Films - March 2020

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Languages

Amharic

Georgian

Korean

Turkish


Arabic

German

Mandarin

Xhousa


English

Icelandic

Polish

French

Japanese

Spanish

*EFF = Environmental Film Festival
**NAFF = New African Film Festival

 

Amharic

Anbessa
Directed by Mo Scarpelli
(Ethiopia/Italy/U.S., 2019, 85 min.)

Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have already been displaced from their homestead to the outskirts of sprawling capital Addis Ababa, and it seems looming cranes are closing in on them again. With little to do, Asalif scavenges wires and bulbs from sprawling construction sites to literally keep the lights on in their makeshift house. Pushed around by new kids in the neighborhood, the sensitive child retreats into his imagination — the only place where he can rage like a lion against the forces he can't control (NAFF and EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 16, 7:15 p.m.

 

Arabic

Abou Leila
Directed by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
(Algeria/France/Qatar, 2019, 135 min.)

In 1994, amid the turmoil of the Algerian civil war, childhood friends and police officers S. and Lotfi embark on an odyssey through the desert in the north of the country as they search for an elusive terrorist named Abou Leila (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 8, 7:15 p.m.

Khartoum Offside
Directed by Marwa Zein
(Sudan/Denmark, 2019, 75 min.)

Sara is a remarkable and entrepreneurial young Sudanese woman whose dream is to have a soccer team that will one day compete in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Joined by her teammates, their love of sports, strong bond and street smarts challenge the standards and stereotypical perceptions of their country (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 7, 1 p.m.,
Tue., March 10, 5:30 p.m.

The Unknown Saint

Directed by Alaa Eddine Aljem
(Morocco/France/Qatar, 2019, 100 min.)

When a recently released bandit returns to the place he buried the stolen loot, he is surprised to find a new shrine — that of the "Unknown Saint" — perched atop his once-ingenious hiding place. In the years since his arrest, a bustling village has grown next to the much-visited holy site, which is now a valuable tourist attraction relentlessly guarded by an array of quirky locals and a beloved guard dog (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., March 12, 7:30 p.m.,
Sat., March 14, 9:15 p.m.

 

English

2 Weeks in Lagos
Directed by Kathryn Fasegha
(Nigeria, 2019, color, 115 min.)

Ejikeme, an investment banker, comes home from the United States to invest in Nigerian businesses and falls in love with his partner's sister Lola. But Ejikeme and Lola first must contend with the political ambitions of Ejikeme's mother, who has arranged a marriage between him and the daughter of a powerful politician who is considering Ejikeme's father as his running mate for the Nigerian presidency (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 7, 7:15 p.m.,
Tue., March 10, 9:15 p.m.

1917
Directed by Sam Mendes
(U.K./U.S., 2020, 119 min.)

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap (English, French and German).

Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

The Assistant
Directed by Kitty Green
(U.S., 2020, 85 min.)

In this searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive, as Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

Atlantics
Directed by Mati Diop
(France/Senegal/Belgium, 2019, 104 min._

Set in Dakar, Senegal, this supernatural romantic drama ostensibly centers on a secret, star-crossed romance between the newly betrothed Ada and construction worker Souleiman. When Souleiman and his coworkers head out to sea in hopes of finding a better life in Spain, Ada and the other women left behind mourn the men's absence. After a mysterious arson attempt on Ada's wedding day, however, a young investigator becomes convinced that Souleiman has returned and is somehow responsible (English, Wolof, French and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
March 21 to 25

The Banker
Directed by George Nolfi
(U.S., 2020, 120 min.)

In the 1960s two African American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War
Directed by Kerry David
(U.S., 2019, 110 min.)

The complex world of wildlife trafficking is viewed through a feminine lens in this thorough exploration of the emotional toll that poaching and wildlife crime are having on the courageous women fighting on the front lines (EFF).

National Zoo
Sat., March 14, 1 p.m.

The Burnt Orange Heresy
Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi
(U.K./Italy, 2020, 99 min.)

Hired to steal a rare painting from one of most enigmatic painters of all time, an ambitious art dealer becomes consumed by his own greed and insecurity as the operation spins out of control.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 13

Caméra d'Afrique
Directed by Férid Boughedir
(Tunisia/France, 1983, 95 min.)

This new 2K restoration of Tunisian director Férid Boughedir's landmark survey of African cinema features rare footage and in-depth interviews with pioneering African filmmakers and demonstrates how, despite a lack of funds and support, these filmmakers overcame many obstacles to bring inspiring African stories to the screen (NAFF; English and French).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., March 19, 7 p.m.

Camille
Directed by Boris Lojkine
(France, 2019, 92 min.)

In a rare look at the Central African Republic on film, Boris Lojkine explores the last months in the life of French photojournalist Camille Lepage, who was killed in 2014 at age 26 while covering the country's ongoing civil war (NAFF; English, French and Sango).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 14, 5 p.m.,
Mon., March 16, 5:15 p.m.

The Cave
Directed by Feras Fayyad
(Syria/Denmark/Germany/Qatar/U.S., 2019, 107 min.)

Under the war-torn streets of Ghouta, Syria, is a hospital known as "The Cave," where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her female colleagues attend to countless wounded civilians and victims of battle (English and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 2, 7:20 p.m.,
Wed., March 4, 7:20 p.m.

Current Sea
Directed by Christopher Smith
(U.S./Malaysia/Cambodia, 2020, 87 min.)

This environmental thriller follows investigative journalist Matt Blomberg and ocean activist Paul Ferber in their dangerous efforts to create a marine conservation area and combat the relentless tide of illegal fishing. Along the way a new generation of Cambodian environmentalists are inspired to create a better life for their people (EFF).

Naval Heritage Center
Sun., March 15, 7 p.m.

Dying for Gold
Directed by Catherine Meyburgh
(South Africa/Lesotho/Mozambique/Swaziland, 2018, 98 min.)

In 2004, in the biggest class-action lawsuit the country had ever seen, South Africa's largest gold mining companies were accused of knowingly exposing miners to deadly dust and disease. Through a rich archive of footage from the colonial and Apartheid eras and intimate interviews with miners and their families, this film tells the untold story of the making of South Africa (NAFF; English, Xhosa and Southern Sotho).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 15, 9:30 p.m.

Earth
Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
(Austria, 2019, 115 min.)

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans — with shovels, excavators, or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people in mines, in quarries, and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet (EFF).

Naval Heritage Center
Tue., March 17, 7 p.m.

Embassy of Austria
Wed., March 18, 7 p.m.

Edo Avant Garde
Directed by Linda Hoaglund
(U.S./Japan, 2019, 83 min.)

Partly filmed in the Sackler Gallery, Linda Hoaglund's documentary reveals the pivotal role Japanese artists of the Edo era (1603-1868) played in setting the stage for the "modern art" movement in the West.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 20, 7 p.m.

Emma
Directed by Autumn de Wilde
(U.K., 2020)

Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Etched in Bone
Directed by Béatrice Bijon
(Australia, 2018, 73 min.)

Jacob Nayinggul, an Aboriginal elder from Australia, knows that bones of his ancestors were stolen by scientists in 1948. For 60 years, they were held by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. When the Smithsonian finally agrees to repatriate the bones, Nayinggul creates a new form of ceremony (EFF).

National Museum of Natural History
Sat., March 14, 4 p.m.

Everything Must Fall
Directed by Rehad Desai
(South Africa, 2018, 85 min.)

When South Africa's universities raised their fees in 2015, a wave of students took to the streets in opposition. Quickly gaining momentum and scope, the battle cry #FeesMustFall burst onto the political landscape and became a national conversation, bringing attention to the exclusion of poorer black South Africans from higher education (NAFF; English and Zulu).

AFI Silver Theatre
March 7 to 12

First Cow
Directed by Kelly Reichardt
(U.S., 2019, 121 min.)

A loner cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon territory, although he only finds connection with a Chinese immigrant. The men collaborate on a business, although its longevity is reliant upon the participation of a wealthy landowner's prized milking cow.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 13

Freedom Fields
Directed by Naziha Arebi
(Multiple countries, 2018, 97 min.)

British-Libyan filmmaker Naziha Arebi's debut documentary offers an intimate look at post-revolution Libya through the eyes of an aspiring all-female soccer team, whose struggle to gain mainstream acceptance mirrors the broader challenges facing women in contemporary Libyan society (NAFF; English and Arabic).

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., March 17, 7:10 p.m.

The Great Green Wall
Directed by Jared P. Scott
(U.K., 2019, 90 min.)

Malian musician Inna Modja takes us on an epic journey along Africa's Great Green Wall — an ambitious vision to grow an 8,000-kilometer "wall" of trees stretching across the entire continent to fight back against climate change (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science
Sat., March 14, 7 p.m.

Greed
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
(U.K., 2020, 104 min.)

In this satire on the gross inequality of wealth in the fashion industry, a self-made British billionaire finds his retail empire is in crisis after a damaging public inquiry tarnishes his image. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicized and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

The Hidden Kingdoms of China
Directed by Emma Fraser
(U.K., 2020, 88 min.)

China is the world's most populated country with more than 1.4 billion people inhabiting its vast and extreme wild lands alongside creatures seen nowhere else in the world. Some of its secrets are still undiscovered...until now (EFF).

The Avalon Theatre
Sat., March 21, 10 a.m.

Hope Gap
Directed by William Nicholson
(U.K., 2020, 101 min.)

Grace (Annette Bening) is shocked to learn her husband (Bill Nighy) is leaving her for another after 29 years of marriage, which causes an ensuing emotional fallout on their only grown son. Unraveled and feeling displaced in her small seaside town, Grace ultimately regains her footing and discovers a new, powerful voice.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

The Invisible Man
Directed by Leigh Whannell
(Australia/U.S., 2020, 124 min.)

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

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 worldview is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

Kifaru
Directed by David Hambridge
(U.S., 2019, 79 min.)

Two young Kenyan rangers knowingly take on the hopeless mission of caring for the world's last male northern white rhino as they commit to provide care, comfort and compassion for a creature living on borrowed time (EFF).

National Geographic
Fri., March 20, 7 p.m.

Knives Out
Directed by Rian Johnson
(U.S., 2019, 130 min.)

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate (English and Spanish).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

The Last Tree
Directed by Shola Amoo
(Nigeria, 2019, 98 min.)

A British boy of Nigerian heritage enjoys a happy childhood in Lincolnshire, where he is raised by a doting foster mother and surrounded by a tight-knit group of friends — until his real mom reclaims him and deposits him into a much different life in her small, inner-London flat (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 13, 5:25 p.m.,
Wed., March 18, 5:15 p.m.

Little Women
Directed by Greta Gerwig
(U.S., 2019, 134 min.)

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Lost Warrior
Directed by Nasib Farah, Søren Steen Jespersen
(Denmark/Sweden, 2018, 81 min.)

Mohammed grew up in England, but was deported at age 19 to Somalia, where he was radicalized and recruited by al-Shabab. After witnessing the damage the terror organization was wreaking on innocent civilians, Mohammed defects and marries Fathi. When Fathi returns to her native London and discovers she's pregnant, the couple must navigate global politics and personal relationships to build a better future for their son (NAFF; English and Somali).

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., March 18, 7:20 p.m.

Ordinary Love
Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn
(U.K., 2020, 92 min.)

Joan and Tom have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship that only comes from spending a life time together and a depth of love that expresses itself through tenderness and humor in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to Joan.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Pariah Dog
Directed by Jessie Alk
(U.S., 2019, 77 min.)

This lyrical, kaleidoscopic picture of the city of Kolkata, India, is seen through the prism of four outsiders and the neglected street dogs they love (EFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., March 14, 9:30 p.m.

Mulan
Directed by Niki Caro
(U.S., 2020)

A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father in this live-action feature film based on Disney's "Mulan."

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., March 27

Premature
Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green
(U.S., 2019, 90 min.)

Set against the backdrop of a changing Harlem landscape, when 17-year-old Ayanna meets handsome and mysterious outsider Isaiah, her entire world is turned upside down on her path toward self-discovery as she travails the rigorous terrain of young love the summer before she leaves for college.

West End Cinema

A Reindeer's Journey
Directed by Guillaume Maidatchevsky
(France/Finland, 2018, 86 min.)

Vulnerable newborn reindeer Ailo must overcome the challenges that stand in the way of his first year of life in the stunning landscapes of Lapland (EFF; English and Finnish).

Embassy of Finland
Sat., March 21, 3 p.m.

The Roads Not Taken
Directed by Sally Potter
(U.K./U.S./Sweden, 2020, 85 min.)

This film follows a day in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem) and his daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning), as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 20

Sea of Shadows
Directed by Richard Ladkani
(Austria, 2019, 104 min.)

When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region.

"Sea of Shadows" follows a team of scientists, conservationists, investigative journalists, and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican navy as they put their lives on the line to save the marine life and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science
Fri., March 13, 7 p.m.,
Sun., March 22, 4 p.m.

Seberg
Directed by Benedict Andrews
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

Inspired by real events, in the late 1960s, Hoover's FBI targets and harasses French New Wave icon Jean Seberg because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal, among others (English and French).

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sorry We Missed You
Directed by Ken Loach
(U.K./France/Belgium, 2020, 101 min.)

Hoping that self-employment through the gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up U.K. delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labor exploitation.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., March 27

The Story of Plastic
Directed by Deia Schlosberg
(U.S., 2019, 93 min.)

Unlike any other plastic documentary you've seen, "The Story Of Plastic" presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it (EFF).

Naval Heritage Center
Fri., March 13, 7 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson Center
Fri., March 20, 12 p.m.

Talking About Trees
Directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari
(Sudan/France/Chad/Germany/Qatar, 2019, 93 min.)

Four retired Sudanese filmmakers attempt to revive movie-going in a country where the oppressive regime has all but wiped out national film history and culture (NAFF; English, Arabic and Russian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., March 10, 7:15 p.m.

Under Thin Ice
Directed by Denis Blaquiere
(Canada, 2019, 88 min.)

This film chronicles an extraordinary expedition undertaken by Canadian extreme divers and cinematographers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr as they dive with belugas and narwhals in the open Arctic Ocean (EFF).

Embassy of Canada
Wed., March 18, 3 p.m.

Vote for Kibera
Directed by Martin Páv
(Czech Republic, 2018, 90 min.)

This powerful documentary, set in one of Africa's largest slums against the backdrop of Kenya's 2017 presidential elections, follows Don Wilson, a photographer who lives in the Kibera district of Nairobi and aims to show the world aspects of his home that transcend images of trash mountains and crime (NAFF; English and Swahili).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 9, 9:30 p.m.

Wendy
Directed by Benh Zeitlin
(U.S., 2020, 112 min.)

In this wildly reimagined classic story of Peter Pan, Wendy — lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued — must fight to save her family, her freedom and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

 

French

Barkomo
Directed by Aboubacar Bablé Draba
(Mali, 2019, 76 min.)

Set in the 17th century in a small cave-dwelling village in northeastern Mali, this film follows Yamio, a woman who, unable to conceive after 10 years of marriage and shamed by the fertility of her husband's second wife, throws herself off a cliff. When she miraculously lands without suffering any harm, she she discovers that she is pregnant with a miracle child and has the chance to change the fortunes of everyone around her (NAFF; French and Dogon).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 7, 2:45 p.m.

Le Bonheur
Directed by Agnès Varda
(France, 1965, 80 min.)

Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse, young husband and father François finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker.

AFI Silver Theatre
March 27 to 31

Cléo from 5 to 7
Directed by Agnès Varda
(France/Italy, 1962, 90 min.)

Pop chanteuse Cléo, awaiting the results of a medical examination and convinced she is going to die, spends two hours wandering the streets of Paris, her mood swinging from melancholic to merry as she is strangely enlivened by her existential quandary.

AFI Silver Theatre
March 20 to 26

Desrances
Directed by Apolline Traoré
(Burkina Faso, 2019, 95 min.)

Francis resettles in the Ivory Coast after the brutal massacre of his family in Haiti. Years later, Francis, his wife Aissey and 12-year-old daughter Haila await the birth of a son, who to Francis's excitement and Haila's irritation is immediately regarded as the worthy heir to the Desrances name (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 13, 7:30 p.m.,
Tue., March 17, 9:20 p.m.

Dhalinyaro
Directed by Lula Ali Ismaïl
(Djibouti, 2019, 85 min.)

Djibouti's first feature film is an exuberant portrait of the day-to-day lives of three 18-year-old women as they stand at a crossroads in their lives (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 14, 11:30 a.m.

Flesh Out
Directed by Michela Occhipinti
(Mauritania/Italy, 2019, 94 min.)

In keeping with the traditions of her Mauritanian home, the announcement of Verida's impending arranged marriage brings with it the beginning of gavage — the ritual of over-eating in order to attain a fuller figure more desirable to her future husband. But as the ritual's becomes increasingly all-consuming, Verida's resistance to the intense expectations of her culture grows (NAFF; French and Hassanya).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 8, 3:15 p.m.
Wed., March 11, 5:15 p.m.

Nifinofy
Directed by Michaël Andrianaly
(Madagascar/France, 2019, 73 min.)

When his high street salon in Madagascar is destroyed by the municipal authorities, hairdresser Romeo must search for a new space. He finds a ramshackle hut to use as a makeshift spot to maintain his business, but he still dreams of owning a salon, and he grows tired of waiting for things to change for the better (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., March 11, 7:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Nile
Directed by Ramata Sy
(Rwanda/France/Belgium, 2019, 93 min.)

This bewitching, visually lush adaptation recounts the coming of age of a group of schoolgirls at a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school in Rwanda. Set in 1973, the film takes inspiration from true events that would come to foreshadow the 1994 Rwandan genocide (NAFF; French and Kinyarwanda).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 15, 1 p.m.,
Tue., March 17, 5:15 p.m.

La Pointe Courte
Directed by Agnès Varda
(France, 1055, 86 min.)

The great Agnès Varda's film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against the backdrop of a small Mediterranean fishing village.

AFI Silver Theatre
March 21 to 25

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Directed by Céline Sciamma
(France, 2020, 121 min.)

In 18th-century France, a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding (in French and Italian).

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Truth
(La Vérité)
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
(France/Japan, 2020, 106 min.)

Fabienne is a star of French cinema. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris, where the reunion between mother and daughter quickly turns confrontational, as truths are told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed (French and English).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 27

Wine Calling
Directed by Bruno Sauvard
(France, 2018, 95 min.)

While there are more than 3,000 wine growers in France, less than 3% of them are working in bio, biodynamic or natural methods of wine production. For ethical reasons, this relatively small community of wine growers has chosen environmentally friendly farming practices aimed at finding the natural expression of terroir (EFF).

Embassy of France
Mon., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

Georgian

And Then We Danced
Directed by Levan Akin
(Sweden/Georgia/France, 2020, 113 min.)

A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, this film follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli — gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak — throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

German

Balloon
Directed by Michael Herbig
(Germany, 2020, 125 min.)

This thriller is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War. In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi finds traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi gets closer and closer (German and English).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Icelandic

The Seer & The Unseen
Directed by Sara Dosa
(U.S./Iceland, 2019, 84 min.)

When the elves — invisible spirits of nature that over half of Icelanders believe in — enlist a grandmother to speak on behalf of nature under threat, she begins a journey to protect a lava field set to be razed by road construction — just one of the many needless projects in the wake of Iceland's financial meltdown in 2008 (EFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Mon., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

Japanese

Inland Sea
(Minatomachi)
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
(Japan, 2018, 122 min.)

Forsaken by the era of modernization of post-war Japan, Ushimado — a small village in Seto Inland Sea, Japan — is rapidly aging and declining. This observational, black-and-white documentary poetically depicts the twilight days of a village and its people by the dreamlike Inland Sea (EFF).

Japan Information and Culture Center
Fri., March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Tokyo Drifter
Directed by Seijun Suzuki
(Japan, 1966, 82 min.)

In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Tetsu's attempt to go straight is thwarted when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., March 4, 2 p.m.

 

Korean

Memories of Murder
Directed by Bong Joon Ho
(South Korea, 2003, 132 min.)

Set against the political turbulence of the 1980s, this film traces the friction that develops between a pair of detectives — one a small-town investigator in over his head, the other a young hotshot from Seoul — as they try to catch a serial killer who is murdering women on rainy nights.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 28, 7:30 p.m.,
Thu., April 2, 7:45 p.m.

Parasite
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
(South Korea, 2019, 132 min.)

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. But when a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Mandarin

Ash Is Purest White
Directed by Jia Zhangke
(China/France/Japan, 2019, 136 min.)

When provincial gangster Bin is targeted by a rival gang, his tough-as-nails girlfriend Qiao defends him, firing a warning shot from his handgun. For that action, Qiao is sent to jail for five years. Once out, she goes in search of Bin, who has not once visited the woman to whom he owes his freedom.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 22, 8 p.m.,
Thu., March 26, 7:15 p.m.

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains
Directed by Gu Xiaogang
(China, 2019, 152 min.)

Struck by the immense changes that development brought both to the natural environment and to the people of his hometown of Fuyang, the director shot this film over the course of two years to capture the changing seasons in the same area that Huang Gongwang, a master artist in the Yuan dynasty, depicted in his painting "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" (EFF).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 15, 2 p.m.

The Hole
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
(Taiwan, 1998, 95 min.)

In the final days of 1999, a mysterious virus sweeps rain-soaked Taipei and turns people into human cockroaches. After a plumber leaves a hole in his apartment floor and never returns to fix it, a young man can see into the apartment of his neighbor. The musical numbers — the weirdest this side of David Lynch — eventually unite these two characters in a surreal fantasy of bliss.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 27, 7 p.m.

Vive L'Amour
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
(Taiwan, 1994, 118 min.)

Unbeknownst to one another, a harried real estate broker, her street vendor lover and an eccentric loner all use a vacant luxury apartment for their own secret purposes—until chance brings them together in an unexpected way.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 13, 7 p.m.

What Time Is It There?
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
(Taiwan/France, 2001, 116 min.)

An assertive young woman, who is about to leave for Paris, convinces a watch seller to sell her the watch on his own wrist. Immediately smitten, he acts out his obsession with her by attempting to change every clock he sees to Paris time. Meanwhile, his grieving mother is troubled by the idea that her dead husband might be reincarnated in another time zone in this metaphysical comedy (Mandarin, French and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 29, 2 p.m.

 

Polish

Corpus Christi
(Boze Cialo)
Directed by Jan Komasa
(Poland, 2019, 115 min.)

Twenty-year-old is a juvenile delinquent released from prison to go to a job in a small town. When Daniel arrives one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town's new priest, a vocation he was drawn. Embracing the deception, Daniel starts out faking it, but soon his passion and charisma have a moral impact on the community. At the same time, his unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk — even more so as he edges toward a dark secret that the community hasn't revealed in the confessional booth.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 6

The Wind: A Documentary Thriller
Directed by Michal Bielawski
(Poland/Slovakia, 2019, 75 min.)

The halny wind comes in cycles, every spring and autumn. One never knows if or when it will turn into a destructive gale. Halny particularly affects the inhabitants of Zakopane, changing picturesque mountain trails into a set for an untamed performance of a human struggle against destructive forces of nature (EFF).

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Sun., March 15, 2 p.m.,
Sun., March 22, 2 p.m.

 

Spanish

The Cordillera of Dreams
Directed by Patricio Guzmán
(Chile/France, 2019, 85 min.)

Patricio Guzmán's "The Cordillera of Dreams" completes his trilogy investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma and geography in his native country of Chile (EFF).

National Geographic
Wed., March 18, 7 p.m.

Isla de Plastico
(Plastic Island)
Directed by José Maria Cabral
(Dominican Republic, 2019, 85 min.)

This documentary exposes the reality of garbage, plastic and pollution in the Dominican Republic and Haiti (EFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Wed., March 18, 7 p.m.

Nómados
(Nomads)
Directed by Emiliano Ruprah
(Mexico, 2020, 81 min.)

Follow some of the world's most charismatic animals as they travel to and from Mexico across the span of a year (EFF).

American University
Mon., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

Turkish

Honeyland
Directed Tamara Kotevska
(North Macedonia, 2019, 90 min.)

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova is the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city. But Hatidze's peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle (EFF; Turkish, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian and Bosnian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., March 18, 7:15 p.m.

 

Xhosa

Letters of Hope
Directed by Vusi Africa
(South Africa, 2019, 75 min.)

After his father is brutally killed in 1976 Apartheid-era South Africa, 16-year-old Jeremiah discovers that he had been delivering secret letters from freedom fighters in exile and prison on his rounds as a postman. When he learns that his father's last wish was for him to take over this work, Jeremiah — who dreams of joining the police force — faces an impossible choice (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 14, 7 p.m.

Last Edited on March 2, 2020