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Films – November 2016















The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Directed by Greg Palast, David Ambrose

(U.S., 2016)

Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck — designed to steal a million minority votes by November — and the billionaires who finance it.

Angelika Pop-Up


Directed by Kirsten Johnson

(U.S., 2016, 102 min.)

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage collected over the 25-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Certain Women

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

(U.S., 2016, 107 min.)

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Directed by Antonio Campos

(U.K./U.S., 2016, 115 min.)

Christine Chubbuck, always the smartest person in the room at her local Florida news station, feels like she is destined for bigger things. Plagued by self-doubt, depression and a tumultuous home life, however, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a spiraling personal life and career crisis, which ends when she commits suicide on air.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Directed by Mick Jackson

(U.S./U.K., 2016, 119 min.)

The whole world knows the Holocaust happened. Now she needs to prove it. Based on the acclaimed book, “Denial” recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

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.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

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 go on the run in the bush and a national manhunt ensues.

West End Cinema


Directed by Jeff Nichols

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

Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 11

Miss Hokusai

Directed by Keiichi Hara

(Japan, 2016, 93 min.)

In the teeming capitol city of Edo in 1814 everyone flocks to see the work of the famous painter Hokusai, while his talented daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio, unrecognized and left to clean up after her father’s messes.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Queen of Katwe

Directed by Mira Nair

(South Africa/U.S., 2016, 124 min.)

“Queen of Katwe” is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Saving Mes Aynak

Directed by Brent E. Hoffman

(U.S., 2014, 60 min.)

Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori races to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site from imminent demolition by a Chinese state-owned mining company in this documentary.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 27, 4:30 p.m.


Directed by Oliver Stone

(U.S./Germany/France, 2016, 134 min.)

NSA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

West End Cinema

Thank You for Your Service

Directed by Tom Donahue

(U.S., 2016, 88 min.)

“Thank You for Your Service” takes aim at our superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that result.

West End Cinema

We Are X

Directed by Stephen Kijak

(U.K./Japan/U.S., 2016, 93 min.)

X Japan ignited a musical revolution in Japan during the late ’80s with their melodic metal and flamboyant fashion. Two decades after their tragedy-fueled split, enigmatic leader Yoshiki battles physical and spiritual demons alongside Western prejudices in a final attempt to bring their music to the world (English and Japanese).

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Nov. 4




Directed by Shirel Amitay

(France/Israel, 2015, 91 min.)

In 1995 Israel, three sisters fight their personal demons and those of a nation as they deal with the sale of their inherited property (French and Hebrew).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Being 17

(Quand on a 17 ans)

Directed by André Téchiné

(France, 2016, 116 min.)

Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different backgrounds who go to the same high school near the Pyrenees and are constantly fighting. Damien is the gawky son of a doctor and a military pilot stationed abroad; he can’t seem to stop staring at exotically handsome Thomas, the adopted biracial son of local farmers, who initially reacts with hostility (French and Spanish).

Landmark’s Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 11

Belle de Jour

Directed by Luis Buñuel

(France/Italy, 1967, 101 min.)

One moment, doctor Jean Sorel and wife Catherine Deneuve are exchanging bland “I-love-yous” from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage; in the next the bored housewife starts spending her afternoons at a high-class brothel (French and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Nov. 19 to 23

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

(Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie)

Directed by Luis Buñuel

(France, 1972, 102 min.)

A series of surrealistically dashed dinner plans — reasons ranging from a wake taking place in the adjoining room to soldiers bivouacking on the lawn — escalates into sexual, political — and even cinematic — shenanigans (French and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 20, 9:30 p.m.,

Wed. Nov. 23, 7 p.m.


Directed by Paul Verhoeven

(France/Germany/Belgium, 2016, 130 min.)

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Landmark’s Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 18


24 Weeks

(24 Wochen)

Directed by Anne Zohra Berrached

(Germany, 2016, 102 min.)

“24 Weeks” tells the story of cabaret performer Astrid who, six months pregnant, learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband have a choice, but little time (part of “Film|Neu: New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m.

All of a Sudden

(Auf Einmal)

Directed by Asli Özge

(Germany/Netherlands/France, 2016, 112 min.)

After a party in Karsten’s apartment, everyone leaves except one mysterious woman. How could he have known that in this moment of weakness, his well-established life in a small provincial German town would spiral out of control? (Part of “Film|Neu: New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.”)

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

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

B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 197901989

Directed by Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange

(Germany, 2015, 92 min.)

Before the Iron Curtain fell, everything and anything seemed possible. This is a fast-paced collage of mostly unreleased film and TV footage from a frenzied but creative decade, starting with punk and ending with the Love Parade, in a city where it was not about long-term success, but about living for the moment (part of “Film|Neu: New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.


Directed by Sabine Hiebler, Gerhard Ertl

(Austria, 2015, 93 min.)

Mae roams the streets of Vienna as a punk in her dead brother’s Converse shoes. She’s not interested in bourgeois life, but in stronger experiences. When she is sent to an AIDS center to work off a punishment, she meets Paul, who takes Mae as she is (part of “Film|Neu: New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 5, 9:15 p.m.

Fukushima, mon Amour

(Grüße aus Fukushima)

Directed by Doris Dörrie

(Germany 2016, 108 min.)

Young Marie heads to Japan to escape her broken dreams and attempt to spread a little cheer among the victims of the triple catastrophe in Fukushima. Quickly realizing she isn’t up to the task, she’s about to give up when she meets the headstrong Satomi, Fukushima’s last geisha. Despite their differences, the two women develop a bond (part of “Film|Neu: New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Fri., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.

A Heavy Heart


Directed by Thomas Stuber

(Germany, 2015, 109 min.)

Former Eastern German boxing champ Herbert has not been a winner in life since the fall of the Berlin Wall. When the hard up bouncer and debt collector suddenly collapses with spasms of pain and is diagnosed with a fatal neural disease, Herbert struggles with himself and the hard outer shell he’s cultivated over time (part of “Film|Neu: New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Fri., Nov. 4, 8:30 p.m.


Directed by Alan Gsporner

(Germany/Switzerland, 2015, 111 min.)

After charming her reclusive grandfather and falling in love with the beautiful mountain he calls home, Heidi is uprooted and sent to Frankfurt where she befriends Klara, a young girl confined to a wheelchair (part of “Film|Neu: New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

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

Me and Kaminski

(Ich und Kaminski)

Directed by Wolfgang Becker

(Germany, 2015, 124 min.)

In this tragicomic road movie, unsuccessful young journalist Sebastian Zöllner is writing an article on the legendary but almost forgotten painter Manuel Kaminski. Zöllner’s ulterior motive soon becomes obvious: The sooner Kaminski dies, the sooner he can become famous (part of “Film|Neu: New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Thu., Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

Time to Say Goodbye

Directed by Viviane Andereggen

(Germany, 2015, 82 min.)

A lovesick German boy faces the aftermath of his parent’s split — and a slice of his manhood — in this laugh-out-loud coming-of-age comedy.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.



Directed by Michael Krummenacher, Jan Gassmann

(Switzerland/Germany, 2015, 99 min.)

A hurricane of catastrophic proportions is brewing over Switzerland. The country is in a state of emergency. Ten young Swiss filmmakers imagine how the Swiss would deal with the worst possible disaster: the downfall of their country (part of “Film|Neu: New Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 6, 5 p.m.



Early Summer

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

(Japan, 1951, 124 min.)

In this astute tale of marriage and intergenerational conflict, the tradition-minded Mamiya family agrees that it is time for their daughter (Setsuko Hara) to be married. Declining an offer to be matched with a prominent businessman, she impulsively decides to marry a childhood friend in a faraway village, fulfilling her family’s desire, while simultaneously delivering a crushing disappointment.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Nov. 14, 9 p.m.,

Tue., Nov. 15, 7:05 p.m.

The Idiot

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

(Japan, 1951, 166 min.)

In Akira Kurosawa’s ambitious transposition of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 19th-century novel to post-World War II Japan, a man, shaken by his recent near-death experiences, is incapable of anything but utter candor — an idiot, in the eyes of society.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 6, 6:45 p.m.

Late Spring

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

(Japan, 1949, 108 min.)

A widowed professor’s daughter (Setsuko Hara) is reluctant to leave her father by himself, but it’s time for her to marry. As various candidates are considered, the dutiful daughter’s resistance seems to stiffen.

AFI Silver Theatre

Nov. 13 to 17

Tokyo Story

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

(Japan, 1953, 136 min.)

Two aging parents visit Tokyo to see their children — a busy doctor and a hard-boiled hairdresser — only to be shunted aside on sightseeing trips and the father’s bender with old pals. Only their widowed daughter-in-law (Setsuko Hara) is sympathetic and attentive.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 20, 7 p.m.,

Tue., Nov. 22, 7 p.m.



The Eagle Huntress

Directed by Otto Bell

(U.K./Mongolia/U.S., 2016, 87 min.)

This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 4



The Handmaiden


Directed by Chan-wook Park

(South Korea, 2016, 144 min.)

In this gripping and sensual tale of two women, a young Japanese lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance (Korean and Japanese).

Landmark’s Cinema




Directed by Zhao Liang

(China/France, 2016, 91 min.)

Artist and independent filmmaker Zhao Liang’s latest work is the stunningly beautiful yet essentially unnerving depiction of a green and pastoral China about to be undone by expanding coal mines.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Nov. 26, 4 p.m.

Stage Sisters

Directed by Xie Jin

(China, 1964, 112 min.)

A Sirkian melodrama of the highest order — put to the service of Maoist principles of loyalty and sacrifice — “Stage Sisters” follows the lives, loves and artistry of an itinerant Chinese opera company during the 1930s and 1940s.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Nov. 26, 1:30 p.m.



The Cave of the Silken Web

Directed by Dan Duyu

(China, 1927, 60 min.)

In 1927, Chinese film pioneer Dan Duyu and his wife (and leading lady) Yin Mingzhu made what is believed to be the first screen adaptation of “Journey to the West.” This 16th-century novel allegorizes the 7th-century Buddhist monk Xuanzang and his epic journey to India to procure Buddhist scriptures, passing through Dunhuang on his way back to China (silent with Chinese, Norwegian and English intertitles).

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Nov. 12, 1 p.m.



The Brute

(El Bruto)

Directed by Luis Buñuel

(Mexico, 1953, 81 min.)

A slumlord hires a simple-minded strongman nicknamed “El Bruto” to forcibly evict his troublemaking tenants. But El Bruto is sensitive to the plight of others, and his pangs of conscience lead him to rebel.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Nov. 4, 5 p.m.,

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

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

(Ensayo de un Crimen)

Directed by Luis Buñuel

(Mexico, 1955, 89 min.)

Convinced from a young age that his music box has the power to kill, Archibaldo de la Cruz grows up to be a wannabe serial killer whose attempts at a sex-murder are repeatedly thwarted by kismet.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.


Directed by Luis Buñuel

(Mexico, 1959, 94 min.)

Padre Nazario wishes to live a life of modesty and quiet devotion in pre-Revolutionary Mexico, ministering to the poor and living ascetically. But he attracts first one disciple, his mentally unstable neighbor, and then another, a hotheaded prostitute, with trouble following them everywhere they go.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 13, 5 p.m.



A Man Called Ove

(En man som heter)

Directed by Hannes Holm

(Sweden, 2016, 116 min.)

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema