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Films – October 2014

















 Art War

Directed by Marco Wilms

(Germany, 2013, 93 min.)

“Revolutions are history’s engines,” someone says during the course of “Art War,” an inspiring new documentary about the vigorous and passionate efforts of Egyptian artists, writers, musicians and performers to keep the spirit of the Arab Spring alive (Arabic, English and German).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sun., Oct. 12, 2 and 4:15 p.m.


 20,000 Days on Earth

Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

(U.K., 2014, 97 min.)

Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Oct. 3


Directed by Tony Kern

(Singapore, 2014, 92 min.)

A group of film students burn paper effigy cameras for the wandering spirits during the ghost month in Singapore and receive a collection of horror movies in return.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 12, 9:30 p.m.

On Approval

Directed by Clive Brook

(U.K., 1944, 80 min.)

This outrageously caustic swing at English mores is based on a bizarre premise: two wealthy women will agree to tie the knot with two penniless noblemen only after spending a celibate trial month together.

National Archives

Sat., Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m.

The Babadook

Directed by Jennifer Kent

(Australia, 2014, 95 min.)

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s nighttime fear of a shadowy monster but soon discovers a sinister presence is lurking in the house.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 11, 9:45 p.m.

Berlin Express

Directed by Jacques Tourneur

(U.S., 1948, 87 min.)

The first American film shot (partially) on location in Allied-occupied Berlin tells the fictional tale of a German scientist being stalked by assassins on a train bound for a United Nations conference.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 27, 5 p.m.

The Book of Life

Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez

(U.S., 2014, 85 min.)

In this animated comedy inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, a young man is torn between pleasing his family and competing for the heart of the beautiful Maria (Zoe Saldana) against charming Joaquin (Channing Tatum); admission is free.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 5, 3 p.m.

Brighton Rock

Directed by John Boulting

(U.K., 1947, 92 min.)

Richard Attenborough gives an electrifying performance as a sadistically violent and strangely Puritanical leader of a gang of wayward youth in pre-World War II Brighton, whose reckless ambition makes him a target of big-time mobsters.

AFI Silver Theatre

Oct. 18 to 22

Cathedrals of Culture

(Kathedralen der Kultur)

Multiple directors

(Germany/Denmark/Austria/Norway, 2014, 165 min.)

Wim Wenders continues his fascination with the 3D format with this six-part series that examines a panoply of favorite architectural designs of a stimulating array of international directors.


Sat., Oct. 11, 12 p.m.

Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla

Directed by Stuart Simpson

(Australia, 2014, 85 min.)

In this black comedy, a lonely ice-cream van driver harbors an unhealthy obsession with a television soap starlet.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 16, 7:10 p.m.

Conversation Piece

Directed by Luchino Visconti

(Italy/France, 1974, 126 min.)

A cultured, aging professor, living alone in his Roman apartment surrounded by his collections, is forced to confront a chic and self-indulgent marchesa who, with her family and younger lover, rents his upstairs flat and literally wreaks havoc on his life of quiet contemplation (English and Italian).

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Oct. 11, 4 p.m.

The Dark Valley

(Das finstere Tal)

Directed by Andreas Prochaska

(Austria/Germany, 2014, 115 min.)

When a taciturn German-speaking American photographer arrives unannounced in a remote and insulated village, he rouses the suspicions of the sinisterly tight-knit community in this story of revenge and redemption (English and German).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 9:45 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.

The Dead 2: India

Directed by Howard J. Ford

(U.K., 2013, 93 min.)

In this ferocious sequel to the worldwide horror hit, an infectious epidemic spreads through India as an American turbine engineer learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m.


Directed by David Ayer

(U.K./China/U.S., 2014)

In April 1945, as the Allies make their final push in the European theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 17

A Girl Walk Home Alone at Night

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

(Iran/U.S., 2014, 99 min.)

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m.

The Good Lie

Directed by Philippe Falardeau

(U.S., 2014, 112 min.)

Sudanese refugees who are given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas, where their encounter with employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.

Area theaters

Opens Fri., Oct. 3

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Directed by Peter Chelsom

(U.K./Germany/Canada/South Africa, 2014, 114 min.)

Simon Pegg stars as a psychiatrist who decides to break out of his routine-driven life and embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The House on Telegraph Hill

Directed by Robert Wise

(U.S., 1951, 93 min.)

Near the end of World War II and the liberation of the concentration camps, a Polish internee assumes the identity of her deceased friend and is given safe passage to America. But her new family may have secrets of their own that they’re hiding.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 25, 11 a.m.,

Tue., Oct. 28, 7:10 p.m.


Directed by Gerard Johnstone

(New Zealand, 2014, 109 min.)

Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. However, when she becomes privy to unsettling whispers and strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder if the house is possessed by a hostile spirit who’s less than happy about the new living arrangement.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 17, 7:10 p.m.

I Am Ali

Directed by Clare Lewins

(U.K./U.S., 2014, 114 min.)

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali’s personal archive of “audio journals” as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend’s life story.

Area theaters

Opens Fri., Oct. 10

I Am Eleven

Directed by Genevieve Bailey

(Multiple countries, 2011, 93 min.)

This documentary explores the lives of children around the world, weaving together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to stand on the cusp of adolescence.

Area theaters

Opens Fri., Oct. 3

It Always Rains on Sunday

Directed by Robert Hamer

(U.K., 1947, 92 min.)

An escaped convict turns up at the East End home of his former lover, who’s now married with teenage stepdaughters, begging her for a hiding place until the heat dies down.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 19, 1 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 20, 8:45 p.m.

Kill the Messenger

Directed by Michael Cuesta

(U.S., 2014, 112 min.)

A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 17

Mar Negro

(Dark Sea)

Directed by Rodrigo Aragao

(Brazil, 2013, 105 min.)

A strange contamination strikes a village when fish and shellfish become evil creatures that transmit death and destruction, while a lonely albino risks his soul for the love of his life.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 17, 9:45 p.m.

My Old Lady

Directed by Israel Horovitz

(U.K./France/U.S., 2014, 106 min.)

An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected tenant (English and French).

Angelika Pop-Up

Landmark’s Bethesda Row

One Chance

Directed by David Frankel

(U.K./U.S., 2013, 103 min.)

In this true story, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night becomes a phenomenon after winning “Britain’s Got Talent.”

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Oct. 10


Directed by Matthew Warchus

(U.K., 2014, 120 min.)

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 10

Run Silent, Run Deep

Directed by Robert Wise

(U.S., 1958, 93 min.)

Submarine commander Rich Richardson drives the men of the USS Nerka to the point of mutiny in pursuit of his single-minded, Ahab-like quest to find and sink the Japanese destroyer that downed the previous ship in his command.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 11, 11 a.m.,

Sun., Oct. 12, 11 a.m.


Directed by Sean K. Robb

(Canada, 2014, 108 min.)

Two young women of different means meet under violent circumstances and soon become the best of friends, embarking on a relentless and bloody killing spree (no one under 18 admitted).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Oct. 13, 7:10 p.m.


Directed by John Curran

(Australia, 2013, 112 min.)

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog (English and Aboriginal).

Angelika Pop-Up

The Third Man

Directed by Carol Reed

(U.K., 1949, 104 min.)

A pulp novelist in postwar Vienna finds himself enmeshed in the hunt for an old friend, now a notorious black marketeer.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 18, 7:10 p.m.

Montgomery College

Wed., Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.

The Two Faces of January

Directed by Hossein Amini

(U.K./France/U.S., 2014, 96 min.)

Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when a glamorous, wealthy American couple meet a Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming female tourists on the side.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 3


Belle Épine

Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski

(France, 2010, 80 min.)

The life of a 17-year-old girl who feels alone and adrift changes when she meets a high school misfit who introduces her to a clandestine race circuit where the drivers are undaunted by danger.

Embassy of France

Tue., Oct. 14, 7 p.m.



Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

(Germany/France, 2014, 85 min.)

In World War II Paris, German Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz is ready to destroy the city before it falls into Allied hands. Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan (French and German).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Jenny Lamour

(Quai des Orfevres)

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

(France, 1947, 106 min.)

Jenny Lamour, a flighty and ambitious showgirl, is the prime suspect in the death of an elderly showbiz patron.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 25, 3 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.

Pépé le Moko

Directed by Julian Divivier

(France, 1937, 94 min.)

Parisian crook Pépé le Moko thrives within Algiers’ Casbah, where the locals protect him from the police. But a canny cop uses romance as the bait when Pépé falls for a beautiful tourist.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 18, 1 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 22, 9 p.m.


Directed by Jules Dassin

(France, 1955, 122 min.)

This French equivalent of “The Asphalt Jungle” focuses on four professional crooks determined to execute the perfect heist (French and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 28, 8:45 p.m.

Riptide aka Such a Pretty Little Beach

(Une si jolie petite plage)

Directed by Yves Allégret

(France/Netherlands, 1949, 91 min.)

A mysterious young man visits a desolate coastal town during a bleak winter, soon followed by another watchful, curious stranger.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 26, 3 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 28, 5 p.m.

Two Men in Manhattan

(Deux homes dans Manhattan)

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

(France, 1959, 84 min.)

When a French delegate to the United Nations vanishes into thin air, two French journalists comb nocturnal Manhattan in search of answers.

AFI Silver Theatre

Oct. 25 to 29


Age of Cannibals

(Zeit der Kannibalen)

Directed by Johannes Naber

(Germany, 2013, 93 min.)

Dedicated to getting ahead in their firm, two ambitious business consultants travel the world doing the conglomerate’s bidding. But when an unseen colleague is promoted to partner ahead of them and arrives in the form of an equally competitive woman, their already shaky alliance begins to crumble.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 3 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Beloved Sisters

(Die geliebten Schwestern)

Directed by Dominik Graf

(Germany, 2014, 170 min.)

During the latter half of the 19th century, it is speculated that writer and philosopher Friedrich Schiller conducted simultaneous intimate relationships with sisters Charlotte von Lengefeld (whom he would marry) and Caroline von Beulwitz, who remained trapped in a loveless marriage of her own.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Thu., Oct. 16, 6 p.m.

Broken Lullaby (The Man I Killed)

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

(U.S., 1932, 76 min.)

Burdened with guilt after killing a German soldier in the trenches during World War I, a young French veteran seeks out his victim’s family in this pensive drama focusing on the effects of war, nationalism, grief and guilt.


Mon., Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Frauke Finsterwalder

(Germany, 2013, 91 min.)

“Finsterworld” pulls off the not inconsiderable feat of deftly adapting a multi-strand novel into a dark fairytale of German identity and miscommunication.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 5 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 12, 9 p.m.,

Thu., Oct. 16, 9:45 p.m.

Love Steaks

Directed by Jakob Lass

(Germany, 2013, 89 min.)

At a luxury German coastal hotel, a shy apprentice massage therapist strikes up an unlikely but believable friendship with exuberant kitchen worker who is also a closet alcoholic. The twist here is that the film was made in an actual hotel, and all the supporting players are actual employees.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 1 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 13, 9 p.m.

The Murderers Are Among Us

(Die Mörder sind unter uns)

Directed by Wolfgang Staudte

(Germany, 1946, 85 min.)

A doctor, haunted by his service as a Nazi, falls in love with a camp survivor — but is compelled to seek vengeance on his commanding officer.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 26, 1 p.m.,

Thu., Oct. 30, 5 p.m.

Not My Day

(Nicht mein Tag)

Directed by Peter Thorwath

(Germany, 2014, 115 min.)

In this action-packed German buddy comedy and road movie that has taken the domestic box office by storm this year, a frustrated small-town bank officer discovers his inner miscreant when he’s kidnapped by an ex-con bank robber.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 12, 12 p.m.

The Silent Mountain

(Der stille Berg)

Directed by Ernst Gossner

(Austria/Italy/U.S., 2014, 100 min.)

On May 23, 1915, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary, and a mountaintop theater of war quickly degenerates into cold and muddy trench warfare.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Tue., Oct. 14, 7 and 9:15 p.m.



Directed by Christian Schwochow

(Germany, 2013, 102 min.)

Hoping for a better life East Berlin, widow and mother Nelly pretends to be married to a Westerner but ends up in the Marienfelde Refugee Centre. As events revolving around her uncertain status provoke increasingly paranoid reactions, though, Nelly begins to see her dream slip away (German, English, Russian and Polish).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Fri., Oct. 10, 7 and 9:30 p.m.


Costa Dulce

Directed by Enrique Collar

(Paraguay/Netherlands, 2013, 75 min.)

When a metal detector falls into David’s lap, he becomes obsessed with the many myths about treasures buried in the Paraguayan hinterland during the bloody 19th-century War of the Triple Alliance.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 2, 5:20 p.m.


Fifth Heaven

Directed by Dina Zvi-Riklis

(Israel, 2012, 103 min.)

In this beautifully made coming-of-age drama, a teenage orphan struggles to adjust to a new life amidst other World War II exiles in a British-controlled Palestine.

Washington DCJCC

Thu., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Snails in the Rain

Directed by

(Israel, 2013, 82 min.)

In 1989 Tel Aviv, a beautiful and alluring linguistics student receives anonymous, male-written love letters that undermines his sexual identity and interfere with his peaceful life with his beloved girlfriend.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.


The Notebook

(A nagy füzet)

Directed by János Szász

(Hungary/Germany/Austria/France, 2013, 112 min.)

Twin siblings enduring the harshness of World War II in a village on the Hungarian border hedge their survival on systematically hardening themselves to become unfeeling and merciless to the evil surrounding them.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Directed by Luigi Zampa

(Italy, 1947, 92 min.)

Inspired by a simple newspaper item — “poor working-class woman with five children leads angry protest against speculators and black marketeers” — “Angelina” makes a compelling moral statement about Italian society during the postwar period, blending comedy and melodrama with neo-realistic touches.

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Oct. 4, 2 p.m.


Directed by Luchino Visconti

(Italy, 1952, 115 min.)

The ersatz glamour of the Italian movie industry is contrasted with the life of a working-class tenement, as an overly ambitious stage mother pins all of her maternal hopes on her young daughter fulfilling her own vanished dreams.

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m.

La Mia Classe

Directed by Daniele Gaglianone

(Italy, 2013, 92 min.)

Valerio Mastandrea plays an Italian language teacher whose class is attended by recent immigrants playing themselves in this quasi-experimental film that blurs the border between fact and fiction (followed by “TIR”).

American University Forman Theater

Sun., Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m.


Directed by Alberto Fasulo

(Italy/Croatia, 2013, 83 min.)

(preceded by “La Mia Classe”).

An ex-teacher drives a TIR (tractor trailer) all over Europe for an Italian shipping company even though he is often homesick and harassed by his bosses. Filmmaker Alberto Fasulo operated the camera himself while sitting inside the truck’s cabin — resulting in an interesting hybrid of reality and fiction.

American University Forman Theater

Sun., Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m.


Drunken Angel

(Yoidore tenshi)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

(Japan, 1948, 98 min.)

An alcoholic doctor and a tubercular gangster forge an unexpected friendship after the doctor saves the callow crook’s life, but the return of a criminal comrade sparks a tragic turn.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 23, 7 p.m.



Directed by Hideo Nakata

(Japan, 1998, 96 min.)

A TV journalists investigates the mystery of a cursed videotape: After watching it, people receive a phone call telling them that they only have seven days left to live.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 31, 5 p.m.

Stray Dog

(Nora inu)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

(Japan, 1949, 122 min.)

A young policeman is disgraced when his gun is stolen on the subway. With the help of a veteran cop, he hunts the culprit through the Tokyo underworld in post-Hiroshima Japan.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.


The Continent

Directed by Han Han

(China, 2014, 104 min.)

The most famous Chinese novelist-blogger of the post-1980s generation, Han Han leaps into filmmaking with this nonchalant tale of three slackers who leave their forsaken island to explore the Chinese continent, but elusive women, gangster uncles, thieves, puppies and hitchhikers upset their plans.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.

Ghost Town

Directed by Zhao Dayong

(China, 2008, 169 min.)

In the nearly empty streets of Zhiziluo, Zhao Dayong creates a rich, contemplative epic of everyday village life with the few souls who remain.

American University Forman Theater

Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.


Directed by Liu Jiayin

(China, 2005, 110 min.)

While still a student at Beijing Film Academy, Liu Jiayin crafted this hybrid of narrative and documentary that manages to convey a moving portrait of familial relationships in a series of spare shots inside her family’s claustrophobic 50-square-meter apartment.

American University Forman Theater

Sun., Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Red Amnesia

(Chuang ru zhe)

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

(China, 2014, 110 min.)

In Beijing, a stubborn widow receives anonymous phone calls, among other strange incidents. Her two sons try to solve the mystery, but to do so, layers of repressed memories need to be peeled away, and a trip must be taken to a forgotten town.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 19, 2 p.m.


Death is a Caress

(Døden er et kjærtegn)

Directed by Edith Carlmar

(Norway, 1949, 92 min.)

A young mechanic, recently engaged, falls under the spell of a sophisticated married socialite who’s brought in her car for repairs. A familiar noir plot plays quite differently in Norway, especially through the eyes of a female director.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 26, 5:15 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 29, 5 p.m.


10,000 KM

Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet

(Spain, 2014, 99 min.)

Alex must leave Barcelona and her boyfriend for a yearlong residency in Los Angeles. Brilliantly told through Skype chats, phone calls and texts, this accomplished contemporary romance recounts how the two do their best to stay connected but struggle with the physical and emotional distance between them (Spanish, Catalan and English).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 8, 7:15 p.m.

The Black Vampire

(El vampiro negro)

Directed by Román Viñoly Barreto

(Argentina, 1953, 90 min.)

This clever “feminist” reworking of Fritz Lang’s classic “M” focuses on the mothers of children stalked by a deranged pedophile.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 19, 5 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 20, 7 p.m.

The Crow’s Nest


Directed by Arturo Menendez

(El Salvador, 2014, 70 min.)

Don Cleo, a recovering alcoholic who makes a humble living selling piñatas in a small Salvadoran town, is put to the test when a mysterious extortion note shows up at his doorstep, demanding $500 (a small fortune for him) within 72 hours or he’ll face certain death.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Death of a Cyclist

(Muerte de un ciclista)

Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem

(Spain/Italy, 1955, 88 min.)

This scathing social criticism contrasts an affluent, adulterous couple with the poor bicyclist they strike with their car. Realizing that the cyclist is badly injured, they leave him to die rather than risk revealing their affair, but upon their return to Madrid, guilt grabs them with more tragic consequences.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 19, 9 p.m.,

Thu., Oct. 23, 5 p.m.

The Facilitator

(El facilitador)

Directed by Víctor Arregui

(Ecuador/Chile, 2013, 83 min.)

Hard-partying Elena reluctantly returns to Quito after her wealthy father falls ill, but after a run-in with the law, the old man sends her to the country to get her act together. There, she reunites with childhood friend, an organizer who promotes water access rights for the indigenous community.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 4, 11 a.m.,

Sun., Oct. 5, 1 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 7, 5:20 p.m.



Directed by Enrique Álvarez

(Cuba/Panama/Colombia, 2013, 94 min.)

Struggling to get by, two young lovers take up residence in an abandoned Havana apartment, but when the rightful owner returns unexpectedly, the three face a turf war, one where heated arguments give way to strange attractions.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 1, 9:45 p.m.


Directed by Alonso Ruiz Palacios

(Mexico, 2014, 108 min.)

This plucky and effortlessly cool black-and-white film from newcomer Alonso Ruiz Palacios follows three restless teens during the student strikes of 1999.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Oct. 6, 9:20 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 7, 9 p.m.

Hardly a Criminal

(Apenas un delincuente)

Directed by Hugo Fregonese

(Argentina, 1949, 88 min.)

A bank employee uses a loophole in Argentine law to concoct the perfect crime, planning to reap the rewards of his embezzlement after serving six years in prison.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.


Directed by Amat Escalante

(Mexico/Netherlands/Germany/France, 2013, 105 min.)

In a small town in the Mexican plains, Heli lives a modest but peaceful life but when his sister gets mixed up with a police cadet, a chain of brutal events comes raining down on the unsuspecting family.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 3, 9:40 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 5, 9:40 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 8, 10 p.m.

To Kill a Man

(Matar a un hombre)

Directed by Alejandro Fernández Almendras

(Chile/France, 2014, 83 min.)

This taut psychological thriller tells the story of a man pushed to the brink of reason after a gang of hooligans threatens his family.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

Living Stars

Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat

(Argentina, 2010, 63 min.)

A non-stop party, the citizens of Buenos Aires were born to dance in this ridiculously infectious documentary experiment that doesn’t have dialogue or plot (followed by a post-screening party).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 4, 10 p.m.

Lock Charmer

(El cerrajero)

Directed by Natalia Smirnoff

(Argentina, 2014, 77 min.)

During a bizarre fog that covered Buenos Aires for three weeks, a locksmith Sebastian has his first brush with the supernatural: When he unlocks a door, he gets a brief glimpse into the client’s life. His own life is further complicated when an ex turns up pregnant and a troubled Peruvian maid holes up in his bachelor pad.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 4, 3 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 7, 7:15 p.m.

The Mute

(El mudo)

Directed by Daniel and Diego Vega

(Peru/France/Mexico, 2013, 86 min.)

Judge Constantino Zegarra has lived his professional life according to a strict moral code, unlike so many of his colleagues, but when a bullet leaves him speechless, he becomes consumed with paranoia that he’s the victim of a greater conspiracy.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 2, 7:45 p.m.

Natural Sciences

(Ciencias naturales)

Directed by Matías Lucchesi

(Argentina/France, 2014, color, 71 min.)

After repeated attempts to escape her remote boarding school in the Sierra de Córdoba mountains, 12-year-old Lila manages to rope in her empathetic teacher in her mission to find the father she’s never known, and the two set off on a complicated journey of discovery.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 1, 5:20 p.m.

A Quiet Inquisition

Directed by Holen Sabrina Kahn and Alessandra Zeka

(U.S./Nicaragua, 2014, 65 min.)

At a public hospital in Nicaragua, this documentary follows an OB/GYN who struggles with her conscience as she contends with the implications of a new law that bans all abortion, even in the face of saving a woman’s life.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Oct. 6, 7:15 p.m.

Serrat and Sabina: Two for the Road

(Serrat y Sabina, el símbolo y el cuate)

Directed by Francesc Relea

(Spain, 2013, 82 min.)

Spanish superstars Joaquín Sabina and Joan Manuel Serrat embark on a Latin American tour in this rollicking documentary. Exiled to Mexico during Franco’s dictatorship, the two singer-songwriters have formed a bond with Latin America, serving as folk heroes through the turbulent political times of the region.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 4, 1 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 5, 5:45 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 6, 5:20 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 8, 5:20 p.m.

Two Shots Fired

(Dos disparos)

Directed by Martín Rejtman

(Argentina/Chile/Germany/Netherlands, 2014, 104 min.)

After a night of partying, 16-year-old Mariano finds a gun and impulsively shoots himself twice, once in the head and once in the chest, but miraculously survives. This improbable act sets off a wickedly quotidian chain reaction as his friends and family deal dispassionately with the aftermath.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 1, 7 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 4, 5:15 p.m.

We Are Mari Pepa

(Somos Mari Pepa)

Directed by Samuel Kishi

(Mexico, 2013, 100 min.)

With school out for summer, the wannabe punk rockers of teen band Mari Pepa are free to let their hormones rage, hit up the skate park and rehearse the one song in their limited repertoire over and over again.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 1, 9:30 p.m.,

Thu., Oct. 2, 9 p.m.

Yvy Maraey, Land Without Evil

(Yvy Maraey, tierra sin mal)

Directed by Juan Carlos Valdivia

(Bolivia/Mexico/Norway, 2013, 107 min.)

Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Juan Carlos Valdivia plays a version of himself, a documentarian hoping to make a film about the Guaraní people and retrace the trail of an early Swedish explorer (Spanish and Guaraní).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.




Directed by Petra Volpe

(Switzerland/Germany, 2013, 98 min.)

Zurich on a snowy Christmas Eve looks like a winter wonderland. Yet for the four families whose lives have or will intersect with an Eastern European prostitute, nothing will ever be the same.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Wed., Oct. 15, 6:30 and 9 p.m.