Films - August 2013

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Finnish

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Czech

French

Italian

Thai

Danish

German

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Bengali

Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights
Directed by Suman Ghosh
(India, 2012, 65 min.)
After noticing that the streetlights in his neighborhood stay on all day, 80-year-old Kolkata retiree Shyamal Uncle goes on a mission to stop this wasteful expense of electricity.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.

Cantonese

Days of Being Wild
(A Fei jingjyuhn)
Directed by Wong Kar-wai
(Hong Kong, 1991, 94 min.)
Yuddy, an aimless young man who discovers he was adopted, decides to search for his birthmother. While on his quest, he seduces and abandons a demure shop clerk. She befriends a cop, who in turn takes Yuddy to task for his self-obsessed life philosophy.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 2, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 4, 2 p.m.

Czech

Love is Love
(Láska je láska)
Directed by Milan Cieslar
(Czech Republic, 2012, 105 min.)
An 18-year-old pianist, who lost her sight at age 10 and lives with her overprotective grandfather, falls in love with a dark-haired gypsy boy while her grandfather runs into his own long-lost love.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 7, 8 p.m.

Danish

Flickering Lights
(Blinkende lygter)
Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen
(Denmark/Sweden, 2000, 109 min.)
Four Copenhagen gangsters run away from their mob boss to retire in Spain. But when they're forced to lie low in a small village, the charms of country life win them over, and they opt to go into the restaurant business together.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 24, 1:30 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 29, 7:10 p.m.

I'm the Angel of Death: Pusher III
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
(Denmark, 2005, 90 min.)
Serbian drug lord Milo looks to unload a large shipment of ecstasy while busy with preparations to host his daughter's 25th birthday party. Unfamiliar with this new drug, he makes a risky offer to the young guns looking to grab an ever-larger piece of his action (Danish, Serbian and Polish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 17, 9:30 pm.,
Thu., Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

Pusher
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
(Denmark, 1996, 105 min.)
A small-time drug dealer, in massive debt to a Balkan drug baron, trolls the Copenhagen underworld to raise the funds that will save his life (Danish, Swedish and Serbo-Croatian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 2, 8:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 3, 9:30 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.

With Blood On My Hands: Pusher II
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
(Denmark/U.K., 2004, 100 min.)
Released from his latest stint in prison, Tonny quickly falls back into the Copenhagen criminal life, desperate to finally impress his father, the criminal kingpin known as the Duke (Danish and Serbo-Croatian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 9, 8 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 10, 9:20 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 15, 7:15 p.m.

English

Ballet Russes
Directed by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine
(U.S., 2005, 118 min.)
From the Diaghilev-era early years in turn-of-the-century Paris, to the American tours of the 1930s and 1940s, to the final downfall in the 1950s and 1960s, this documentary presents rare interviews and dance footage in a compelling portrait of revolutionary Ballet Russes.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 3 and 24, 2:30 p.m.

Cleopatra
Directed by Joseph Mankiewicz
(U.K./U.S./Switzerland, 1963, 258 min.)
Restoring more than 40 minutes of deleted scenes, this newly restored chronicle of the life of Egypt's cunning queen, embodied by Elizabeth Taylor, more elegantly breaks her story arc into two parts: Cleopatra and Caesar, and Cleopatra and Mark Antony.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 17, 2 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 18, 6:45 p.m.

The Dirty Dozen
Directed by Robert Aldrich
(U.S./U.K., 1967, 150 min.)
The "dirty dozen" are a group of military misfits and criminals given a reprieve from the brig to carry out an especially dangerous assignment. The objective is a brothel hosting high-ranking German officers and the operative command is "anything goes."
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri. Aug. 2, 5:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 3, 1:30 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 7, 6:45 p.m.

Ice Station Zebra
Directed by John Sturges
(U.S., 1968, 148 min.)
When a Soviet satellite crashes in the Arctic circle, a commander must stealthily pilot the submarine USS Triggerfish beneath the sea ice to capture the satellite, with a British intelligence agent, Russian deserter and U.S. marine by his side.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 16, 5:15 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 18, 11 a.m.,
Mon., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.

The Last Contract
(Sista kontraktet)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden/Norway/Finland, 1998, 115 min.)
A Stockholm cop receives word that a British hit man arrived in town and has no sooner begun to investigate the lead than he is called off and told to forget it (English and Swedish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 31, 12 p.m.

The Last Unicorn
Directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.
(U.S./U.K./Japan/Germany, 1982, 92 min.)
Fearing she's the last of her kind, unicorn Amalthea goes to the realm of King Haggard in hopes of finding her lost brethren. But after being transformed into a beautiful young woman, Amalthea catches the eye of the king's son.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 12, 7:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 17, 11:05 a.m.

Lawrence of Arabia
Directed by David Lean
(U.K., 1962, 237 min.)
Legendary British officer T.E. Lawrence rallies the Arabs against Turkish invaders during World War I in this masterpiece of 70mm photography.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug, 31, 2:45 p.m.

Long Weekend
Directed by Colin Eggleston
(Australia, 1978, 92 min.)
With their marriage on the rocks, Peter coaxes his reluctant wife to quit their suburban home for a camping trip in the outback. During their car trip, Peter, asleep at the wheel, runs over a kangaroo and leaves the wounded animal to die, causing Australia's animal kingdom to exact revenge.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 19, 9:20 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 21, 9:20 p.m.

The Man from Hong Kong (aka Dragon Flies)
Directed by Jimmy Wang Yu and Brian Trenchard-Smith
(Australia/Hong Kong, 1975, 111min.)
A Hong Kong special branch inspector travels to Sydney to investigate the Australian connection to a dangerous international drug ring.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 2, 10:30 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m.

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey
Directed by Vincent Ward
(Australia/New Zealand, 1988, 90 min.)
Fearing the black plague may be imminent, a young psychic believes he can rescue his fellow villagers by leading them into an abandoned mine, where dig to the center of the earth, only to emerge upon a future bustling New Zealand city street.
AFI Silver Theatre
Aug. 10 to Aug. 14

Patrick
Directed by Richard Franklin
(Australia, 1978, 112 min.)
Troubled teen Patrick possesses frightening psychokinetic powers, and, after murdering his mother and her lover in a rage, falls into a coma. But when the hospital plans to pull the plug on their costly patient, Patrick once again uses his powers to seek revenge.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 9, 10 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 11, 9:25 p.m.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Directed by Steven Spielberg
(U.S., 1981, 115 min.)
From the steamy South American jungle to snowy Nepalese mountaintops to the dusty Egyptian desert, Indiana Jones battles ruthless Nazis to discover an ancient relic in the film that started the blockbuster series.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 16, 8:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 17, 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Razorback
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
(Australia, 1984, 95 min.)
Trucker Pat Quid is framed for murder by a clever highway serial killer.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 23, 10 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m.

Smilla's Sense of Snow
Directed by Bille August
(Denmark/Germany/Sweden, 1997, 121 min.)
Lonely Copenhagener Smilla Jasperson, a transplanted Greenlander, suspects foul play after the death of a neglected Inuit boy. Enlisting the aid of a mysterious mechanic, she uncovers a conspiracy stretching from her ancestral home to the Danish business elite. (English and Inuktitut).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 31, 11 a.m.

Turkey Shoot
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
(Australia, 1982, 93 min.)
In the dystopian future of 1995, "social deviants" are sent to nightmarish re-education camps. After an initial round of torture, they accept a dangerous deal: They will be hunted down as human prey in a "turkey shoot;" if they can elude their hunters until sundown, they will be set free.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 16, 10:45 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 22, 5 p.m.

Finnish

Ariel
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
(Finland, 1988, 73 min.)
Taisto is arrested and sent to jail, but along the way he also finds love with a single mom that keeps him going during his time in jail and inspires him to break out, pinning his hopes on an escape to Mexico aboard the ship Ariel.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 25, 1:30 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 28, 9:15 p.m.

Inspector Palmu's Error
(Komisario Palmun erehdys)
Directed by Matti Kassila
(Finland, 1960, 103 min.)
After hosting a crime-themed party, a wealthy playboy is found dead in his pool, and Inspector Palmu suspects foul play.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 4, 2 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 6, 7 p.m.

The Match Factory Girl
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
(Finland, 1981, 68 min.)
Kaurismäki's revisionary spin on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" casts the titular heroine as an exploited proletarian who goes looking for love in all the wrong places.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 18, 4:15 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 20, 5 p.m.

French

Free Men
(Les homes libres)
Directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi
(France, 2012, 99 min.)
A German-occupied Paris, a black marketer is given a chance to avoid jail by agreeing to spy on a Paris mosque where police suspect authorities are assisting Muslim Resistance agents and North African Jews.
Washington DCJCC
Tue., Aug. 6, 7 p.m.

Hors Satan
Directed by Bruno Dumont
(France, 2011, 109 min.)
Driven by a private moral code, the destitute and solitary hero becomes the protector of a vulnerable village girl who bears her own share of torments.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 25, 4:30 p.m.

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
(Vois n'avez encore rien vu)
Directed by Alain Resnais
(France/Germany, 2012, 115 min.)
A who's-who of French acting royalty are summoned to the reading of a late playwright's will in which he appears on a TV screen from beyond the grave and asks his erstwhile collaborators to evaluate a recording of an experimental theater company performing his "Eurydice," a play they themselves all appeared in over the years.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.

German

Love is Colder than Death
(Liebe ist kälter als der Tod)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
(Germany, 1969, 88 min.)
A small-time pimp forms a friendship with a gangster trying to recruit him into a large syndicate in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's debut film.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Yesterday Girl
(Abschied von gestern)
Directed by Alexander Kluge
(Germany, 1966, 88 min.)
Anita G., a Jew, travels to West Germany from East Germany in 1966 but, having not come to terms with her past, is unable to successfully integrate into West German society (screens with "We Shall Overcome" (East Germany, 1971, 18 min.) about East German support to the U.S. civil rights movement).
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Greek

Magic Hour
Directed by Costas Kapakas
(Greece, 2011, 95 min.)
Grappling with a personal crisis, the failed filmmaker of a hapless duo embarks on a road-trip odyssey to rival those of the ancient Greeks in this comedy that contrasts the beauty of the Greek landscape with the ugliness of the economic crisis.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 7, 8 p.m.

Icelandic

Black's Game
(Svartur á leik)
Directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson
(Iceland, 2012, 104 min.)
Muscle-bound Tóti finds his easygoing childhood friend a place in his gang, and for a while they enjoy easy access to cash, booze, drugs and girls. But the big boss demands a Satanic level of servitude from his minions.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 23, 7:45 p.m.,
Tue. Aug. 27, 9:30 p.m.

Italian

Caesar Must Die
Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
(Italy, 2012, 76 min.)
Inmates perform a production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" inside a maximum-security prison on the outskirts of Rome, reflecting the prisoners' first-hand encounters with the loyalty-betrayal-vengeance cycles of the criminal underworld.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 31, 4 p.m.

The Girl By the Lake
(La ragazza del lago)
Directed by Andrea Molaioli
(Italy, 2007, 96 min.)
Inspector Sanzio is called up from Rome to investigate the murder of a beautiful young girl in an idyllic lakeside village in Northern Italy.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 24, 7 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 28, 7:15 p.m.

Norwegian

A Somewhat Gentle Man
(En ganske snill mann)
Directed by Hans Petter Moland
(Norway, 2010, 113 min.)
Released after a 12-year stint for murder, Stellan Skarsgård starts to reconnect with his ex-wife and son. But his former mob boss urges him to take revenge on the snitch who ratted him out (Norwegian and Swedish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 11, 5:15 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 14, 7:15 p.m.

Silent

The Farmer's Wife
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1928, 107 min.)
After his daughter weds, a prosperous middle-age widower decides to marry again, and with the aid of his faithful housekeeper, sets to finding a desirable mate with hilariously disastrous results.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 3, 5 p.m.

The Pleasure Garden
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K./Germany, 1925, 75 min.)
A new restoration brings this seldom-seen masterwork focusing on the muddled romantic lives of two chorus girls back into the fold of Hitchcock's most interesting early work (Andrew Simpson in performance).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 4, 4:30 p.m.

Swedish

Avalon
Directed by Axel Petersén
(Sweden, 2011, 79 min.)
Once a bright, young Stockholm scenester, Janne is now a 60-year-old party promoter, an ex-con living hand-to-mouth off his crinkly good looks and the few connections he still has for work.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 30, 7 p.m.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Directed by Daniel Alfredson
(Sweden/Denmark, 2009, 147 min.)
As Lisbeth Salander is hospitalized with a bullet in her head, a triple homicide charge awaits her should she recover. So Mikael Blomvkist races against time to clear her name, setting the stage for a court trial that will pit them against entrenched, corrupt interests.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 10, 11:10 a.m.,
Sun., Aug. 11, 11:10 a.m.

The Girl Who Played With Fire
Directed by Daniel Alfredson
(Sweden/Denmark, 2009, 129 min.)
Lisbeth Salander is framed for the murder of two journalists working on an exposé of the illegal sex trade in Sweden. To clear his friend's name, Mikael Blomkvist delves deep into her traumatic personal history.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 3, 11:10 a.m.,
Sun., Aug. 4, 11:10 a.m.

False Trail
(Jägarna II)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden, 2011, 129 min.)
Erik returns to the Norrland police department he quit in disgust, his old boss having requested his help to investigate a grisly murder. But Norrland's current top cop quickly declares the case closed.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 6, 9:15 p.m.

The Hunters
(Jägarna)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden, 1996, 113 min.)
Returning to his hometown after the death of his father, Erik investigates the slaughter of the local Samis' reindeer herd, uncovering a massive and lucrative organized poaching ring involving those closest to him.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Aug. 1, 9:10 p.m.

The Man from Majorca
(Mannen från Mallorca)
Directed by Bo Widerberg
(Sweden/Denmark, 1984, 106 min.)
Just as their investigation digs up promising leads on an audacious outlaw who robbed a crowded post office, two undercover cops are ordered to drop the case.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 20, 7:10 p.m.

In the Name of the Law
(I lagens namn)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden, 1986, 87 min.)
Aggressively keeping the peace, four violent Stockholm cops think nothing of preemptively using force on luckless punks, drunks and street hustlers. But after one of their victims turns up dead, an inspector uncovers the cops' brutality.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 24, 11:10 a.m.,
Sun., Aug. 25, 11:10 a.m.

Thai

36
Directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
(Thailand, 2012, 68 min.)
Constructed of just 36 shots, the film tells the story of a movie location scout who learns that memories captured with the click of a digital camera can just as easily be lost.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Mekong Hotel
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
(Thailand, 2012, 61 min.)
Friends Phon and Tong engage in casual conversations about love, reincarnation, Thai folklore and a ghost story about Phon's mother, who turns out to be a supernatural known for feasting on human organs.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 11, 3 p.m.

Tang Wong
Directed by Kongdej Jaturanrasmee
(Thailand, 2013, 83 min.)
This touching comedy centers on four teenage boys who each hope for success at Bangkok's Luang Poo shrine. When their wishes surprisingly come true, they must give thanks by publicly performing a traditional Thai dance, even though it's the last thing they want to do.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 11, 1 p.m.

Last Edited on July 31, 2013