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Films – November 2011



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Directed by Mohamed Diab
(Egypt, 2010, 100 min.)
Three women from different ends of Cairo’s complex social hierarchy each do their part to combat sexual harassment in the city.
Sat., Nov. 5, 6:45 p.m.,
Sun., Nov. 6, 2:30 p.m.

18 Days
(Tamantashar yom)
Multiple directors
(Egypt, 2011, 125 min.)
It took 18 days for Egyptians to change the course of history. This documentary showcases 10 short films produced by 10 directors and their crews about the January 25 revolution in Egypt.
Sat., Nov. 5, 4 p.m.,
Sat., Nov. 6, 4:30 p.m.

Cairo Exit
Directed by Hesham Issawi
(Egypt, 2010, 96 min.)
A pair of star-crossed lovers struggles to achieve a better future in this powerful, raw drama about life in contemporary Cairo.
Thu., Nov. 3, 8:30 p.m.,
Fri., Nov. 4, 8:30 p.m.

An Ideal Family
Directed by Akram Farid
(Egypt, 2010, 90 min.)
A supposedly “normal” family competes to win the title of the “ideal family” on a television show, and hilarity ensues during the filming of their daily lives.
Fri., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.

Man Without a Cell Phone
(Ish lelo selolari)
Directed by Sameh Zoabi
(Belgium/Israel/France/Palestine, 2010, 78 min.)
A restless young concrete worker just wants to have fun with his friends, talk on his cell phone and find love in this humorous, sharp take on the social milieu of a Palestinian village inside Israel. (Arabic and Hebrew)
Thu., Nov. 3, 6:45 p.m.,
Sun., Nov. 6, 12:45 p.m.


Directed by Konstantin Bojanov
(Bulgaria, 2011, 86 min.)
Two troubled teens reveal secrets about themselves as they hitchhike across Bulgaria to an uncertain destiny. (Bulgarian and English; EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


Directed by Jan Hřebejk
(Czech Republic, 2011, 98 min.)
A disturbed girl with a fanciful imagination accuses her physical therapist of abuse in this psychological thriller about the sanctity of a young girl’s word. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre

Long Live the Family
(Rodina je základ státu)
Directed by Robert Sedláček;
(Czech Republic, 2011, 106 min.)
A successful banking executive, facing prison after fraud is uncovered at his firm, escapes with his family to the Moravian countryside in this drama about relationships set against the backdrop of the current economic crisis. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre

Walking Too Fast
Directed by Radim Špaček
(Czech Republic/Slovakia, 2009, 95 min.)
Set in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s, a tyrannical member of the secret police, bored with everything, breaks the rules when he tries to win over an unattainable young woman in a purely personal act of rebellion.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.


A Funny Man
Directed by Martin P. Zandvliet
(Denmark, 2011)
This biography examines the life of Dirch Passer, one of Denmark’s most prolific actors who’s renowned for his improvisational skills. (EU Film Showcases)
AFI Silver Theatre


Directed by Michaël R. Roskam
(Belgium, 2011, 124 min)
A young cattle farmer is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious beef trader in this tragedy about fate, lost innocence, friendship, crime and punishment, and the irreversibility of a man’s destiny. (Dutch and French; EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


Directed by Roland Emmerich
(U.K./Germany, 2011, 130 min.)
Set in the political snake pit of Elizabethan England, this thriller advances the theory that the true author of Shakespeare’s plays was Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford. (English, French, Italian and ancient Greek)
AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Barefoot Contessa
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(U.S./Italy, 1954, 128 min.)
Related in flashback as a rags-to-riches saga, a tragic and untamed Spanish-born gypsy dancer is transformed by American movie moguls into a glamorous star. (English, Spanish and Italian; screens with “Behold a Pale Horse”)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 26, 2 p.m.

Behold a Pale Horse
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
(U.S., 1964, 118 min.)
An ex-Catalan anarchist living in France continues organizing guerrilla raids on Spain years after the Civil War has ended. (Screens with “The Barefoot Contessa”)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 26, 2 p.m.

Black Moon
Directed by Louis Malle
(France/West Germany, 1975, 100 min.)
In this futuristic fantasy, a young woman flees from a disastrous “war between the sexes” and finds safe haven in Louis Malle’s strange house. (English and French)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 19, 4 p.m.

Directed by Mateo Gil
(Spain/France/Bolivia/U.S., 2011, 98 min.)
Picking up where “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” left off, director Mateo Gil imagines that the duo managed to escape their standoff with the Bolivian army in 1908 and live into old age, with Sundance returning to the U.S. and Butch staying in Bolivia. (English and Spanish)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

A Dangerous Method
Directed by David Cronenberg
(U.K./Germany/Canada/France/Ireland, 2011, 93 min)
Zurich and Vienna on the eve of World War 1 is the setting for this thriller, drawn from true-life events, that explores the turbulent relationship between psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and the beautiful but disturbed young woman who comes between them. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre

The Deep Blue Sea
Directed by Terence Davies
(U.K./U.S., 2011, 98 min)
The wife of a distinguished British judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a boozy former Royal Air Force pilot in postwar England. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre

The Devil Is a Woman
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
(U.S., 1935, 80 min.)
Told in flashbacks, the manipulative and remorseless ways of a Spanish temptress are nearly the downfall of an older man (the film’s narrator) during the Spanish Carnival. (English and Spanish)
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 27, 2 p.m.

Intangible Asset No. 82
Directed by Emma Franz
(Australia/Japan, 2008, 90 min.)
This documentary follows Australian jazz drummer Simon Barker on his quest to meet a reclusive Korean shaman musician and renew his faith in the power of music. (English and Korean)
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

Like Crazy
Directed by Drake Doremus
(U.S., 2011, 90 min.)
When a British college student falls for her American classmate, they embark on a life-changing journey only to be separated when she violates the terms of her visa.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Mill and the Cross
Directed by Lech Majewski
(Sweden/Poland, 2011, 95 min.)
This film focuses on a dozen characters in Pieter Bruegel’s epic painting “The Way To Calvary,” which transplants the story of Christ’s Passion to 1564 Flanders under the brutal Spanish occupation.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Oranges and Sunshine
Directed by Jim Loach
(U.K./Australia, 2010, 136 min.)
In this true story, a British social worker uncovers one of the most controversial scandals in recent times: the organized deportation of innocent children from the United Kingdom to Australia — and against all odds, manages to reunite thousands of families.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The Rum Diary
Directed by Bruce Robinson
(U.S., 2011, 120 min.)
An American journalist takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper in the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there. (English and Spanish)
Theater TBA

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
(U.K./France/Germany, 2011,127 min.)
In this new adaptation of John le Carré’s 1974 Cold War spy novel, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre

The Whale
Directed by Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit
(Canada, 2011, 89 min.)
This documentary tells the true story of Luna, a young wild killer whale who tries to befriend people on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island after he gets separated from his family.
The Avalon Theatre

The Woman in the Fifth
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
(Poland/France/U.K., 2011, 83 min.)
In this moody existential thriller, an American academic tries to reconnect with his embittered ex-wife and young daughter in Paris to no avail and winds up meeting a widow and a pretty hotel barmaid, but he doesn’t know either woman as well as he should. (English and French; EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


Le Havre
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
(Finland/France/Germany, 2011, 103 min.)
In France’s port of Le Havre, an artist-cum-shoe shiner always looks out for himself, but his outlook changes after his wife falls ill and he meets a young refugee who escaped from a cargo container full of West African stowaways. (Finnish and French; EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


The Clink of Ice
(Le Bruit des Glaçons)
Directed by Bertrand Blier
(France, 2010, 87 min.)
A stranger rings the doorbell at the remote country villa of an alcoholic novelist and announces himself as the writer’s cancer, adding that his victim only has a few months to live.
Letelier Theatre
Thu., Nov. 10, 7 p.m.

Eyes Without a Face
(Les Yeux Sans Visage)
Directed by Georges Franju
(France/Italy, 1960, 88 min.)
In this macabre Parisian fairytale, a surgeon kidnaps pretty young women to perform the perfect facial transplant on his daughter whose face was destroyed in a car accident.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 6, 4 p.m.

Directed by Georges Franju
(France/Italy, 1963, 103 min.)
In this fantastical crime drama, Judex and his sidekicks redress the evil perpetrated by the purest of criminals in a nocturnal dream world where black figures climb perpendicular walls and white doves appear from nowhere.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 20, 4 p.m.

Mozart’s Sister
(Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart)
Directed by René Féret
(France, 2010, 120 min.)
This vivacious costume drama depicts the early life of musical prodigy Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, Wolfgang’s older sister, and her struggle for stardom in a man’s world and in her famous brother’s shadow.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 4


Directed by Karl Markovics
(Austria, 2011, 90 min.)
A 19-year-old, coming out of prison and trying to build a new life, cannot cope with his guilt. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre

Nothing Is Better Than Nothing At All
(Nichts ist besser als gar nichts)
Directed by Jan Peters
(Germany, 2010, 92 min.)
When a filmmaker’s girlfriend accidentally takes his wallet on a trip abroad, he is left standing in the Frankfurt Airport without a penny to his name. So to get some cash, he decides to take travelers into the city on his group card.
Mon., Nov. 7, 6:30 pm

World on a Wire
(Welt am Draht Teil)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
(West Germany, 1973/2010, 102 min.)
After professor Vollmer, the inventor of a radical, state-funded virtual reality simulator, mysteriously dies, his assistant takes his place and almost immediately is subjected to odd incidents relating to the computer and the company he’s working for. (Screens in two parts)
Mon., Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. (Part 1),
Mon., Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. (Part 2)


Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
(Greece, 2010, 97 min.)
A solitary young woman growing up with her architect father in a Greek factory town by the sea observes life through songs of suicide, the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, and the sex education lessons she receives from her only friend Bella. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


The Turin Horse
(A Torinói ló)
Directed by Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
(Hungary/France/Germany/Switzerland/U.S., 2011, 146 min.)
The bleak daily lives of a horse and its owner are depicted in a drama based on the whipping of that horse in the Italian city of Turin — an act that was rumored to have caused the 1889 mental breakdown of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


Madame Freedom
(Jayu buin)
Directed by Hyeong-mo Han
(South Korea, 1956, 125 min.)
This 1950s melodrama about marital infidelity was the first large-scale commercial box office success after the Korean War, and tapped into contemporary tension between modernity and tradition. (Korean and English)
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 4, 7 p.m.


The Return of Sgt. Lapiņs
(Serzanta Lapina atgriesanas)
Directed by Gatis Šmits
(Latvia/Sweden, 2010, 80 min.)
Set in Riga, a sergeant returns from an international mission, moves into a remote flat and expects to live a peaceful life, but instead finds himself embroiled in several adventures. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


Anarchy in Zirmunai
(Anarchija Zirmunuose)
Directed by Saulius Drunga
(Lithuania, 2010, 90 min.)
A provincial girl heads to the big city with big ambitions but soon discovers it has an unpredictable dark side. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


The Bodyguard
Directed by Ali Khamraev
(Uzbekistan, 1979, 91 min.)
A grizzled mountain trapper and conscientious revolutionary escorts a prisoner (the brains behind the Basmachi Muslim revolt against Soviet rule) to Bukhara while being pursued by the ruthless new Basmachi leader.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 13, 3 p.m.

Man Follows Birds
(Chelovek ukhodit za ptitsami)
Directed by Ali Khamraev
(Uzbekistan, 1975, 87 min.)
A young boy gets a brutal education under the open skies of medieval Uzbekistan.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 20, 2 p.m.

I Remember You
(Ya tebya pomnyu)
Directed by Ali Khamraev
(Uzbekistan, 1985, 92 min.)
When a man’s ailing mother asks him to find the grave of his father, he makes a poignant train journey across Uzbekistan and Russia.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

The Seventh Bullet
(Sedmaya pulya)
Directed by Ali Khamraev
(Uzbekistan, 1972, 84 min.)
Set in Uzbekistan during the Basmachi Muslim Revolt following the Russian Civil War, when Muslim forces rose up against Soviet rule in Central Asia, this Russian “Western” pits a local militia leader against his rebel nemesis.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

Silent Souls
Directed by Aleksei Fedorchenko
(Russia, 2010, 75 min.)
A man takes his best friend on a long road trip to a sacred lake in picturesque, remote Russia to cremate the dead body of his beloved wife.
The Avalon Theatre

Directed by Ali Khamraev
(Uzbekistan, 1979, 76 min.)
The lives of three female characters, wrestling with social convention and constraint, intersect in a small town in northern Uzbekistan during the difficult days following World War II. (Screens with “White, White Storks”)
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 13, 4 p.m.

White, White Storks
(Beliye, beliye aisti)
Directed by Ali Khamraev
(Uzbekistan, 1966, 82 min.)
Set in an isolated, traditional Muslim village in Uzbekistan, a smart woman in an unhappy marriage falls hard for a soft-spoken guy who defends local women when their men abuse them. Unfortunately, there’s no possibility for divorce in this town where blood revenge still prevails. (Screens with “Triptych”)
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 13, 4 p.m.

Without Fear
(Bez strakha)
Directed by Ali Khamraev
(Uzbekistan, 1971, 96 min.)
An Uzbek Red Army officer in the 1920s, given the task of modernizing his village in Uzbekistan, gives women permission to appear in public without their veils — with tragic consequences.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 11, 7 p.m.


Silent Sonata
(Circus Fantasticus)
Directed by Janez Burger
(Slovenia/Ireland/Finland/Sweden, 2010, 75 min.)
A man whose wife has just been killed by a grenade in a military battle hunkers down with his children in a half-demolished house fearing a new attack, but instead encounters a wandering circus caravan. (EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


Directed by Martin Sulík
(Slovakia/Czech Republic, 2011)
A sweet-natured 14-year-old Romani boy suddenly loses his beloved father in a mysterious accident and is forced into a life of crime by the man who takes his place. (Slovak and Romany; EU Film Showcase)
AFI Silver Theatre


El Amor Brujo
(A Love Bewitched)
Directed by Carlos Saura
(Spain, 1986, 100 min.)
The final film in Carlos Saura’s “Flamenco Trilogy” is a tale of tragic gypsy love.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 27, 4 p.m.

The Skin I Live In
(La piel que habito)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
(Spain, 2011, 117 min.)
In this twisted thriller, a brilliant plastic surgeon haunted by past tragedies creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage, and uses a mysterious and volatile patient as his guinea pig.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Directed by Josef Fares
(Sweden, 2010, 98 min.)
In this heart-warming comedy about love, friendship and the art of being a man, a long-widowed, soon-to-be grandfather starts dating again.
Sat., Nov. 5, 9 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.