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Films – July 2014














Directed by Pang Ho-cheung
(Hong Kong, 2014, 96 min.)
In the town of Aberdeen, a family mourns the loss of its matriarch, with each member struggling to accept the truths of his or her own life.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 18, 7 p.m.

Mr. Vampire
(Goeng Si Sin Sang)
Directed by Ricky Lau
(Hong Kong, 1985, 96 min.)
A feng shui expert and his bungling assistant make the mistake of agreeing to rebury a rich man’s corpse and find themselves under assault by hordes of hopping vampires (screens with “Rigor Mortis”).
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 27, 1 p.m.

Rigor Mortis
(Goeng Si)
Directed by Juno Mak
(Hong Kong, 2013, 105 min.)
A depressed former movie star moves into a cheap apartment building with the intention of committing suicide but soon discovers that the building and its inhabitants are in thrall to supernatural forces (screens with “Mr. Vampire”).
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 27, 3:30 p.m.

The White Storm
Directed by Benny Chan
(Hong Kong, 2013, 134 min.)
Two cops on the narcotics beat work with their longtime friend whose years of undercover assignments are starting to fray his nerves. When the team’s attempt to bust a drug kingpin in Thailand goes horribly wrong, the consequences are dire, and their bond becomes a rivalry.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 20, 2 p.m.


 The African Queen
Directed by John Huston
(U.K./U.S., 1951, 105 min.)
Fate, in the form of World War I and an invading German army, throws Katharine Hepburn’s starched and stiff-backed British missionary aboard seedy Canadian Humphrey Bogart’s decrepit, titular riverboat.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 4 to 10

Code Black
Directed by Ryan McGarry
(U.S., 2013, 82 min.)
Amidst real life-and-death situations, physician Ryan McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training at an inner-city ER as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system.
Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., July 11

The Fall of the Roman Empire
Directed by Anthony Mann
(U.S., 1964, 203 min.)
Alec Guinness gives noble bearing to his performance as Marcus Aurelius in Anthony Mann’s epic account of Rome’s twilight.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 20, 1 p.m.

A Farewell to Arms
Directed by Frank Borzage
(U.S., 1932, 80 min.)
Visionary romanticist Frank Borzage directed the screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel, chronicling the love affair between a wounded volunteer ambulance driver and the nurse attending him.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 6 to 10

Father Brown aka The Detective
Directed by Robert Hamer
(U.K., 1954, 91 min.)
After being robbed en route from London to Rome, Father Brown sets to solving the crime, hoping to save not only the Church’s precious relic but a soul to boot.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 13 to 17

Great Expectations
Directed by David Lean
(U.K., 1946, 118 min.)
Orphan lad Pip struggles to get by until an unknown benefactor provides him a generous allowance in David Lean’s beloved Charles Dickens adaptation.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 3 to 9

A Hard Day’s Night
Directed by Richard Lester
(U.K., 1964, 87 min.)
This film, in which John, Paul, George, and Ringo play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captures the astonishing moment when the Beatles officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation.
West End Cinema
Opens Fri., July 4

Henry IV Part II – Royal Shakespeare Company
Directed by Gregory Doran
(U.K., 2014, 170 min.)
King Henry’s health is failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface, but he is uncertain that Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than the responsibility of rule.
West End Cinema
Mon., July 14, 7 p.m.,
Sat., July 19, 11 a.m.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Directed by Steven Spielberg
(U.S., 1084, 118 min.)
After jumping out of a plane over the Himalayas without the aid of parachutes, the famed archeologist adventurer sets out to rescue Indian village children enslaved by a death cult.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 4 to 10

Ivory Tower
Directed by Andrew Rossi
(U.S., 2014, 90 min.)
As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), the documentary “Ivory Tower” asks: Is college worth the cost?
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Journey’s End
Directed by James Whale
(U.S./U.K., 1930, 120 min.)
James Whale’s adaptation of fellow British World War I vet R.C. Sherriff’s hit play delivers an authoritative account of life in the trenches — long stretches of boredom and claustrophobia punctuated by cataclysmic violence, with camaraderie as the best defense against soul-destroying fear.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 25, 11:30 a.m.,
Mon., July 28, 7 p.m.

Kind Hearts and Coronets
Directed by Robert Hamer
(U.K., 1949, 106 min.)
There are eight D’Ascoyne heirs ahead of Louis Mazzini in the line of succession to the Chalfont Dukedom, and Mazzini’s methodical murderousness makes Shakespeare’s Richard III look like a lazybones.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 11 to 16

Directed by Sebastian Junger
(U.S./Italy/Afghanistan, 2014, 85 min.)
“Korengal” picks up where the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Restrepo” left off: the same men, the same valley in Afghanistan, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Ladykillers
Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
(U.K., 1955, 91 min.)
Alec Guinness poses as a mild-mannered music professor to rent a room from a sweet old lady, whose home is the perfect hideout for his eccentric gang of thieves.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 27, 11:10 a.m.,
Tue., July 29, 9 p.m.

Last Holiday
Directed by Henry Cass
(U.K., 1950, 88 min.)
Newly diagnosed with a terminal disease, a quiet, unassuming man opts to go out on a high note, withdrawing all his savings and booking himself into a posh hotel and takes risks for the first time in his life.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 19, 2 p.m.,
Tue., July 22, 7 p.m.

The Lavender Hill Mob
Directed by Charles Crichton
(U.K., 1951, 81 min.)
With no promotion in sight, a deliveryman is fed up after 20 years of faithful service to his gold-trading firm and hatches a plan to boost £1 million in gold bullion, which will be melted and molded into Eiffel Tower souvenirs.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 25 to 31

Lawrence of Arabia
Directed by David Lean
(U.K., 1962, 231 min.)
An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero to charlatan, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 4, 1:15 p.m.,
Sat., July 5, 1:15 p.m.

The Man in the White Suit
Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
(U.K., 1951, 85 min.)
Garment industry workers try to discredit an amateur inventor who’s come up with a wondrous fabric that can’t wear out or stain.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 26 to 31

A Most Wanted Man
Directed by Anton Corbijn
(U.K./U.S./Germany, 2014, 121 min.)
When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest in him.
Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., July 25

The Mudlark
Directed by Jean Negulesco
(U.K./U.S., 1950, 99 min.)
Enchanted by a cameo of Queen Victoria, a street urchin or “mudlark” sneaks into Windsor Castle and helps the sequestered queen reconnect with the world.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 18 to 24

Oliver Twist
Directed by David Lean
(U.K., 1948, 116 min.)
Orphan Oliver Twist runs away from workhouse drudgery for life on the London streets and falls in with a gang of young pickpockets.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., July 3, 12 p.m.,
Tue., July 8, 4:30 p.m.,
Thu., July 10, 4:30 p.m.

Paths of Glory
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.S., 1957, 88 min.)
Ordered to storm a German stronghold that holds little strategic value, French colonel Kirk Douglas’s troops take heavy losses and retreat under fire, while the top brass demand blood, covering up their own misdeeds and vainglorious motives.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 12 to 17

Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
(France/Germany, 1981, 127 min.)
Quite at home in the divided Berlin of the early 1980s, a well-to-do couple plays out their union’s disintegration across the borders of sanity all the way into the supernatural.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 12, 9 p.m.,
Sun., July 13, 9:15 p.m.,
Mon., July 14, 9 p.m.

Red Dawn
Directed by John Milius
(U.S., 1984, 114 min.)
A Soviet-Cuban sneak attack cripples the U.S., but the invasion is repelled by freedom-loving teens, relying on a combination of hunting skills and lessons learned on the football field.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 6, 6 p.m.,
Mon., July 7, 9 p.m.

The Road Back
Directed by James Whale
(U.S., 1937, 97 min.)
A group of German World War I veterans tries to adjust to life after the war.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 27, 11 a.m.,
Tue., July 29, 7 p.m.

The Rover
Directed by David Michod
(Australia/U.S., 2014, 102 min.)
Ten years after a global economic collapse, a hardened ex-soldier tracks down the men who stole his only possession: his car. As he travels through the lawless Australian outback, he takes a damaged young man as his unwitting accomplice.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

A Run for Your Money
Directed by Charles Frend
(U.K., 1949, 85 min.)
Singing Welsh miners win a trip to London, where the two plan to live it up, causing much consternation for their minder, a newspaper gardening columnist.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 19 to 23

The Scapegoat
Directed by Robert Hamer
(U.K./U.S., 1959, 92 min.)
On holiday in France, British schoolteacher John Barratt (Alec Guinness) is stunned to meet his spitting image in Count Jacques De Gué (Guinness again), who, for reasons of his own, wishes Barratt to take his place.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 12 to 16

Directed by Bong Joon-ho
(South Korea/U.S., 2013, 126 min.)
When a failed attempt at reversing climate change leads to an ice age, the last human survivors are left circling the earth in a nonstop express train. The rich are in the front carriages and the poor — from whose perspective the story is told — at the back.
AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Opens Wed., July 2

Spirited Away
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2002, 125 min.)
While out exploring, a young girl stumbles into the spirit world and is conscripted into working in a fabulous bathhouse where all manner of magical creatures come to relax.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., July 1, 2:30 p.m.,
Wed., July 2, 2:30 p.m.

Third Person
Directed by Paul Haggis
(U.K./U.S./Germany/Belgium, 2013, 137 min.)
Three interlocking love stories involving three couples take place in Rome, Paris and New York (English and Italian).
Angelika Mosaic

Through the Consul’s Eye
Directed by Jorge Amat
(France, 1999, 50 min.)
Culled from his letters, diary entries and notes, this film chronicles the experiences of aristocratic diplomat Auguste François, who witnessed history when he was stationed in China from 1896 to 1905.
Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., July 2, 2 p.m.

Waterloo Bridge
Directed by James Whale
(U.S., 1931, 81 min.)
Taking shelter during a London air raid, American soldier-on-leave Douglass Montgomery meets and falls in love with chorus girl Mae Clarke, unaware that she works as a prostitute to make ends meet.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 26, 11 a.m.;
Wed., July 30, 7:30 p.m.


14-18: The Noise and the Fury
(14-18, le bruit et la fureur)

Directed by Jean-François Delassus
(France/Belgium, 2008, 103 min.)
Jean-François Delassus masterfully weaves together archival documentary footage from World War I with narrative selections in his attempt to explain the inexplicable: how tens of millions of men suffered through life in trenches while they could not even say why they were fighting?

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 12, 3:15 p.m.

Directed by Alain Resnais
(France/Italy, 2006, 120 min.)
Celebrated Yorkshire dramatist Alan Ayckbourn’s cerebral comedy about six characters who warily weave through four interconnected stories is transplanted to France.

Embassy of France
Wed., July 23, 7 p.m.

For a Woman
(Pour une femme)

Directed by Diane Kurys
(France, 2013, 110 min.)
In a journey that stretches from Nazi concentration camps to post-war France to the 1980s, a young woman’s destiny intertwines with her father’s past until they form a single, unforgettable story.

Washington DCJCC
Sun., July 13, 4:30 p.m.

Grand Illusion
(La grande illusion)
Directed by Jean Renoir
(France, 1937, 114 min.)
Jean Renoir’s powerfully humanistic tale of World War I French POWs whose fellowship keeps them strong while they plot their way to freedom spoke volumes to French audiences in 1937, on the cusp of yet another world-historical cataclysm.

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., July 3, 7 p.m.,
Sat., July 5, 11:30 a.m.,
Wed., July 9, 12 and 7 p.m.

Last Year at Marienbad
(L’année dernière à Marienbad)

Directed by Alain Resnais
(France/Italy, 1961, 93 min.)
An essential film of the 1960s New Wave, Alain Resnais’s daring memory escapade mingles the past with the present in a puzzling tale about a man and a woman who might have been lovers a year ago while staying in the same gilded château where they now find themselves.

Embassy of France
Wed., July 16, 7 p.m.

Life and Nothing But
(La vie et rien d’autre)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
(France, 1989, 135 min.)
Major Philippe Noiret and his team take a break from identifying France’s nameless 1920 World War I dead (50,000 down, 300,000 to go) to accommodate Sabine Azéma’s demands to hunt for her husband’s corpse and the government’s need for a particular Unknown Soldier.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 13, 1:15 p.m.

Venus in Fur
Directed by Roman Polanski
(France/Poland, 2013, 96 min.)
Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of unsuccessfully auditioning actresses for his new play, a writer-director is about to leave when an actress bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic and erotic energy (French and German).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 11

Directed by Martin Provost
(France/Belgium, 2013, 132 min.)
Martin Provost’s “Violette” spans 20 years in the complex life of trailblazing French feminist author Violette Leduc and her relationship with the legendary Simone de Beauvoir (French, English and Italian).

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up

Young & Beautiful
Directed by François Ozon
(France, 2014, 95 min.)
After losing her virginity, Isabelle inexplicably takes up a secret life as a call girl, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Yves Saint Laurent
(France, 2014, 106 min.)
This biography looks at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge (French, English, Russian, Arabic and Japanese).
Opens Fri., July 25
Theater TBA


In Bloom
(Grdzeli nateli dgheebi)
Directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili
(Georgia/Germany/France, 2013, 102 min.)
In the early 1990s, Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia, is surrounded by violence, war and vigilante justice, but for Eka and Natia, 14-year-old inseparable friends, life just goes on.
AFI Silver Theatre
Through July 3


A Coffee in Berlin
Directed by Jan Ole Gerster
(Germany, 2014, 88 min.)
During a single fateful day in Berlin, a charming 27-year-old slacker guy going nowhere drifts aimlessly through a series of amusing encounters with oddball characters.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 11

Shirley: Visions of Reality
Directed by Gustav Deutsch
(Austria, 2013, 93 min.)
Gustav Deutsch renders 13 of Edward Hopper’s iconic paintings to the screen in what is the most compelling Hopper adaptation yet — a sequence of precisely planned and brilliantly lit tableaux enhanced by actress choreographer Stephanie Cumming’s stunning performance.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 26, 2:30 p.m.
Sun., July 27, 4 p.m.

Turkish for Beginners
(Türkisch für Anfänger)
Directed by Bora Dağtekin
(Germany, 2012, 105 min.)
After an emergency landing in the Indian Ocean, sensible but slightly neurotic teenager Lena finds herself stranded on a deserted island with a Turkish macho man, his deeply religious sister and a stuttering Greek.
Mon., July 7, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Eytan Fox
(Israel/France, 2013, 92 min.)
Set in contemporary Tel Aviv, six diverse best friends gather to watch the wildly popular UniverSong competition. Appalled by the Israeli entry, they decide to create their own and record it on a mobile phone (Hebrew, French and English).
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., July 23, 8 p.m.

Dancing in Jaffa
Directed by Hilla Medalia
(Israel/U.S., 2013, 84 min.)
Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine has a burning desire to use dance for social good, teaming Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children as ballroom partners (Hebrew and Arabic).
Washington DCJCC
Sun., July 13, 12:30 p.m.


Black Sabbath
(I tre volti della paura)
Directed by Mario Bava
(Italy/U.K/France, 1963, 92 min.)
In this trio of haunting tales, a call girl is terrified by threatening phone calls, which she believes are coming from the pimp she snitched on; a 19th-century Russian family falls prey to a vampiric creature; and a nurse is haunted by the ghost of a former patient.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 11, 10:45 p.m.,
Sat., July 12, 11:30 p.m.

Black Sunday
(La maschera del demonio)
Directed by Mario Bava
(Italy, 1960, 87 min.)
In 17th-century Moldavia, a beautiful woman is sentenced to a gruesome death for witchcraft but vows revenge on the descendants of those responsible.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 4, 10:45 p.m.,
Sun., July 6, 8:20 p.m.

Blood and Black Lace
(Sei donne per l’assassino)
Directed by Mario Bava
(Italy/France/Monaco, 1963, 88 min.)
Two lovers run a fashion house rife with vice, and a model murdered by a mysterious masked man may have been killed for her diary documenting the business’s history of financial improprieties, blackmail, secret abortions and drug addiction.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., July 28, 9:30 p.m.,
Wed., July 30, 9:30 p.m.

Duck, You Sucker
(Giú, la testa)
Directed by Sergio Leone
(Italy, 1971, 157 min.)
An IRA explosives expert on the run from the British puts his dynamite skills to use in the Mexican Revolution.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 20 to 24

A Fistful of Dollars
(Per un pugno di dollari)
Directed by Sergio Leone
(Italy/Germany/Spain, 1964, 99 min.)
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride and revenge.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 3 to 8

For a Few Dollars More
(Per qualche dollaro in piú)
Directed by Sergio Leone
(Italy/Spain/Germany, 1967, 132 min.)
In this sequel to “A Fistful of Dollars,” two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 11, 5:15 p.m.,
Sun., July 13, 4 p.m.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
(Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo)
Directed by Sergio Leone
(Italy/Spain/Germany, 1967, 161 min.)
A bounty hunting scam unites two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 18 to 21

Once Upon a Time in America
Directed by Sergio Leone
(Italy/U.S., 1984, 229 min.)
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over 30 years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
AFI Silver Theatre
July 25 to 27

The Whip and the Body
(La frustra e il corpo)
Directed by Mario Bava
(Italy/France, 1963, 91 min.)
Sadistic nobleman Christopher Lee returns to his family mansion after many years in exile and soon sets his sights — and whips — on his brother’s wife and Lee’s former lover, whom he flogs for perverse sexual satisfaction..
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 19, 12 a.m.,
Tue., July 22, 9 p.m.


Tokyo Twilight
(Tōkyō boshoku)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(Japan, 1957, 140 min.)
Takako has fled her abusive husband and moved back home with her daughter while her rebellious younger sister is secretly pregnant. The strains on the family grow when secrets about their mother, who left when they were children, come to light.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 25, 8 p.m.


Ai Weiwei The Fake Case
Directed by Andreas Johnsen
(Denmark/China/U.K., 2013, 89 min.)
This provocative new documentary follows Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei’s battle against the gigantic lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him (English and Mandarin).
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 4


Directed by Władysław Pasikowski
(Poland/Holland/Russia/Slovakia, 2013, 104 min.)
Two brothers discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors and the history of their nation.
Washington DCJCC
Sun., July 13, 2:30 p.m.