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Films – September 2012














Black Peter

(Cerný Petr)
Directed by Milos Forman

(Czechoslovakia, 1963, 85 min.)
Inspired by the vérité approach of Italian neorealism, “Black Peter” centers on a shy but sympathetic young store clerk who, assigned to apprehend shoplifters, lacks the nerve to confront anyone (screens with “Loves of a Blonde”).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 29, 3 p.m.

The Fireman’s Ball
(Horí, má panenko)
Directed by Milos Forman
(Czechoslovakia/Italy, 1967, 71 min.)
A provincial fire department’s annual ball erupts in mayhem — raffle prizes are pilfered, the beauty pageant goes awry — and outside in the town, a house burns down.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 29, 1 p.m.

Loves of Blonde
(ásky jedné plavovlásky)
Directed by Milos Forman
(Czechoslovakia, 1965, 83 min.)
A naive factory worker who has a one-night stand with a musician from Prague and then follows him home (screens with “Black Peter”).
National Gallery of Art

Sat., Sept. 29, 3 p.m.


Directed by Simon Yin
(U.S./Hong Kong, 2012, 96 min.)
A maverick New York hedge fund trader with uncanny analytic abilities moves to Hong Kong and orchestrates a mega-deal that swiftly escalates beyond his control.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Directed by Milos Forman
(U.S., 1984, 180 min.)
Milos Forman’s adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s drama about a brash Mozart and his beleaguered rival Salieri swept nearly all major categories in the 1984 Oscars.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 30, 4 p.m.

Directed by Nicholas Jarecki
(U.S./Poland, 2012, 100 min.)
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept., 14

2 Days in New York
Directed by Julie Delpy
(Germany/France/Belgium, 2012, 91 min.)
Talk-radio Mingus and his French photographer girlfriend Marion live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships — until Marion’s family comes for a visit. (English, French and Italian)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

(U.K./Italy/U.S., 1966, 111 min.)
“Blow-Up” brought the art film to the masses, broke the nudity barrier, captured the Mod look of 1960s “swinging London” and influenced major studio movies and independent cinema for years to come.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Sept. 11, 9:20 p.m.,
Thu., Sept. 13, 9:45 p.m.,
Fri., Sept. 14, 9:30 p.m.

The Cold Light of Day
Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri
(U.S./Spain, 2012, 93 min.)
After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Sept. 7

Directed by David Cronenberg
(France/Canada/Portugal/Italy, 2012, 109 min.)
In New York City in the not-too-distant-future, a 28-year-old finance golden boy dreams of living in a civilization ahead of this one as he watches a dark shadow cast over Wall Street.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

An Englishman Abroad
Directed by John Schlesinger

(U.K., 1983, 60 min.)
Based on a true story, actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow in the late 1950s for a production of “Hamlet” and met a mysterious Englishman: Guy Burgess, the notorious spy and defector (screens with “A Question of Attribution”).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 2, 8:30 p.m.

The Passenger
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France/Spain, 1975, 126 min.)
Journalist Jack Nicholson is covering a conflict in North Africa when he discovers the dead body of an acquaintance who resembled him. He assumes the man’s identity to explore his life — which turns out to be a dangerous one.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Sept. 15, 4 p.m.,
Tue., Sept. 18, 9 p.m.

A Question of Attribution
Directed by John Schlesinger
(U.K., 1992, 70 min.)
James Fox is marvelously slippery as Sir Anthony Blunt — director of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, surveyor of the King’s Pictures and a Soviet spy for some 25 years (screens with “An Englishman Abroad”).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 2, 8:30 p.m.

The Spy Who Loved Me
Directed by Lewis Gilbert

(U.K., 1977, 125 min.)
In Roger Moore’s best Bond film, James Bond teams with beautiful KGB agent Anya Amasova to investigate a missing submarine mystery that leads from the deserts of Egypt to beneath the waves in the Bahamas.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 2, 6 p.m.

Taking Off
Directed by Milos Forman
(U.S., 1971, 93 min.)
Two American suburbanite parents search for their runaway daughter, and in the process, meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover life (screens with “Audition” (Czech Republic, 1963, 47 min.)).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
(U.K./France/Germany, 2011, 128 min.)
Forcibly retired from the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, George Smiley (Gary Oldman, bringing a watchful intensity to the role) is unexpectedly summoned back and briefed on the presence of a mole among MI6’s leadership.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 14 to 19

Zabriskie Point
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

(U.S., 1970, 110 min.)
A handsome rebel and a young woman embark on a strange journey amid the stark and beautiful imagery of Death Valley.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Sept. 10, 9:30 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 12, 9:05 p.m.



(Les Bien-aimés)
Directed by Christophe Honoré
(France/U.K./Czech Republic, 2011,
Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni star in this sexy yet exquisitely romantic musical drama that spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter’s misadventures in love. (French, Czech and English)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 7

Chicken with Plums
(Poulet aux prunes)
Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
(France/Germany/Belgium, 2011, 91 min.)
After his beloved violin breaks, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, loses all taste for life and confines himself to bed to await death.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

(L’affaire Farewell)
Directed by Christian Carion
(France, 2009, 113 min.)
In 1981, as U.S.-Soviet relations hit a new low, Moscow-based French businessman Pierre Froment gets chatted up by KGB man Gregoriev; soon the disenchanted Gregoriev is passing sensitive documents on the Soviet’s American spy network to Froment, urging him to get the info to the West (French, English and Russian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Sept. 14, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Sept. 18, 6:45 p.m.

Little White Lies
(Les petits mouchoirs)
Directed by Guillaume Canet
(France, 2010, 154 min.)
Every year, a successful Parisian restaurant owner and his wife invite their group of friends to the beach, but this year, one of the friends has a near-fatal accident, setting off a chain of reactions and secret revelations during their once-idyllic getaway.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 7

Nuit #1
Directed by Anne Émond
(Canada, 2011, 91 min.)
Clara and Nikolaï meet at a rave and return to Nikolaï’s apartment to frantically make love. Afterward, instead of parting, the two lovers divulge their deepest secrets to one another.
The Avalon Theatre

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
(OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d’espions)
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
(France, 2006, 99 min.)
It’s 1955, and cocky, clueless French agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, aka OSS 117, is dispatched to Cairo to burnish France’s colonial relationships and stabilize the Suez Canal situation.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Sept. 7, 9:45 p.m.,
Sat., Sept. 8, 8:10 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Presumed Guilty
(Présumé coupable)
Directed by Vincent Garenq
(France, 2011, 102 min.)
A couple in a working-class community in France are charged with being part of a group of sexual predators preying on children — the beginning of a legal nightmare that lasted years and led to the conviction of a number of people later shown to be innocent.
La Maison Française
Wed., Sept. 12, 7 p.m.



(Berlinized – Sexy an Eis)
Directed by Lucian Busse
(Germany, 2011, 84 min.)
Lucian Busse looks back at the subculture that emerged in Berlin in the early 1990s, when, in the midst of great political change and in the shadow of ultra-commercialized techno culture, there existed a parallel universe that’s now mostly forgotten.
Mon., Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m.

The Lives of Others
(Das Leben der Anderen)
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
(Germany, 2006, 137 min.)
In 1984 East Germany, the 100,000 employees of the Stasi control the population through intimidation and pervasive surveillance. Company man Ulrich Mühe accepts an assignment to spy on playwright Sebastian Koch, slowly becoming absorbed by the domestic drama playing out between Koch and actress girlfriend.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 16, 8:20 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

A Place in Berlin
(Konzert im Freien)
Directed by Jürgen Böttcher
(Germany, 2001, 88 min.)
Like a fossil, the Marx-Engels-Forum, a large, ambitious monument project of the GDR, adorns a historic spot in the center of Berlin. Jürgen Böttcher’s experimental documentary transforms footage he shot of the creation of this monument in the 1980s into a story about the loss of a monument’s meaning (screens with “Eastern Landscape” (Germany, 1991, 15 min.) about a Berlin dump that accumulates history).
Mon., Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.


L’EclisseDirected by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France, 1962, 125 min.)
Monica Vitti finishes an affair with Francisco Rabal but then drifts into another with her mother’s stockbroker.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 2, 2 p.m.

La Notte
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

(Italy/France, 1961, 120 min.)
A day and night in the life of a modern marriage, set against the soulless architecture of Milan, find a couple visiting a dying friend, a nightclub and a protracted party, until their evening ends in a tormented dawn encounter.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 1, 2:30 p.m.

Red Desert
(Il deserto rosso)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France, 1964, 120 min.)
Monica Vitti plays a wife and mother struggling with her own neuroses and a futile affair with an engineer amid a nightmarish industrial landscape.
National Gallery of Art
Mon., Sept. 3, 2:30 p.m.


Urumi: The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco da Gama
Directed by Santosh Sivan
(India, 2011, 130 min.)
In the most expensive Malayalam-language film ever made, the son of a revered general who was killed by Vasco da Gama’s men seeks bloody revenge when the Portuguese explorer returns 20 years later to shore up Portugal’s colonial interests.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 16, 2 p.m.


The Fall of Otrar
(Gibel Otrara)
Directed by Ardak Amirkulov
(Soviet Union/Kazakhstan, 1991, 176 min.)
Aleksei Guerman was writer and producer on this fabled epic portraying the ruthless intrigues that led to Genghis Khan’s destruction of the Central Asian civilization of Otrar (Russian, Kazakh, Mongolian and Mandarin).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 16, 4 p.m.

My Friend Ivan Lapshin
(Moy drug Ivan Lapshin)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman
(Soviet Union, 1984, 100 min.)
A love triangle develops in a small town between a police detective, his widowed friend, and an actress in this nostalgic return to Stalin’s Russia before the Great Purge of 1937-38.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 9, 4:30 p.m.

Khrustalyov, My Car!
(Khrustalyov, mashinu!)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman
(Russia/France, 1998, 137 min.)
Consistent with his indirect portrayal of events, Aleksei Guerman constructs the narrative around a surgeon whose life is ruined by the so-called “doctors’ plot,” in which predominantly Jewish Moscow doctors were accused of conspiring to assassinate Soviet leaders.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 2, 4:30 p.m.

The Seventh Companion
(Sedmoy sputnik)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman 

(Soviet Union, 1967, 89 min.)
During the civil war that followed the Bolshevik Revolution, a general in the czar’s army, arrested by the secret police, is released into the brave new world of the Soviet Union.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 22, 2 p.m.

Trial of the Road
(Proverka na dorogakh)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman 

(Soviet Union, 1971, 96 min.)
A Red Army sergeant who once defected to the Nazis is forced to prove his patriotism through a series of increasingly perilous missions.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m.

Twenty Days Without War
(Dvadstat dney bez voyny)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman 

(Soviet Union, 1976, 101 min.)
In 1942, a Soviet army major on furlough delivers the belongings of a fallen comrade to the man’s wife in his own hometown of Tashkent, where he reunites briefly with his ex-wife and begins a tentative courtship with a lonely seamstress.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 15, 4 p.m.


Directed by Ron Fricke
(U.S., 2011, 99 min.)
In search of the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives, this documentary, filmed over five years in 25 countries on five continents, transports viewers to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes and natural wonders.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 14

Directed by Fritz Lang
(Germany, 1928, 178 min.)
Undercover agent Willy Fritsch must infiltrate an international crime syndicate led by mastermind Rudolf Klein-Rogge.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.


I Carried You Home

(Padang besar)
Directed by Tongpong Chantarangkul
(Thailand, 2011, 113 min.)
When their mother dies, two estranged sisters accompany her body in an ambulance ride across from Bangkok to her rural birthplace, giving them a chance to reconnect and come to terms with their grief.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 7, 7 p.m.

In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire
(Sin maysar fon tok ma proi proi)
Directed by Wichanon Somumjarn
(Thailand, 2012, 76 min.)
Wichanon Somumjarn’s debut feature is the story of a Bangkok construction worker who returns to his hometown for a friend’s wedding and reunites with a girl he had a crush on in high school —a seemingly straightforward narrative that reveals itself to actually be based on the director’s own life.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

The Overture
(Hom rong)
Directed by Itthi-sunthorn Wichailak
(Thailand, 2004, 104 min.)
Based on the life of Luang Pradit Phairao, master of the traditional Thai ranard-ek (wooden xylophone), this film is a sprawling story of musical genius and the preservation of cultural identity (preceded by a 30-minute performance by traditional xylophone master Thaworn Sriphong).
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 9, 2 p.m.

Directed by Kongdei Jaturanrasmee
(Thailand, 2011, 98 min.)
Two young men break into people’s homes — not to rob them but to borrow their lives for a while before putting everything back as it was.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 14, 7 p.m.