Films – May 2011





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Son of Babylon
Directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji
(Iraq/U.K./France/Netherlands/UAE/Egypt/Palestine, 2010, 92 min.)
A willful young boy journeys across war-torn Iraq with his grandmother in search of the father who never returned from the Gulf War. (Arabic and Kurdish)
National Gallery of Art
Thu., May 12, 6:30 p.m.



Directed by Frantisek Vlácil
(Czechoslovakia, 1970, 99 min.)
After World War II, an ex-Czech soldier takes charge of a manor formerly owned by a German family and falls in love with the daughter, now a servant, against a backdrop of the bloody expulsion of Germans by the Czechoslovak government in the period after the war.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 14, 2:40 p.m.,
Sun., May 15, 7 p.m.

Marketa Lazarová
Directed by Frantisek Vlácil
(Czechoslovakia, 1967, 162 min.)
In 13th-century middle Europe, a young woman becomes embroiled in clan warfare, fought between adherents of the traditional, pagan belief system and those caught up in the fervor of the new faith, Christianity.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 1, 5 p.m.

Shadows of a Hot Summer
(Stíny horké ho lé ta)
Directed by Frantisek Vlácil
(Czechoslovakia, 1978, 100 min.)
In the days after the end of World War II, a Moravian farmhouse is occupied by a retreating band of Ukrainian guerillas, who until recently were resistance fighters battling the Nazis.
AFI Silver Theatre
May 28 to 30

Directed by Frantisek Vlácil
(Czechoslovakia, 1975, 50 min.)
In this children’s film set during World War II, a 12-year-old Czech boy risks losing his beloved wolfhound Sirius when the German army begins commandeering dogs for attack purposes.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 15, 3:15 p.m.,
Mon., May 16, 7 p.m.

Smoke on the Potato Fields
(Dy m bramborové nate)
Directed by Frantisek Vlácil
(Czechoslovakia, 1977, 95 min.)
A man, recently separated from his wife, returns to rural Czechoslovakia after many years living in France and forms a bond with an unmarried young pregnant woman who’s been kicked out by her mother.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 21, 12:30 p.m.,
Sun., May 22, 7:45 p.m.

Directed by Jaroslav Fuit
(Czech Republic, 2009, 88 min.)
A couple at a crossroads in their five-year relationship reflect on their future together when they go on holiday in Scandinavia.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., May 11, 8 p.m.

Valley of the Bees
(Údolí vcel)
Directed by Frantisek Vlácil
(Czechoslovakia, 1968, 97 min.)
Falling out with his father over the older man’s plans to marry a beautiful younger woman, a headstrong youngster is sent away to apprentice with a strict order of Teutonic knights on the Baltic coast in the Middle Ages.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 7, 3:20 p.m.,
Sun., May 8, 2:45 p.m.


The New Rijksmuseum
(Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum)
Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk
(Netherlands, 2009, 120 min.)
Ambition, dreams and red tape collide in this stirring documentary about renovating the Rijksmuseum museum. (Dutch, English and Spanish)
National Gallery of Art
Sun., May 29, 2 p.m.

Winter in Wartime
Directed by Martin Koolhoven
(Netherlands/Belgium, 2008, 103 min.)
Near the end of World War II, a 13-year-old boy becomes entangled with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. (Dutch, English and German)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


African Cats
Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey
(U.S., 2011, 89 min.)
This Disney-produced nature documentary captures the real-life love, humor and determination of two cat families as they teach their cubs the ways of the wild in the African savanna.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Directed by Taika Waititi
(New Zealand, 2010, 87 min.)
In Waihau Bay, New Zealand, an 11-year-old boy who lives on a farm — having imagined a heroic version of his absent father — comes face to face with the real version, an incompetent hoodlum who returned to find a bag of money he buried years before.
National Museum of the American Indian
Thu., May 12, 6:15 p.m.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Directed by Werner Herzog
(Canada/U.S./France/Germany/U.K., 2010, 90 min.)
Werner Herzog filmed this documentary inside the Chauvet caves of southern France — capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. (English and German)
Various area theaters

Directed by Joe Wright
(U.S./U.K./Germany, 2011)
A 16-year-old raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe while being tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (English and French)
Various area theaters

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
Through May 12

Lebanon, Pa.
Directed by Ben Hickernell
(U.S., 2010, 100 min.)
The cultural divide in America is exposed in this comedy drama that begins when a son, living in the big city, comes home to bury his father. (English, Arabic and Hebrew)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 13

Life Boat
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1944, 97 min.)
Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 14, 12:30 p.m.,
Tue., May 17, 9:15 p.m.,
Thu., May 19, 7 p.m.

Midsummer Dream
(El sueño de una noche de San Juan)
Directed by Ángel de la Cruz and Manolo Gómez
(Spain, 2005, 98 min.)
According to legend, once a year during the summer solstice, humans can pass through to the magic world of goblins and fairies, a peaceful and harmonious place where dreams come true.
Sun., May 22, 2 p.m.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1946, 101 min.)
Ingrid Bergman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America, to the dismay of American agent Cary Grant.
AFI Silver Theatre
May 20 to 25

The Paradine Case
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1947, 125 min.)
A happily married London barrister falls in love with the accused poisoner he is defending.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 22, 12:30 p.m.,
Mon., May 23, 8:45 p.m.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1948, 80 min.)
Two young men strangle their classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime.
AFI Silver Theatre
May 28 to June 2

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.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1942, 108 min.)
An aircraft factory worker goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 8, 12:30 p.m.,
Tue., May 10, 9:15 p.m.,
Wed., May 11, 9:15 p.m.

Directed by Todd Haynes
(U.K./U.S., 1995, 119 min.)
In an atmosphere of creeping dread beneath the complacent surfaces of suburbia, an affluent yet unexceptional homemaker develops a strange malady with no defined cause.|
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., May 2, 9:20 p.m.

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
Sat., May 7, 8:15 p.m.,
Wed., May 11, 7 p.m.,
Thu., May 12, 9:45 p.m.

A Small Act
Directed by Jennifer Arnold
(U.S., 2010, 88 min.)
As an impoverished boy in Kenya, Chris Mburu’s life was dramatically changed when an anonymous Swedish woman sponsored his education. Now a Harvard-educated human rights lawyer, he hopes to replicate the generosity and find the woman who helped him succeed. (English, Kikuyu and Swedish)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Thu., May 12, 6 p.m.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1945, 111 min.)
A female psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., May 13, 7 p.m.,
Wed., May 18, 9:15 p.m.,
Thu., May 19, 9:15 p.m.

Strangers on a Train
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1951, 101 min.)
Tennis champ Farley Granger meets mysterious, overly admiring Robert Walker on a train from New York and receives a startling proposal: Walker will kill Granger’s unfaithful wife in return for Granger killing Walker’s father.
AFI Silver Theatre
May 27 to June 2

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1941, 99 min.)
A shy young English woman marries a charming gentleman, but when he becomes cold and distant, she begins to suspect him of trying to kill her.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., May 2, 7:20 p.m.

Velvet Goldmine
Directed by Todd Haynes
(U.K./U.S., 1998, 124 min.)
Set in 1984, a rock journalist investigates the fate of a chameleonic, enigmatic star who faked his death onstage and may have assumed a new identity.
AFI Silver Theatre
May 7 to 9


The Aviator’s Wife
(La Femme de l’Aviateur)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1981, 104 min.)
A young law student suspects that his girlfriend is cheating on him, so he wanders Paris spying on her and her lover, attracting the attention of a curious teenager who eventually tags along.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 28, 4:45 p.m.,
Mon., May 30, 4:45 p.m.

Astrée and Celadon
(Les Amours d’Astrée et de Céladon)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France/Italy/Spain, 2007, 109 min.)
A young shepherd and shepherdess in idyllic outdoor settings face the ugly ramifications of their forbidden affair.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., May 29, 5 p.m.

Chloe in the Afternoon
(L’Amour l’Après-Midi)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1972, 97 min.)
Complications arise when a married businessman flirts with a sexy young bohemian woman who more than friendship or even a relationship — she wants to bear his child.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 21, 5:15 p.m.,
Sun., May 22, 3 p.m.,
Tue., May 24, 6:30 p.m.

Claire’s Knee
(Le Genou de Claire)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1970, 105 min.)
A recently engaged 35-year-old diplomat falls for a teenage girl and harbors an unquenchable desire to touch her knee, confiding his secret to a novelist friend.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 14, 4:45 p.m.,
Sun., May 15, 1 p.m.,
Tue., May 17, 7 p.m.

La Collectionneuse
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1967, 90 min.)
Crashing at a friend’s villa in sunny St. Tropez, two 20-something young men are driven to distraction by their sensuous younger neighbor — in Rohmer’s first color film.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 1, 1 p.m.

Eric Rohmer, Supporting Evidence
(Eric Rohmer, Preuves à l’Appui)
Directed by André Labarthe and Jean Douchet
(France, 1994, 60 min.)
This documentary finds the usually private and reticent auteur Eric Rohmer talking at great length about his life, his ideas and his work.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., May 7, 2:30 p.m.

A Good Marriage
(Le Beau Mariage)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1982, 97 min.)
Stung by the inevitable disappointment of affairs with married men, an art student resolves to find a husband of her own, selecting a dashing lawyer for the role after just one meeting.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 29, 12:45 p.m.,
Tue., May 31, 7 p.m.

(Les amours imaginaires)
Directed by Xavier Dolan
(Canada, 2010, 95 min.)
Three close friends are involved in a love triangle in this romance drama.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
(Canada/France, 2011, 130 min.)
A mother’s last wishes send her twins on a journey to their ancestral homeland in the Middle East in search of their tangled family roots, discovering a mother very different from they knew. (French, Arabic and English)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 6

The Lady and the Duke
(L’Anglaise et le Duc)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 2001, 129 min.)
A Scottish aristocrat and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides during the French Revolution.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., May 22, 4 p.m.

Mia and the Migoo
(Mia et le Migou)
Directed by Jacques-Rémy Girerd
(France/Italy, 2008, 91 min.)
In this animated children’s tale, a mother-less girl sets out on a journey across mountains and jungles to search for her father, who is trapped in a landslide at a remote construction site.
The Avalon Theatre

My Night at Maud’s
(Ma Nuit Chez Maud)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1969, 110 min.)
A devout Catholic moves to a provincial town and vows to marry a pretty blond he notices at mass, but during a sudden snowstorm, he finds himself spending the night with the recently divorced Maud.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 7, 1 p.m.,
Sun., May 8, 7:30 p.m.,
Tue., May 10, 7 p.m.

Directed by François Ozon
(France, 2010, 103 min.)
When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Princess of Montpensier
(La Princesse de Montpensier)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
(France/Germany, 2010, 139 min.)
A beautiful young aristocrat falls in love with one of the kingdom’s most intrepid heroes, but is already promised to a prince in this 16th-century France costume drama.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Queen to Play
Directed by Caroline Bottaro
(France/Germany, 2009, 97 min.)
A repressed French chambermaid living in Corsica becomes obsessed with learning to play chess and secretly hires an expat American tutor to help her play the game — in a move that spices up both their dull lives. (French and English)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 13

Rendezvous in Paris
(Les Rendez-vous de Paris)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1995, 100 min.)
Three stories of love and coincidence follow six characters on the verge of impulsive romantic entanglements in arcane corners of Paris.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., May 7, 4 p.m.

Triple Agent
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 2003, 100 min.)
This spy story set in France in the mid-1930s is loosely based on the unsettled case of a White Russian general in exile who duped not only the Soviets, Nazis and the French, but also his adoring Greek wife.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., May 21, 3:30 p.m.


The Marquise of O
(Die Marquise von O…)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(W. Germany/France, 1976, 103 min.)
As an Italian citadel falls during the Napoleonic wars, a virtuous governor’s daughter is saved from rape by a Russian officer but finds herself inexplicably pregnant and, as a result, cast off by her family. National Gallery of Art
Sun., May 8, 4:30 p.m.

Neukölln Unlimited
Directed by Agostino Imondi and Dietmar Ratsch
(Germany, 2010, 96 min.)
The lives of three talented siblings, children of Lebanese immigrants in Germany, are documented — at school, their apartment, and at their music and break-dancing competitions.
Mon., May 9, 6:30 p.m.

Pool of Princesses
Directed by Bettina Blümner
(German, 2006/07, 92 min.)
Three 15-year-old girls from different family backgrounds spend their summer together at a large open-air swimming pool in Berlin in this award-winning documentary.
Mon., May 16, 6:30 p.m.

Run if You Can
(Renn, wenn Du kannst)
Directed by Dietrich Brüggemann
(Germany, 2009, 116 min.)
Wheelchair-bound master’s student Ben meets Christian, who treats him like every other helper he’s had — but everything changes when the two fall in love with the same girl.
Mon., May 2, 6:30 p.m.

Directed by Dennis Todorovic
(Germany, 2009, 102 min.)
A closeted 19-year-old immigrant from Montenegro living in Cologne secretly falls in love with his piano teacher.
Mon., May 23, 6:30 p.m.


The Human Resources Manager
Directed by Eran Riklis
(Israel/Germany/France, 2010, 103 min.)
The HR manager of Israel’s largest industrial bakery sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article. (Hebrew, English and Romanian)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Lost Islands
Directed by Reshef Levy
(Israel, 2008, 103 min.)
In the 1980s, a large family living in Israel faces a crisis when the twin brothers fall in love with the same girl and one is drafted in the army while the other stays behind to care for his broken family.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., May 25, 8 p.m.


Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane
(India, 2010, 134 min.)
Rohan, 17, is expelled from boarding school and must return to his small industrial town and his authoritarian widowed father, abandoning his creative writing for work in the family steel factory.
Freer Gallery of Art
Thu., May 12, 6 p.m.


Death in Venice
(Morte a Venezia)
Directed by Luchino Visconti
(Italy/France, 1971, 130 min.)
A composer utterly absorbed in his work comes to Venice on vacation, pursues an infatuation with an adolescent boy, and faces a deadly pestilence. (English, Italian, Polish and French)
National Gallery of Art
Sun., May 15, 4 p.m.

Le Quattro Volte
Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino
(Italy/Germany/Switzerland, 2010, 88 min.)
Four-fold transmigration — by which the soul is passed from human to animal to vegetable to mineral — is lyrically dramatized via an aging goat herder who lives out his last days with his dog in a remote mountain village in southern Italy.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Directed by Kim Ki-young
(South Korea, 1984, 105 min.)
An incompetent executive with an inferiority complex engages in an unconventional love triangle with his successful wife and a young secretary.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., May 22, 2 p.m.

A Good Lawyer’s Wife
(Baramnan gajok)
Directed by Im Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2003, 104 min.)
A hit at the Korean box office, this dark, erotic drama features a housewife who, neglected by her philandering husband, embarks on an affair with a teenage neighbor.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 8, 4:45 p.m.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., May 7, 1 p.m.

The Housemaid
Directed by Im Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2010, 107 min.)
A patriarch’s affair with his family’s housemaid leads to a Hitchcockian escalating war of wills with dark consequences in this reimagining of the 1960 classic (see below).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., May 6, 7 p.m.

The Housemaid
Directed by Kim Ki-young
(South Korea, 1960, 111 min.)
Set in a rambling, claustrophobic house straight out of an Edgar Allan Poe tale, this gripping psychodrama stars an unhinged maid who seduces a mild-mannered composer and terrorizes his family.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., May 15, 2 p.m.

The President’s Last Bang
(Geuddae geusaramdeul)
Directed by Im Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2005, 102 min.)
This political thriller laced with black humor chronicles the life of President Park Chung-hee and the events leading up to his assassination in 1979 at the hands of the Korean CIA. (Korean and Japanese)
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., May 8, 2 p.m.

I Saw the Devil
(Akmareul boatda)
Directed by Kim Ji-woon
(South Korea, 2010, 143 min.)
When his pregnant fiancée becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 14, 9:30 p.m.,
Mon., May 16, 8:15 p.m.

Scandal Makers
Directed by Kang Hyung-chul
(South Korea, 2008, 108 min.)
A radio DJ’s swinging bachelor lifestyle screeches to a halt when a young woman shows up at his door claiming to be his daughter, along with a little boy she asserts is his grandson.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., May 23, 6:30 p.m.,
Wed., May 25, 6:30 p.m.

Woman of Fire ’82
(Hwanyeo ’82)
Directed by Kim Ki-young
(South Korea, 1982, 115 min.)
Kim Ki-young’s own horrifying remake of “The Housemaid” shifts the location to a chicken farm, where a newly hired maid seduces the owner and clashes with his wife.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., May 20, 7 p.m. 


Afghan Star

Directed by Havana Marketing
(Afghanistan/U.K., 2009, 87 min.)
After 30 years of Taliban and wartime rule, pop culture is creeping back into Afghanistan, though contestants still risk their lives to appear on an “American Idol” show. (Pashtu, Dari and English)
S. Dillon Ripley Center
Thu., May 12, 6:30 p.m. 


My Perestroika

(I diki mou perestroika)
Directed by Robin Hessman
(U.S./U.K./Russia, 2010, 88 min.)
A motley group of one-time classmates who grew up in Moscow during the years of the Soviet Union’s collapse — members of the last generation who came of age under communism — offer frank assessments about the era 20 years later.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., May 1, 5 p.m.



Directed by Aaron Schock
(Mexico/U.S., 2010, 75 min.)
A hardscrabble family-owned circus struggles to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences and simmering internal conflict in this documentary filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 6

Nostalgia for the Light
(Nostalgia de la luz)
Directed by Patricio Guzmán
(France/Germany/Chile, 2010, 90 min.)
In this documentary set in Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers search for distant galaxies, while Chilean women search for disappeared loved ones buried in the sand that keeps human remains intact. (Spanish and English)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sara La Espantapájaros
Directed by Jorge Vivanco Maldonado
(Ecuador, 2009, 72 min.)
The legends and traditions of the Ecuadoran town of Otavalo are brought to life in this live action children’s movie about a female scarecrow that longs to be free.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sat., May 7, 3 p.m.