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Films – October 2012















The Source
(La source des femmes)
Directed by Radu Mihaileanu
(Belgium/Italy/France, 2011, 135 min.)
The women of a patriarchal North African village threaten to withhold sex if their men refuse to fetch water from a remote well (opening night film of the 2012 Arabian Sights Film Festiva).
Embassy of France
Thu., Oct. 25


Directed by Helena Trestíková
(Czech Republic, 2010, 90 min.)
For 14 years, documentary director Helena Treštíková followed her subjects Katka, Lada and Jana through their world of drugs, prison, love and responsibility on the streets of Prague.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Oct. 10, 8 p.m.


247 Degrees Fahrenheit
Directed by Levan Bakhia
(Georgia, 2011, 87 min.)
Four friends plan to spend their weekend having fun at the cabin of Uncle Wade, and as one might expect when a group of twenty-somethings goes to a cabin in the woods together, things take a turn for the worse.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.

Directed by Paul China
(Australia, 2011, 80 min.)
A seedy bar owner hires a mysterious Croatian to murder an acquaintance over an unpaid debt, but a planned double-crossing backfires and an innocent waitress suddenly becomes involved.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 18. 9:30 p.m.

A Day with Tortoise
(Un día con Tortoise)
Directed by Sergio Castro San Martín
(Chile/U.S., 2011, 60 min.)
Chicago post-rock pioneers Tortoise reflect on their career and musical influences in this cinematic rock doc. (Spanish subtitles)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 6, 11:30 p.m.,
Mon., Oct. 8, 9:30 p.m.

The Holding
Directed by Susan Jacobson
(U.K., 2011, 89 min.)
Cassie Naylor killed her husband to protect her daughters from him. When a charming drifter shows up eight months later, Cassie’s terrible secret comes back to haunt her in the most horrifying way.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 11. 5 p.m.

How to Survive a Plague
Directed by David France
(U.S., 2012, 109 min.)
Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

A Little Bit Zombie
Directed by Casey Walker
(Canada, 2012, 87 min.)
Infected by a virus during his bachelor party, a mild-mannered HR manager attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire for brains and avoid the obsessed zombie hunter hot on his trail.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 13, 7:15 p.m.

Nazi Zombie Death Tales
Directed by Jim Eaves, Pat Higgins, Alan Ronald
(U.K., 2012, 98 min.)
Sex! Zombies! War! From the insane creators of the blood-soaked “Bordello Death Tales” comes this terrifying anthology set against the backdrop of World War II.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 11, 10 p.m.

Nightmare Factory
Directed by Donna Davies
(Canada, 2011, 93 min.)
This documentary explores the fascinating, high-stakes world of special FX makeup and creature design through the eyes of one of the industry’s key players, Greg Nicotero.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Oct. 16, 7 p.m.

The Other Dream Team
Directed by Marius A. Markevicius
(U.S., 2012, 91 min.)
This is the true story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, a group of trailblazing athletes who won the bronze at the Barcelona Olympics and left an indelible mark on history as symbols of democracy.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Oct. 5

Somewhere Between
Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton
(U.S., 2012, 88 min.)
“Somewhere Between” tells the intimate stories of four Chinese girls given to orphanages and eventually adopted by American families.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Oct. 12

Zero Killed
Directed by Michal Kosakowski
(Germany/Austria, 2012, 81 min.)
Between 1996 and 2007, Polish filmmaker Michal Kosakowski asked more than 160 people to act out their murder fantasies on camera. “Zero Killed” includes excerpts from the videos and follow-up interviews with participants.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 12, midnight


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’enfant d’en haut)
Directed by Ursula Meier
(France/Switzerland, 2012, 97 min.)
A young boy supports his wayward sister with petty-thieving at a post Swiss ski resort.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Oct. 17, 8.p.m.
West End Cinema
Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Oct. 19

Step up to the Plate
Directed by Paul Lacoste
(France, 2012, 90 min.)
Tradition, creativity and one of the most important transitions in the food world takes place as renowned French chef prepares to hand over the reigns of his culinary empire to his son Sébastien.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


(Hora proelefsis)
Directed by Syllas Tzoumerkas
(Greece, 2010, 105 min.)
In a country shaken by major political events, three generations of a Greek family clash over an inside-the-family adoption.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Oct. 3, 8 p.m.


Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful
Directed by Yuriko Gamo Romer
(U.S., 2012, 66 min.)
Throwing thousands of years of tradition to the wind, Keiko Fukuda chose to follow her own destiny and become the highest-ranking woman in judo.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Oct. 5, 7 p.m.


Beijing Flickers
Directed by Zhang Yuan
(China, 2012, 93 min.)
“Beijing Flickers” captures the vulnerability, energy, and romanticism of the new “lost generation” bypassed by China’s entry into the globalized market economy.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

Zombie 108
Directed by Joe Chien
(Taiwan, 2012, 88 min.)
After a catastrophic accident at a top-secret research lab, a deadly virus is released into Taipei and all hell breaks loose.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Oct. 17, 9:30 p.m.


Bel Borba Aqui
Directed by Burt Sun, Andre Costantini
(Brazil, 2012, 95 min.)
Known as “the People’s Picasso,” Brazil’s manic multimedia artist Bel Borba has plastered his hometown streets of Salvador de Bahia with colorful folk art for the past 35 years.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Oct. 8, 9:15 p.m.

Beyond the Grave
(Portos Dos Mortos)
Directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro
(Brazil, 2010, 87 min.)
In a devastated post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness, a vengeful police officer searched for a possessed serial killer (Portuguese, Japanese and Guarani).
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

Father’s Chair
(A cadeira do pai)
Directed by Luciano Moura
(Brazil, 2012, 93 min.)
When his 15-year-old son disappears, having sold all of his belongings and left town on a newly acquired black stallion, a successful São Paolo doctor goes to great lengths not only to find his son, but to rediscover himself.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 5, 9:30 p.m.,
Mon., Oct. 8, 7:10 p.m.

Directed by José Henrique Fonseca
(Brazil, 2011, 107 min.)
Legendary 1940s Brazilian soccer star Heleno de Freitas dreamed of bringing home a World Cup for Brazil. But World War II cancelled two tournaments, and his declining health dashed his hopes in the postwar years.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 4, 5 p.m.

Nervo Craniano Zero
Directed by Paulo Biscaia Filho
(Brazil, 2012, 88 min.)
Author Bruna Bloch fears failure and enlists the services of a doctor who’s invented a chip that, once installed in a brain nerve, causes nonstop creativity — and eventually nonstop terror.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 18, 7 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


Las Acacias
Directed by Pablo Giorgelli
(Argentina/Spain, 2011, 82 min.)
A truck driver and his passenger, who’s moving to the city to start a new life with her 5-month-old daughter, engage in an extended conversation on a road trip from rural Paraguay to Buenos Aires.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 6, 11:05 a.m.,
Tue., Oct. 9, 5:05 a.m.

Anna’s Struggle
(La lucha de ana)
Directed by Bladimir Abud
(Dominican Republic/Mexico, 2011, 90 min.)
Anna ekes out a living selling flowers at the local market to care for her only son. But when he gets caught up in a drug deal gone wrong, Anna takes on a corrupt judicial system and an apathetic society to bring her son’s murderer to justice.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 5, 9:45 p.m.,
Sun., Oct. 7, 9 p.m.

(Nosilatiaj. La belleza)
Directed by Daniela Seggiaro
(Argentina., 2012, 83 min.)
The demanding family that employs a silently suffering maid in Argentina’s Wichí community insist she get a makeover, forcing her to cut off her flowing black hair — the pride of Wichí women (Spanish and Wichí Lhamtés Vejoz).
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Oct. 1, 7:20 p.m.

Directed by Dominic Allan
(Nicaragua/Costa Rica/U.S./U.K./France, 2011, 86 min.)
Now a successful artist who’s happily married in Nicaragua, Jean Marc Calvet, a former street hustler in Nice, is haunted by guilt and the memory of the wife and son he left behind in France (Spanish, French and English).
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m.

La Casa del Ritmo: A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles
Directed by Javier Andrade
(Ecuador, 2012, 98 min.)
This is the story of how five friends from Caracas came together and caught their big break to become Venezuela’s innovative, chart-topping acid jazz/disco-funk combo (Spanish and English).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat. Oct. 6, 9:30 p.m.,
Sun., Oct. 7, 9:30 p.m.

Check Mate
(Jaque Mate)
Directed by José María Cabral
(Dominican Republic, 2012, 80 min.)
Popular game show host David Hernandez seems to have it all, until a deranged caller informs the host and television audience that he is holding David’s family hostage, making them the stars in a demented reality show.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 5, 11:30 p.m.,
Tue., Oct. 9, 9:40 p.m.

Directed by Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
(Colombia, 2011, 80 min.)
In an impoverished Afro-Colombian village, Chocó ekes out a meager existence for herself and two children, no thanks to her drunk gambler husband — until one day Chocó decides to put an end to the deprivations her husband visits upon her.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Oct. 3, 5 p.m.

Clandestine Childhood
(Infancia clandestine)
Directed by Benjamín Ávila
(Argentina/Spain/Brazil, 2012, 108 min.)
During the Argentine junta of the late 1970s, 12-year-old Juan goes through the typical ups and downs of adolescence but lives under an assumed name, because his parents are undercover insurgents.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 5, 7:15 p.m.,
Sat., Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

Collesieum: The Champions
(Coliseo: Los Campeones)
Directed by Alejandro Rossi
(Peru/Cuba, 2011, 92 min.)
His parent’s Lima tent show threatened with closure, a strong-willed young dance impresario makes a bid to save the business by entering the national Huaylarsh dance pageant.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 5, 5:15 p.m.,
Sat., Oct. 6, 11:10 a.m.

The Delay
(La Demora)
Directed by Rodrigo Plá
(Uruguay/Mexico/France, 2012, 94 min.)
A hard-working single mom who barely has a moment to herself between work, children and her senile 80-year-old father makes a desperate move to remedy her increasingly untenable position.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Oct. 7, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m.

Directed by Sergio Ramírez
(Guatemala, 2011, 75 min.)
Based on a true story, Tomás Choc last saw his daughter 20 years ago, when she was kidnapped during the Guatemalan civil war, but he always held out hope, keeping a diary of his years of adversity and survival to one day share with her (Spanish and Maya dialects).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Oct. 7, 12:30 p.m.,
Wed., Oct. 10, 6:15 p.m.

The Fantastic World of Juan Orol
(El fantástico mundo de Juan Orol)
Directed by Sebastián del Amo
(Mexico, 2011, 90 min.)
A clever camp homage to B-movie schlock Juan Orol, this film playfully explores the Mexican filmmaker’s cult legacy.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Oct. 2, 9:30 p.m.,
Thu., Oct. 4. 9:30 p.m.

Here and There
(Aquí y allá)
Directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza
(Spain/U.S./Mexico, 2012, 110 min.)
After years of working odd jobs in the U.S., Pedro returns home to his mountain village in Mexico, where he is a stranger in his own home.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 4, 7:10 p.m.

Juan of the Dead
(Juan de los muertos)
Directed by Alejandro Brugués
(Cuba/Spain, 2011, 94 min.)
After a zombie plague breaks out in Havana, lazybones Juan becomes an entrepreneur, starting a zombie disposal business that mercifully (though not gently) puts your loved ones out of their walking-dead misery.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 5, 11:45 p.m.,
Sat., Oct. 6, 11:45 p.m.

As Luck Would Have It
(La chispa de la vida)
Directed by Álex de la Iglesia
(Spain/France/U.S., 2011, 95 min.)
A one-time advertising wunderkind is now desperate for a job. Things get worse when he stumbles over a guardrail at Cartagena’s excavated Roman amphitheater, impaling himself on an iron rod. The media swarms to cover his plight, but will the money follow?
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Oct. 9, 7:15 p.m.

El Medico: The Cubaton Story
Directed by Daniel Fridell
(Cuba/Sweden, 2011, 85 min.)
Communism and capitalism clash in this multifaceted musical documentary, as a Cuban doctor who raps as El Medico and his European music producer fight over the way to the top of the Cubaton music scene (Spanish, English and Swedish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 4, 9:45 p.m.

One Love
(Un amor)
Directed by Paula Hernández
(Argentina, 2011, 99 min.)
Memories of a lazy summer, first love and awakened desires come flooding back when Bruno, Lisa and Lalo meet for the first time in 30 years.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Héctor Ferreiro
(Bolivia/Mexico, 2011, 88 min.)
A La Paz shoeshine boy gets caught up in a demonstration by indigenous people over land rights and oil drilling and is led to safety by a mysterious woman, who takes him to a dream world version of Bolivia high in the Andes (Spanish and Aymara).
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Oct. 1, 9:30 p.m.,
Wed., Oct. 3, 9:40 p.m.

The Return
(El regreso)
Directed by Hernan Jimenez
(Costa Rica, 2011, 95 min.)
After a decade in New York, Antonio begrudgingly returns to his family home in Costa Rica, where he finds his father’s health in decline and his sister a struggling single mother. But a chance encounter with an old childhood friend might give him a reason to stick around.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Oct. 7, 11:05 a.m.,
Mon, Oct. 8, 5:15 p.m.

A Secret World
(Un mundo secreto)
Directed by Gabriel Mariño
(Mexico, 2012, 87 min.)
Troubled Mexico City teen Maria is a lone wolf whose oddly placid demeanor — including passively consenting to sex with seemingly anyone who asks — conceals a roiling emotional interior.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.,
Sun., Oct. 7, 5 p.m.

La Sirga
Directed by William Vega
(Colombia/France/Mexico, 2012, 88 min.)
Alicia arrives at her aunt and uncle’s ramshackle inn, La Sirga, by a lake high in the Colombian Andes, and by day assists the couple in fixing up the inn, while by night, she sleepwalks.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Oct. 3, 9:30 p.m.,
Sat., Oct. 6, 1 p.m.

Violeta Went to Heaven
(Violeta se fue a los cielos)
Directed by Andrés Wood
(Chile/Argentina/Brazil/Spain, 2012, 110 min.)
This biopic of the influential folksinger and political activist Violeta Parra features an electrifying, charismatic performance by Francisca Gavilán (Spanish and French).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 6, 5:15 p.m.,
Sun., Oct. 7, 2:45 p.m.