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Films – November 2015












Directed by Ask Hasselbalch

(Denmark, 2014, 77 min.)

When 12-year-old Pelle is accidentally bitten by a genetically modified ant, he develops unimaginable superpowers, amazing strength and sticky hands.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 7, 11:15 a.m.


Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury

Directed by Ask Hasselbalch

(Denmark/Germany, 2014, 80 min.)

Antboy returns in this explosive sequel to the original crime-fighting blockbuster movie! Picking up where he left off, Antboy soon finds his world thrust back into the realm of danger when a menacing new band of supervillains arise.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 8, 11:10 a.m.


Beasts of No Nation

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

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

Idris Elba stars in the gripping tale of a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

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

From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama “Difret,” based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights.

AFI Silver Theatre



Directed by John Goldschmidt

(U.K./Hungary, 2014, 94 min.)

Curmudgeonly widower Nat obstinately clings to his livelihood as a Kosher bakery shop owner in London’s East End. With a dwindling clientele, he reluctantly enlists the help of Ayyash, a teenage refugee from Darfur. When Ayyash accidentally adds a not-so-Kosher ingredient to the leavening process, the challah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.


Frame by Frame

Directed by Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli

(U.S., 2015, 85 min.)

Set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with color and character, “Frame by Frame” follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape—reframing the country for the world and for themselves (English, Pashto and Dari).

Freer Gallery of Art

Thu., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.


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


Kandahar Journals

Directed by Louie Palu and Devin Gallagher

(Canada/U.S./Afghanistan, 2015, 76 min.)

A photojournalist’s firsthand reflections while covering war, “Kandahar Journals” follows Louie Palu’s experiences with several Canadian and American regiments for five years.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Nov. 7, 3 p.m.


A Monster in Paris

(Un monster a Paris)

Directed by Bibo Bergeron

(France, 2011, 90 min.)

(English and French).

After a shy movie projectionist and a wacky part-time inventor accidentally unleash a mysterious monster from an eccentric scientist’s greenhouse, all of Paris is in a panicked uproar! But the monster — a giant flea named Francoeur — is actually not only quite harmless, he’s also a talented singer, guitar player and stylish dresser.

Alliance Française

Wed., Nov. 4, 4 p.m.



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



Directed by Sarah Gavron

(U.K./France, 2015, 106 min.)

In 1912, the U.K. is seeing an increased public presence of the Suffragettes, whose rallying cry is “Votes for Women!” Their efforts at resistance over the years have been passive, but as the women face increasingly aggressive police action, they engage in public acts of civil disobedience endangering property — but never human life.

AFI Silver Theatre

Opens Fri., Nov. 6


Jane B par Agnès V

Directed by Agnès Varda

(France, 1988, 97 min.)

The many faces of actress Jane Birkin are revealed in Jane B par Agnès V, a collaboration between two great talents (Agnès Varda and Birkin) and a study of their long friendship.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 22, 4 p.m.


La Pointe Courte

Directed by Agnès Varda

(France, 1955, 86 min.)

In this luminous early tour de force, Agnès Varda documents the lives of local waterman and the daily rhythms of a village near her childhood home on the Mediterranean coast — as she concurrently develops a fictionalized portrait of a young city couple who go there.

American University McKinley Building

Wed., Nov. 4, 7 p.m.


Burden of Dreams

(Die Last der Träume)

Directed by Les Blank

(U.S., 1981, 95 min.)

This documentary, with rare footage of Mick Jagger and Jason Robards, captures the chaos of creating the film “Fitzcarraldo” in the jungles of Peru and Ecuador (German, Spanish and English).


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


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Directed by Robert Weine

(Germany, 1920, 75 min.)

In the ultimate German expressionist movie, Caligari, a pretentious fairground huckster, arrives in a new town with the mysterious Cesare, a somnambulist who carries out unspeakable crimes.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.


From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses

(Von Caligari zu Hitler. Das Deutsches Kino im Zeitalter der Massen)

Directed by Rüdiger Suchsland

(Germany, 2014, 118 min.)

The clip’s the thing in this exciting feature-length documentary adaptation of Siegfried Kracauer’s pioneering and still essential 1947 critical history “From Caligari to Hitler.”

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 8, 2 p.m.,

Mon., Nov. 9, 9 p.m.


Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents

(Dora oder die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern)

Directed by Stina Werenfels

(Switzerland/Germany, 2015, 90 min.)

Shortly after her 18th birthday, the intellectually disabled Dora is taken off heavy medication and promptly makes borderline-explicit life choices that raise many troubling questions.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.,

Wed., Nov. 11, 8:30 p.m.


The Drift


Directed by Karim Patwa

(Switzerland, 2015, 93 min.)

Young car enthusiast Robert is out of prison after unintentionally killing a child during a street race involving an extreme driving technique known as drifting. He develops an intense relationship with Alice, but a revelation will forever change both of their lives.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 8, 8:30 p.m.,

Wed., Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.


Go Trabi Go

Directed by Peter Timm

(Germany, 1991, 92 min.)

After reunification, a Trabi becomes a convertible on a family road trip to Naples full of incidents.


Mon., Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m.


Kebab Connection

Directed by Anno Saul

(Germany, 2005, 96 min.)

Hamburg-born Ibo aspires to make the first German kung-fu movie — until his German girlfriend gets pregnant (German, Greek and Turkish).


Mon., Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.


The King’s Surrender

(Wir waren Könige)

Directed by Philipp Leinemann

(Germany, 2014, color, 104 min.)

In the less desirable sections of an unnamed, graffiti-strewn metropolis, an efficient, perpetually underfunded SWAT team is having a run of bad luck in this sweeping criminal character study.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 7, 5 p.m.,

Sun., Nov. 8, 12 p.m.


Late Bloomers

(Die Herbstzeitlosen)

Directed by Bettina Oberli

(Switzerland, 2006, 90 min.)

After her husband passes away, Martha decides to transform their grocery store into a saucy lingerie shop (German and Swiss-German).


Mon., Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.


Ma Folie

Directed by Andrina Mračnikar

(Austria, 2015, 100 min.)

On vacation in Paris, a child therapist meets fellow an Austrian but ends the relationship due to his jealousy and manipulation. As her own life sinks into paranoia and fear, however, she begins to question her decision.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 7, 3 p.m.,

Mon., Nov. 9, 7 p.m.


The Misplaced World

(Die abhandene Welt)

Directed by Margarethe von Trotta

(Germany, 2015, 100 min.)

After German lounge singer Sophie loses her mother, father Paul discovers that New York opera singer Caterina could have been her identical twin (German, English and Italian).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 7, 1:15 p.m.,

Sun., Nov. 8, 4:15 p.m.


Wacken 3D

Directed by Norbert Heitker

(Germany, 2014, 95 min.)

Maybe you’ve heard of Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest heavy metal festival, now in its 25th year. No? Well, you’ll certainly hear it during this special 3D screening (German and English).


Sat., Nov. 7, 2:30 p.m.


We are Young. We are Strong.

(Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark.)

Directed by Burhan Qurbani

(Germany, 2014, 127 min.)

In August 1992, three years after the wall came down and Germany reunified, anti-immigration rioting jolted the former East German port city of Rostock. This timely drama recreates an event that helped push a calcified society into the modern, multicultural Germany of today.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Tue., Nov. 10, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.


Who Am I: No System is Safe

(Who Am I—Kein System ist sicher)

Directed by Baran bo Odar

(Germany, 2014, 105 min.)

A garden-variety contemporary nerd, Benjamin has no friends at school and few social skills, but there’s one thing he understands: computers. Before long, he’s part of an anonymous hacking collective.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Fri., Nov. 6, 7 and 9:30 p.m.,

Sat., Nov. 7, 10 p.m.


The Whole Shebang

(Alles Inklusive)

Directed by Doris Dörrie

(Germany, 2014, 124 min.)

In this warm, humorous film, lovelorn Apple, with French pug Dr. Freud in tow, follows her mother to the Spanish beach of her counter-culture childhood.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Thu., Nov. 12, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.



Directed by Sebastian Schipper

(Germany, 2015, 138 min.)

Photographed in a single, uninterrupted take on 22 locations with actors improvising dialogue from the framework of the story arc, this thriller set in Berlin’s Mitte district features genial young Madrid-based waitress Victoria ensnared as an accomplice in a desperate deed.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 7, 7 p.m.


Gangs of Wasseypur 1

Directed by Anurag Kashyap

(India, 2013, 159 min.)

This ambitious and extraordinary blood- and bullets-fueled crime saga has been called Indian cinema’s answer to Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” It charts 70 years in the lives — and spectacular deaths — of two organized-crime families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.


Gangs of Wasseypur 2

Directed by Anurag Kashyap

(India, 2013, 158 min.)

Familiarity with part one of Anurag Kashyap’s gangland epic is encouraged but not required to enjoy its thrilling second half, in which crime boss Sardar Khan’s son Faizal takes over the family’s operation. Faizal reluctantly evolves from a listless stoner into a ruthless yet vulnerable kingpin of a fragile empire.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 8, 2 p.m.


Capone Cries A Lot

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1985, 128 min.)

In this surreal comic confection, a traditional naniwa-bushi singer moves to Prohibition-era San Francisco. He goes in search of Al Capone, whom he mistakenly believes is president, hoping to impress the gangster with his singing and popularize the art form in the States.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 22, 2 p.m.


Carmen from Kawachi

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1966, 89 min.)

A 1960s riff on the opera “Carmen,” this picaresque tale sends its heroine from the countryside to Osaka and Tokyo in search of success as a singer. Her journey is fraught with exploitation and abuse at the hands of nefarious men — until Carmen seeks revenge.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Nov. 20, 7 p.m.


Eight Hours of Fear

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1957, 77 min.)

When their train is trapped by a landslide, passengers — including a murderer escorted by police officers — pile into a bus to proceed through the rugged countryside. Meanwhile, two bank robbers are loose in the vicinity. As the travelers’ journey continues, the danger mounts and tempers begin to fray.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 1, 3 p.m.


Passport to Darkness

(Ankoku no Ryoken)

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1959, 88 min.)

In this stylish film noir, a trombonist goes on an all-night bender after his wife disappears during their honeymoon. When he returns home to find her corpse in their apartment, he sets off on a frantic quest to find her killer by piecing together a night he can’t remember.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 1, 1 p.m.


The Sleeping Beast Within

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1960, 86 min.)

A businessman vanishes upon his return from an overseas trip, and his daughter hires a reporter to help find him. When the father reappears, the reporter becomes suspicious and starts digging deeper, uncovering a secret world of heroin smuggling and murder.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 15, 1 p.m.


Smashing the O-Line

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1960, 83 min.)

This crime thriller features one of the most nihilist characters in Seijun Suzuki’s early films: Katiri, a reporter so ambitiously amoral that he’ll sell out anyone — including his partner and the drug dealer he’s sleeping with — to get a scoop. But what happens when an even more ruthless female gang boss kidnaps his sister?

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 15, 3 p.m.


A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1977, 93 min.)

Nearly a decade after being fired by Nikkatsu Studios, Seijun Suzuki returned to the director’s chair with this titillating tale of a model who is groomed to become a professional golfer as a publicity stunt. When she turns out to be good at the sport, her success leads a deranged fan to hatch a blackmail scheme.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Nov. 13, 7 p.m.


The Assassin

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Taiwan/China/Hong Kong/France, 2015, 107 min.)

In 9th-century China, a young woman is abducted as a child from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

AFI Silver Theatre


I Am Cuba

Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov

(Cuba/Soviet Union, 1964, 143 min.)

The dazzling, black-and-white “I Am Cuba” was a gesture of Soviet-Cuban friendship in the early 1960s. Constructed as a sequence of painterly tableaux, the film conveys views of Yankee imperialism, a passionate Cuban revolutionary spirit and the devotion of farmers and students to the cause (Spanish and English).

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Nov. 28, 2 p.m.


Tango Glories

Directed by Oliver Kolker and Hernán Findling

(Argentina, 2014, 117 min.)

Committed to an institution decades ago, and suffering from PTSD and depression, Fermin breaks out of his isolation with the help of an ambitious young doctor, who connects to Fermin through the language of the Argentinean tango.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.