February 2012

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Events - February 2012

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Art Dance






Through Feb. 3
New Visions: A Selection of the Latest Acquisitions from the IDB Art Collection, 2008–2011
The Inter-American Development Bank's art collection comprises 1,722 artworks that include paintings, sculpture, photography, works on paper, ceramics and handcrafted objects. These works showcase the region's creativity and highlight the achievements of its distinguished artists.
Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

Feb. 3 to May 20
Shakespeare's Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500-1700
This exhibition explores those women who were writing during Shakespeare's time, reimagining the "conversations" of these early women writers — with each other as members of families or groups, with the Bible, with spiritual and secular ideas, and with male writers of the time — in hopes of expanding their overshadowed voices.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Feb. 3 to Jan. 6
Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep
In the Spirit of the East Asian calendar's Year of the Dragon, this exhibition highlights objects drawn from cultures as diverse as the ancient Mediterranean world, imperial China and contemporary South America, portraying dragons as everything from fire-breathing beasts to beneficent water gods.
The Textile Museum

Through Feb. 4
Conversación: Photo Works by Muriel Hasbun and Pablo Ortiz Monasterio
In conjunction with FotoWeek DC, this exhibition represents a yearlong collaboration between two artists, one from Mexico and one in D.C., whereby a single photograph was sent by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio as a digital file to Muriel Hasbun, who replied by sending back one of her own. This exchange went on for months, the results of which reveal how photography can probe the possibilities of cultural and visual exchange in a digital age.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Opens Feb. 4
Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
In celebration of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's 25th anniversary, the Freer and Sackler's extraordinary collection of luxury metalwork from ancient Iran goes on view in the walkway between the two museums. Considered one of the largest and finest holdings of its kind, the collection comprises works dating from the first millennium B.C. to the early Islamic period.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Feb. 4 to May 6
Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell
Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Civil War — one of the first conflicts to be extensively documented by photography — this focused collection developed in recent years by Washington collector Julia Norrell captures a wide range of images, from soldiers and officers at rest, to the death and destruction of battle.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Feb. 4 to May 6
Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard
Approximately 200 snapshots made by renowned post-impressionist artists like Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard using the new technology of the Kodak handheld camera, most previously unpublished, are displayed with 70 paintings and works on paper that the snapshots inspired, revealing fascinating parallels in cropping, lighting and vantage point.
The Phillips Collection

Feb. 4 to May 6
Tim Hetherington: Sleeping Soldiers
Between 2007 and 2008, photographer Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) was embedded with U.S. Army soldiers in a remote and dangerous post in northeastern Afghanistan. This exhibition includes photographs and a video installation that juxtaposes chaotic scenes of combat with still images of soldiers at rest.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Feb. 4 to July 29
From the Library: The Fleeting Structures of Early Modern Europe
In early modern Europe, state visits, coronations and weddings were among the occasions that gave cities a chance to stage lavish productions in which artists and architects designed elaborate structures and decorations, allowing them to experiment with new ideas or encourage city officials to consider new uses of public space.
National Gallery of Art

Through Feb. 10
Forces of Nature
Investigating the intricacies of land and sea, flora and fauna, 13 acclaimed Australian artists specializing in jewelry and small sculpture reflect on the complex relationship between contemporary Australia and its unique natural environment.
Embassy of Australia

Through Feb. 11
Bill Dorsey: A Retrospective
This retrospective encompasses the career of Bill Dorsey (1961-2011), a longtime Washington artist whose emotive oil renderings express the beauty found in nature with depictions of landscapes and the Washington community.
International Visions Gallery

Through Feb. 12
30 Americans
Provocative and confrontational, this exhibition showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades, focusing on issues of racial, sexual and historical identity and exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy across generations.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Feb. 12
Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa
Ingeniously woven from palm fiber, Central African textiles distinguished the wealthy and powerful. Woven art from the Kuba kingdom in particular makes playful use of a language of over 200 patterns. "Weaving Abstraction" is the most comprehensive exploration of this art form to date in the U.S., with 150 objects ranging from small, exquisite baskets to monumental skirts.
The Textile Museum

Feb. 14 to June 2
The Style that Ruled the Empires: Russia, Napoleon, and 1812
Paintings, porcelain, glassware, metal ware, attire, Napoleonic armor and other items commemorate the bicentennial of Russia's triumph over the French army in 1812, which dealt an arresting blow to Napoleon and his pursuit of European conquest while also igniting a collective Russian pride and production of decorative arts that persists today.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through Feb. 17
Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings
Some 30 drawings of subjects taken from ordinary life illustrate Irish-born, British-based artist Michael Craig-Martin's ability to use simple tools to express complex ideas by manipulating material and scale.
The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery

Feb. 23 to May 13
Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space
"Suprasensorial" is the first exhibition to re-evaluate the evolution of the international Light and Space movement through the work of five pivotal Latin American artists. Coinciding with the show, a 360-degree projection by Doug Aitken will illuminate, animate and transform the Hirshhorn's entire façade.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Feb. 24
Lost Worlds: Ruins of the Americas
Photographs by Arthur Drooker offer a powerful visual narrative of the cultures, conflicts and conquests that forged the New World, spanning significant ruins in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through March 4
Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
This international exhibit features more than 148 objects used in a range of ritual contexts, with genres as varied and complex as the vast region of Central Nigeria, that demonstrate how the history of the area can be "unmasked" through the dynamic interrelationships of its peoples and their arts.
National Museum of African Art

Through March 4
Harry Callahan at 100
Celebrate the centenary of the birth of Harry Callahan (1912–99), one of the most innovative and influential photographers of the 20th century, with some 100 photographs that explores all facets of Callahan's art.
National Gallery of Art

Through March 11
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?
In the first U.S. exhibition of Australian artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro — and the third exhibition in the "NOW at the Corcoran" series showcasing emerging and mid-career artists — a gallery-transforming installation draws on American history, literature, pop culture, current affairs and the Corcoran's architecture to explore the symbolism of space exploration and the paradoxes of food consumption.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through March 16
Chronicles of a Portraitist
Gérard Rondeau has photographed hundreds of celebrities from all walks of life, ranging from Carla Bruni to Léo Castelli, often for the French newspaper Le Monde. This exhibit features 100 of those portraits depicting such notables as Jean Baudrillard, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jacques Derrida, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Patrick Modiano, Jean-Jacques Sempé, Richard Serra, Philippe Starck, and George Steiner. Viewings are by appointment only and can be made by calling (202) 944-6400.
La Maison Française

Through March 24
The Wild Horses of Sable Island
Photographer Roberto Dutesco reveals the fascinating beauty of a fragile sliver of sand more than 100 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. Sable Island, known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," is the site of more than 475 shipwrecks since the 17th century. Yet the barren, windswept island is also home to more than 400 wild horses, abandoned there by sailors long ago — a feral herd that has managed to thrive in an unforgiving environment.
Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

Through April 8
Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
This exhibition is the first in the United States devoted to the Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi (c. 1455–1528), known as Antico for his expertise in classical antiquity.
National Gallery of Art

Through April 15
Anil Revri: Faith and Liberation through Abstraction
Anil Revri constructs his paintings on a grid, and the repetition of finely detailed geometric elements offers viewers numerous optical rewards. But these are also contemporary spiritual paintings analogous in their functions to tantric art, and its distant relation the Byzantine icon.
American University Museum Katzen Arts Center

Through April 15
Gabarrón's Roots
In his first D.C. exhibit, Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón's vibrantly colored sculptures are larger than life, but human in scale and effect, while his painted tondos (circular works of art) evoke archaeological and zoological mysteries.
American University Museum Katzen Arts Center

Through April 15
Realized in cooperation with the art collective bäckerstrasse 4 – plattform für junge kunst curated, this exhibit featuring four artists focuses on the challenges of migration and its structural conditions as a result of redistribution of power and property.
Austrian Cultural Forum

Through May 6
Picasso's Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition
Through some 55 works, this exhibition presents the dazzling development of Pablo Picasso's drawings over a 30-year period, from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage.
National Gallery of Art

Through July 6
Alberto Schommer: Portraits and Scenarios
Alberto Schommer, one of Spain's most prominent photographers, has pioneered a path challenging conventional forms, including a series of psychological portraits, always guided under the influence of the oeuvre of Irving Penn and William Klein. Part of the "Spain arts & culture" series (www.spainculture.us).
Embassy of Spain

Through July 8
The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64) was perhaps the most complex and far-reaching interpreter of the baroque, the naturalistic style that dominated 17th-century European art.
National Gallery of Art


Through Feb. 5
American Ballet Theatre
American Ballet Theatre's elegant stars continue to prove ballet's enduring power with Petipa's evening-length work "La Bayadère" and a mixed repertory program. Tickets are $25 to $99.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Feb. 22 to 26
TwylaTharp: AllAmerican
This all-Twyla Tharp repertory program features the American dance icon's "Nine Sinatra Songs," "Push Comes to Shove" and the Washington Ballet premiere of "Surfer at the River Styx." Tickets are $20 to $125.
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


Fri., Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.
TARA Oceans Scientific Expedition
The Embassy of France's Office of Science and Technology, in collaboration with Tara Expeditions invites you to a presentation by Eric Karsenti, scientific director of Tara Oceans, and film screening of "The Big Bloom" to mark the near conclusion of a 30-month scientific voyage to distant seas and oceans. For reservations, visit www.france-science.org.
La Maison Française

Tue., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Catalin Florescu, Inka Parei & Erwin Uhrmann
Erwin Uhrmann of Austria, Inka Parei of Germany and Catalin Dorian Florescu of Switzerland read and discuss their work in an evening dedicated to emerging authors in contemporary German literature. To RSVP, visit www.acfdc.org/events-registration or call (202) 895-6776.
Embassy of Austria

Sat., Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
Budapest, Prague, and Vienna: Where the Coffee House Influenced the Opera House
Yvonne Caruthers examines the cultural hegemony of Budapest, Prague and Vienna in their imperial centuries as the centers of classical music and opera. Tickets are $15.
Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery


Fri., Feb. 3, 8 p.m.
Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers
Legendary Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés — hailed as "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists" by the New York Times — and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, perform a sublime evening of Latin jazz. Tickets are $23, $38 or $46.
George Mason University Center for the Arts

Fri., Feb. 3, 8 p.m.
Shanghai Chinese Orchestra
The Chamber Ensemble of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra gives audiences a chance to discover a new musical vocabulary with this concert of historical and contemporary Chinese music played on traditional Chinese instruments. Tickets are $45.
University of Maryland
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Sat., Feb. 4, 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.
The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra
Since its founding shortly after World War II, the Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra has developed a diverse repertoire ranging from baroque through 20th-century music, with moving performances that often include compositions by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $25 to $50.
George Mason University Center for the Arts
GMU Hylton Performing Arts Center (Feb. 8)

Fri., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Viktoria Loukianetz and Marianna Humetska
This joint presentation of the Washington Group Cultural Fund, the Embassy of Ukraine and the Austrian Cultural Forum features pianist Marianna Humetska with Kiev-born soprano Victoria Loukianetz, who started her musical education at the age of 5, finishing her studies at the Conservatory of Kiev in 1989. Tickets are $40.
Embassy of Austria

Sat., Feb. 11, 2 p.m.
Washington Performing Arts Society: Sol Gabetta, Cello
Born of Russian-French parents in Argentina, the charismatic cellist Sol Gabetta is forging an impressive career as the director of her own chamber music festival. Tickets are $25.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Wed., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Donatienne Michel-Dansac
A musical prodigy, soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac, performing here with pianist Vincent Leterme, has premiered numerous works by composers who include Philippe Manoury, Pascal Dusapin, Georges Aperghis, Fausto Romitelli and Philippe Leroux. Tickets are $20.
La Maison Française

Wed., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Florian Bösch and Roger Vignoles
Do you love poetry by Heinrich Heine? Then hear Austrian baritone Florian Bösch offer his beautifully rendered and deeply probing interpretations of Heine settings by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. Tickets are $45 (mention source code Austria25 for discounted tickets of $25).
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Sun., Feb. 19, 4 p.m.
Soweto Gospel Choir
Experience the joy, peace and hope of this celebrated Grammy-winning choir of 26 singers performing both traditional and contemporary songs in some of South Africa's many languages. Tickets are $22, $36 or $44.
George Mason University Center for the Arts

Thu., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Wolfgang Holzmair and Sonia Wieder-Atherton
The Austrian Cultural Forum presents a recital featuring inimitable Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and renowned French-American cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. To RSVP, visit www.acfdc.org/events-registration or call (202) 895-6776.
Embassy of Austria

Sat., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Saiyuki Trio
With French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê at the helm, along with Indian tabla player Prabhu Edouard and Japanese koto player Mieko Miyazaki, the Saiyuki Trio produces a distinctive jazz sound, also drawing on rock, funk and traditional African, Indian and Vietnamese styles. Tickets are $25.
La Maison Française

Wed., Feb. 29, 8 p.m.
Washington Performing Arts Society: Vienna Philharmonic
Lorin Maazel conducts the venerable Vienna Philharmonic, which for more than 160 years has been closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music. Tickets are $65 to $250.
Kennedy Center Concert Hall


Fri., Feb. 10, 8 p.m.
La Saint-Valentin at the Embassy of France
Whether you're single, a couple or a group of friends, celebrate Valentine's at the Embassy of France with its fifth annual La Saint-Valentin soiree featuring open bar, pastries, live music and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the French-American Cultural Foundation. Tickets are $85.
La Maison Française

Wed., Feb. 15, 6 p.m.
Taiwan Film and Feast
To introduce Taiwan's food culture and celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office welcomes local foodies and cinema lovers to savor a free "film and feast" featuring one of Taiwan's top culinary artists, chef Hou Chun-sheng, winner of the 2011 Taipei Beef Noodle Soup Competition, as he serves his version of beef noodle soup during a reception, followed by a screening of "Eat Drink Man Woman."
Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Vinyl: Tales from the Vienna Underground
A film screening of "Vinyl: Tales from the Vienna Underground" about the hidden experimental and electronic music world in Vienna if followed by a reception and performance by Austrian DJs The Happy Kids. Tickets are $60.
Embassy of Austria


Feb. 3 to March 11
Civilization (all you can eat)
This wicked satire follows a group of six ambitious Americans on a quest for success at the dawn of the Obama age — and the price they must pay to achieve it. Tickets start at $30.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Feb. 4 to 19
Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President
Join the ladies of the Kinsey SIcks at the launch of their groundbreaking campaign to become the first Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet to win the Republican presidential nomination by out-pandering, out-conspiracy theorizing, and out-outlandishing the current candidates. Tickets are $35 to $60.
Washington DCJCC

Through Feb. 5
In 1960s Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, wins a spot on the local TV dance program and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity in the Broadway sensation "Hairspray." Tickets start at $63.
Signature Theatre

Tue., Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Poison Lecture: A Performance of Magic and Deception
The Alliance Française de Washington and International Spy Museum present "Poison Lecture," which is everything a lecture is not: It's actually a multilayered performance piece exploring the seemingly unlikely connections between legendary magician John Mulholland, the CIA, and the science of espionage. Tickets are $20.
International Spy Museum

Feb. 9 to March 4
Ana en el trópico / Anna in the Tropics
Dormant passions are revived with the arrival of a lector who reads chapters of "Anna Karenina" at a 1920s cigar factory in Ybor City, Florida, where cigars are still rolled by hand. Tickets are $34 or $38 (in Spanish with English surtitles).
GALA Hispanic Theatre

Feb. 9 to March 4
Genesis Reboot
An angel and a demon retell the story of creation from their perspectives in this farcical new play. Tickets are $30.
Synetic Theater at Crystal City

Through Feb. 12
La Cage aux Folles
Georges (George Hamilton), the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza, are put to the test when their son brings his fiancée's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair. Tickets are $65 to $130.
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

Through Feb. 12
Necessary Sacrifices
Playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis, as Lincoln searches for a way to end slavery, while Douglass's rhetoric and conviction challenges the president to envision a post-emancipation world. Please call for ticket information.
Ford's Theatre

Feb. 15 to March 11
Astro Boy and the God of Comics
Onstage drawing meets the 1960s dream of the future in this story of Japanese cartoonist Osamu Tezuka and his most famous creation: Astro Boy, a crime-fighting robot. Tickets are $38 to $43.
The Studio Theatre

Feb. 25 to March 15
Washington National Opera: Così fan tutte
In Mozart's game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted — and to prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves. Tickets are $55 to $300.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Feb. 29 to April 8
Sucker Punch
In 1980s London, two black teenagers try to box their way into fame, fortune and a better life, but will they become champions or sell-outs? Tickets are $35 to $60.
The Studio Theatre

Through March 4
The Gaming Table
The thrills of the gaming table stylishly play out against the eccentricities of English manners in Susanna Centlivre's comedy as an independent widow with a penchant for gambling leads a nightly card game, which bankrupts some and entertains all. Tickets are $30 to $65.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through March 4
At the height of his career, Mark Rothko is struggling with a series of grand-scale paintings for the elite Four Seasons restaurant, and when his new assistant challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons. Please call for ticket information.
Arena Stage

Through March 4
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
In perhaps Shakespeare's earliest play, lifelong friends Valentine and Proteus are unexpectedly thrust into the rivalries and complications of adolescence when they both fall in love with the Duke of Milan's daughter, Silvia. Tickets are $37 to $90.
The Shakespeare Theatre

Through March 25
Really Really
When the party of the year ends in the regret of a lifetime, one person will stop at nothing to salvage a future that is slipping away — and it is every man for himself in this contemporary drama that embraces the harsh realities of the "me" generation. Tickets are $56 to $80.
Signature Theatre


Films -February 2012

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In the Land of Blood and Honey
Directed by Angelina Jolie
(U.S., 2011, 127 min.)
During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees, but their once-promising connection has now become ambiguous as their motives change.
Landmark's E Street Cinema


Addiction Incorporated
Directed by Charles Evans Jr.
(U.S., 2011, 100 min.)
This documentary largely tracks the campaign of scientist Victor DeNoble, who in 1994 became the first whistleblower to reveal the tobacco industry's efforts to manufacture "a maximally addictive" product.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Feb. 3

The African Queen
Directed by John Huston
(U.K., 1951, 105 min.)
Fate, in the form of World War I and an invading German army, throws Katharine Hepburn's stiff British missionary aboard seedy Canadian Humphrey Bogart's decrepit, titular riverboat in the African jungle.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 10 to 13

Albert Nobbs
Directed by Rodrigo García
(U.K./Ireland, 2011, 113 min.)
Glenn Close plays a woman passing as a man to work in 19th-century Ireland who, after 30 years of donning men's clothing, finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Directed by Terry Gilliam
(U.K., 1985, 132 min.)
Terry Gilliam's magnificently imaginative vision of a totalitarian future is both funny and shocking in its absurdist view of life under a shadowy but painfully inept Big Brother.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Feb. 25, 9:45 p.m.,
Tue., Feb. 28, 9 p.m.

Directed by Roman Polanski
(France/Germany/Poland, 2011, 79 min.)
Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the evening into chaos.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Directed by Ralph Fiennes
(U.K., 2011, 122 min.)
A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 17

Great Expectations
Directed by David Lean
(U.K., 1945, 118 min.)
David Lean delivers arguably the finest of all Charles Dickens' screen adaptations as orphan Pip struggles to get by until an unknown benefactor provides him a generous allowance.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.,
Sat., Feb. 11, 12:15 p.m.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
(U.S./Ireland, 2011, 105 min.)
After a mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, a freelance covert operative is quickly dispatched on another mission to Dublin, where after being double crossed, she'll have to use all of her skills to escape an international manhunt.
Area theaters

The Iron Lady
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
(U.K./France, 2011, 105 min.)
Meryl Streep stars in this surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female British prime minister.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Last Tango in Paris
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
(France/Italy, 1972, 129 min.)
Marlon Brando gives the last great performance of his star-crossed career as a lost soul in Paris, despairing over the recent suicide of his wife, who begins a new and unusual affair with the much younger Maria Schneider.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 17 to 23

Directed by Lavinia Currier
(U.S., 2011, 106 min.)
Ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno travels from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies, but decides to stay after falling in love with a Bayaka girl and her forest lifestyle.
The West End Cinema

Oliver Twist
Directed by David Lean
(U.K., 1948, 116 min.)
Orphan Oliver Twist runs away from workhouse drudgery for life on the London streets, exhilarating but dangerous, and falls in with a gang of young pickpockets.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Feb. 9, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 12, 12:15 p.m.

A Tale of Two Cities
Directed by Jack Conway
(U.S., 1935, 128 min.)
Directed by Ralph Thomas
(U.K., 1958, 117 min.)
In these two different Charles Dickens film adaptations, devil-may-care Sydney Carton goes from rake to saint, making the most noble of self-sacrifices to help his friends caught on the wrong side of revolutionary fervor in France during the Reign of Terror.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 6 to 8 (1935 version)
Feb. 15 to 23 (1958 version)

Things to Come
Directed by William Cameron Menzies
(U.K., 1936, 100 min.)
William Cameron Menzies's background as an art director shines through in this stylized tale of Everytown, as the city evolves over 100 years.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Feb. 20, 4 p.m.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
(France/U.K./Germany, 2011, 128 min.)
Gary Oldman stars as British spy George Smiley, the brainy anti-James Bond hero of John le Carré classic novel who must outmaneuver his Soviet nemesis in a game of Cold War espionage. (English, Russian, Hungarian and French)
AFI Silver Theatre

Transatlantic Tunnel
Directed by Maurice Elvev
(U.K., 1935, 94 min.)
The premise that a transatlantic tunnel between England and the U.S. could facilitate world peace may seem unusual today, but the videophones, big-screen TVs and streamlined cars in this film adaptation of the 1913 German novel "Der Tunnel" certainly are not.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Feb. 19, 4 p.m.

Two for the Road
Directed by Stanley Donen
(U.K., 1967, 111 min.)
This road movie crisscrosses the 10-year marriage of Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney — via flashback and flash-forward — during the couple's five road trips to the South of France.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 17 to 23

The Woman in Black
Directed by James Watkins
(U.K./Canada/Sweden, 2012, 95 min.)
A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Area theaters
Opens Fri., Feb. 3


Good Bye
Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
(Iran, 2011, 104 min.)
A young disbarred lawyer whose husband has been exiled, conveys a quiet desperation as she navigates the restrictive, male-dominated Tehran.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 3, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 5, 2 p.m.

Here Without Me
Directed by Bahram Tavakoli
(Iran, 2011, 97 min.)
Bahram Tavakoli's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie" is a brilliantly acted restaging of the original's themes within the cultural confines of contemporary Iran.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2 p.m.

Directed by Morteza Farshbaf
(Iran, 2011, 84 min.)
As the two main characters — who are deaf and communicate almost entirely in sign language — bicker during a road trip, the audience learns tantalizing pieces of information about their passenger, a young relative whose parents disappeared in the middle of the night.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 10, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 12, 2 p.m.

A Separation
(Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
(Iran, 2011, 123 min.)
Set in contemporary Iran, "A Separation" is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage between a wife who wants to leave Iran to give their daughter a better life and a husband who refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father.
Landmark's E Street Cinema


Declaration of War
(La guerre est déclarée)
Directed by Valérie Donzelli
(France, 2011, 100 min.)
A young couple declares war on their child's cancer diagnosis while wrestling with the strain it puts on their marriage.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 3


Young Goethe in Love
Directed by Philipp Stölzl
(Germany, 2010, 102 min.)
In 1772 Germany, the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet, but after failing his law exams he is sent by his father to a sleepy provincial court, where the lovely Lotte enters his life and sparks fly.
Landmark's E Street Cinema


The Secret World of Arrietty
(Kari-gurashi no Arietti)
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Gary Rydstrom
(Japan, 2010, 95 min.)
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, but life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (Japanese and English)
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 17


1920. The World's Most Important Battle
(1920 Bitwa Warszawska)
Directed by Jerzy Hoffman
(Poland, 2011, 110 min.)
This Polish mega production depicts one of the world's most important battles, which saved Europe from a global communist revolution: the 1920 clash between powerful Red Army and soldiers of newly reborn Poland that resulted in the repulsion of Bolsheviks from the gates of Warsaw. (Polish and Russian)
AMC Hoffman 22 Theatre
Sun., Feb. 12, 3 p.m.,
Thu., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.

In Darkness
(W Ciemnosci)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
(Poland/Germany/France/Canada, 2011, 145 min.)
A sewer worker and petty thief in the Nazi-occuped Polish city of Lvov hides a group of Jews for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewer system, but what starts out as a cynical business arrangement turns into something unexpected. (Polish, Ukrainian, Yiddish and German)
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 17


House of Sand
(Casa de Areia)
Directed by Andrucha Waddington
(Brazil, 2005, 115 min.)
A pregnant woman is taken along with her elderly mother in 1910 to a faraway Brazilian desert by her husband, and after his passing, must confront life in the sand dunes.
Embassy of Portugal
Thu., Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.

The Sound of Rio: Brasileirinho
Directed by Mika Kaurismäki
(Brazil/Finland/Switzerland, 2005, 90 min.)
This musical documentary chronicles choro, the first genuinely Brazilian urban music that has evolved over the last century by blending European melodies, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and the melancholic music of Brazilian Indians.
Embassy of Uruguay
Thu., Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.

The Strange Case of Angelica
(Estranho Caso de Angélica)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira
(Portugal/Spain/France/Brazil, 2010, 94 min.)
A young photographer is called by a wealthy family to take the last photograph of their daughter, Angelica, who died just a few days after her wedding, but every time he looks at her through the camera, the young woman appears to come back to life just for him.
Embassy of Portugal
Fri., Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Grigori Kozintsev
(USSR, 1964, 140 min.)
Grigori Kozintsev's renowned adaptation of "Hamlet" features evocative location shooting in the medieval Estonian village of Keila-Joa, a distinctive score, and Innokenti Smoktunovsky as the melancholy Dane, praised by no less than Laurence Olivier as the definitive screen performance of the Prince of Denmark.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 19 to 26

King Lear
(Король Лир)
Directed by Grigori Kozintsev
(USSR, 1971, 139 min.)
According to the BBC, this spirited adaptation of Shakespeare's classic story is elevated by "a commanding title performance by Estonian actor Jüri Järvet, some striking landscape imagery and Dmitri Shostakovich's anguished score."
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 19 to 26


The Artist
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
(France, 2011, 100 min.)
Set in 1927, silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, as sparks fly with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. (Silent with limited English and French)
AFI Silver Theatre

Directed by Fritz Lang
(Germany, 1927, 148 min.)
Incorporating more than 25 minutes of recently discovered footage, the 2010 restoration of "Metropolis" is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang's science fiction masterpiece.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Feb. 24, 7:15 p.m.


Artigas la Redota
Directed by César Charlone
(Uruguay, 2011, 118 min.)
In 1884, the famous painter Juan Manuel Blanes is tasked with recovering an image of Guzmán Larra, the Spanish spy who, 70 years earlier, had tried to assassinate the leader José Artigas.
Embassy of Uruguay
Fri., Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Cell 211
(Celda 211)
Directed by Daniel Monzón
(Spain/France, 2009, 113 min.)
Two men find themselves on different sides of a prison riot — the inmate leading the rebellion and the brand new guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in an attempt to survive the ordeal.
Embassy of Spain
Sat., Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m.

Closed Eyes
(A Ojos Cerrados)
Directed by Hernán Jiménez
(Costa Rica, 2010, 65 min.)
When life brings a Costa Rican granddaughter and her grandfather to a crossroads, they travel to the eastern Caribbean coast seeking healing and renewal.
Embassy of Chile
Thu., Feb. 16 7:15 p.m.

The Condemned
(Los Condenados)
Directed by Isaki Lacuesta
(Spain, 2009)
An exiled Argentinean returns home after living in Spain for more than 30 years to help find the remains of a political activist who disappeared during the Junta dictatorship.
Embassy of Spain
Thu., Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.

The Cow
(La Vaca)
Directed by Mendel Samayoa
(Guatemala, 2011, 97 min.)
An inheritance hangs in the balance as two ladies must grant their shared lover's last wish: Get his cow pregnant.
Embassy of Guatemala
Fri., Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Lion's Den
Directed by Pablo Trapero
(Argentina/South Korea/Brazil, 2008)
A 25 year-old university student with no criminal record is sent to prison for murdering the father of her newborn child, whom she must now learn to raise in jail. (Spanish and French)
Embassy of Argentina
Fri., Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.

A Little Fire
(Un Fueguito: La Historia de César Milstein)
Directed by Ana Fraile
(Argentina, 2010, 70 min.)
This documentary explores the work of Nobel Prize winner César Milstein, who produced countless benefits and practical applications in medicine, biology, immunology, and scientific knowledge in general. (Spanish, English, French and Italian)
Embassy of Argentina
Thu., Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Love Child
(La Hija Natural)
Directed by Leticia Tonos
(Dominican Republic, 2011, 96 min.)
After her mother dies in an accident, 18-year-old Maria decides to look for the father she's never met.
Embassy of Spain
Sat., Feb. 18, 1 p.m.

The Mexican Suitcase
(La Maleta Mexicana)
Directed by Trisha Ziff
(Mexico, 2011, 86 min.)
Three lost boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of World War II, are recovered in 2007 containing thousands of negatives from the Spanish Civil War by the legendary photographer Robert Capa and his fellow Eastern European exiles.
Mexican Cultural Institute
Sat., Feb. 4, 4 p.m.

Midnight Souls
(Almas de Media Noche)
Directed by Juan Carlos Fanconi
(Honduras, 2001, 120 min.)
A journalist who was investigating the mysterious deaths of townspeople is murdered himself, and a group of journalism students, thinking it was all just a game, organize a trip to the town, where they unlock secrets hidden for 200 years by the Lencas Indians.
Embassy of Guatemala
Fri., Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Directed by Daniel and Diego Vega
(Peru, 2010, 83 min.)
Clemente, a moneylender of few words, and his devout single neighbor are brought together over a newborn baby, fruit of Clemente's relationship with a prostitute who's nowhere to be found.
Embassy of Argentina
Thu., Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.

The Pope's Toilet
(El Baño del Papa)
Directed by Enrique Fernandez and César Charlone
(Uruguay/Brazil/France, 2007, 97 min.)
The upcoming visit of the pope to a poor Uruguayan country town inspires Beto, who transports contraband on his bike, to think about building a proper lavatory and charging for its use.
Embassy of Uruguay
Fri., Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Red Sky
(El Cielo Rojo)
Directed by Miguel Alejandro Gómez
(Costa Rica, 2008, 85 min.)
Bernie, Manuel, and Nestor just graduated from high school but, unsatisfied with the opportunities in Costa Rica, they have no plans for the future — until key events in the boys' personal lives conspire to make a disinterested lifestyle difficult.
Embassy of Uruguay
Fri., Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m.

The Rope
(La Soga)
Directed by Joshua Crook
(Dominican Republic, 2009, 103 min.)
In this hard-hitting crime story, a government enforcer/hit man's personal code of honor causes him to question the morality of the people he works for.
Embassy of Spain
Sat., Feb. 18, 8 p.m.

(La Vergüenza)
Directed by David Planell
(Spain, 2009)
A young couple, not knowing how to cope with their adopted son's behavior, decide to give him back, but soon realize the price they'll have to pay if they go ahead with their plan.
Embassy of Spain
Sat., Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

Silvestre Pantaleón
Directed by Roberto Olivares Ruiz
(Mexico, 2011, 65 min.)
An elderly man from a Mexican village struggles to pay for a curing ceremony and provide for his family.
Mexican Cultural Institute
Sat., Feb. 4, 1 p.m.

Taita Boves
Directed by Luis Alberto Lamata
(Venezuela, 2010, 100 min.)
Jose Tomás Boves goes from seafarer to pirate, horse smuggler to prosperous merchant, and prisoner to brutal military chief during the Venezuelan War of Independence.
Embassy of Venezuela
Fri., Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Van Van Fever
(Eso Que Anda)
Directed by Ian Padrón
(Cuba, 2010, 75 min.)
This documentary looks at Cuba's most popular orquestra over the last 40 years, Juan Formell and The Van Van.
Embassy of Venezuela
Thu., Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Water Drums, An Ancestral Encounter
(Tambores de Agua, Un Encuentro Ancestral)
Directed by Clarissa Duque
(Venezuela, 2009, 75 min.)
Framed in a contemporary cultural discourse of resistance, this documentary — shot in both Venezuela and Cameroon — researches the traditions of Venezuelan black communities that are descendants of the Maroons.
Embassy of Venezuela
Thu., Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Woman Without Piano
(La Mujer Sin Piano)
Directed by Javier Rebollo
(Spain, 2009, 94 min.)
A Madrid housewife attempts to escape her mundane and tedious existence one night, when an absurd new world emerges for her.
Embassy of Spain
Fri., Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Yasuní: Two Seconds of Life
(Yasuní: Dos Segundos de Vida)
Directed by Leonardo Wild
(Ecuador/Austria/U.S., 2010, 90 min.)
This documentary examines the Ecuadorean government's unique proposal to leave the oil found in the Yasuní national park untouched. (Spanish and English)
Embassy of Argentina
Thu., Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Zamora, Free Land and Men
(Zamora, Tierra y Hombres Libres)
Directed by Román Chalbaud
(Venezuela, 2009, 128 min.)
In 19th-century Venezuela, Ezequiel Zamora fights for the equal rights of peasants and farmers afflicted by the class struggle under the oligarchy's yoke.
Embassy of Venezuela
Fri., Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m.


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