Films -April 2012







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5 Broken Cameras
Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy David
(Palestine/Israel/France/Netherlands, 2011, 90 min.)
A farmer from the Palestinian village of Bil’in becomes the peaceful archivist of an escalating struggle as olive trees are bulldozed, lives are lost, and a wall is built to segregate burgeoning Israeli settlements. (Filmfest DC; Arabic and Hebrew)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., April 14, 3:15 p.m.,

Mon., April 16, 8:45 p.m.


Happy New Year, Grandma!
Directed by Telmo Esnal

(Spain, 2011, 107 min.)
In this hilarious black comedy, a harried and highly strung Basque woman becomes exhausted by the demands of her elderly mother. (Filmfest DC)

Sun., April 15, 7 p.m.,

Mon., April 16, 8:30 p.m.


Blood in the Mobile
Directed by Frank Poulsen
(Denmark, 2010, 82 min.)
The mineral cassiterite is used in virtually every mobile handset on the planet, but companies that make these devices closely guard their supply chains, allowing rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to benefit from ore mined by children in despicable conditions. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Wed., April 18, 8:45 p.m.

Naval Heritage Center
Fri., April 20, 6:30 p.m.


55 Days at Peking
Directed by Nicholas Ray
(U.S., 1963, 154 min.)
Massive sets built in Spain recreated 1900 Beijing, when the trade delegations (“foreign devils”) of Great Britain, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. banded together to withstand the Boxer Rebellion.
AFI Silver Theatre

April 7 to 10

Better Mus’ Come
Directed by Storm Saulter
(Jamaica, 2010, 105 min.)
Writer-director Storm Saulter brings a lively visual style to this urban love story inspired by Jamaica’s political turmoil in the 1970s. (Filmfest DC)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place
Fri., April 13, 9 p.m.,

Sat., April 14, 9 p.m.

Bitter Victory
Directed by Nicholas Ray
(U.S., 1957, 102 min.)
In WWII North Africa, British army captain Richard Burton and major Curt Jürgens are battling not only each other, but also for the affections of Jürgens’s wife, the woman they both love.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 1, 1 p.m.,

Mon., April 2, 7 p.m.

Directed by Taika Watiti

(New Zealand, 2010, 90 min.)
Eleven year-old Boy is a high-spirited adolescent obsessed with American pop culture — especially Michael Jackson — and prone to particularly vivid fantasies about his long-absent father.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle
Directed by Pascale Obolo
(Trinidad and Tobago, 2009, 85 min.)
This biography follows the legendary “Queen of Calypso” around the world as she traces her roots from her hometown in Tobago and Trinidad to Paris, where she records a new album, and to Africa to learn about her great-grandmother. (Filmfest DC)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place
Wed., April 18, 6:30 p.m.,

Thu., April 19, 6:30 p.m.

The Deep Blue Sea
Directed by Terence Davies
(U.S./U.K., 2011, 98 min.)
The privileged wife of a British judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with an ex-Royal Air Force pilot.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Hunter
Directed by Daniel Nettheim
(Australia, 2011, 101 min.)
A skilled and ruthless mercenary from Europe is sent to the rugged, mysterious Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., April 6

The Island President
Directed by Jon Shenk
(U.S., 2011, 101 min.)
This documentary looks at the tiny islands of the Maldives and the country’s first democratically elected president (recently ousted in a coup), Mohamed Nasheed, as he fights to sound the alarm about climate change. (Filmfest DC; English and Dhivehi)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sun., April 15, 2 p.m.,

Mon., April 16, 6:15 p.m.

King of Kings
Directed by Nicholas Ray
(U.S., 1961, 168 min.)
Jokingly nicknamed “I WAS A TEENAGE JESUS” at the time of its release, Nicholas Ray’s uniquely realistic retelling of the life of Jesus Christ has aged far better than many other biblical epics in vogue at the time.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 8, 3 p.m.,
Thu., April 12, 7 p.m.

The Lady
Directed by Luc Besson
(France/U.S., 2011, 127 min.)
Michelle Yeoh stars in the story of Aung San Suu Kyi, as she becomes the core of Burma’s democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris. (English and Burmese)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., April 13

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti
(U.K., 1947, 108 min.)
His father dead and prospects dim, young Nicholas Nickleby must rely on his wealthy but wicked Uncle Ralph in this gritty depiction of Victorian life.
AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., April 2, 4:45 p.m.,
Tue., April 3, 9:05 p.m.

The Pickwick Papers
Directed by Noel Langley
(U.K., 1952, 109 min.)
Noel Langley’s film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s charmingly episodic first novel on the misadventures of the Pickwick Club and their travels around England is full of wit, warmth and comedy.
AFI Silver Theatre

April 1 to 4

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Directed by Lasse Hallström
(U.S., 2012, 111 min.)
A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, so he enlists the help of a British fisheries expert and overzealous press secretary to bring the sport to the not-so-fish-friendly desert.
AFI Silver Theatre
Through April 5

A Tale of Two Cities
Directed by Ralph Thomas
(U.K., 1958, 117 min.)
Dashing Dirk Bogarde assays the Sydney Carton role in this underrated screen adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic that boasts formidable villains.
AFI Silver Theatre
April 7 to 9


Facing Mirrors
Directed by Negar Azarbayjani
(Iran, 2011, 102 min.)
In the contemporary Tehran of this character-driven drama, a hidebound wife surreptitiously driving her jailed husband’s taxi clocks the fare of her life in a rich pre-op transsexual on the run from an impending arranged marriage. (Filmfest DC)
Naval Heritage Center

Sat., April 14, 6:30 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 2:15 p.m.


17 Girls
(17 filles)
Directed by Delphine and Muriel Coulin
(France, 2011, 90 min.)
In a sleepy seaside town in Brittany, popular high schooler Camille finds herself pregnant and soon all her followers decide that they, too, must become with child. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Sat., April 14, 6:30 p.m.,
Sun., April 15, 7 p.m.

38 Witnesses
Directed by Lucas Belvaux
(France, 2012, 104 min.)
Louise returns home to Le Havre to discover that a woman was brutally murdered in front of her building — and although 38 neighbors were in the building at the time of the murder, no one heard or saw anything. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Fri., April 13, 6:30 p.m.,
Mon., April 16, 8:45 p.m.

The Bride Wore Black
(La mariée était en noir)
Directed by François Truffaut

(France/Italy, 1968, 107 min.)
In this exciting mix of taut suspense and terse black comedy, Jeanne Moreau tracks down and extracts vengeance on the five salauds who killed her husband on their wedding day.
AFI Silver Theatre
April 4 to 9

(La délicatesse)
Directed by David and Stéphane Foenkinos
(France, 2011, 108 min.)
Audrey Tautou is a widowed Parisian business executive who throws herself into her work until one day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love is rekindled by an unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional, gauche office subordinate.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Free Men
Directed by Ismael Ferroukhi

(France, 2011, 99 min.)
In the German-occupied Paris of 1942, an Algerian émigré who loses his factory job is drawn into the French Resistance by way of an activist cousin, undercover mosque worker, and hedonistic traditional Algerian singer. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., April 14, 9 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 5:15 p.m.

The Giants
Directed by Bouli Lanners

(Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2011, 84 min.)
A 15-year-old boy and his younger brother are left at their late grandfather’s rickety country cottage with nothing more than an endless summer ahead of them, devising alarming ways to amuse themselves. (Filmfest DC)
Naval Heritage Center

Sun., April 15, 7 p.m.,

Wed., April 18, 8:30 p.m.

The Kid with a Bike
(Le Gamin au Velo)
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
(Belgium/France/Italy, 2011, 87 min.)
A 12-year-old has only one plan: find the father who temporarily left him in a children’s home. Along the way though, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Holidays by the Sea
Directed by Pascal Rabate
(France, 2011, 77 min.)
At a beach resort during the offseason, the comic adventures of various hearty holidaymakers result in a silly symphony of slapstick situations. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Thu., April 19, 6:30 p.m.,
Sat., April 21, 7:15 p.m.

Maryse Condé, une voix singulière
Directed by Jérôme Sesquin

(France/Guadeloupe, 2011, 52 min.)
This documentary retraces the life of celebrated Guadeloupe-born author Maryse Condé, who published more than over a dozen novels exploring the relationships between African peoples and the Diaspora.
La Maison Française
Thur., April 3, 7 p.m.

Monsieur Lazhar
Directed by Phillipe Falardeau
(Canada, 2011, 94 min.)
Following the death of a beloved teacher in the very classroom where she coached her ethnically diverse 11- and 12-year-old charges, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant materializes as if from nowhere to assume the teaching duties. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Fri., April 13, 8:45 p.m.,
Tue., April 17, 8:45 p.m.

The Sea Wall
(Un barrage contre le Pacifique)
Directed by Rithy Panh

(France/Cambodia/Belgium, 2008, 115 min.)
In 1931 Indochina, a mother — troubled by the departure of her two grown children and deceived by the colonial administration into investing of her entire savings in a worthless, regularly flooded farmland — devises a crazy scheme to build a dam against the sea.
La Maison Française

Wed., April 4, 7 p.m.

The Young Girls of Rochefort
(Les demoiselles de Rochefort)
Directed by Jacques Demy
(France, 1969, 125 min.)
In town for the fair, George Chakiris dances through Danielle Darrieux’s snack bar, while her restless daughters dream of Paris and sailor-on-leave Jacques Perrin dreams of his ideal woman. Then Gene Kelly drops in!
AFI Silver Theatre
April 1 to 5


Directed by Yasemin Samdereli
(Germany, 2010, 97 min.)
A Turkish-German family stumbles through two countries to ask one question: “Who am I?” (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Fri., April 20, 7 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 9 p.m.

Cracks in the Shell
Directed by Christian Schwochow
(Germany, 2011, 113 min.)
An aspiring actress who both struggles to get noticed and wants nothing more than to remain invisible is cast in a role that is demanding, sexually charged and distorts the line between reality and fantasy. (Filmfest DC)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place

Sat., April 14, 6:30 p.m.,

Mon., April 16, 8:45 p.m.

The System
(Das System – Alles verstehen heißt alles verzeihen)
Directed by Marc Bauder
(Germany, 2011, 85 min.)
Mike, an attractive and intelligent young dropout, becomes involved in a parallel world of international lobbyists and former GDR secret service agents who work together for economic advantage.

Mon., April 16, 6:30 p.m.


Unfair World
Directed by Filippos Tsitos
(Greece, 2011, 118 min.)
Every day, a policeman worn down by the demands of his job sits in a dreary office and listens to the sad stories of those accused of crimes. Whether guilty or not, he finds ways to offer a second chance. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre

Wed., April 18, 8:30 p.m.,

Thu., April 19, 8:45 p.m.


(Hearat Shulayim)
Directed by Joseph Cedar

(Israel, 2011, 105 min.)
A father and son are rival professors in Talmudic studies whose relationship gets even more complicated when one of the men wins Israel’s most prestigious national award.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


The Raid: Redemption
(Serbuan maut)
Directed by Gareth Huw Evans
(Indonesia/U.S., 2011, 100 min.)
A rookie member of an elite special forces team must use every bit of his fighting strength when his team’s cover is blown during a covert mission to nab a brutal crime lord from a rundown apartment block, and the crime boss offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, rapist and thief in the building in exchange for their heads.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Directed by Emanuele Crialese
(Italy/France, 2011, 88 min.)
Set on the island of Linosa, the film focuses on a community of struggling fishermen and a family patriarch who refuses to conform to changing times. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Fri., April 13, 6:30 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 7:30 p.m.


Ace Attorney
Directed by Takashi Miike

(Japan, 2011, 135 min.)
A neophyte lawyer defends his school chum on a murder charge in this stylized film that combines Victorian England and L.A. film noir. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Fri., April 20, 6:30 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 9 p.m.

Directed by Naomi Kawase
(Japan, 2011, 91 min.)
A straightforward tale of a love triangle in the remote mountainous Nara region, this contemporary story is so tightly bound to an ancient landscape myth that the two can hardly be untangled. (Filmfest DC)
National Gallery of Art

Sun., April 22, 4:30 p.m.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Directed by David Gelb
(U.S., 2011, 81 min.)
This quiet yet enthralling documentary chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, 85, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Late Spring
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(Japan, 1949, 108 min.)
A devoted father becomes a matchmaker for his radiant daughter, who in turn reluctantly consents to an alliance when told that her widowed father might remarry. (Filmfest DC)
National Gallery of Art

Sat., April 21, 2:30 p.m.

The Thousand-Year Fire
Directed by Naoki Segi

(Japan, 2004, 89 min.)
Mourning the loss of his parents, 11-year-old Satoshi moves to a small seaside town where he decides to participate in Hiwatashi, a ritual swim in the open sea. (Filmfest DC)
National Gallery of Art

Sun., April 22, 11:30 a.m.


The Chaser
Directed by Na Hong-jin

(South Korea, 2008, 125 min.)
When one of cop-turned-pimp Jung-ho’s girls goes missing, he thinks it’s a rival moving in on his territory, but the truth turns out to be much more sinister.
Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., April 20, 7 p.m.

End of Animal
Directed by Jo Sung-hee

(South Korea, 2010, 110 min.)
A pregnant teenager on a taxi ride to the country is joined by a mysterious passenger who begins a countdown to the moment when “the angels will descend” in this enigmatic tale of apocalypse with dark humor.
Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., April 8, 2 p.m.

Invasion of Alien Bikini
(Eillieon bikini)
Directed by Oh Young-doo

(South Korea, 2011, 75 min.)
In this ingenious micro-budget sci-fi movie, a self-appointed urban hero with a fake moustache, rescues a damsel in distress who turns out to be a space alien on a mission to be impregnated by an earthling, by any means necessary.
Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., April 1, 1 p.m.

Red Vacance, Black Wedding
Directed by Kim Tai-sik and Park Cheol-su

(South Korea, 2011, 90 min.)
Veteran directors Kim Tai-sik and Park Cheol-su joined forces for this tag-team project, with each contributing a short narrative about infidelity. (Mature audiences)
Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., April 1, 3 p.m.

The Yellow Sea
Directed by Na Hong-jin
(South Korea, 2010, 137 min.)
A taxi driver in the no-man’s-land where the borders of North Korea, China, and Russia meet agrees to commit a contract murder to get out of his debts, but when his plans go awry, a bloody war erupts between ruthless rival gang bosses.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 22, 2 p.m.


Abu, Son of Adam
Directed by Salim Ahmed

(India, 2011, 101 min.)
“Abu, Son of Adam” is a poignant, slice-of-life story about a devout shopkeeper who lives in the southern Indian state of Kerala. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre

Sat., April 14, 4:30 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 2:30 p.m.


Directed by Veit Helmer

(Kazakhstan/Germany/Russia, 2011, 94 min.)
A young man in a small Kazakh village where space debris from Russian rockets is common stumbles on a unique find: a space tourist in the form of a young French woman. (Filmfest DC)

Fri., April 20, 6:30 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 9 p.m.

Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
(Russia, 2010, 109 min.)
A remarried, middle-age wife and mother is caught between the demands of her reflexively imperious new husband and the needs of her impoverished biological son. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Mon., April 16, 8:45 p.m.,
Tue., April 17, 6:30 p.m.

Directed by Valeriy Todorovskiy
(Russia, 2008, 125 min.)
While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., April 6


Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
Directed by Wei Te-Sheng
(Taiwan, 2011, 150 min.)
Based on the Wushe Incident of 1930, this epic historical saga tells the story of a showdown between the aboriginal Taiwanese tribe Seediq and the Japanese village of Wushe. (Filmfest DC; Seediq and Japanese)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place
Sat., April 14, 3:30 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 2 p.m.


The Artist
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius

(France, 2011, 100 min.)
Set in 1927, silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, as sparks fly with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. (Silent with limited English and French)
AFI Silver Theatre

Through April 5


The Cat Vanishes
Directed by Carlos Sorin
(Argentina, 2011, 89 min.)
A college professor returns home to his wife after in a psychotic breakdown, but his wife isn’t sure he’s fully recovered, especially when her cat goes missing. (Filmfest DC)
Naval Heritage Center
Wed., April 18, 6:30 p.m.,

Fri., April 20, 9 p.m.

Chico & Rita
Directed by Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
(Spain/U.K., 2010, 94 min.)
This epic animated story of love and heartbreak celebrates the passionate music and culture of Cuba, set against the color and bustle of Havana, New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris in the late 1940s and early ’50s.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Havana Eva
Directed by Fina Torres
(Cuba/Venezuela/France, 2010, 104 min.)
A free-spirited seamstress in contemporary Havana has grown impatient with the sameness of the wedding gowns she must create and the fiancé who can’t seem to finish building their house. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Fri., April 20, 9:15 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 4:15 p.m.

Jean Gentil
Directed by Laura Amelia Guzman and Israel Cardenas

(Dominican Republic/Mexico/Germany, 2010, 84 min.)
Jean, an educated and devout Christian man, maintains a remarkably dignified attitude despite being forced like many others to leave Haiti to look for work in the Dominican Republic. (Filmfest DC; Spanish and Haitian Creole)

Fri., April 13, 8:30 p.m.,

Sat., April 14, 7 p.m.


Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
Directed by Fredrik Gertten
(Sweden, 2012, 88 min.)
How far will a big corporation go to protect its brand? Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten found out with the release of his film “Bananas!*” which recounted the lawsuit that 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against fruit giant Dole Food Co. (Filmfest DC)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place

Mon., April 16, 6:15 p.m.,

Wed., April 18, 9 p.m.


The Sandman
Directed by Peter Luisi
(Switzerland, 2011, 88 min.)
With his elaborate red cravat, Medusan hair, and arrogant attitude, philatelist Benno is as unusual as he is unpleasant, targeting his wrath at the frustrated musician downstairs. (Filmfest DC)
Naval Heritage Center
Fri., April 13, 9:15 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 5 p.m.


Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkey/Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2011, 157 min.)
A murder suspect leads a convoy of police to the site of the crime, but the killer cannot recall where he left the body, so the convey travels through the deserted countryside as conversations along the way reveal not only the facts of the crime but political attitudes and personal longings. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Sun., April 15, 2 p.m.