Films - February 2019

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Languages

Arabic

French

Portuguese


Czech

German

Spanish


English

Japanese

Farsi

Polish

 

Arabic

Capernaum

Directed by Nadine Labaki

(Lebanon/U.S., 2018, 126 min.)

A clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy, Zain, survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes them to court, suing them for the "crime" of giving him life (Arabic and Amharic

 

Czech

Jan Palach

Directed by Robert Sedlácek

(Czech Republic, 2018, 124 min.)

Jan Palach, an uncompromising young man, made the ultimate sacrifice in protest the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. This biopic describes the last months of Palach's life and his path from an affectionate son, devoted friend and sensitive philosophy student through his self-immolation in Wenceslas Square.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Feb. 13, 8 p.m.

 

English

Arctic

Directed by Joe Penna

(Iceland, 2019, 97 min.)

Stranded in the arctic after an airplane crash, a man must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in the hopes of making it out alive.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Opens Fri., Feb. 8

 

On the Basis of Sex

Directed by Mimi Leder

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

This is the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

If Beale Street Could Talk

Directed by Barry Jenkins

(U.S., 2018, 119 min.)

A newly engaged Harlem woman races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child.

AFI Silver Theatre

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Directed by Marielle Heller

(U.S., 2018, 106 min.)

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer who finds herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, so she turns her art form to deception.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

West End Cinema

 

Destroyer

Directed by Karyn Kusama

(U.S., 2018, 121 min.)

"Destroyer" follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

(Ireland/U.K./U.S., 2018, 119 min.)

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. But when a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Free Solo

Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

(U.S., 2018, 100 min.)

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

West End Cinema

 

Green Book

Directed by Peter Farrelly

(U.S., 2-18, 130 min.)

When Tony, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger — as well as unexpected humanity and humor — they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime (English, Italian, Russian and German).

Angelika Pop-Up

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

The Avalon Theatre

 

Mary Queen of Scots

Directed by Josie Rourke

(U.K., 2018, 124 min.)

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Queen of Scots defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Minding the Gap

Directed by Bing Liu

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

Filmed over a decade in the lives of three best friends, this arresting debut documentary about a group of Rust Belt skaters explores everything from domestic violence to absent fathers to racial identity, all with an empathetic eye toward its subjects.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Feb. 17, 7:15 p.m.,

Thu., Feb. 21, 7:15 p.m.

 

Serenity

Directed by Steven Knight

(U.S., 2019, 106 min.)

The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain comes back to haunt him, when his ex-wife tracks him down with a desperate plea for help, ensnaring his life in a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

Angelika Mosaic

 

Stan & Ollie

Directed by Jon S. Baird

(U.K./Canada/U.S., 2018, 97 min.)

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly bring their brilliant comedic chops to bear as legendary comedy duo Stan "Laurel" and Ollie "Hardy" in this hilarious road movie recounting the pair's famed 1953 "farewell" tour of Britain and Ireland.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

The Avalon Theatre

 

The Upside

Directed by Neil Burger

(U.S., 2019, 126 min.)

Philip is a disabled white billionaire, who feels that life is not worth living. To help him in his day-to-day routine, he hires Del, an African American parolee, trying to reconnect with his estranged wife. What begins as a professional relationship develops into a friendship as Del shows his grouchy charge that life is worth living.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Vice

Directed by Adam McKay

(U.S., 2018, 132 min.)

"Vice" explores how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as vice president to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways still felt today.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Angelika Pop-Up

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Young Picasso

(U.K., 2019, 85 min.)

Look at the early years of Picasso and learn about the upbringing and education that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris, as the film visits each and explores their influence on Picasso's artist, focusing on specific pieces from these early years.

The Avalon Theatre

Sun., Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m.,

Tue., Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m.

 

Farsi

3 Faces

Directed by Jafar Panahi

(Iran, 2018, 100 min.)

The fourth movie he's made in defiance of the Iranian government's filmmaking ban won Jafar Panahi the best screenplay award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Playing fictionalized versions of themselves, Panahi and famous actress Behnaz Jafari trek to Iran's mountainous northwest to investigate a video of a teenage girl apparently committing suicide.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Feb. 11, 7:15 p.m.,

Wed., Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m.

 

Feast of Sorrow

Directed by Pourya Azarbayjani

(Iran, 2018, 97 min.)

This film weaves together four different stories to illustrate how the internet and social media have transformed Iranian society. A young man fakes his death in a scheme to raise money. A woman pretends to be someone she is not. A middle-age husband is enraged by his wife's Instagram posts, and a young couple expecting a child are befriended by their Chinese neighbors.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

 

Final Whistle

Directed by Niki Karimi

(Iran, 2011, 90 min.)

Director Niki Karimi plays a documentary filmmaker who learns that her young assistant is trying to sell her kidney for money to save her mother, who is charged with murder, from execution.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 17, 2 p.m.

 

The Graveless

Directed by Mostafa Sayari

(Iran, 2018, 73 min.)

Fulfilling their recently deceased father's final wishes, four adult siblings transport his body across the harsh Iranian desert to the remote village where he wanted to be buried. As the temperature rises, the body begins to decompose, and tempers flare as old family secrets and resentments boil to the surface.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Feb. 19, 7:15 p.m.

 

Man of Integrity

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

(Iran, 2017, 117 min.)

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Feb. 4, 7:15 p.m.,

Wed., Feb. 6, 7:15 p.m.

 

Pig

Directed by Mani Haghighi

(Iran, 2017, 108 min.)

Hasan is a famous movie director whose career has languished since he was placed on a government blacklist. His favorite actress and mistress seems ready to move on professionally and personally. Worst of all, a serial killer beheading Iran's most esteemed filmmakers has conspicuously neglected to target him. Out of desperation, this frustrated filmmaker embarks on a plan to launch his career into orbit.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Feb. 26, 7:15 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m.

 

Wednesday, May 9

Directed by Vahid Jalilvand

(Iran, 2015, 102 min.)

A newspaper ad promising $10,000 to those in need draws a huge crowd to a Tehran office building on the titular date. Director Vahid Jalilvand tells the stories of three characters: Leila, who needs the money to help her paraplegic husband; Setareh, who wants to bail her husband out of jail; and the mysterious benefactor himself.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 16, 2 p.m.

French

When You Read This Letter

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

(France/Italy, 1953, 104 min.)

Celebrated Parisian chanteuse Juliette Gréco plays Sister Thérèse, a nun who leaves behind the quiet security of her convent to run a family business and help her real sister (Irène Galter) escape the clutches of a shifty low-life,

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 17, 5 p.m.

 

German

Never Look Away

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

(Germany/Italy, 2018, 188 min.)

Young artist Kurt Barnert has fled to West Germany, but he continues to be tormented by the experiences of his youth in the Nazi years and during the GDR-regime. When he meets student Ellie, he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation (German and Russian).

The Avalon Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Feb. 15

 

Japanese

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine

(Japan, 2019, 100 min.)

Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior unlike any fighter they've faced before.

Angelika Mosaic

 

Pale Flower

Directed by Masahiro Shinoda

(Japan, 1964, 96 min.)

In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict. What at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., Feb. 6, 2 p.m.

 

Shoplifters

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

(Japan, 2018, 121 min.)

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and tests the bonds that unite them.

The Avalon Theatre

West End Cinema

 

Polish

Cold War

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

(Poland/U.K./France, 2018, 89 min.)

"Cold War" is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of postwar Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it's the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate — an impossible love story in impossible times (Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian and Croatian).

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Portuguese

Aniki Bóbó

Directed by Manoel de Oliveira

(Portugal, 1942, 71 min.)

Manoel de Oliveira's first feature-length work casts children from Porto's streets as protagonists in a drama inspired by a simple childhood rhyme (preceded by "Douro, Faina Fluvial" (1931, 19 min.)).

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

 

The Green Years

(Os Verdes Anos)

Directed by Paulo Rocha

(Portugal, 1963, 91 min.)

A young man arrives from the provinces ready to try his luck at shoemaking. He meets a young working-class woman, the two start a relationship, and all seems secure. Yet Paulo Rocha's outwardly simple tale hides deeper complexities, as the young man, feeling the hostile modern urban malaise, loses his trust in humanity and attempts to rebel.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Feb. 23, 4 p.m.

 

A Revolução de Maio

Directed by António Lopes Ribeiro

(Portugal, 1937, 138 min.)

A film of historical prominence, "Revolution in May" was produced by the National Secretary of Propaganda to mark the 10th anniversary of the demise of Portugal's First Republic and the rise of the Estado Novo — a right-leaning corporatist regime fueled by deeply conservative and autocratic ideologies that empowered the government to institute censorship and a secret police force to subdue opposition.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Feb. 24, 4 p.m.

 

Spanish

Everybody Knows

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

(Spain/France/Italy, 2019, 132 min.)

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open (Spanish, English and Catalan).

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Feb. 15

 

Roma

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

(Mexico/U.S., 2018, 135 min.)

The most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón, "Roma" follows a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Feb. 23, 4:20 p.m.,

Sun., Feb. 24, 4:20 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Last Edited on January 31, 2019

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