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Films – November 2017













The Breadwinner

Directed by Nora Twomey
(Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017, 93 min.)

This animated film tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the harsh rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. With her family facing starvation, Parvana cuts her hair and dresses as a boy to go out and look for work, risking discovery to try to find out if her father is still alive.

Landmark’s Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 24


Directed by Andy Serkis
(U.K., 2017, 117 min.)

When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s twin brothers and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema


Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
(U.S./Mexico/Spain, 2017, 93 min.)

This documentary showcases legendary performer Chavela Vargas, who led a life of passion, scandal, despair and triumph. Born in Costa Rica in 1919, she refused to conform to her family’s idea of gender norms and ran away from home at 14 to Mexico City to sing in the streets. She soon became a singing sensation of ranchera-style ballads, famed for raw passion and a unique voice, dressing in men’s clothes (English and Spanish).

West End Cinema

God’s Own Country

Directed by Francis Lee
(U.K., 2017, 104 min.)

In rural Yorkshire, isolated young sheep farmer Johnny numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe, employed for the lambing season, ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Landmark’s Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 10

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Directed by Simon Curtis
(U.K., 2017, 107 min.)

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

Human Flow

Directed by Ai Weiwei
(Germany, 2017, 145 min.)

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. “Human Flow,” a documentary journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico and Turkey.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Directed by Brett Morgen
(U.S., 2017, 90 min.)

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of British primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, considered the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
(U.K./Ireland, 2017, 116 min.)

Dr. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife and their two exemplary children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Last Flag Flying

Directed by Richard Linklater
(U.S., 2017, 124 min.)

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Nov. 10

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Directed by Bharat Nalluri
(Ireland/Canada, 2017)

This film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up the timeless tale of “A Christmas Carol.”

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Wed., Nov. 22

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Directed by Peter Landesman
(U.S., 2017, 103 min.)

Liam Neeson stars as “Deep Throat,” the pseudonym given to the notorious whistleblower for one of the greatest scandals of all time: Watergate.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

Murder on the Orient Express

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
(Malta/U.S., 2017)

A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish and suspenseful mystery in this story based on the Agatha Christie novel that follows 13 stranded strangers and one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Nov. 10

The Nine Muses

Directed by John Akomfrah
(Ghana/U.K., 2011, 94 min.)

Part documentary, part personal essay, this experimental film combines archive imagery with the striking wintry landscapes of Alaska to tell the story of immigrant experience coming into the U.K. from 1960 onwards.

National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m.


Directed by Margaret Betts
(U.S., 2017, 123 min.)

Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-1960s, “Novitiate” is about a young girl’s first initiation with love, in this case with God. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 3


Directed by Bong Jooh-ho
(South Korea/U.S., 2017, 120 min.)

In the guise of a family movie, this madcap anti-corporate satire follows a young girl and her “super-pig,” Okja, as they fight against a villainous corporation — led by the ever-superb Tilda Swinton, who plays both a hypocrite CEO and her scheming twin sister (English and Korean).

AFI Silver Theatre
Nov. 11 to 16
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

The Square

Directed by Ruben Östlund
(Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, 2017, 142 min.)

Christian is the handsome, sophisticated and somewhat smug curator of a contemporary art museum. His next show is “The Square,” an installation that invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish over-reaction to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations (English, Swedish and Danish).

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 3

The Stuart Hall Project

Directed by John Akomfrah
(U.K., 2013, 103 min.)

Combining archival imagery, home movies, and found footage with new material and a uniquely crafted soundtrack, this film spotlights Jamaica-born sociologist and theorist Stuart Hall (1932-2014), the founding father of cultural studies, the popular interdisciplinary field that has reworked the way in which cultural patterns are studied within societies.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 18, 4 p.m.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Directed by Martin McDonagh
(U.K./U.S., 2017, 115 min.)

In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Nov. 17

Victoria and Abdul

Directed by Stephen Frear
(U.K./U.S., 2017, 112 min.)

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Directed by Philippe Lioret
(France, 2009, 110 min.)

Kurdish teen Bilal has traveled all the way to the north of France in the hope of reuniting with his girlfriend in England. To get around a legal technicality, he decides to swim across the English Channel — even though he’s unable to swim. Simon Calmat, the local swimming instructor who is struggling with his own impending divorce, agrees to train Bilal for his grueling journey (part of “Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration”).

Embassy of France
Tue., Nov. 28, 7 p.m.



BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Directed by Robin Campillo
(France, 2017, 144 min.)

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions.

Landmark’s Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 17


Directed by Etienne Comar
(France, 2017, 117 min.)

In 1943, guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt delights Parisian audiences with his witty, life-affirming “gypsy swing” music. While many other Romani people find themselves the target of racist persecution, Django believes himself to be safe due to his popularity — until agents of the Nazi propaganda machine demand that he goes on tour to Germany in order to counteract the influence of “negro music” from the U.S. (French, German, English and Romani).

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

Faces Places

Directed by JR and Agnès Varda
(France, 2017, 90 min.)

Part documentary and part road movie, this enchanting film teams 89-year old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Fanfan la Tulipe

Directed by Christian-Jaque
(Italy/France, 1953, 102 min.)

“Fanfan la Tulipe” features the fabled Gérard Philipe playing a warrior figure and rogue who meets his match in Gina Lollobrigida’s gypsy.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m.

Farewell, My Queen

Directed by Benoît Jacquot
(France/Spain, 2012, 100 min.)

In July 1789, the French Revolution is rumbling. At Versailles, panic sets in and most of the aristocrats and servants desert the sinking ship, leaving the royal family, including Queen Marie-Antoinette, practically alone. But the queen’s reader, a young woman entirely devoted to her mistress, will not give her up under any circumstances (French, English, German and Italian).

National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 26, 4 p.m.


Directed by Boris Lojkine
(France, 2014, 86 min.)

Deep in the Sahara Desert, as they try to get to Europe, a young man from Cameroon rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. In a fiercely hostile world where safety requires staying with one’s own people, these two try to find their way together, and to love each other (part of “Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration”).

Embassy of France
Tue., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

The Paris Opera

Directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron
(Switzerland/France, 2017, 110 min.)

Autumn 2015, at the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director. Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season. But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting role complicate matters. As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary, but this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

La Pirogue

Directed by Moussa Touré
(France/Senegal/Germany, 2012, 87 min.)

Family man and expert seafarer Baye Laye is the captain of a pirogue — a brightly painted, wooden fishing vessel. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered the chance to lead one of the many pirogues that head to Europe via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts, knowing the dangers that lie ahead (French, Wolof and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Nov. 13, 7:15 p.m.



Directed Andres Veiel
(Germany, 2017, 107 min.)

Another world, mostly in rough black-and-white esthetics, captivates the viewer with the vividness of its protagonist: Joseph Beuys, who proves to be one of the most remarkable and visionary German artists and still seems — today, 31 years after his death — as ahead of our time as he was before (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Fri., Nov. 3, 9:15 p.m.

The Divine Order

Directed by Petra Volpe
(Switzerland, 2017, 96 min.)

Doing laundry, vacuuming, cooking and caring for her husband and two sons. That’s the submissive routine that Nora, a 45-year-old housewife from a Swiss village in the early ’70s, is stuck in. But when her husband refuses to allow her to work — a privilege granted to him by Swiss law — the quiet and well-liked Nora starts campaigning for equality and the right to vote (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Hanna’s Sleeping Dogs
(Hannas schlafende Hunde)

Directed by Andreas Gruber
(Austria/Germany, 2016, 120 min.)

Living with her mother and grandmother in the provincial Austrian town of Wels in the late 1960s, Johanna discovers a family secret: They are Jewish. This simple fact — in a time during which Nazi sympathy may have disappeared from the streets but not from peoples’ minds — throws her life into turmoil (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 5, 12 p.m.

LOMO – The Language of Many Others

Directed by Julia Langhof
(Germany, 2017, 101 min.)
(part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Simply put, Karl is the black sheep in his family. About to finish high school, he is already disillusioned and couldn’t differ more from his ambitious sister and his liberal parents. When he falls in love with Doro, he becomes convinced that everything is random and starts playing a dangerous game by uploading a sensitive video of Doro and himself online and letting his blog followers decide on his actions (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Fri., Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Michael Koch
(Germany, 2016, 100 min.)

(part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Marija is a young Ukrainian woman who has a simple dream: to one day have her own hair salon. Earning her living as a cleaning woman, she carefully puts away money each month to build her future life. But when she gets fired without notice, she is forced to look for alternatives (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 5, 4:45 p.m.

Night of a 1000 Hours
(Die Nacht der 1000 Stunden)

Directed by Virgil Widrich
(Austria/Luxembourg/Netherlands, 2016, 92 min.)

Philip, the ambitious heir of the Ullich family business, is confronted with very peculiar incidents when the family members gather at their palace in Vienna: His deceased ancestors suddenly re-appear from the dead and entrap Philip in a series of unforeseen events (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Sat., Nov. 4, 9 p.m.

In Times of Fading Light
(In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts)

Directed by Matti Geschonneck
(Germany, 2017, 100 min.)

In the early fall of 1989, the days of communist Germany are numbered, but in the living room of the Powileits, time stands still: It’s Wilhelm’s 90th birthday, and the former resistance fighter and exile is an unapologetically hardline communist veteran (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m.

The Young Karl Marx
(Der junge Karl Marx)

Directed by Raoul Peck
(France/Germany/Belgium, 2017, 112 min.)

In 1844, 26-year-old Karl Marx and his wife Jenny are living in exile in Paris. Indebted and troubled by an existential crisis, he meets the slightly younger Friedrich Engels, son of a factory owner, and the two inspire each other to write texts that lay the theoretical foundation for a revolution which, in their eyes, is inevitable (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Thu., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

Welcome to Germany
(Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)

Directed by Simon Verhoeven
(Germany, 2016, 116 min.)

Angela and Richard Hartmann and their two adult children are a well-off Munich family with everything in its proper order. Or so it seems. Until Angelika, a retired teacher, decides — against the will of her skeptical husband — to take in a young Nigerian refugee (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Sat., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Valeska Grisebach
(Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, 2017, 120 min.)

In Bulgaria near the Greek border, a group of German construction workers arrives in the remote, mountainous and almost desert-like hinterland to install a water supply works for the local village. The foreign countryside awakens the sense of adventure in the German workers, but they are also forced to confront their own prejudices and mistrust as they deal with language barriers and cultural differences (part of the “Film|Neu” festival).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Sat., Nov. 4, 4 p.m.



Blade of the Immortal
(Mugen no junin)

Directed by Takashi Miike
(Japan/U.K., 2017, 141 min.)

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen, in a mission that will change Manji in ways he could never imagine.

Landmark’s Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 3



Asura: The City of Madness

Directed by Kim Sung-su
(South Korea, 2016, 136 min.)

Bold, bloody, and chock-full of riveting performances and thrilling action scenes “Asura: The City of Madness” was inspired by several corruption cases that have made headlines in South Korea recently.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 5, 2 p.m.

Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno

Directed by Jung Yoon-suk
(South Korea, 2017, 120 min.)

Jung Yoon-suk’s appropriately irreverent documentary follows the anarchic exploits of the Bamseom Pirates, a politically outspoken, gleefully nonconformist two-man punk band.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 10, 7 p.m.


Directed by Lee Soo-yeon
(South Korea, 2017, 117 min.)

When a doctor hears a convincing murder confession from a sedated patient, he finds himself in the middle of an unsolved serial killer case in which dismembered bodies start appearing close to home.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Nov. 19, 9:20 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 22, 7 p.m.

Come Together

Directed by Shin Dong-il
(South Korea, 2016, 122 min.)

Shin Dong-il’s engaging, passionate film illustrates the toll Korea’s hyper-competitive society can take on an ordinary family. When middle manager Beom-gu is summarily fired from his job after 18 years, it throws his family into turmoil thanks to his increasingly violent rages, while his wife, now the sole breadwinner, starts cutting ethical corners in her job selling credit cards.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

The Merciless

Directed by Byun Sung-hyun
(South Korea, 2017, 117 min.)

This sleek, noir-tinged crime thriller tells the story of a seasoned gangster who meets an ambitious newbie in prison. After being released, the pair team up in a bid to take over an organized crime ring, but their relationship is shaken when they begin to discover what lies beneath their trust.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Nov. 20, 9:20 p.m.,
Tue., Nov. 21, 9:20 p.m.

The Truth Beneath

Directed by Lee Kyoung-mi
(South Korea, 2016, 102 min.)

When the young daughter of a news anchor-turned-politician goes missing on the eve of a close election, he decides to wait to report it to the police — mainly because his campaign promise is to “protect our children.” His wife has other ideas and launches her own desperate investigation, in the process unearthing a web of corruption and deceit that upends her formerly placid life.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

The Villainess

Directed by Jung Byung-gil
(South Korea, 2017, 129 min.)

Honed from childhood into a merciless killing machine by a criminal organization, assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent with the promise of freedom after 10 years of service — and she jumps at the chance for a normal life. But soon, secrets from her past threaten to destroy everything she’s worked for.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Nov. 17, 9:45 p.m.,
Sat., Nov. 18, 10 p.m.,
Wed., Nov. 22, 9:25 p.m.


Battleship Potemkin

Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
(U.S.S.R., 1925, 75 min.)

Focusing on one episode of the country’s revolutionary years, this agitprop spectacular is the story of a mutiny on a military ship anchored off the port of Odessa. Mistreated by the officers, sailors of “Potemkin” decide to fight, supported by sympathizers ashore.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Nov. 8, 7:45 p.m.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West

Directed by Lev Kuleshov
(U.S.S.R., 1924, 94 min.)

Mr. John West comes to Soviet Moscow on a mission, accompanied by his loyal sidekick, cowboy Jeddie. Right off the train, the clueless duo are warmly welcomed by a local gang of petty thieves, and hilarity ensues. Jokes targeting American ignorance about the young Bolshevik state comingle with the unintentional humor of the filmmaker’s own stereotypical ideas of Americans.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.


Directed by Boris Barnet
(U.S.S.R., 1933, 98 min.)

The unhurried life of a remote worker town in the Russian Empire is spun off its axis when the First World War breaks out. Men are drafted to fight, and soon, German prisoners of war are brought in. While considered arch-foes by many locals, others are able to see the enemy soldiers as fellow victims of war.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Nov. 20, 7:15 p.m.



Brimstone & Glory

Directed by Viktor Jakovleski
(U.S./Mexico, 2017, 67 min.)

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Plunging headlong into the fire with spectacularly beautiful cinematography, “Brimstone & Glory” honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 10


Pelle the Conqueror
(Pelle erobreren)

Directed by Bille August

(Denmark/Sweden, 1987, 157 min.)

This Oscar-winning drama follows a Swedish father and son escaping their impoverished life to make a new start in Denmark, where their loving relationship that sustains them through a difficult year on a new farm (Swedish and Danish).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Nov. 11, 12 p.m.