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Films – April 2011




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From Subway with Love

(Román pro zeny)
Directed by Filip Renc
(Czech Republic, 2005, 95 min.)
A 20-something women’s magazine editor and her widowed mother cross paths in their search for Mr. Right in this award-winning romantic comedy.
The Avalon Theatre
Thu., April 21, 8 p.m.


In a Better World
Directed by Susanne Bier
(Denmark/Sweden, 2010, 113 min.)
The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship forces everyone to come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. (Danish, Swedish and English)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., April 8


Winter in Wartime
Directed by Martin Koolhoven
(Netherlands/Belgium, 2008, 103 min.)
Near the end of World War II, a 14-year-old boy becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. (Dutch, English and German)
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., April 15



African Cats
Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey
(U.S., 2011)
This Disney-produced nature documentary centers on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., April 22

Directed by Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara
(U.S./U.K., 2010, 111 min.)
The life of the late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who broke through the Islamic glass ceiling in a story of Shakespearean dimensions, is explored in this powerful documentary.
Washington DCJCC
Sun., April 3, 3 p.m.

Desert Flower
Directed by Sherry Horman
(U.K./Germany/Austria, 2009, 124 min.)
The autobiography follows a Somali nomad circumcised at age 3 and sold into marriage at 13 who fled Africa and went on to become an American supermodel and U.N. spokeswoman against circumcision. (English and Somali)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Dial M for Murder
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1954, 105 min.)
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife, but when things go awry, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
AFI Silver Theatre
April to June

Directed by Joe Wright
(U.S./U.K./Germany, 2011)
A 16-year-old raised by her father in the wilds of Finland to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, and tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (English and French)
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., April 8

I Am
Directed by Tom Shadyac
(U.S., 2010, 80 min.)
Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what’s wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Jane Eyre
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
(U.K., 2011, 115 min.)
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret in Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale.
AFI Silver Theatre
Opens Fri., April 1
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Kiki’s Delivery Service
(Majo no takkyûbin)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 1989, 103 min.)
This magical tale from anime master Hayao Miyazaki tells the story of a 13-year-old witch-in-training and her talking cat.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., April 2, 11 a.m.

Directed by Julian Schnabel
(France/Israel/Italy/India, 2010, 112 min.)
An orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war finds herself drawn into the conflict.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., April 1

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1946, 101 min.)
Ingrid Bergman is asked to spy on a group of suspected Nazi collaborators in South America, while Cary Grant is the U.S. government agent worried she may be going too far with the ruse.
AFI Silver Theatre
April to June

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1940, 130 min.)
When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles into his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintains a powerful grip on her husband and the servants.
AFI Silver Theatre
April to June

Directed by Carlos Saldanha
(Brazil/Canada/U.S., 2011, 92 min.)
When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., April 15

Directed by Quentin Dupieux
(France, 2010, 85 min.)
When Robert, an inanimate tire, discovers his destructive telepathic powers, he soon sets his sights on a desert town and a mysterious woman who becomes his obsession.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., April 15

Shadow of a Doubt
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1943, 108 min.)
A young woman discovers her visiting “Uncle Charlie” may not be the man he seems to be.
AFI Silver Theatre
April to June

Directed by Claude Lanzmann
(France, 1985, Part 1: 273 min., Part II: 292 min.)
Twelve years in the making, Claude Lanzmann’s monumental epic on the Holocaust features not only historical footage but interviews with survivors, bystanders and perpetrators that “reincarnate” the Jewish tragedy. (English, German, Hebrew, Polish, Yiddish and French)
AFI Silver Theatre
Part 1: Sat., April 2, 1 p.m.,
Sun., April 3, 4:30 p.m.
Part II: Sat., April 9, 1 p.m.
Sun., April 10, 3:30 p.m.

Strangers on a Train
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1951, 101 min.)
A psychotic socialite confronts a tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder.
AFI Silver Theatre
April to June

Stravinsky: Once at a Border
Directed by Tony Palmer
(U.K., 1982, 166 min.)
This autobiographical film about one of the most influential composers of the 20th century includes documents, photographs and footage never show before publically as part of Post-Classical Ensemble’s “The Stravinsky Project.” (Screens with “A Stravinsky Portrait”)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 9, 1:15 p.m.

A Stravinsky Portrait
Directed by Richard Leacock and Rolf Liebermann
(U.S., 1966, 55 min.)
This documentary follows composer and conductor Igor Stravinsky at his homes in California, London and Hamburg as he conducts an orchestra rehearsal. (English, French and German; screens with “Stravinsky: Once at a Border”)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 9, 4:45 p.m.


Arthur Rimbaud, a Biography
(Arthur Rimbaud, une Biographie)
Directed by Richard Dindo
(France/Switzerland, 1991, 143 min.)
In one of Richard Dindo’s landmark documentaries, symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud’s turbulent career, drug addictions and early death are framed through interviews with his family and friends.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 23, 1 p.m.

Certified Copy
(Copie conforme)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-age English writer meets a French woman who leads him on a tour of the countryside, during which he is mistaken for her husband so the two keep up the pretense of being married. (French, Italian and English)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Every Man for Himself
(Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France, 1980, 87 min.)
A TV director — divorced, separated from his current girlfriend and slipping into a midlife crisis — meets a prostitute and takes her on as a tenant, while she takes him as a client.
AFI Silver Theatre
April 8 to 14

Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
(Quatre Aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1987, 95 min.)
A present-day variant on the country mouse and city mouse fable, this film follows the friendship of two young girls — a naïve young painter from the provinces and a worldly-wise student from Paris.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 30, 2:30 p.m.

Gauguin in Tahiti and the Marquesas
(Gauguin à Tahiti et aux Marquises)
Directed by Richard Dindo
(France, 2010, 68 min.)
Paul Gauguin’s letters and other writings are paired with paintings and the settings that motivated them in this documentary chronicling the artist’s journey to the South Pacific. (Screens with “Aragon, the Book of Matisse” (2003, 52 min.))
National Gallery of Art
Fri., April 1, 2:30 p.m.,
Fri., April 8, 2:30 p.m.,
Fri., April 15, 2:30 p.m.

Of Gods and Men
(Des hommes et des dieux)
Directed by Xavier Beauvois
(France, 2010, 120 min.)
Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s, but when a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, the monks must decide whether to stay or leave.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Marsdreamers
(Les rêveurs de Mars)
Directed by Richard Dindo
(Switzerland/France, 2010, 83 min.)
In Southern California’s Mojave Desert, members of the Mars Society — a loosely connected group of people who live modestly but spend time planning a better life on the Red Planet — don homemade spacesuits and wander the Mojave. (French and English)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 16, 2:30 p.m.

Directed by François Ozon
(France, 2010, 103 min.)
When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Catherine Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., April 22

The Sign of Leo
(Le Signe du Lion)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1959, 90 min.)
An American musician living high on the hog in Paris loses a grand inheritance and tries to make ends meet with help from his friends. (French, Italian and English; preceded by “Nadja à Paris” (1964, 13 min.))
National Gallery of Art
Sun., April 3, 4:30 p.m.

A Tale of Autumn
(Conte d’Automne)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1998, 112 min.)
A middle-age wine producer and bookseller, good friends since childhood, become mixed up in a hopeless muddle when an outsider attempts to become the winemaker’s matchmaker.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., April 24, 4:30 p.m.

A Tale of Springtime
(Conte de Printemps)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1990, 108 min.)
A philosophy teacher whose fiancé is away finds herself moving into a new living arrangement where her involvements with the present occupants of the household turn curiously convoluted.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., April 10, 4:30 p.m.

A Tale of Summer
(Conte d’Été)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1996, 113 min.)
A guitar-toting math graduate goes on vacation on the Brittany coast without the girl he’s in love with, and strikes up a friendship with an intriguing waitress/graduate student.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 30, 4:30 p.m.

A Tale of Winter
(Conte d’Hiver)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1992, 114 min.)
A woman who lost the love of her life after a whirlwind holiday romance due to a simple blunder years earlier forever keeps the faith that one day he will return.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., April 17, 4 p.m.


Liberators Take Liberties, Part I and Part II
(BeFreier und BeFreite)
Directed by Helke Sander
(Germany, 1991, Part I: 94 min., Part II: 111 min.)
After 46 years of silence, women who were raped by Red Army soldiers at the end of World War II talk for the first time publicly about the violent incidents that permanently scarred them. The second part of this controversial documentary explores the lasting ramifications of the attacks on the women and the resulting children.
Part I: Mon., April 11, 6:30 p.m.,
Part II: Mon., April 18, 6:30 p.m.

In the Midst of the Malestream – Disputes on Strategy in the New Women’s Movement
(Mitten im Malestream)
Directed by Helke Sander
(Germany, 2005, 92 min.)
This documentary explores the theory that many women want to have children, but choose to remain childless due to inflexible societal structures.
Mon., April 4, 6:30 p.m.

Who Was Kafka?
(Wer war Kafka?)
Directed by Richard Dindo
(Switzerland/France, 2006, 98 min.)
Set in Prague, this documentary is a biographical portrait of renowned writer Franz Kafka as told by his family, lovers and friends.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 16, 12 p.m.


The Conformist

(Il conformista)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
(Italy/France/West Germany, 1970, 115 min.)
During the fascism of the 1930s, a bourgeois Italian man undertakes a desperate quest to belong — ultimately discovering that demonic conformity is the surest route to depravity. (Italian, French and Latin)
AFI Silver Theatre
April 1 to 7

The Girlfriends
(Le Amiche)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy, 1955, 104 min)
Fashion designer Clelia, just returned from Rome to her hometown of Turin to open a boutique, gets swept up in the glamour and excitement of her suicidal friend’s fashionable set of friends.
AFI Silver Theatre
April 8 to 14

Mamma Roma
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
(Italy, 1962, 110 min.)
A middle-age prostitute attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son.
AFI Silver Theatre
April 1 to 7


Directed by Kaneto Shindô
(Japan, 1968, 99 min.)
In war-torn medieval Japan, a demon is ripping out the throats of samurai in the grove beyond, so the governor sends a fearless war hero to confront the spirit, but what he finds are two beautiful women (who look just like his lost mother and wife.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Directed by Satoshi Kon
(Japan, 2006, 90 min.)
In director Satoshi Kon’s final film, a machine that allows people to enter one another’s dreams is stolen and the chaos that results is a breathtaking meditation on the nature of consciousness.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., April 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days
(Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho)
Directed by Makoto Shinkai
(Japan, 2004, 90 min.)
Two teenagers grow up in an imagined version of Japan that’s divided between the United States and a mysterious organization known as “The Union” in this beautifully detailed anime film.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., April 2, 4:30 p.m.


Directed by Yang Ik-june
(South Korea, 2008, 130 min.)
A terrifyingly brutal debt collector stumbles into a friendship with a high school girl from a wildly dysfunctional family, who proves to be just as tough as he is.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 10, 2 p.m.

Directed by Hong Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2010, 115 min.)
Told in a series of flashbacks, two friends and would-be womanizers reminisce over drinks and discover they once unknowingly spent a weekend in the same place, at the same time, and met their match in a high-strung tour guide.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 17, 2 p.m.

I Saw the Devil
(Akmareul boatda)
Directed by Kim Jee-woon
(South Korea, 2010, 141 min.)
A dangerous psychopath kills the pregnant fiancée of an elite special agent, who, obsessed with revenge, decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Oki’s Movie
(Ok-hui-ui yeonghwa)
Directed by Hong Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2010, 80 min.)
A young film student has affairs with her professor and a fellow student, but unlike typical romance films, the chronology of events are shuffled to emphasize the alternately humorous and heartbreaking trajectories of each relationship.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 24, 3 p.m.

Old Partner
Directed by Lee Chung-ryoul
(South Korea, 2008, 78 min.)
In this touching documentary depicting traditional rural life in Korea, an octogenarian farmer lives out his final days with his long-suffering wife and his loyal ox — who ploughs his fields but is also his best friend.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 24, 1 p.m.

Directed by Park Chan-ok
(South Korea, 2009, 111 min.)
Set in a grim suburb of Seoul called Paju, a woman returns home after several years away to confront her brother-in-law about the mysterious death of her sister years ago.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 29, 7 p.m.

Directed by Lee Chang-dong
(South Korea, 2010, 139 min.)
A 60-something grandmother in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 22, 7 p.m.

(aka Disbelief Hell / Bool-sin-ji-ok)
Directed by Lee Yong-ju
(South Korea, 2009, 106 min.)
Hee-jin rushes home from college when her younger sister So-jin mysteriously disappears, but gets little help from her ultra-religious mother or the skeptical police. But when her neighbors start committing suicide in increasingly gruesome ways, it becomes clear that something supernatural is afoot.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 15, 7 p.m.

Secret Reunion
Directed by Jang Hun
(South Korea, 2010, 116 min.)
A North Korean spy and a South Korean spy chaser — former adversaries who were both abandoned by their countries — meet by chance years later and form a tense business partnership, each concealing their past identities from the other.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 8, 7 p.m.  


Directed by Pablo Trapero
(Argentina/Chile/France/South Korea, 2010, 107 min.)
This film noir thriller exposes the medical and legal industries that profit from the deaths of the more than 8,000 people killed every year in road accidents in Argentina.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., April 1

La Leyenda de la Nahuala
(The Legend of the Nahuala)
Directed by Ricardo Arnaiz
(Mexico, 2007, 78 min.)
In this animated children’s film, it is the Day of the Dead in Mexico and a 9-year-old boy must rescue his older brother who’s been captured by the ancient evil spirit Nahuala.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sat., April 16, 3 p.m.

Directed by Manuel García Ferré
(Argentina, 1999, 86 min.)
A young girl turtle who gets lost on a balloon trip in this animated tale based on a character that is as famous in Argentina as Winnie the Pooh is in the United States.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sat., April 30, 3 p.m.

Valentino y el Clan del Can
(Valentino and the “Can Clan”)
Directed by Wendy Ramos
(Peru, 2008, 105 min.)
Valentino is a brave puppy that gets separated from his family but makes new friends with the “Can Clan” on the street and joins the circus.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sat., April 23, 3 p.m.