Films - February 2013

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 56 Up
Directed by Michael Apted and Paul Almond
(U.K., 2012, 144 min.)
"Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Starting in 1964 with "Seven UP," the UP documentary series has explored this Jesuit maxim by examining the lives of 14 English school children every seven years.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Feb. 15

American Casino
Directed by Andrew and Leslie Cockburn
(U.S., 2009, 89 min.)
This film explains how the meltdown of Wall Street has affected not just the heedless spendthrifts of Wall Street legend, but millions of members of the American middle class, such as a high school teacher, a therapist and a church minister (screens with "Marx Reloaded" (Germany, 2011, 52 min.), a cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx's ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis of 2008-09).
Goethe-Institut
Thu., Feb. 21, 6 p.m.

Argo
Directed by Ben Affleck
(U.S., 2012, 120 min.)
Ben Affleck's award-winning political thriller chronicles the covert CIA operation to smuggle six Americans out of the Canadian ambassador's residence during the Iranian hostage crisis.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

A Better Life
Directed by Chris Weitz
(U.S., 2011, 98 min.)
A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had (English and Spanish).
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., Feb. 3, 10 a.m.

Garbo the Spy
(Garbo: El espía)
Directed by Isaki Lacuesta
(Spain, 2008, 88 min.)
Juan Pujol García (code name Garbo, after the actress) was a famous Spanish double agent whose well-timed trickery made possible the success of the Normandy invasions. (English, Spanish, German and Catalan).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 3, 4:30 p.m.

The Great Silence
(Il grande silenzio)
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
(Italy, 1968, 105 min.)
Chaos reigns during the Great Blizzard of 1899, driving the villagers of Snowhill, Utah, to steal in order to survive. Enter ruthless, psychotic bounty hunter Klaus Kinski and his band of killers, who slaughter the naïve outlaws for profit.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 10, 9:20 p.m.

The Hellbenders aka The Cruel Ones
(I crudeli)
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
(Italy/Spain, 1967, 90 min.)
Refusing to admit defeat, ex-Confederate Colonel Jonas (Joseph Cotten) and his sons raid a Union Army transport laden with cash, massacring the soldiers, but their evil ways will prove their undoing.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Feb. 8, 9:15 p.m.,
Tue., Feb. 12, 9:20 p.m.

The Iran Job
Directed by Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi
(U.S./Iran, 2012, 93 min.)
In this highly entertaining documentary, American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in Iran, bonding with local shop owners, teaching his teammates American slang, and forming genuine friendships with three outspoken Iranian women. (English and Farsi)
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 22, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m.

The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan
Directed by Joseph Pattisall
(U.S., 2012, 90 min.)
Discover the "other" Washington of the 1980s through the story of legendary graffiti artist Cool "Disco" Dan, a mysterious, ubiquitous presence during the height of go-go music, record crime rates and citywide dysfunction.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Feb. 23, 8 p.m.

Life of Pi
Directed by Ang Lee
(U.S., 2012, 127 min.)
Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper, and his family decide to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Ninotchka
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
(U.S., 1939, 110 min.)
In this mirthful romance, stern Soviet special envoy Nina Ivanovna Yakushova travels to Paris to sort out wayward emissaries who've bungled the sale of some confiscated White Russian jewelry and become corrupted by the decadent West.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 1 to 7

Quartet
Directed by Dustin Hoffman
(U.K., 2012, 99 min.)
Reggie, Wilfred and Cecily, retired musicians living in Beecham House, are in for a shock when their new housemate turns out to be none other than their former singing partner (Maggie Smith), whose career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 1 to 14
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Rich and Strange
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1931, 92 min.)
When office drone Henry Kendall declares to wife Joan Barry that he's had enough, the couple leave on a world cruise with exotic ports of call — Paris, Marseille, Port Said, Ceylon and Singapore — each finding themselves courted by, and falling for, more worldly fellow passengers.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Feb. 9, 1 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 10, 4:45 p.m.

Sabotage
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1936, 76 min.)
Suspecting London cinema operator Oscar Homolka of terrorist activity, Scotland Yard detective John Loder goes undercover, ingratiating himself with Homolka's Amer-ican wife and her young brother — but not in time to uncover Homolka's latest plot.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 22 to 26

Secret Agent
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1936, 86 min.)
His death at the front faked for the papers, a novelist-turned-soldier accepts a new identity and a spy mission to Switzerland, where he's teamed with a high-living assassin and his fake wife to disrupt a German Ottoman military deal.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 16 to 20

When China Met Africa
Directed by Marc and Nick Francis
(U.K., 2010, 90 min.)
This documentary delves behind the headlines to tell the stories of three people involved in China's expanding presence in Africa: a Chinese agricultural entrepreneur, the manager of a Chinese company in Zambia, and Zambia's trade minister.
Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

Young and Innocent
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1937, 82 min.)
An aspiring screenwriter is wrongly accused of murdering an actress he was involved with, and goes on the lam in the English countryside until he can clear his name, with the sheriff's enamored daughter in tow.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 23 to 28

Farsi

The Last Step
(Pele akher)
Directed by Ali Mosaffa
(Iran, 2012, 88 min.)
Leili's (successful acting career puts a strain on her marriage to Koshrow. When Koshrow dies unexpectedly, the film untangles the potential reasons behind their troubled marriage and his mysterious death.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m.

No Men Allowed a.k.a. No Entry for Men
(Vorood-e-Aghayan Mamnoo)
Directed by Rambod Javan
(Iran, 2011, 100 min.)
Pariya and her friends believe if their strict headmistress Ms. Darabi finds love, she'll loosen the school's rules, so when the first male teacher arrives at their school, the girls decide to play matchmaker.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 15, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 17, 2 p.m.

Rhino Season
(Fasle kargadan)
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
(Iraq/Turkey, 2012, 104 min.)
In a haunting love story spanning three decades, Sahel falls victim to a personal vendetta and is thrown into prison along with his devoted wife Mina, who is released 10 years later and told her husband is dead. Heartbroken, she and her two children leave Iran for Istanbul, unknowingly leaving behind her very-much-alive husband.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 1, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 3, 2 p.m.

French

Amour
Directed by Michael Haneke
(France/Germany/Austria, 2012, 127 min.)
Georges and Anne, retired music teachers in their 80s, find their bond of love severely tested when she suffers a debilitating stroke.
AMC Loews Cineplex Shirlington
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

El Cuaderno de Barro
(The Clay Diaries)
|Directed by Isaki Lacuesta
(Mali/Spain, 2011, 60 min.)
As a truck filled with four tons of wet clay arrives from Spain in the Dogon region of Mali, the local people are mystified. What ensues then is an astonishing performance by Spanish artist Miquel Barceló and French choreographer Josef Nadj on top of the Bandiagara cliffs (French and Bambara; followed by "Los Pasos Dobles").
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m.

Los Pasos Dobles
(The Double Steps)
Directed by Isaki Lacuesta
(Mali/Spain, 2011, 87 min.)
In the mid-20th century, French writer and artist François Augiéras painted a series of massive frescoes (known as the "Sistine Chapel of the desert") that were swallowed up by advancing sand (French and Bambara; preceded by "El Cuaderno de Barro").
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m.

A Man and a Woman
(Un homme et une femme)
Directed by Claude Lelouch
(U.S., 1966, 102 min.)
An international art-house sensation and one of the most achingly romantic films of all time. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée meet by chance at their children's school. She a widow and he a widower, they get to know one another, their friendship growing tentatively into something more.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Feb. 17, 1 p.m.,
Tue., Feb. 19, 7:15 p.m.

German

Democracy under Attack – An Intervention
(Angriff auf die Demokratie -eine Intervention)
Directed by Romuald Karmakar
(Germany, 2012, 102 min.)
In this documentary, journalists, artists and intellectuals voice their opinions in no uncertain terms on the current state of our democracy and make an appeal for intervention.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.

The Photographers Bernd
und Hilla Becher
Directed by Marianne Kapfer
(Germany, 2011, 94 min.)
In 1959, Bernd and Hilla Becher began photographing abandoned and forgotten industrial structures that dotted the German landscape, finding minimalist and modernist beauty in these disappearing remnants of a declining way of life.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Greek

Raw Material
(Proti yli)
Directed by Christos Karakepelis
(Greece, 2011, 78 min.)
Christos Karakepelis spent six years documenting a diverse community of people who subsist on collecting discarded metal, from old fridges to mattresses, in an impoverished shanty-town in Athens.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.

Hebrew

The Flat
Directed by Arnon Goldfinger
(Israel/Germany, 2011, 97 min.)
As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents — both immigrants from Nazi Germany — he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 27, 8 p.m.

Italian

Death Rides a Horse
(Da uomo a uomo)
Directed by Giulio Petroni
(Italy/Spain, 1967, 120 min.)
Seeking revenge on the gang of outlaws who murdered his parents, John Phillip Law joins forces with an ex-con who's seeking revenge on the same gang for very different purposes.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Feb. 26, 9 p.m.,
Wed., Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Django
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
(U.S., 1966, 87 min.)
Franco Nero stars as the titular badass in the 1966 original story of a man on a mysterious mission who confronts murderous ex-Confederates, Klansmen and banditos in his search for vengeance.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 1 to 7

Navajo Joe
(Un dollar a testa)
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
(Italy, 1966, 93 min.)
An outlaw and his band of scalp-hunters massacre the entire population of an Indian village, save one—Navajo Joe (Burt Reynolds), who returns to extract bloody retribution on the bastards.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Feb. 17, 9:20 p.m.,
Wed., Feb. 20, 9:20 p.m.

Spanish

All Night Long
(La noche que no acaba)
Directed by Isaki Lacuesta
(Spain, 2010, 80 min.)
Isaki Lacuesta explores Hollywood star Ava Gardner's fanatical attachment to Spain.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 17, 4:30 p.m.

Cravan vs. Cravan
Directed by Isaki Lacuesta
(Spain, 2002, 100 min.)
Isaki Lacuesta pursues the realities and myths of maverick poet Arthur Cravan's life, his comings and goings in Europe and North America, and his uncanny disappearance in the Gulf of Mexico in 1918 (Spanish, Catalan and French).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 10, 4:30 p.m.

Los Condenados
(The Condemned)
Directed by Isaki Lacuesta
(Spain, 2009, 94 min.)
In Argentina, one-time 1970s revolutionaries (their lives interrupted by the Dirty War) gather in a mysterious jungle setting to find the remains of murdered friends believed buried there, their quest to dig up the missing bodies at odds with the lush green surroundings (screens with "La Leyenda del tiempo").
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

La Leyenda del Tiempo
(The Legend of Time)
Directed by Isaki Lacuesta
(Spain, 2006, 109 min.)
Camarón de la Isla, a celebrated gypsy flamenco singer and hero-celebrity, continues to inspire even after his untimely death at age 42 (screens with "Los Condenados").
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 23, 4 p.m.

Swedish

 Summer with Monika
(Sommaren med Monika)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1953, 96 min.)
Two young lovers spend a summer idyll together, only to see it wither in the light of real-world responsibilities.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Feb. 9, 7:15 p.m.,
Wed., Feb. 13, 7:15 p.m.

Last Edited on January 31, 2013