18 Vista Dome cars. The murals are of parks from every province and three are by members of Canada's famed "Group of Seven" artists: A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson and Edwin Holgate. The Embassy of the Canada is delighted to showcase these murals and the everlasting beauty of Canada's national and provincial parks.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

 

Through Sept. 17

The GM de Mexico Collection of Drawings and Graphic Art

General Motors de Mexico and the Embassy of Mexico present this exhibit of 100 works on paper that highlight the evolution of Mexico's artistic narrative during the 20th century through renowned Mexican and foreign-born artists, including Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Dr. Atl, Elizabeth Catlett, Pablo O'Higgins, Leonora Carrington, Roger Von Gunten and others. "The GM de Mexico Collection of Drawings and Graphic Art" was created in the late 1960s and provides a vast exploration of 20th-century Mexican art. Shown abroad for the first time since 1969, this exhibition is divided into five thematic segments that illuminate the evolution of Mexican art from muralism to modernity.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through Sept. 18

In Celebration of Paul Mellon

Paul Mellon was one of America's greatest art collectors and remains one of the gallery's leading benefactors. Timed to coincide with the gallery's 75th anniversary, a special exhibition features 80 of the finest pastels, watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrated books selected from his donations.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 18

Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color

Karel Appel (1921-2006) is perhaps the most renowned Dutch artist of the latter half of the 20th century and one of founding members of the avant-garde COBRA group. Marking the 10th anniversary of the artist's death, this survey of 22 paintings and sculptures provides a fresh look at an oeuvre that goes beyond the 1950s, spanning more than 60 years.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Sept. 18

Symbolic Cities: The World of Ahmed Mater

Born in 1979 in southern Saudi Arabia and trained as a medical doctor, Ahmed Mater has been a practicing artist since the early 1990s, creating works that offer an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia. Now based in Jeddah, Mater has focused primarily on photography and video since 2010. From abandoned desert cities to the extraordinary transformation of Mecca, "Symbolic Cities" presents his visual and aural journeys observing economic and urban change in Saudi Arabia.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through Oct. 2

Alison Saar in Print

Alison Saar uses dynamic printmaking techniques to explore themes of feminine, racial and cultural identity. The artist's hand-wrought woodcuts combine strong color and bold forms, while her central figures hold evocative objects — snakes, knives, fry pans, plants or bottles — that allude to a range of myth, lore and legend.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Oct. 2

Hubert Robert, 1733-1808

One of the most prominent artists of his era, Hubert Robert loved and depicted ruined structures of all types, whether real or imagined, and not just those of ancient Rome (he lived in Italy for eleven years). He also drew inspiration from scenes he encountered in his native France, including urban renewal projects, Gallo-Roman antiquities and natural disasters. At the core of his success was his brilliance as a master of the architectural capriccio, in which random monuments from different locales were artfully brought together to create new, completely imaginary landscapes.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Dec. 31

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945

The style that came to be known as art deco, which flourished from the 1920s to 1940s, was a vivid reflection of the modern era and the vitality of the machine age. Between the wars, as normalcy returned to politics, jazz music blossomed and the flapper redefined the modern woman, art deco left its mark on every form of visual art. This exhibit explores how the Japanese interpreted the style and transformed it through their own rich art and craft traditions.

Hillwood Museum, Estate and Gardens

 

Through Jan. 2

Intersections: Photographs and Videos from the National Gallery of Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art

Nearly 700 photographs from Eadweard Muybridge's groundbreaking publication "Animal Locomotion," acquired by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1887, became the foundation for the institution's early interest in photography. The Key Set of more than 1,600 works by Alfred Stieglitz, donated by Georgia O'Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Estate, launched the photography collection at the National Gallery of Art in 1949. Inspired by these two seminal artists, Muybridge and Stieglitz, the exhibition brings together highlights of the recently merged collections of the Corcoran and the National Gallery of Art by a range of artists from the 1840s to today.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 2

Recent Acquisitions of Dutch and Flemish Drawings

"Recent Acquisitions of Dutch and Flemish Drawings" encompasses landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes and history subjects that demonstrate the originality of Dutch and Flemish draftsmanship and its stylistic evolution.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 2

Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa

This exhibition features six internationally recognized African artists and examines how time is experienced and produced by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance and dissolve in seven works of video and film art by Sammy Baloji, Theo Eshetu, Moataz Nasr, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare and Sue Williamson, all of whom repeat, resist and reverse the expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Jan. 29

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Decades of civil unrest nearly destroyed Afghanistan's vital artistic heritage. Over the past decade, Turquoise Mountain, an organization founded in 2006 at the request of the prince of Wales and the president of Afghanistan, has transformed the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul from slum conditions into a vibrant cultural and economic center.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

DISCUSSIONS

Tue., Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Inside the World of Diplomacy

Members of the U.S. Foreign Service are the face of America in countries around the globe. From ambassadors to embassy staffers, their posts are demanding, important and often difficult ones. How does someone enter the world of diplomacy — and what do they find there? Take a rare opportunity to get answers from men and women whose careers are spent in diplomatic Washington as you go inside the American Foreign Service Association and the U.S. State Department. For ticket information, call (202) 633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

American Foreign Service Association

 

Tue., Aug. 2, 6:45 p.m.

The Devil's Diary: Recovering a Nazi Henchman's Chilling Account of the Third Reich

Before it mysteriously vanished almost seven decades ago, the private diary of Alfred Rosenberg, Adolf Hitler's "chief philosopher" and a key member of his inner circle, provided a rare firsthand account of the Nazi rise to power and the genesis of the Holocaust. The diary was discovered hidden in a Bavarian castle at war's end, and its more than 400 handwritten pages provided a harrowing glimpse into the mind of a man whose ideas set the stage for the Final Solution. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Mon., Aug. 8, 6:45 p.m.

Cocktails with Ian Fleming and James Bond: Favorite Sips of Stylish Spies

Why did James Bond routinely order his martinis "shaken, not stirred"? Find out when you raise a toast to the creator of the iconic British spy, the debonair Ian Fleming. Cocktail experts Simon Ford and Philip Greene share tales of stylish adventure (both real-life and literary) as you sip some of the favorite drinks of both Fleming and his most famous character. Tickets are $50; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

Tue., Aug. 9, 6:45 p.m.

Off the Beaten Path in Classical Greece

In a country as ancient and frequently visited as Greece, you might think all the must-see spots are always swarmed with tourists, but you'd be wrong. Move destinations like the Acropolis and Crete to less prominent spots on your itinerary and instead discover delights like Cape Sounion, where Greek mythology says Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt from a cliff to his death and gave his name to the Aegean Sea. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Fri., Aug. 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All Things Italian

Indulge your appetite for things Italian, feasting on great paintings, sculpture, architecture, gardens, food, and song. Kathleen Bashian, a certified master guide, leads a tour that celebrates the heritage and cultural influence of Italy as reflected throughout Washington. Highlights include a behind-the-scenes visit to the American History Museum's Dibner Library to explore early books on Italian architecture and science; a specially arranged tour of Italian highlights of the National Gallery of Art's permanent collection; and a visit to the Embassy of Italy. Tickets are $150; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Departs from Mayflower Hotel

 

Wed., Aug. 17, 6:45 p.m.

Gelato and Sorbetto: A Cool History

It's summer. Join food historian Francine Segan as she digs into some delicious gelato, starting with the fascinating history of Italian ices and sorbets, and ending with a taste of some of the scrumptious frozen desserts that made even Alexander the Great's mouth water. Tickets are $40; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

MUSIC

Thu., Aug. 11, 8 p.m.

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Made up of performers and composers from more than 20 countries, the Silk Road Ensemble was formed by Yo-Yo Ma in 2000. Since then, audiences and critics in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America have embraced these artists passionate about cross-cultural understanding and innovation. Tickets are $30.

Wolf Trap

 

THEATER

Aug. 2 to Sept. 11

Jelly's Last Jam

Take your seat at the legendary Jungle Inn nightclub for the electrifying, multiple Tony-winning musical that tells the story of jazz through one of its most notorious entertainers: Jelly Roll Morton. Journey from the back alleys of New Orleans to the dance halls of Chicago to the stages of New York with "he who drinks from the vine of syncopation" in a sizzling memoir of pride, lust and a past denied. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

Fri., Aug. 5, 8:15 p.m.

La Boheme

One of the world's most beloved operas. Puccini's masterpiece is an unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss in 1918 Montmartre, Paris. Wolf Trap Opera presents a fully staged and costumed production of Puccini's classic opera, in a one-night production featuring full orchestra, chorus, and custom video projections. Tickets are $25 to $75.

Wolf Trap

 

Aug. 6 to 27

The Lonesome West

In this brutally funny dark comedy set in the tiny Irish backwater of Leenane, two warring brothers live to torment each other, baiting and brawling over every petty grievance, from would-be girlfriends to cheap potato chips. Only Father Welsh, the local parish priest, will try to save them before their sibling rivalry explodes into a hilarious and brutal finish. Tickets are $45.

Andrew Keegan Theatre

 

Through Aug. 9

Twelfth Night

Set in the roaring 20s, Synetic's "Twelfth Night" tells the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. Having survived a shipwreck and believing her brother Sebastian has been lost, Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his services. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

Aug. 16 to 28

The Tempest

Kicking off its 30th Anniversary Season, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) present "The Tempest" as its 2016 "Free For All" event. In this glittering production by internationally acclaimed director Ethan McSweeny, Prospero's magical island explodes with life, hosting sprites, goddesses and fools that hold court and delight all ages.

Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall

 

Through Aug. 20

The Phantom of the Opera

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" comes to D.C. as part of a brand-new North American tour, with critics raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before." Tickets are $25 to $149.

Kennedy Center Opera House

   

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