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Films – September 2013

Films – September 2013

Film Highlight

film.box.menzel.storyOscar-Winning Director Heads to D.C.

The Czech Embassy presents a weeklong series of events from Sept. 13 to 17 with Oscar-winning Czech director Jiří Menzel, including an evening with Menzel at the Czech Embassy, screenings and discussions of his film classics at the National Gallery of Art, an informal screening at the Czech restaurant Bistro Bohem, as well as the local premiere of his new film “Don Juans (Donšajni)” at the AFI Silver Theatre. The special series marks the year of Menzel’s 75th birth. See film listings for details.



















Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
(Saudi Arabia/Germany, 2012, 98 min.)
An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Opens Fri., Sept. 27


The Grandmaster
(Yi dai zong shi)
Directed by Wong Kar Wai
(Hong Kong/China, 2013, 109 min.)
This epic action feature inspired by the life of legendary kung fu master Ip Man spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Closely Watched Trains
(Ostre sledované vlaky)
Directed by Jiří Menzel
(Czechoslovakia, 1966, 91 min.)
A young man develops a crush on a young conductor while working in a train station in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II in this coming-of-age black comedy (Menzel appears in person as part of “A Day with Jiří Menzel).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 14, 2 p.m.

Cutting It Short
Directed by Jiří Menzel
(Czechoslovakia, 1981, 93 min.)
Share a brew with the director himself, watching his humorous tale based on the writing of Bohumil Hrabal and his childhood in Nymburk’s brewery in the 1920s.
Bistro Bohem
Tue., Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

Don Juans
Directed by Jiří Menzel
(Czech Republic, 2013, 100 min.)
When a small-town opera company mounts a production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” passions run high both on stage and behind the scenes in the latest film from the Czech New Wave director (Menzel in person).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 15, 5 p.m.

Larks on a String
(Skrivánci na niti)
Directed by Jiří Menzel
(Czechoslovakia, 1969, 96 min.)
Set on the scrapheap of Czech culture in the early 1950s following the Communist takeover, a group of “bourgeois,” including a saxophonist and professor, are sent to work at an industrial junkyard in order to be “rehabilitated” (Menzel appears in person as part of “A Day with Jiří Menzel).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 14, 4 p.m.


Directed by Michael Noer
(Denmark, 2013, 91 min.)
A teenager leaves his low-paying local burglary jobs for a more connected gangster to help care for his mom and younger siblings.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Sept. 10, 7 p.m.,
Thu., Sept. 12, 9:20 p.m.

Directed by Tobias Lindholm
(Denmark, 2010, 99 min.)
After being sentenced to two years behind bars, two inmates initiate an in-house drug smuggling operation, earning them a place in the prisoner hierarchy and the enmity of their rivals (Danish and Arabic).
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Sept. 9, 9:30 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 11, 7 p.m.


The Act of Killing
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark/Norway/U.K., 2012, 116 min.)
In this chilling and inventive documentary, the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love (English and Indonesian).
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Sept. 4, 8 p.m.

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
(U.S., 1929, 80 min.)
Torch-singer Helen Morgan is cast as a blowsy, washed-up, burlesque queen who forfeits everything for her daughter.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 28, 2 p.m.

Directed by Jerusha Hess
(U.K./U.S., 2013, 96 min.)
A single young woman with an unhealthy obsession with all things Jane Austen desperately seeks her own Mr. Darcy, so she sinks her life savings into a trip to England to stay at an Austen theme manor where actors court the lady visitors.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Blood and Sand
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
(U.S., 1941, 123 min.)
Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 29, 4 p.m.

BMX Bandits
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
(Australia, 1983, 88 min.)
Fun-loving teens stumble upon a cache of police walkie-talkies and make a quick buck selling them to the kids in their neighborhood. But the walkie-talkies were stolen property, and the gang of bank robbers who stashed them fail to appreciate the irony of some snot-nosed kids stealing them.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Sept. 7, 11:05 a.m. and 9:15 p.m.,
Sun., Sept. 8, 11:05 a.m.

Closed Circuit
Directed by John Crowley
(U.K./U.S., 2013, 96 min.)
A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team — testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their
lives in jeopardy.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Cutie and the Boxer
Directed by Zachary Heinzerling
(U.S., 2013, 82 min.)
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, who is anxious to establish her own identity (English and Japanese).
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Dead End Drive-In
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
(Australia, 1986, 92 min.)
Following the collapse of the world economy, crime waves sweep Australia, reducing the country to a police state. Drive-ins lure unemployed young people with the promise of a world free of adult supervision, with plenty of junk food, drugs and bad movies — becoming gated teenage concentration camps.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Sept. 6, 9:45 p.m.,
Sat., Sept. 7, 7:15 p.m.,
Mon., Sept. 9, 7:10 p.m.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
(U.S., 2011, 100 min.)
The story of a mechanic and Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver has a romantic fatalism and workaday criminal portrayal that aligns with other Nordic noir films, even if it has migrated to sunnier climes and taken on a neon glow.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.,
Mon., Sept. 16, 9:15 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 18, 9:15 p.m.

The Family
Directed by Luc Besson
(U.S./France, 2013)
A notorious mafia clan is relocated to France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Opens Fri., Sept. 13

I Give It a Year
Directed by Dan Mazer
(U.K., 2013, 97 min.)
Starting where other romantic comedies finish, “I Give It a Year” lifts the veil on the realities of the first year of a marriage between a high-flyer and struggling novelist that no one thinks will last.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Inequality for All
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth
(U.S., 2013)
This documentary follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Opens Fri., Sept. 27

Lilya 4-Ever
(Lilja 4-ever)
Directed by Lukas Moodysson
(Sweden/Denmark, 2002, 109 min.)
Estonian teen Lilya had to scrape by in the early years of post-Soviet independence, and grew up fast after her mother leaves for the U.S., turning to prostitution. When she’s offered the chance for a new life in Sweden, she happily leaps at the chance. But things quickly go from bad to worse, with Lilya soon denied her very personhood (English, Russian, Swedish and Polish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Sept. 17, 9:15 p.m.

Love Me Tonight
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
(U.S., 1932, 96 min.)
A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 28, 4 p.m.

Museum Hours
Directed by Jem Cohen
(Austria/U.S., 2012, 106 min.)
In the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna, a philosophical museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor who has never been to Vienna before gradually become friends as he helps her with translation, muses on the artwork, and introduces her to some of the sights.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Road Games
Directed by Richard Franklin
(Australia, 1981, 101 min.)
On long hauls through the outback, trucker Pat Quid talks to himself and to his pet dingo and invents “road games” to pass the time. But after he catches a highway serial killer in the act, Quid is framed for the murder.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 1, 8:15 p.m.,
Mon., Sept. 2, 9:45 p.m.

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Directed by Lewis John Carlino
(U.S./U.K., 1976, 105 min.)
Kris Kristofferson stars as a sailor who falls in love with a widow, whose troubled 13-year-old son has taken to spying on her through a peephole between their bedrooms, enthralled by a psychopathic classmate’s half-baked Nietzschean philosophy of rebelling against phony adults through acts of cruelty.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 27, 7 p.m.

Smilla’s Sense of Snow
Directed by Bille August
(Denmark/Germany/Sweden, 1997, 121 min.)
A lonely Copenhagener suspects foul play after the death of her neighbor, a neglected Inuit boy (English and Inuktitut).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 1 to Sept. 5


Eight Deadly Shots
(Kahdeksan surmanluotia)
Directed by Mikko Niskanen
(Finland, 1972, 336 min.)
Based on true events, a poor tenant farmer, his way of life rapidly vanishing amid Finland’s postwar industrial modernization, shoots four policemen sent to his house to investigate a drunken domestic disturbance.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 8, 1 p.m.

Directed by Tapio Piirainen
(Finland, 2003, 128 min.)
Kai Lehtinen returns to Finland to discover that his ex-girlfriend has been killed in a suspicious fire, while an inspector investigates the seemingly unrelated murder of a protestor at Helsinki’s World Bank meeting.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Sept. 7, 11 a.m.
Mon., Sept. 9, 7 p.m.


Le Joli Mai
Directed by Chris Marker and Pierre L’homme
(France, 1963, 163 min.)
As the war with Algeria was coming to an end, the filmmakers took to the streets of Paris, capturing more than 50 hours of interviews with passersby on the “meaning of happiness.”
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m.

Mademoiselle Chambon
Directed by Stéphane Brizé
(France, 2009)
A man with a loving wife and son volunteers as to work with his son’s homeroom teacher Madamoiselle Chambon and starts to fall for her delicate and elegant charm.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Opens Fri., Sept. 27

Le Petit Soldat
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France, 1963, 88 min.)
During the Algerian war for independence from France, a French deserter-turned-photographer living in Geneva falls for a young woman mixed up with the Algerian liberationists, though each may have different political loyalties.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 7, 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Régis Roinsard
(France, 2012, 111 min.)
In 1958, 21-year-old Rose seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife, until she becomes a secretary for a charismatic insurance agency boss who aims to turn her into the fastest typist in the world (French, English and German).
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 13

Rust and Bone
(De rouille et d’os)
Directed by Jacques Audiard
(France/Belgium, 2012, 115 min.)
A whale trainer who loses her legs in a tragic accident meets an itinerant father with little time for pity who helps her find the courage to go on living.
La Maison Française
Tue., Sept. 10, 7 p.m.

(Thérèse Desqueyroux)
Directed by Claude Miller
(France, 2012, 110 min.)
The final film of director Claude Miller is set in the beautiful pinewoods of southwest France, where a well-off woman in the 1920s marries her neighbor to join their estates and finds herself suffocating in her provincial marriage.


(Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland)
Directed by Yasemin Samdereli
(Germany, 2010, 101 min.)
One evening, the grandfather of a Turkish family living in Germany surprises his loved ones with the news that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants to take everyone back “home” with him, sparking a journey full of memories, arguments and reconciliations (German and Turkish).
Thu., Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Hannah Arendt
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
(Germany, 2012, 113 min.)
Barbara Sukowa stars in this new biopic of Hannah Arendt, the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist whose reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.”
Mon., Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Marianne and Juliane
(Die bleierne Zeit)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
(Germany, 1981, 107 min.)
Born during World War II in Germany, sisters Marianne and Juliane grew up during the “leaden times” of the 1950s, both fighting for social change during the 1960s, but by different means.
Mon., Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Rosa Luxemburg
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
(Germany, 1985, 123 min.)
Barbara Sukowa stars in this poignant dramatization of the personal and political struggles of Spartacist leader Rosa Luxemburg, whose passionate pursuit of justice caused her to be imprisoned in Germany and Poland throughout her life and murdered in 1919.
Mon., Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m.

(Vision – Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
(Germany, 2009, 111 min.)
Twelfth-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard von Bingen was a Christian mystic, author, counselor, naturalist, scientist, philosopher, physician, poet, visionary, composer and polymath who has only slowly emerged from the shadows of history as an extraordinary agent of faith and change.
Mon., Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Emanuele Crialese
(Italy/France, 2011, 88 min.)
On a seemingly idyllic Sicilian island, 20-year-old Filippo lives with his mother and grandfather, an old-time fisherman who clings to traditional ways. One day the two men encounter a raft of desperate illegal immigrants and save a drowning pregnant woman and her son, creating a moral dilemma for the family who must decide whether to hide the survivors or turn them in. (Italian, Sicilian and Amharic).
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 6


The Makioka Sisters
Directed by Kon Ichikawa
(Japan, 1983, 140 min.)
Four adult sisters face their tradition-bound family’s uncertain future in the years leading up to World War II.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 22, 2 p.m.

Sound of the Mountain
(Yama no oto)
Directed by Mikio Naruse
(Japan, 1954, 96 min.)
The patriarch of a lower middle-class Tokyo family whose son is openly cheating on his dutiful, long-suffering wife goes to increasingly greater lengths to tear his son away from his longtime mistress.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.

Woman in the Dunes
(Suna no onna)
Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
(Japan, 1964, 123 min.)
In this existential allegory, an amateur entomologist exploring a remote village is offered shelter in a woman’s home at the bottom of a vast sandpit. In the morning, he must join the woman in the Sisyphean task of clearing the sand that falls into the pit every day to prevent the village from being buried.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 8, 2 p.m.


They’ll Come Back
(Eles Voltam)
Directed by Marcelo Lordello
(Brazil, 2013, 100 min.)
This modern fable about independence and identity is set in rugged northwestern Brazil.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9


A Page of Madness
(Kurutta ippêji)
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa
(Japan, 1926, 59 min.)
Ostensibly the story of a man who takes a job as a janitor in a mental hospital to look after his insane wife, this avant-garde silent film marshals all manner of radical techniques to render the world of the mentally ill in clashing, hallucinatory images.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 20, 7 p.m.


Directed by Alfredo Soderguit
(Uruguay/Colombia, 2013, 80 min.)
A young girl with a triple palindrome name must endure a weeklong suspension after a schoolyard fight, and ultimately learn a lesson in friendship and acceptance.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Body
(El cuerpo)
Directed by Oriol Paulo
(Spain, 2012, 108 min.)
Detectives search for a body that has gone missing from the morgue.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Omar Forero
(Peru, 2013, 75 min.)
In this charming story, a fresh-faced elementary school teacher is sent to a remote school in the Andes mountains.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Cleaner
(El limpiador)
Directed by Adrian Saba
(Peru, 2013, 95 min.)
A forensic cleaner reluctantly takes in a young orphan in the midst of a deadly epidemic in this gentle apocalyptic drama.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Dead Man and Being Happy
(El muerto y ser feliz)
Directed by Javier Rebollo
(Spain/France/Argentina, 2013, 92 min.)
This screwball road movie follows a cancer-stricken hitman.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón
(Germany/Guatemala/Spain/Chile, 2012, 80 min.)
A couple makes a documentary in a village of indigenous people in Guatemala’s back country, chronicling the villagers’ recollections of the conflict and subsequent disappearances of their family members in 1982.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Edificio Royale
Directed by Iván Wild
(Colombia, 2013, 90 min.)
This black comedy centers on a decaying building in Colombia and its Tom Cruise-obsessed residents.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Future
(Il futuro)
Directed by Alicia Scherson
(Italy/Chile/Germany/Spain, 2013, 94 min.)
In Rome, two teen siblings, newly orphaned, discover the dangers of sudden adulthood.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

A Gun in Each Hand
(Una pistola en cada mano)
Directed by Cesc Gay
(Spain, 2012, 95 min.)
A series of comedic, interconnected vignettes trace the misadventures of a group of 40-something men.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Eduard Cortés
(Spain/Argentina, 2012, 111 min.)
This rollicking caper details the stranger-than-fiction staged robbery of Eva Perón’s jewels in 1950s Madrid.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Carlos Lechuga
(Cuba/France/Panama, 2013, 80 min.)
A young couple struggles to get by when their village sugar mill is shut down.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

No Autumn, No Spring
(Sin otoño, sin primavera)
Directed by Iván Mora Manzano
(Ecuador/Colombia/France, 2013, 115 min.)
A punk ballad, this kaleidoscopic film explores the lives, loves and losses of Guayaquil City youths.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Once Upon a Time in Bolivia
(Erase una vez en Bolivia)
Directed by Patrick Cordova
(Bolivia, 2012, 81 min.)
This micro-budget road movie is set against the backdrop of the 2003 Bolivian gas conflict.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury
(Rio 2096: Uma História de Amor e Fúria)
Directed by Luiz Bolognesi
(Brazil, 2013, 98 min.)
This striking, visionary animated film explores 600 years of Brazilian history through the eyes of a single character reincarnated across the
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

So Much Water
(Tanta agua)
Directed by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge
(Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands/Germany, 2013, 102 min.)
A 14-year old is forced to spend time with her family when a rainstorm ruins their vacation.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Sofia and the Stubborn Man
(Sofía y el Terco)
Directed by Andrés Burgos
(Colombia, 2012, 75 min.)
A long-suffering married woman decides to strike out on her own and have an adventure.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Swimming Pool
(La piscina)
Directed by Carlos Quintela
(Cuba/Spain/Venezuela, 2013, 65 min.)
In this day in the life of a public swimming pool in Cuba, five disabled teens take swimming lessons.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Thesis on a Homicide
(Tesis sobre un homicidio)
Directed by Hernán Goldfrid
(Argentina/Spain, 2013, 106 min.)
A criminal law specialist believes one of his students committed a brutal murder and begins an investigation.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Matías Piñeiro
(Argentina/U.S., 2013, 65 min.)
This spritely adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is set among contemporary Buenos Aires hipsters.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9


Directed by Axel Petersén
(Sweden, 2011, 79 min.)
A 60-year-old party promoter has high hopes pinned to the opening of the new nightclub Avalon, but after an accidental death occurs on the property, he becomes embroiled in the cover-up.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Sept. 5, 7 p.m.

Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesaret’s Lake
(Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö)
Directed by Martin Asphaug
(Sweden, 2005, 95 min.)
In 1960s small-town Sweden, a pretty substitute teacher comes to school — nicknamed Kim Novak by the boys — and a 14-year-old boy’s world brightens considerably… until a horrible murder occurs.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 1, 1:20 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 4, 7 p.m.

The Last Contract
(Sista kontraktet)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden/Norway/Finland, 1998, 115 min.)
The still-unsolved case of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme’s murder — gunned down on the streets of Stockholm, as he and his wife walked side by side — is the chilling subject of this speculative crime fiction, a conspiracy theory thriller reminiscent of Oliver Stone’s “JFK” (Swedish and English).
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Sept. 3, 7 p.m.

Slim Susie
Directed by Ulf Malmros
(Sweden, 2003, 97 min.)
A man returns home after his sister goes missing and finds his hometown not the sleepy country village of his youth.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Sept. 16, 7 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 18, 7 p.m.