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Films – April 2016













The Midnight Orchestra

Directed by Jerome Cohen Olivar

(Morocco, 2015, 102 min.)

Michael Abitbol, the son of a once famous Jewish musician, returns to Casablanca for the first time after leaving Morocco as a child amidst racial tensions spurred by the Yom Kippur War (Arabic, English and French).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., April 5, 7:30 p.m.



Fahrenheit 451

Directed by François Truffaut

(U.K., 1966, 112 min.)

This adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi novel was a passion project François Truffaut spent years developing. Set in a future society where the printed word and reading are forbidden, Oskar Werner is employed as a “fireman” charged with bookburning. But when he encounters an underground organization known as the Bookmen — dedicated to preserving the great works, each member memorizing a book — his loyalties shift.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., April 8, 9:45 p.m.,

Mon., April 11, 9:20 p.m.,

Wed., April 13, 9:20 p.m.


From Up on Poppy Hill

Directed by Goro Miyazaki

(Japan, 2011, 91 min.)

Set in 1963, the story centers on an innocent romance between two high school kids caught up in the changing times. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji-era clubhouse from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom.

American Art Museum McEvoy Auditorium

Sat., April 16, 3 p.m.


Images and Reflections: A Journey into Adoor’s Imagery

Directed by Girish Kasaravalli

(India, 2015, 88 min.)

In this “conversation between two brilliant minds” (The Week), acclaimed Indian filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli explores the work of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, his equally esteemed contemporary and friend of four decades.

American University Forman Theater

Fri., April 8, 7 p.m.


Jason and the Argonauts

Directed by Don Chaffey

(U.K./U.S., 1963, 104 min.)

This enduring cult classic is best remembered for its groundbreaking stop-motion animation and special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen’s work in bringing to life a menagerie of fantastic beasts and frightening monsters, most memorably the skeleton warriors.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., April 9, 10:30 p.m.,

Sun., April 10, 6:45 p.m.,

Tue., April 12, 9:20 p.m.


A Letter to Momo

Directed by Hiroyuki Okiura

(Japan, 2011, 120 min.)

Moving with her mother to a remote Japanese island, Momo soon discovers in her attic three mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem as she tries to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side — and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her deceased father had been trying to tell her.

American Art Museum McEvoy Auditorium

Sat., April 16, 5 p.m.


Project Itoh: Empire of Corpses

(Shisha no teikoku)

Directed by Ryôtarô Makihara

(Japan, 2015, 120 min.)

Director Ryôtarô Makihara delivers a highly stylized, hold-onto-the-seat-of-your-pants modern anime adventure where corpse reanimation technology is so successful that it threatens to topple the living population.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., April 19, 7:15 p.m.,

Wed., April 20, 7:15 p.m.


Soft Vengeance

Directed by Abby Ginzberg

(U.S./South Africa, 2014, 84 min.)

Albie Sachs’ story illustrates the challenges faced by South Africans in a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., April 26, 7:30 p.m.



April and the Extraordinary World

(Avril et le monde truqué)

Directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci

(France/Belgium/Canada, 2016, 105 min.)

In this wildly imaginative sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe, April’s scientist parents were on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when they were mysteriously abducted. Ten years later, April lives alone with her beloved cat, Darwin (endowed with powers of speech thanks to one of her parents’ failed experiments), carrying on her family’s research in secret.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


The Bride Wore Black

(La mariée était en noir)

Directed by François Truffaut

(France/Italy, 1968, 107 min.)

In this exciting mix of taut suspense and terse black comedy, Jeanne Moreau tracks down and extracts vengeance on the five salauds who killed her husband on their wedding day.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., April 8, 7:40 p.m.,

Thu., April 14, 9 p.m.


Sabena Hijacking

Directed by Rani Sa’ar

(Israel, 2014, 100 min.)

On May 8, 1972, four hijackers from the Palestinian organization “Black September” took control of Sabena Flight 571. Masterfully blending cinematic reenactment and archival footage, this film tracks the 30 nerve-wracking hours that followed, with fascinating human, military and political drama unfolding inside and outside of the plane.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., April 19, 7:30 p.m.



The Raid: Redemption

(Serbuan maut)

Directed by Gareth Evans

(Indonesia/France/U.S., 2012, 101 min.)

One ruthless crime lord. Twenty elite cops. Thirty floors of chaos: A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Fri., April 15, 11:59 p.m.,

Sat., April 16, 11:59 p.m.



Howl’s Moving Castle

(Hauru no ugoku shiro)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

(Japan, 2005, 119 min.)

Sophie, a teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl, and is subsequently turned into a 90-year-old woman by the Wicked Witch of the Waste.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., April 2, 10:30 a.m.,

Sun., April 3, 10:30 a.m.


Miss Hokusai

Directed by Keiichi Hara

(Japan, 2015, 90 min.)

Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most famous Japanese artists. Few people know, however, that Hokusai had a talented daughter, O-ei, who sometimes collaborated with him. She is at the center of this award-winning film that tells the story of an eccentric family of artists, a troubled father-daughter relationship, and a free-spirited woman in early 19th-century Japan.

American Art Museum McEvoy Auditorium



Directed by Ishirô Honda

(Japan, 1962, 101 min.)

A giant moth heads for Tokyo, driven by a primal instinct to save its two diminutive singing guardians, who have been kidnapped (Japanese, English and Indonesian).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Fri., April 1, 11:59 p.m.,

Sat., April 2, 11:59 p.m.


The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

(K aguyahime no monogatari)

Directed by Isao Takahata

(Japan, 2013, 137 min.)

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her—but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., April 9, 1 p.m.,

Sun., April 10, 1 p.m.


When Marnie Was There

(Omoide no Mânî)

Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

(Japan, 2014, 103 min.)

Anna, a troubled, lonely 12-year-old orphan, is sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea, where she is drawn to a magnificent, apparently deserted mansion in the marshes. There, she encounters Marnie, a mysterious but out-going blonde, and they become friends.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., April 9, 10:30 a.m.,

Sun., April 10, 10:30 a.m.


The Wind Rises

(Kaze tachinu)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

(Japan, 2014, 126 min.)

Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers (Japanese, German, Italian and French).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., April 2, 1 p.m.,

Sun., April 3, 1 p.m.



A Climate for Crime

Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan

(India, 2008, 115 min.)

Set in British-ruled India in the 1940s, “A Climate for Crime” tells four stories of characters driven to misdeeds by the economic and social crises brought on by World War II — from petty theft to corruption to murder.

American University Forman Theater

Wed., April 13, 7 p.m.



The Clan

Directed by Pablo Trapero

(Argentina/Spain, 2015, 110 min.)

“The Clan” tells the true story of a middle-class family pulled into a world of kidnapping, ransom and murder by the family’s patriarch.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema




Directed by Can Evrenol

(Turkey, 2015, 97 min.)

What should be a routine night becomes a trip into the darkness of the mind and soul in this tour-de-force feature debut from director Can Evrenol, who appears in person.

Freer Gallery of Art

Tue., April 12, 7 p.m.



Directed by Tolga Karaçelik

(Turkey, 2015, 104 min.)

Tolga Karaçelik, who visited the Freer|Sackler with his film “Toll Booth” returns to Washington to present “Ivy,” a slow-burning thriller set aboard a ship stranded off the coast of Egypt. Forbidden from going ashore or getting paid until the vessel’s owner settles his debts, the skeleton crew comes into potentially deadly conflict as supplies run low and tensions rise.

Freer Gallery of Art

Mon., April 11, 7 p.m.