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Films – August 2016














The Blade

Directed by Tsui Hark

(Hong Kong, 1995, 100 min.)

This phantasmagoric action film, the director’s masterful tribute to the martial arts films of his youth, moves like an out-of-control freight train. Featuring rapid cutting, berserk camera movement, frenetic choreography, and compositions bursting with detail, “The Blade” shows one of the world’s best directors at the top of his game.

National Museum of American History

Sat., Aug. 6, 1 p.m.


Mountains May Depart

Directed by Jia Zhangke

(China/France/Japan, 2015, 131 min.)

At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic, Jia Zhangke’s new film also is an intensely moving study of how China’s economic boom and the resulting materialism have affected the bonds of family, tradition and love (Cantonese, Mandarin and English).

National Museum of American History

Sat., Aug. 20, 2 p.m.


The Red Wolf

Directed by Yuen Wo-ping

(Hong Kong, 1995, 92 min.)

The first African American to be inducted into the Hong Kong Stuntman’s Association, Bobby Samuels worked with some of Hong Kong’s biggest movie stars during his career there in the 1990s. Join him to close out the 21st Made in Hong Kong Film Festival with a screening and discussion of one of his films, the action-packed hostage drama “The Red Wolf.”

National Museum of American History

Sun., Aug. 7, 2 p.m.


A Terra-Cotta Warrior

Directed by Ching Siu-tung

(Hong Kong, 1990, 97 min.)

Two and a half years in the making, this was one of the most exquisite fantasy films to come out of Hong Kong in the 1990s, featuring a unique blend of romance, swashbuckling action and comedy. Zhang Yimou and Gong Li — then China’s cinematic power couple — star as an imperial soldier and the woman who brings him back to life after he’s spent centuries encased in clay in the emperor’s tomb.

National Museum of American History

Sat., Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m.



Home Care

(Domaci pece)

Directed by Slávek Horák

(Czech Republic, 2015, 92 min.)

Dedicated home care nurse Vlasta attends to her whimsical patients in her Southern Moravia country region. After Vlasta learns about her own serious illness and need for help, she has to reach outside of her comfort zone, but thanks to the daughter of one of her patients, who introduces her to an esoteric mentor, Vlasta starts to discover the realm of alternative healing, which leads to understanding herself, hopefully.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Aug. 10, 8 p.m.


Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Directed by Mandie Fletcher

(U.K./U.S., 2016)

Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at a fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


The African Queen

Directed by John Huston

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

Aug. 19 to 22


The American Friend

(Der Amerikanische freund)

Directed by Wim Wenders

(W. Germany/France, 1977, 127 min.)

Jonathan Zimmermann believes that he will soon die of leukemia and when unscrupulous American Tom Ripley learns of this, he exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes. He introduces Jonathan to an underworld figure who offers to hire the terminally ill man as a professional hit man (English and German).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 1, 7 p.m.


Breaking the Waves

Directed by Lars von Trier

(Denmark/Sweden/France/Netherlands/Norway, 1996, 158 min.)

In her big screen debut, Emily Watson gives a gutsy, Oscar-nominated performance in this stunning, emotionally draining work that cemented Lars von Trier’s reputation as international cinema’s bad-boy provocateur. Born into a remote and devout Scottish village, Watson is a loyal wife to oilrig worker Stellan Skarsgård, who suffers a debilitating injury. Bedridden and paralyzed, he sends Watson on increasingly debasing sexual escapades and demands that she return to report the details.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 27, 6:45 p.m.,

Wed., Aug. 31, 6:45 p.m.



Directed by Meera Menon

(U.S., 2016, 100 min.)

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 12


Florence Foster Jenkins

Directed by Stephen Frears

(U.K., 2016, 110 min.)

Meryl Streep stars as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreams of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 12


Funeral in Berlin

Directed by Guy Hamilton

(U.K., 1966, 102 min.)

Reprising the Harry Palmer character from “The Ipcress File,” Michael Caine sets off to East Berlin to assist Soviet security attaché Oskar Homolka in his bid to defect. There, he encounters Israeli secret agent Eva Renzi on a mission to track down Nazi war criminals. Are they after the same man? (Screens with “The Ipcress File” on Aug. 16.)

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 14, 4:45 p.m.,

Tue., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.



Directed by Paul Feig

(U.S., 2016, 116 min.)

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Angelika Mosaic


Gideon of Scotland Yard

Directed by John Ford

(U.K./U.S., 1958, 91 min.)

Detective Chief Inspector George Gideon (Jack Hawkins) has a busy docket for the day: a gang of bank robbers at large, an escaped mental patient from Manchester rumored to be on his way to London and an informant’s tip that one of his officers has been taking bribes. Can he crack all the cases in time to make it home for tea with his wife’s relatives and his daughter’s violin recital?

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 27 to Sept. 1


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Directed by Taika Waititi

(New Zealand, 2016, 93 min.)

Defiant city kid Ricky, raised on hip-hop and foster care, gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside, where he quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and his cantankerous Uncle Hec go on the run in the bush and a national manhunt ensues.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Directed by Steven Spielberg

(U.S., 1984, 118 min.)

This sequel chronicles the further adventures of Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), famously opening with a bravura action sequence that begins in a Shanghai nightclub and ends with the hero and his compatriots jumping out of a plane over the Himalayas without parachutes. This time out, an Indian death cult that has enslaved village children takes over the bad-guy roles from the Nazis.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 14, 7 p.m.,

Wed., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.



Directed by James Schamus

(U.S., 2016, 110 min.)

In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War (English and Hebrew).

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 5


The Infiltrator

Directed by Brad Furman

(U.K., 2016, 127 min.)

A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Angelika Mosaic


The Ipcress File

Directed by Sidney J. Furie

(U.K., 1965, 109 min.)

Looking for a different spin on the spy genre, Harry Saltzman, co-producer on the early James Bond films, cast Michael Caine as the bespectacled, unimposing Harry Palmer. Palmer may be a working stiff, but he’s a wised-up one, subtly sarcastic and wary of the old-boy network that’s made a mess of MI6 — just the man to root out a traitor in the ranks, as he’s called upon to do. (Screens with “Funeral in Berlin” on Aug. 16.)

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 13, 4:45 p.m.,

Tue., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.


Jason Bourne

Directed by Paul Greengrass

(U.S., 2016, 123 min.)

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne in the next chapter of the Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

Angelika Mosaic


Atlantic Plumbing

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Directed by Werner Herzog

(U.S., 2016, 98 min.)

Oscar-nominated Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon and the Sahara. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of our personal relationships.

Landmark’s Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 19


The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

(Greece/Ireland/Netherlands/U.K./France, 2016, 118 min.)

In this highly imaginative, absurdist comedy, Colin Farrell stars as a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, he lives in a dystopian society where single people have 45 days to find true love, or else they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Love & Friendship

Directed by Whit Stillman

(Ireland/Netherlands/France/U.S., 2016, 94 min.)

Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances and to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica — and herself too, naturally.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


The Music of Strangers

Directed by Morgan Neville

(U.S., 2016, 96 min.)

Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, the Silk Road Ensemble is an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, the documentary follows this group of diverse musicians as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.

West End Cinema


Morris from America

Directed by Chad Hartigan

(Germany/U.S., 2016, 91 min.)

This romantic tale follows the coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old African American boy living in Germany.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Aug. 26


Notebook on Cities and Clothes

(Aufzeichnungen zu kleidern und städten)

Directed by Wim Wenders

(W. Germany/France, 1989, 79 min.)

This “diary film,” as Wim Wenders calls it, investigates the similarities between the filmmaking craft and that of Tokyo-based fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, who, in the early 1980s, shocked and revolutionized the fashion world (English, French and Japanese).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Aug. 30, 7:15 p.m.


Our Kind of Traitor

Directed by Susanna White

(U.K./France, 2016, 108 min.)

While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When he asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, the couple gets caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics (English, Russian and French).

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema


Paris, Texas

Directed by Wim Wenders

(W. Germany/France/U.K., 1984, 147 min.)

This unconventional road movie tells the story of Travis, a man who wanders out of Mexico one day and into the blazing heat of Texas’s Big Bend. Travis does not speak a word; he also seems to have largely lost his memory. But he is driven by his wish to find his family again: his young wife, Jane, whose life he seems to have placed in danger through his pathological jealousy, and his 7-year-old son Hunter.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.


Raiders of the Lost Ark

Directed by Steven Spielberg

(U.S., 1981, 115 min.)

The rip-roaring, action-packed yarn careens from steamy South American jungle to snowy Nepalese mountaintop to dusty Egyptian desert — with Harrison Ford’s intrepid adventurer/archaeologist Indiana Jones battling Nazis to discover an ancient relic. (Screens with “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” on Aug. 18.)

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 12 to 18


Southside with You

Directed by Richard Tanne

(U.S., 2016, 81 min.)

This film chronicles the 1989 summer afternoon when the future U.S. president, Barack Obama, wooed his future first lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 26


The Spy Who Loved Me

Directed by Lewis Gilbert

(U.K., 1977, 125 min.)

Roger Moore’s best James Bond film boasts perhaps the franchise’s greatest opening action sequence, as Bond battles Soviet assassins on the ski slopes of the Austrian Alps, and finally parachutes off a precipice.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 6, 5 p.m.,

Wed., Aug. 10, 7:15 p.m.


The State of Things

(Der stand der dinge)

Directed by Wim Wenders

(U.S., 1983, 121 min.)

In this highly personal film about filmmaking in Europe and America, a film crew is stranded at the westernmost tip of Europe. That film’s director, Friedrich Munro, finally sets out for Los Angeles to search for the missing producer, finding him on Sunset Boulevard, where he is hiding from the Mafiosi or loan sharks who are after him. The following morning, the two must pay with their lives for their black-and-white film adventure.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 15, 7:10 p.m.


Swiss Army Man

Directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan

(U.S., 2016, 95 min.)

Hank is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny washes up on shore and the two become friends.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema



Directed by Wim Wenders

(U.S./W. Germany, 1985, 92 min.)

Wim Wenders spotlights the “holy treasure of cinema”: Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, who made 54 films (English, German and Japanese).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.



The Innocents

(Les innocents)

Directed by Anne Fontaine

(France/Poland, 2016, 115 min.)

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of World War II German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent. Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the new anti-Catholic Communist government and facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to the worker as their belief and traditions clash with harsh realities (French, Polish and Russian).

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema


My King

(Mon roi)

Directed by Maïwenn

(France, 2016, 124 min.)

Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio. Why did they love each other? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion?

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Aug. 26


Phantom Boy

Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol

(France/Belgium, 2016, 84 min.)

In this stylish noir caper set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York, Leo is a bedridden 11-year-old with a secret: He has discovered that he can float free from his body, able to explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in hospital he befriends Alex, a New York City cop recovering from an injury received while attempting to stop a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective smarts to foil the plot and save New York from destruction.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Directed by Lars Kraume

(Germany, 2016, 105 min.)

In 1957 Germany, Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann, the lieutenant colonel responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews who is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and, by doing so, commits treason (German, English and Yiddish).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.


Wrong Move

Directed by Wim Wenders

(W. Germany, 1975, 103 min.)

Northern Germany, Bonn, a palace along the Rhine, a housing project on the outskirts of Frankfurt and finally the Zugspitze — these are the stations of the journey that the young Wilhelm Meister hopes will save him from the gloomy irritability and despondency that plague him in his hometown. In unfamiliar places, he thinks that he will be able to do what he has always had an uncontrollable drive to do — to write.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 8, 7:25 p.m.



The Kind Words

Directed by Shemi Zarhin

(Israel/Canada, 2015, 118 min.)

This quirky and wry comedy follows three Jewish Israeli siblings who, in the wake of their mother’s death, learn the man who raised them is not their biological dad. The revelation sends them on a road trip from Israel across France to discover the truth about their real father.

The Avalon Theatre


A Tale of Love and Darkness

Directed by Natalie Portman

(Israel, 2016, 95 min.)

Natalie Portman stars in and directs this drama based on the memoir of Amos Oz, a writer, journalist and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Landmark’s Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 19



Our Little Sister

(Umimachi Diary)

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

(Japan, 2015, 128 min.)

Three sisters live together in their late grandmother’s house ever since their father left home for another woman. After the death of their father, the trio learn about the existence of a 13-year-old half-sister, who comes to live with them.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema



Dragon Inn

Directed by King Hu

(Taiwan, 1967, 111 min.)

The Chinese wuxia (martial arts) picture was never the same after this legendary film by King Hu. During the Ming dynasty, the emperor’s minister of defense is framed by a powerful court eunuch and executed, and his family is pursued by secret police. In the ensuing chase, a mysterious band of strangers begins to gather at the remote Dragon Gate Inn, where paths (and swords) will cross.

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 5 to 11


Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fenyang

Directed by Walter Salles

(France/Brazil, 2014, 99 min.)

Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles accompanies the prolific Chinese director Jia Zhangke on a walk down memory lane as Jia revisits his hometown and other locations from his ever-growing body of work. At each location, the two directors visit Jia’s family, friends and former colleagues.

National Portrait Gallery

Sun., Aug. 21, 4:30 p.m.


A Touch of Zen

Directed by King Hu

(Taiwan, 1971, 200 min.)

In King Hu’s grandest wuxia (martial arts) work, a fugitive noblewoman at risk of being captured and executed, hides in a small village and then must escape into the wilderness with a shy scholar and two aides. There, the quartet face a massive group of fighters and are joined by a band of Buddhist monks surprisingly skilled in the art of battle.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 21, 5:15 p.m.,

Thu., Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.




Directed by Marcel L’Herbier

(France, 1924, 121 min.)

Filmed three years before the much better known “Metropolis,” “L’Inhumaine” is a groundbreaking science fiction film directed by French filmmaker Marcel L’Herbier, who led a team of contributors drawn from the leading lights of the European avant-garde art world (with French intertitles and English subtitles).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 13, 7:15 p.m.




Directed by Jayro Bustamante

(Guatemala/France, 2015, 93 min.)

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for 17-year-old Maria by her Kaqchikel parents (Spanish and Maya).

Landmark’s Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 26