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Films – October 2018


















3,000 People

Directed by Mai Masri

(Palestine/France/Jordan/Lebanon, 2015, 103 min.)

This first narrative by Mai Masri, a veteran documentarian, focuses on the plight of a newly married Palestinian woman who lands in an Israeli prison after being wrongly accused of aiding a terrorist. After finding that she is pregnant, she fights to keep the child rather than put him up for adoption, ultimately forming a family with her fellow inmates.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 14, 1 p.m.


On Borrowed Time

Directed by Yasir Al Yasiri

(UAE, 2018, 93 min.)

Even with Dubai’s towering Burj Khalifa dominating the skyline outside their windows, life in a retirement home isn’t very exciting for the “Four Musketeers”: ex-soldier Fares, upbeat astrologer Hasan, retired pharmacist Abdullah and wheelchair-bound Hamad. This quartet of variously afflicted grumpy old men waste away their days, until Fares receives a nearly $14 million windfall (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Thu., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.


A Civilized People

Directed by Randa Chahal Sabbagh

(Lebanon, 1999, 97 min.)

During Lebanon’s civil war, some wealthy citizens fled to Europe, leaving behind large apartments, luxurious mansions, and Sri Lankan, Filipino and Egyptian servants — the stars of this black comedy.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 12, 7 p.m.


El Gusto

Directed by Safinez Bousbia

(Algeria/France, 2011, 88 min.)

It all started during director Safinez Bousbia’s 2003 visit to Algiers, when she came across photographs of a music class from the 1940s. Eager to learn more, she set out to track down the classmates: Muslim and Jewish, between the ages of 70 and 100, and residing in Algeria and abroad.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m.


Heaven Without People

Directed by Lucien Bourjeily

(Lebanon, 2017, 91 min.)

Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, is delighted to gather everyone together for Easter lunch for the first time in years. However, bit-by-bit the facade of the happy family gathering begins to fall away after an unexpected event changes their joyful mood and lives (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 26, 6 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.


In the Last Days of the City

Directed by Tamer El Said

(Egypt/Germany/U.K./UAE, 2016, 118 min.)

Set in the bustling and chaotic city of Cairo days before the 2011 revolution, this film expresses the faded beauty of a once-great city that lingers even after decades of steep economic decline. A quasi-documentary mixed with improvised acting, the film follows a filmmaker grappling with writer’s block, a departing lover and an ailing mother.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 7, 2 p.m.


Induced Labor

Directed by Khaled Diab

(Egypt, 2017, 90 min.)

Many go to great lengths to obtain an American visa. Some enter lotteries, others get married, but in this bold and entertaining satire, an Egyptian couple expecting twins come up with what they believe to be the perfect plan: hijack the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to give birth on U.S. territory, granting their children American citizenship in the process (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.


The Man Who Stole Banksy

Directed by Marco Proserpio

(Italy, 2018, 91 min.)

In 2007, world-renowned street artist Banksy traveled to Palestine and painted a number of politically charged works on walls and buildings. One specific piece depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey’s ID created substantial controversy. So a bodybuilder and local taxi driver came up with an entrepreneurial plan: cut out the entire cement wall containing the art and sell it off to the highest bidder (Arabic, English and Italian; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 21, 5 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 27, 4 p.m.


The Mummy

Directed by Shadi Abdel Salam

(Egypt, 1969, 103 min.)

This highly regarded classic of Egyptian cinema focuses on Wanis, who seeks an archaeologist’s help after learning that his tribe has participated for centuries in the common practice of grave-robbing.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 5, 7 p.m.



Directed by Faouzi Bensaïdi

(Morocco/France/Qatar, 2017, 106 min.)

In the Moroccan city of Meknes, recently married Abdelkader, a security guard in a shopping center, and Malika, a housekeeper, struggle to make ends meet. They dream of moving in together and starting a life of their own, but one day at work, Abdelkader experiences a violent and humiliating incident that will turn their lives upside down (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 20, 4:15 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 21, 2:45 p.m.


Wajd: Songs of Separation

Directed by Amar Chebib

(Canada, 2018, 89 min.)

In 2010, Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib headed to Syria, just months before chaos broke out, to film a short documentary about traditional Sufi music. Five years later, the friends he encountered on his trip are dispersed around Europe and have become refugees like so many others who were forced to flee Aleppo (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 27, 6 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m.



The Ghost in the Swamp

Directed by Branko Ištvančić

(Croatia, 2006, 90 min.)

Brother and sister Miron and Melita go to visit a friend in a northeastern Croatian town for the winter holidays. One night, they are awoken by the shouting of villagers who have rescued a half-frozen boy found near the village swamp, delirious after being attacked by a ghost. The doctors cannot help him, so the children decide to take matters into their own hands and the adventure begins (Croatian and Hungarian; part of the 11th annual Kids Euro Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 28, 11 a.m.



Family Friend

(Rodinný přítel)

Directed by Jan Hřebejk

(Czech Republic, 2017, 130 min.)

Set in the early 40s during German occupation, three brothers covertly working for the Czech resistance are discovered and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Their wives and children await their return, residing together in one house. A family friend watches over them and falls in love with one of the women.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 10, 8 p.m.



The Guilty

(Den skyldige)

Directed by Gustav Möller

(Denmark, 2018, 85 min.)

Disgraced former street cop Asger is manning the emergency call center, where he expects a sleepy beat. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a woman kidnapped by her troubled ex-husband. The woman disconnects abruptly, but Asger springs into action. Confined to the call center, forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear, he uses every bit of his intuition and skill to try to find and save her.

Landmark’s Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 19


The Shamer’s Daughter

Directed by Kenneth Kainz

(Denmark/Norway/Czech Republic/Iceland/Sweden, 2015, color, 96 min.)

The Shamer’s daughter, Dina, has unwillingly inherited her mother’s supernatural ability. She can look straight into a person’s soul and make them feel ashamed of their wrongdoings. When the sole heir to the throne of Dunark is wrongfully accused of the horrible murders of his family, Dina seeks uncover the truth behind the murders, but soon she finds herself whirled into a dangerous power struggle with her own life at risk (part of the 11th annual Kids Euro Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 27, 11 a.m.



Directed by Meikeminne Clinckspoor

(Belgium/Sweden/Norway/Netherlands, 2017, 77 min.)

Twelve-year-old city boy Niilas has been living with his father for as long as he can remember and barely knows his mother. This summer, Niilas has to travel to Swedish Lapland — much against his will — where his mother and her new family live amongst the Sami, an indigenous reindeer-herding people (Dutch, Swedish and Sami; part of the 11th annual Kids Euro Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.


The Bookshop

Directed by Isabel Coixet

(U.K./Spain/Germany, 2018, 113 min.)

In 1959 England, free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy).

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema



Directed by Wash Westmoreland

(U.K./Hungary/U.S., 2019, 111 min.)

After marrying a successful Parisian writer Willy, Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Crazy Rich Asians

Directed by Jon M. Chu

(U.S., 2018, 120 min.)

New Yorker Rachel accompanies her longtime boyfriend Nick to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors (English, Mandarin and Cantonese).

Angelika Mosaic

Angelika Pop-Up

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


Fahrenheit 11/9

Directed by Michael Moore

(U.S., 2018, 128 min.)

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald J. Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


The Happy Prince

Directed by Rupert Everett

(U.K./Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018, 105 min.)

On his death bed in a cheap Parisian hotel, Oscar Wilde observes his own failures with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 19


Juliet, Naked

Directed by Jesse Peretz

(U.S., 2018, 105 min.)

“Juliet, Naked” is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema



Directed by Craig William Macneill

(U.S., 2018, 105 min.)

This psychological thriller is based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema


Love, Gilda

Directed by Lisa Dapolito

(Canada/U.S., 2018, 88 min.)

In her own words, comedian Gilda Radner reflects on her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and, ultimately, her struggle with cancer.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

Directed by Steve Loveridge

(U.K./U.S., 2018, 96 min.)

She began as Matangi — daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, hiding from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the U.K., she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A., a star who blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.

AFI Silver Theatre

Oct. 5 to 11


Most Beautiful Island

Directed by Ana Asensio

(Spain/U.S., 2017, 80 min.)

In this psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City, Luciana inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk, and psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Tue., Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.


The Old Man & the Gun

Directed by David Lowery

(U.S., 2018, 93 min.)

Based on a true story, Forrest Tucker makes his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 and goes onto an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 5


Operation Finale

Directed by Chris Weitz

(U.S., 2018, 123 min.)

The thrilling true story “Operation Finale” follows the 1960 covert mission of legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin as he infiltrates Argentina and captures Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps (English and Spanish).

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema


Paddington 2

Directed by Paul King

(U.K., 2017, 103 min.)

The sequel to the 2014 film finds the beloved bear now very much a part of the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, and a popular member of the local community. But when he’s framed for the theft of a beautiful old pop-up book from Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, Paddington and the Browns must work extra hard to clear the bear’s good name (part of the 11th annual Kids Euro Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.


Private Life

Directed by Tamara Jenkins

(U.S., 2018, 127 min.)

Richard and Rachel, a couple in the throes of infertility, try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. When their doctor suggests third party reproduction, they bristle. But when Sadie, a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, they reconsider.

West End Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 5


Science Fair

Directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster

(U.S., 2018, 90 min.)

Nine high school students from disparate corners of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair.

West End Cinema


The Sisters Brothers

Directed by Jacques Audiard

(France/Spain/Romania/U.S., 2018, 121 min.)

In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters Brothers.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Studio 54

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

(U.S., 2018, 98 min.)

Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism — a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

Landmark’s Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 26


Tea with the Dames

Directed by Roger Michell

(U.K., 2018, 84 min.)

Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theater.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 5


Three Identical Strangers

Directed by Tim Wardle

(U.K., 2018, 96 min.)

New York, 1980: Three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds’ joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives – and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

West End Cinema


The Wife

Directed by Björn Runge

(Sweden/U.S./U.K., 2018, 100 min.)

After nearly 40 years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize, this film interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, 30-plus years later, filled with shared compromises, secrets, betrayals and mutual love.

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Lola Pater

Directed by Nadir Mokneche

(France, 2017, 95 min.)

In this tenderhearted dramedy of a very unconventional family reunion, Zino (Tewfik Jallab) leaves Paris and embarks on a search for his missing father, Farid, after the unexpected death of his mother. Unbeknownst to Zino, Farid transitioned into Lola 25 years ago, which not surprisingly complicates his search (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 20, 8:15 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.


Orchestra Class

Directed by Rachid Hami

(France, 2016, 102 min.)

Distinguished but disillusioned violinist Simon ekes out a living teaching a rowdy orchestra class at a Parisian middle school. One young student, Arnold, is painfully shy, but finds that he has a natural talent for the violin. Inspired by Arnold’s raw talent and warm enthusiasm of the class, Simon regains his joie de vivre (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m.,

Fri., Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m.


School of Life

(L’école buissonniere)

Directed by Nicolas Vanier

(France, 2018, 116 min.)

In 1930 Paris, Paul has only ever had one and the same horizon: the high walls of the orphanage, an austere building in the Parisian working class suburbs. When he is entrusted to Célestine and Borel, a joyful country woman and her husband, the stubborn child from the city arrives in a mysterious and wild region.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 17, 8 p.m.



Directed by Meryem Benm’Barek

(France/Qatar, 2018, 80 min.)

A pregnant 20-year-old single Moroccan girl faces the tough local laws on sex outside of marriage when she suddenly gives birth. She is forced to move quickly and make contact with the child’s father or else risk arrest (French and Arabic; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.


The Testament

Directed by Amichai Greenberg

(Austria/Israel, 2018, 88 min.)

Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria, concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of World War II. He suspects that an influential family of industrialists on whose land the murder took place is trying to conceal the past. While investigating, Yoel examines classified testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and to his surprise, he finds testimony given by his mother that reveals a substantial secret (Hebrew, German, English and Yiddish).

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.


Woman in the Dunes

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

(Japan, 1964, 147 min.)

An amateur entomologist has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night with a young widow in her hut next to a sand dune. What results is one of cinema’s most bristling, unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., Oct. 3, 2 p.m.


Guangzhou Dream Factory

Directed by Christiane Badgley

(U.S., 2018, 65 min.)

Guangzhou is southern China’s centuries-old trading port. Today, the booming metropolis of 14 million is a mecca of mass consumption, its vast international trading centers crammed with every “Made in China” good imaginable. Every year, more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou, where they buy goods to resell in Africa. Some have chosen to stay, and for these Africans, China looks like the new land of opportunity, a place where anything is possible. But is it? The Freer|Sackler teams up with the National Museum of African Art to present this new documentary exploring the evolving relationship between China and Africa. Following the film, director Christiane Badgley holds a discussion with members of the local African and Asian diasporas.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed. Oct. 3, 7 p.m.


Lullaby Killer

(Ach spij kochanie)

Directed by Krzysztof Lang

(Poland, 2017, 97 min.)

This crime drama is based on the true story of the notorious Polish serial killer Wladyslaw Mazurkiewicz. The handsome, elegant murderer terrorized Kracow in the 1950s. Mazurkiewicz went free for a very long time until he met his match in the young police detective Karski.

The Avalon Theatre

Tue., Oct. 30, 8 p.m.


Gabriel and the Mountain

Directed by Felipe Barbosa

(Brazil/France, 2017, 127 min.)

This richly textured road movie retraces the final days of Gabriel, an idealistic, open-hearted young man determined to discover the world with nothing more than his backpack and $2 a day (English, Portuguese, Swahili, Chichewa and French; part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 3, 9:20 p.m.


Away from Meaning

Directed by Olivia Luengas

(Mexico, 2018, 90 min.)

After contacting a virus at the age of 3, Liliana was later diagnosed with mental illness and has lived most of her life with borderline personally disorder. But she finds solace in her family and her only friend Carlos, who is living with schizophrenia (part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.



Directed by Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias

(Dominican Republic/Argentina/Germany/Qatar, 2018, 106 min.)

This rapturous crime fable set in the Dominican Republic follows Alberto, a kind-hearted gardener returning home to attend his father’s funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father’s death, Alberto realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge the murder (part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 2, 7:05 p.m.



Directed by Alvaro Delgado Aparicio

(Peru/Germany/Norway, 2017, color, 95 min.)

Fourteen-year-old Segundo is set to follow in his father footsteps as a master crafter of retablos, colorful and richly detailed story-boxes that fetch high prices at their local marketplace and are in high demand in the family’s isolated Quechua village in Peru. But while on his way to a celebration in the Andes, Segundo accidentally discovers his troubled father’s secret (Spanish and Quechua; part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 3, 5:15 p.m.


Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

Directed by Abner Benaim

Panama/Argentina/Colombia, 2018, color, 84 min.)

Latin American icon Rubén Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. This revealing portrait details Ruben’s incredible 50-year career and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy (Spanish and English; part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.


Silence of the Wind

Directed by Álvaro Aponte Centeno

(Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic/France, 2018, 85 min.)

Rafael has no time to mourn the death of his sister. He is part of a human trafficking network that brings an endless stream of migrants from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. Balancing caring for his mother and daughter with his illicit activities, Rafael begins to reach a crisis point (part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 2, 5:15 p.m.


The Snatch Thief

Directed by Agustín Toscano

(Argentina/Uruguay, 2018, 93 min.)

Petty thief Miguel supports himself by stealing purses from the elderly, but when his latest victim, Elena, suffers an amnesia-causing blow to the head, he becomes plagued by guilt and plans to help her heal (part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 2, 9:15 p.m.