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Films - October 2019

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Arabic

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French

Japanese

Spanish

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Korean

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Arabic

Adam

Directed by Maryam Touzani

(Morocco/France, 2019, 98 min.)

Samia, pregnant and living on the street and going door-to-door begging for work, encounters Abla, a single mother deeply traumatized by her husband's recent death. Abla supports herself and her daughter by running a small bakery connected to their house. Though at first she shoos Samia away, Abla eventually has second thoughts (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 20, 5:15 p.m.,

Fri., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.

 

Baghdad in My Shadow

Directed by Samir

(Switzerland/Germany/U.K./Iraq, 2019, 105 min.)

In his latest thriller-drama, award-winning filmmaker Samir's ambitious feature elevates discussions surrounding women's rights, the plague of extremism ensnaring young lost Muslim men in Europe and other controversial issues. The ensemble film revolves around a group of Iraqi immigrants and once idealistic socialists who regularly meet and work at London's Café Abu Nawas (Arabic and English; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 19, 6:15 p.m.,

Fri., Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m.

 

Diamond Dust

Directed by Marwan Hamed

(Egypt, 2018, 154 min.)

This Cairo-set vigilante story follows Taha, a pharmacist who leads a dreary life with his wheelchair-bound father. When he returns home one day, he finds his father dead on the ground. After reading his father's diary, he discovers a dark past of racism, corruption, political oppression and abuse of power (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 19, 3:15 p.m.

 

The Guest

Directed by Hadi El Bagoury

(Egypt, 2018, 99 min.)

Dr. Yehia Al Tigany is a writer and thinker who lives a stable family life with his wife Mimi and his daughter Farida. But his views against religious extremism and his ambitious ideas to renew religious discourse bring him accusations of blasphemy and make him a target for contempt by radicals (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 26, 2 p.m.

 

Midnight Traveler

Directed by Hassan Fazili

(Qatar/U.K./Canada/U.S., 2019, 90 min.)

When filmmaker Hassan Fazili made a documentary for Afghan television about a Taliban commander seeking peace, the Taliban killed his subject and put a bounty on Hassan's head, forcing him to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. They recorded the harrowing trek across numerous borders on three iPhones, capturing the story from the inside with an immediacy and emotional power that grips the viewer.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 18

 

Rashid & Rajab

Directed by Mohammed Saeed Harib

(UAE, 2019, 105 min.)

This witty and engaging farce puts a fresh spin on the body swap comedy formula as Rashid a high-powered Emirati business executive, and Rajab an easygoing Egyptian deliveryman, find themselves learning to walk in each other's shoes (literally) following a freak accident (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 26, 4:15 p.m.

 

Tel Aviv on Fire

Directed by Sameh Zoabi

(Luxembourg/Belgium/Israel/France, 2019, 100 min.)

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise — until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. (Arabic and Hebrew).

West End Cinema

 

English

Ad Astra

Directed by James Gray

(China/Brazil/U.S., 2019, 123 min.)

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Directed by Mads Brügger

(Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium, 2019, 128 min.)

In 1961, U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed in what was then Northern Rhodesia, killing Hammarskjöld and 15 others. Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a crime far worse than killing the secretary-general of the United Nations (English, French, Swedish, Bemba and Danish).

West End Cinema

 

The Cotton Club Encore

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

(U.S., 2019, 127 min.)

Originally released in 1984, writer/director Francis Ford Coppola's glittering spectacle presents Prohibition, gangsters and virtuoso tap dancing in a lavish ode to the music and drama of Harlem's famed hot spot, the Cotton Club (English and Italian).

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 11

 

The Current War

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

(U.S., 2019, 107 min.)

This is the dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 25

 

Downton Abbey

Directed by Michael Engler

(U.K./U.S., 2019, 122 min.)

The story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century, picks up after the popular TV show ended.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Farewell

Directed by Lulu Wang

(U.S., 2019, 98 min.)

Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi reluctantly returns home to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai-Nai herself. As Billi navigates family expectations, she finds a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother's wondrous spirit and ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Gemini Man

Directed by Ang Lee

(China/U.S., 2019, 117 min.)

An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 11

 

Hustlers

Directed by Lorene Scafaria

(U.S., 2019, 110 min.)

Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, "Hustlers" follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

It Must Be Heaven

Directed by Elia Suleiman

(France/Qatar/Germany/Canada/Palestine, 2019, 97 min.)

In a series of comic vignettes shot in international locales, famed Palestinian director Elia Suleiman investigates the meanings of nationalism, normality, identity and exile. A church in Nazareth with a door that won't open. A deserted Paris. A New York supermarket with as many guns as fresh produce. Suleiman embellishes small details in each vignette, his style edging ever closer to the surreal in an attempt to capture the experience of a perpetual outsider and to suggest that normality is often absurd (English, French and Arabic; opening night of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.

 

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Directed by Bill Haney

(U.S., 2019, 90 min.)

This is the astounding true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man's visionary quest to find a cure for cancer. The film traces Allison's remarkable life from his school-boy days in Texas all the way to Stockholm where, in December of 2018, he accepted the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the immune system's role in defeating cancer.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Jojo Rabbit

Directed by Taika Waititi

(Germany/U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

This World War II satire follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 25

 

Judy

Directed by Rupert Goold

(U.K., 2019, 118 min.)

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Last Emperor

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

(U.K./Italy, 1987, 160 min.)

Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated. It follows the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who at age three took the throne of the Qing dynasty in 1908. Decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City, followed (English, Mandarin and Japanese).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 13, 1 p.m.

 

Lucy in the Sky

Directed by Noah Hawley

(U.S., 2019, 124 min.)

Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Monos

Directed by Alejandro Landes

(Multiple countries, 2019, 102 min.)

Teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force know only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate.

West End Cinema

 

Ms. Purple

Directed by Justin Chon

(U.S., 2019, 87 min.)

A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in L.A.'s Koreatown reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father's life.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Official Secrets

Directed by Gavin Hood

(U.K./U.S., 2019, 112 min.)

Kiera Knightley stars in the true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the U.N. Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Directed by Janice Engel

(U.S., 2019, 93 min.)

This is the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Where's My Roy Cohn?

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

(U.S., 2019, 97 min.)

One of the most controversial and influential American men of the 20th Century, Roy Cohn was a ruthless and unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker whose 28-year career ranged from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of a young Queens real estate developer named Donald Trump.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

French

Arab Blues

Directed by Manele Labidi

(France, 2019, 88 min.)

After 10 years of living in Paris, Selma has returned to Tunis in an incisive comedy about coming home, breaking taboos and building community (French and Arabic; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

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

Sun., Oct. 27, 8:15 p.m.

 

By the Grace of God

Directed by François Ozon

(France/Belgium, 2019, 137 min.)

In this urgent and heartfelt the story, three adult men band together to expose the stifling code of silence that continues to enable a priest who abused them as boys.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 25

 

Escape from Raqqa

Directed by Emmanuel Hamon

(France, 2019, 102 min.)

This contemporary thriller set partially inside the Islamic State is based on the true story of a French woman who voluntarily took her child to Syria and wound up a prisoner in the titular ISIS stronghold. Unbeknownst to her husband Sylvain, Faustine leaves Paris with her 5-year-old son to join ISIS in Syria. But when she realizes she has been made false promises, she reaches out for help. Sylvain quickly understands that the French authorities are hardly empathetic with his wife's sudden change of heart and must plan a high-risk exfiltration to save them (French, English and Arabic; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 27, 6:15 p.m.

 

New Biz in the Hood!

Directed by Mohamed Hamidi

(France, 2019, 90 min.)

Frederic, a high-strung, smooth-talking, 40-something Parisian marketing exec, lands a big new client for his company but the hitch is that French authorities have caught on to a tax scheme he ran for years, and after a heated audit, Frederic is given an ultimatum: pay off a $2 million debt or transfer his company to the an impoverished community in dire need of employment (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

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

Sun., Oct. 27, 2 p.m.

 

German

What Have We Done to Deserve This?

Directed by Eva Spreitzhofer

(Austria, 2018, 92 min.)

For Vienna resident Wanda, an adamant atheist and feminist, her worst nightmare has come true when her teenage daughter Nina converts to Islam, asks to be addressed as Fatima and announces her desire to wear a veil. To top it all off, her ex-husband has to pick this very moment to become a father again (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.

 

Hebrew

Advocate

Directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche

(Israel/Canada/Switzerland, 2019, 108 min.)

Lea Tsemel calls herself a losing lawyer, because every case she has taken was lost. She has spent nearly 50 years representing Palestinians in an increasingly conservative Israel, earning the sobriquet "the devil's advocate" in her native Israel for her decades of work championing Palestinians accused of resisting the occupation (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 27, 4 p.m.

 

Italian

Loro

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

(Italy, 2019, 151 min.)

Sex, drugs, power, and vice: welcome to the mid-2000s Italy of Silvio Berlusconi, the egomaniac billionaire prime minister who presides over an empire of scandal and corruption.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Japanese

First Love

Directed by Takashi Miike

(Japan/U.K., 2019, 108 min.)

In this noir-tinged yakuza thriller that blends genres, Leo, a promising but aimless young boxer, discovers something to fight for when he encounters Yuri, a beautiful young woman on the run, and on impulse rescues her.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Kwaidan

Directed by Masaki Kobayahi

(Japan, 1965, 183 min.)

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. These haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., Oct. 9, 2 p.m.

 

Woman in the Dunes

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

(Japan, 1964, 123 min.)

A Tokyo entomologist exploring a small seaside settlement for new insect species accidentally misses his bus back to the city and ends up staying the night with a young widow in her fragile shack at the base of a dune. In return for room and board, the man must continually shovel sand to keep the rickety house from collapsing—and also, as it turns out, to help the local economy.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 20, 1 p.m.

 

Korean

Parasite

Directed by Joon-ho Bong

(South Korea, 2019, 132 min.)

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 18

 

Lithuanian

Woman and the Glacier

Directed by Audrius Stonys

(Lithuania/Estonia, 2017, 56 min.)

For decades, Lithuanian scientist Aušra Revutaite has been living 11,000 feet above sea level on the Tuyuksu Glacier of Central Asia bordering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang. Alone with a dog and cat, she turned a Soviet-era research station into a home and lab for recording local gradations of global warming.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 20, 4 p.m.

 

Portuguese

Lisbon Beat

Directed by Rita Maia and Vasco Viana

(Portugal, 2019, 65 min.)

On the outskirts of Lisbon, an underground electronic music scene is exploding, as contemporary Afro-Portuguese sounds draw from myriad influences, giving traditional roots a modern twist (Portuguese, English and Creole).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m.

 

Spanish

The Cordillera of Dreams

Directed by Patricio Guzmán

(Chile/France, 2019, 85 min.)

When the sun rises in Chile, it has to scale hills and walls of rock before it reaches the peaks of the mountains. Because the Andes are everywhere, and yet they remain unknown territory to most of the country's inhabitants, Patricio Guzmán sets out on a journey through the mountains, his somber narration accompanying elegant aerial shots of their stunning topography.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 1, 5:20 p.m.

 

Days of Light

Multiple directors

(Panama/Costa Rica/El Salvador/Honduras/Guatemala/Nicaragua, 2019, 87 min.)

This beautifully integrated, multi-threaded narrative seamlessly interweaves six stories set in radically different locations across Central America, ranging from the tropical forests of Guatemala to the skyscrapers of Panama City.

AFI Silver Theatre

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

 

De Lo Mio

Directed by Diana Peralta

(U.S., 2019, 74 min.)

Two high-spirited sisters raised in New York travel to the Dominican Republic to reunite with their estranged brother and to clean out their grandparents' old home before it is sold. As they rifle through the remnants of their family's legacy, shared joys, pains and traumas resurface that they must confront once and for all (Spanish and English).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 2, 5:20 p.m.

 

The Longest Night

Directed by Gabriela Calvache

(Ecuador/Mexico, 2019, 94 min.)

Sex worker Dana pours all of her earnings into the costly, life-saving treatments that sustain her critically-ill daughter in Colombia. Increasingly in debt to her contemptible ex-lover and current pimp, Dana is also wrestling with opioid addition. When she sees a glimmer of hope in a client with whom she forges a strong bond, she decides to plan an escape.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 2, 9 p.m.

 

Midnight Family

Directed by Luke Lorentzen

(Mexico/U.S., 2019, 81 min.)

With 9 million residents and only 45 government-provided ambulances, Mexico City's population must rely on a cutthroat industry of private, for-profit paramedics. This immersive documentary transports you into the Ochoa Family Ambulance — and into the heart of the frenzied action.

AFI Silver Theatre

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

 

Pain & Glory

Directed by Pedro Almodovar

(Spain, 2019, 113 min.)

A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 11

 

Swedish

Britt-Marie Was Here

Directed by Tuva Novotny

(Sweden, 2019, 94 min.)

Britt-Marie, whose 40-year-old marriage has just broken up because she learned her husband was unfaithful, is faced with making a new start in life in the small town of Borg. Told she is a nagging passive-aggressive aunt, the only job she can find is quite challenging: to coach the town's youth soccer team (Swedish and German).

West End Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Thai

Folklore: Pob

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaurang

(Thailand, 2018, 56 min.)

HBO Asia's miniseries "Folklore" presented tales of the supernatural from six Asian countries. One standout was Thailand's entry about the myth of the pob, a ghost known for devouring human intestines. When an American corporate executive is found murdered, a photojournalist covers the story, only to find himself meeting the pob who committed the crime and now wants to tell its side of the story.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 8, 7 p.m.

 

Krasue: Inhuman Kiss

Directed by Sittisiri Mongkolsiri

(Thailand, 2019, 122 min.)

One of the most terrifying of Thai ghosts – and one that has appeared on film countless times – is the krasue. By day she lives as a normal human woman, but at night her head detaches from her body and floats around, trailing viscera and feasting on flesh – human and animal alike.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 25, 7 p.m.