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Films – October 2015

















I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced

Directed by Khadija Al Salami

(France/Yemen/UAE, 2015, 99 min.)

In Yemen, where there is no age restriction for marriage, Nojoom Ali’s father, terrified of shame and desperate for money, arranges for Nojoom to marry a villager who is three times her age in exchange for a trivial dowry. Subjected to physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her husband and grouchy mother-in-law, Nojoom escapes and attains protection from a compassionate judge.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 25, 2 p.m.


Cairo Time

Directed by Amir Ramses

(Egypt, 2014, 110 min.)

Taking place over a single day, “Cairo Time” is the multigenerational story of six interconnected characters, all at a turning point in their lives.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 25, 4:15 p.m.


Eyes of a Thief

Directed by Najwa Najjar

(Palestine, 2014, 98 min.)

After 10 years in prison, Tarek is desperate to find his daughter who was an infant when he was imprisoned in this story, inspired by real events, that offers a rare glimpse into Palestinian society from the inside out, operating simultaneously as a thriller, a relationships drama and as a nuanced slice of everyday Palestinian life under the occupation.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.


From A to B

Directed by Ali F. Mostafa

(UAE/Jordan, 2015, 107 min.)

In this comedic road trip film, brimming with heart, three long lost childhood friends — an Egyptian, a Saudi and a Syrian — reluctantly embark on a journey from Abu Dhabi to Beirut to honor their friend who passed away five years earlier.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.


Les Petits Chats

Directed by Sherif Nakhla

(Egypt, 2014, 80 min.)

Get ready to tap your feet to James Brown’s “I Feel Good”, The Beatles “With a Little Help From My Friends” and Ray Charles’ “Unchain My Heart” — as performed by Egypt’s legendary Les Petits Chats. Sherif Nakhla’s highly enjoyable documentary offers us an insight into the lives of the former band-mates during and after their glory days by tracking the life choices they made after their breakup in the ’80s.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 16, 7 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 17, 9 p.m.



Directed by Majid Al Ansari

(UAE, 2015, 93 min.)

Talal has just woken up in a police cell with no memory of the night before and no identification. His predicament gets a lot worse with the arrival of brilliant psychopath Dabaan who seems determined to play vicious and unexpected mind games with him. Talal’s confinement becomes a fight for survival and a race to discover exactly what’s motivating Dabaan.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 23, 8:50 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 24, 9 p.m.



The Way Out

(Cesta ven)

Directed by Petr Václav

(Czech Republic/France, 2014, 105 min.)

The father of a Romani couple trying to live a “normal” life in a community obscured by prejudice considers a life of crime, as the grim backdrop of unemployment, debt and poverty weighs his family down.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 14, 8 p.m.


The Intruder

Directed by Shariff Korver

(The Netherlands, 2014, 87 min.)

In this captivating and intense thriller, a Dutch cop of Moroccan descent goes deep undercover to infiltrate a drug-trafficking Moroccan family. The deeper he embeds himself in the family’s inner circles, the more he realizes a sense of belonging and a feeling of brotherhood that has until now eluded him (Dutch and Arabic).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 18, 5 p.m.



Beasts of No Nation

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

(U.S., 2015, 133 min.)

This drama is based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 16


Bridge of Spies

Directed by Steven Spielberg

(U.S., 2015)

An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 16


A Brilliant Young Mind

Directed by Morgan Matthews

(U.K., 2015, 111 min.)

A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Directed by John Wells

(U.S., 2015)

A chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 23


He Named Me Malala

Directed by Davis Guggenheim

(U.S., 2015, 87 min.)

This film examines the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on the young Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 9



Directed by Brian Helgeland

(U.K./France, 2015, 131 min.)

Identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, spearhead an organized crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 9


Pawn Sacrifice

Directed by Edward Zwick

(U.S., 2015, 114 min.)

Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

(Ireland/Canada, 2015, 118 min.)

Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her 5-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying and wondrous world outside their one-room prison.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 23


The Sound of Music

Directed by Robert Wise

(U.S., 1965, 174 min.)

In 1930s Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. So she doesn’t hesitate when Navy Capt. Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children.

Embassy of Austria

Thu., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.


A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans

Directed by Abe Kasbo

(U.S., 2015, 84 min.)

Abe Kasbo’s timely new film vividly paints a portrait of the Arab-American immigrant experience through the stories of people who came to the United States hoping to find the American Dream, including Sen. George Mitchell, Jamie Farr, Gen. John Abizaid, Anthony Shadid, Andy Shallal, Helen Thomas and others.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.



Directed by James Vanderbilt

(Australia/U.S., 2015, 121 min.)

This newsroom drama details the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 23


The Walk

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

(U.S., 2015, 123 min.)

Guided by his mentor and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, French high-wire artist Philippe Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 9


The Beaches of Agnès

Directed by Agnès Varda

(France, 2008, 110 min.)

Folding old and new footage into a retrospective look at her life, Agnès Varda ruminates on her extraordinary career with typical wit, composing touchingly Varda-esque landscapes while recalling old friends, lovers, colleagues and early memories (French and English).

American University McKinley Building

Fri., Oct. 2, 7 p.m.


Cléo from 5 to 7

Directed by by Agnès Varda

(France/Italy, 1961, 90 min.)

Agnès Varda’s compelling early narrative paints an oblique portrait of Paris on a certain day — June 21 — when the astrological sign of Gemini shifts to Cancer.

American University McKinley Building

Fri., Oct. 23, 7 p.m.


Far From Men

Directed by David Oelhoffen

(France, 2014, 101 min.)

In 1954 Algeria, at the onset of the country’s war of independence, former French Army solider Daru just wants to a lead a peaceful, quiet life as a schoolteacher in a remote mountainous town. But when he is called to duty to escort an Algerian rebel to a nearby city to stand trial for the murder of his cousin, Daru finds his life turned into chaos (French and Arabic).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 16, 8:45 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 17, 4:15 p.m.


The Gleaners and I

(Les glaneurs et la glaneuse)

Directed by Agnès Varda

(France, 2000, 82 min.)

Opportunities for gleaning attract Agnès Varda, and she explores this rich topic in art, literature, and history while traveling from countryside to urban alleyway in search of real gleaners — i.e. those who truly “live off the leftovers of others” (screens with “Ô saisons, Ô châteaux” (1958, 20 min.)).

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 18, 4 p.m.


The Man from Oran

Directed by Lyes Salem

(France, 2014, 128 min.)

In this poignant political drama following the independence of Algeria, two close friends, Djaffer, a modest idealist, and Hamid, a wheeler-dealer, face a promising future. Hamid goes on to a prominent political career and offers Djaffar a role in his office. But eventually Djaffar grows discontented with Hamid’s betrayal of their revolutionary ideals (French and Arabic).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

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


The New Girlfriend

Directed by François Ozon

(France, 2015, 108 min.)

Rising French star Anaïs Demoustier stars as Claire, who accidentally discovers a secret about the husband of her late best friend: that he enjoys dressing as a woman.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Goodnight Mommy

(Ich seh, Ich seh)

Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

(Austria, 2015, 99 min.)

Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Labyrinth of Lies

(Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)

Directed by Giulio Ricciarelli

(Germany, 2014, 124 min.)

This story exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 9



My Australia

Directed by Ami Drozd

(Israel/Poland, 2011, 97 min.)

In 1960s Poland, 10-year-old Tadek and his brother are part of an anti-Semitic gang. When they are arrested, their mother, a Holocaust survivor, has no choice but to reveal that though raised as Catholics, they are in fact Jews (Hebrew and Polish).

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.


Branded to Kill

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1967, 91 min.)

An anarchic send-up of B movie clichés, this fractured film noir stars Jo Shishido as an assassin who gets turned on by the smell of cooking rice, and whose failed attempt to kill a victim (a butterfly lands on his gun) turns him into a target himself.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 9, 7 p.m.


The Call of Blood

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1964, 97 min.)

Nikkatsu icons Hideki Takahashi and Akira Kobayashi star as brothers—one a gangster, the other an ad man—who unite to avenge their yakuza father’s death 18 years before.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.


Fighting Elegy

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1966, 86 min.)

Set in the 1930s, this darkly comic film is the story of a high school kid who lusts after the pure, Catholic daughter of the family with whom he boards. The only relief he can find for his immense sexual frustration is through fighting, which at first gets him into trouble, but later makes him perfect cannon fodder for the Sino-Japanese War.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 12, 3 p.m.


Gate of Flesh

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1964, 90 min.)

This dog-eat-dog portrait of postwar Tokyo takes the point of view of a gang of tough prostitutes working out of a bombed-out building. When a lusty ex-soldier lurches into their midst, the group’s most sensitive member is tempted to break one of its most important rules: no falling in love.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 16, 7 p.m.


Kanto Wanderer

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1963, 92 min.)

A fearsome yakuza bodyguard is torn between defending his boss against a rival gang leader and his obsession with a femme fatale who reappears from his past.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 23, 7 p.m.


Story of a Prostitute

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1965, 96 min.)

Sent with six other comfort women to service a garrison of some 1,000 men in Manchuria during the Sino-Japanese War, Yumiko Nogawa is brutalized by a vicious lieutenant who wants her as his personal property. Meanwhile, she is falling in love with his gentle young assistant.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 25, 1 p.m.


Tattoeed Life

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1965, 87 min.)

Kenji, an art student, and Tetsu, who is working as a yakuza to help pay for his brother Kenji’s tuition, both flee when a hit job goes horribly wrong. They end up finding work in a mine — and falling in love with the owner’s wife and daughter.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 18, 2 p.m.


Tokyo Drifter

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1966, 83 min.)

Tasked with making a vehicle for actor/singer Tetsuya Watari to croon the title song, Seijun Suzuki concocted this crazy yarn about a reformed yakuza on the run from his former comrades.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 11, 1 p.m.


Youth of the Beast

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1963, 91 min.)

A disgraced ex-cop pits two yakuza gangs against each other to avenge the death of a fellow officer.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 11, 3 p.m.


Coming Home

(Gui lai)

Directed by Zhang Yimou

(China, 2014, 109 min.)

Lu Yanshi and Feng Wanyu are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband’s return.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


1001 Grams

Directed by Bent Hamer

(Norway/Germany, 2014, 93 min.)

When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale (Norwegian, French and English).

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Sun., Oct. 18, 10 a.m.


Coffee Stains


Directed by Leonardo Lacca

(Brazil, 2014, 90 min.)

Traveling to his first solo exhibit in São Paulo, photographer Ivo decides to eschew his hotel room in favor of staying with his old flame Rita and her husband. While there is an initial awkwardness to their interactions as they fumble around memories of the past, the two exes easily slip into old habits and feelings reignite.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 4, 3 p.m.

Tue., Oct. 6, 9:15 p.m.


The Second Mother

(Que Horas Ela Volta?)

Directed by Anna Muylaert

(Brazil, 2015, 112 min.)

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Directed by Stephen Daldry

(Brazil/U.K., 2015, 114 min.)

In a Rio favela, three best friends spend their days sorting through trash at the local landfill. One day, they find a wallet flush with cash, and so begins an extraordinary adventure, as the teens are thrown into a dangerous world of political corruption (Portuguese and English).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.


The Club

(El Club)

Directed by Pablo Larraín

(Chile, 2015, 98 min.)

On the Chilean coast, four exiled priests live together in a small house, atoning for their past indiscretions. Under the watchful eye of a lone nun, they fill their days with innocuous pastimes and prayer, strictly forbidden from interacting with the outside world. But when a newcomer arrives to join their not-so-happy household, their tranquil existence is upended, with long-buried secrets coming to the fore.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.


Cooking Up a Tribute

Directed by Andrea Gómez and Luis González

(Spain, 2015, 87 min.)

El Celler de Can Roca, recently voted the world’s best restaurant, made a surprising decision in the summer of 2014: They would close for five weeks and take their three-star Michelin restaurant on the road. Visiting Mexico, Colombia and Peru, the three Roca brothers absorbed the local gastronomic culture while creating 57 new dishes that would fuse their own unique style with the ingredients and traditions of Latin America.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 4, 11 a.m.,

Mon., Oct. 5, 5:15 p.m.


Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Directed by Peter Greenaway

(Netherlands/Mexico/Finland/Belgium/France, 2015, 105 min.)

Having failed to make an impact in Hollywood following his previous successes, director Sergei Eisenstein took an eye-opening journey to Mexico to shoot his new film. Free of the constraints of both Stalin and Hollywood, Eisenstein embraced his wild side, falling for his tour guide and diving deep into Mexican culture (Spanish and English).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 4, 9:45 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 7, 9:45 p.m.


The Five

(El Cinco aka El 5 de Talleres)

Directed by Adrián Biniez

(Argentina/Uruguay/France/Germany/Netherlands, 2014, 100 min.)

At 35, Páton has made a decent life for himself as captain of the Division C soccer team, but after receiving a red card and an eight-game ban, he realizes he is reaching the end of his career and limited opportunities beyond the walls of the stadium.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 7, 5:15 p.m.


Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez

Directed by Justin Webster

(Spain, 2015, 90 min.)

The incredible story of “Gabo,” or, as most of the world knows him, Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, comes to life in this wonderful documentary.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 2, 5:15 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 4, 1 p.m.


Los Hongos

Directed by Oscar Ruiz Navia

(Colombia/France/Argentina/Germany, 2014, 103 min.)

Stealing a few cans of paint after being fired from his construction gig, graffiti artist Ras is now free to skateboard the streets of Cali and tag the city walls. Along with his pal Calvin, a fine arts student, the two brainstorm a mural inspired by YouTube videos of the Arab Spring uprising.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 2, 10 p.m.,

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



Directed by Eileen Hofer

(Switzerland/Cuba, 2015, 70 min.)

The Grand Theatre of Havana may be run down, but passion for ballet still runs strong in Swiss filmmaker Eileen Hofer’s poetically observed documentary.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 6, 7 p.m.


Live Forever

(Qué viva la música)

Directed by Carlos Moreno

(Colombia/Mexico, 2015, 102 min.)

Disillusioned with society and her well-to-do upbringing, party girl María is intent on giving in to the music and movement of Cali. Exploring everything the night has to offer, she dives headfirst into a wave of self-destruction.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Oct. 5, 9:15 p.m.


A Moonless Night

(Una noche sin luna)

Directed by Germán Tejeira

(Uruguay/Argentina. 2014, 78 min.)

On New Year’s Eve, three lonely souls in the middle of Uruguay crave connection in this charming debut feature from Germán Tejeira.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 6, 5:15 p.m.


Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky

(Ukraine/U.S./U.K., 2015, 102 min.)

Through interviews with protesters, journalists, medical workers, artists and clergy representing multiple generations, social classes and nationalities, this documentary tells the story of a diverse movement that self-organized towards one common goal: the removal of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.


Opens Fri., Oct. 9