Films - October 2013

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Arabic

Wadjda
Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
(Saudi Arabia/Germany, 2012, 97 min.)
An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Czech

And the Beggar's Opera Again
(A znovu Žebrácká opera)
Directed by Olga Sommerová
(Czech Republic, 1996, 60 min.)
Through Olga Sommerová's creatively intercut film, two productions of Václav Havel's "Beggar's Opera" reveal the political dynamics of the former Czechoslovakia before and after the Velvet Revolution in 1989 (screens with "Joseph Kilian" (Czechoslovakia, 1963, 38 min.) and "Who is Václav Havel... (Czechoslovakia, 1977, 11 min.)).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Oct. 12, 4 p.m.

Every Young Man
(Kazky Mlady Muz)
Directed by Pavel Juráček
(Czechoslovakia, 1966, 83 min.)
A soldier's life under socialism is the focus of "Every Young Man," Pavel Juráček's absurdist drama in two parts (preceded by "The Uninvited Guest" (Czechoslovakia, 1969, 22 min.) about a boorish official who makes himself at home in a young couple's flat).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Oct. 5, 2 p.m.

The Heart above the Castle
(Srdce nad Hradem)
Directed by Jan Němec
(Czech Republic, 2007, 48 min.)
Jan Němec travels behind the scenes of the 2002 NATO Summit in Prague, showing a surprisingly "human side" of top politicians, capturing comical commentaries, hesitancies and small stresses, and bringing the formal world of politics into the realm of the everyday.
National Gallery of Art
Fri., Oct. 11, 12:30 p.m.

Leaving
(Odcházení)
Directed by Václav Havel
(Czech Republic, 2011, 94 min.)
In 2008, Václav Havel returned to the theater with a new play, "Leaving," in which an ex-government official tries to reenter his former life, with the film version premiering shortly before his death in December 2011.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Oct. 13, 4 p.m.

A Report on the Party and the Guests
(O slavnosti a hostech).
Directed by Jan Nemec
(Czechoslovakia, 1966, 68 min.)
A pleasant afternoon outing is cut short when a few pushy intruders force a group of friends to play a round of ridiculous party games (preceded by "The Mist" (Czechoslovakia, 1966, 28 min.), which poetically captures the celebrated Theatre on the Balustrade from different perspectives).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m.

English

The Counselor
Directed by Ridley Scott
(U.S./U.K., 2013, 111 min.)
A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Oct. 25

The Fifth Estate
Directed by Bill Condon
(U.S./Belgium, 2013, 124 min.)
This dramatic thriller based on WikiLeaks reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.
Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Oct. 11

Gravity
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
(U.S./U.K., 2013, 90 min.)
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Oct. 4

Inequality for All
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth
(U.S., 2013, 89 min.)
In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic policy expert Robert Reich takes on the enormous question of what has been happening to our economy.
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Kinky Boots
Directed by Julian Jarrold
(U.S./U.K., 2005, 107 min.)
A traditional Northampton shoemaker turns to producing fetish footwear in order to save the failing family business and the jobs of his workers.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m.,
Thu., Oct. 17, 5:15 p.m.

Mademoiselle C
Directed by Fabien Constant
(France, 2013, 93 min.)
This documentary focuses on former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine.
Angelika Mosaic

Melancholia
Directed by Lars von Trier
(Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany, 2011, 136 min.)
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.

Men at Lunch
Directed by Seán Ó Cualáin
(Ireland, 2012, 67 min.)
Director Seán Ó Cualáin investigates the engrossing story of the iconic photograph taken during the construction of the RCA Building (now the GE Building) at Rockefeller Center that depicts 11 workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder, 850 feet above the ground.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 12, 2:45 p.m.

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
Directed by Jim Bruce
(U.S./Canada, 2013, 104 min.)
A century after its creation, the power of the Federal Reserve has never been greater. Yet the average American knows very little about the most powerful financial institution on earth. This first-of-its-kind documentary reveals the impact of Fed policies on our lives.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Paris the Luminous Years
Directed by Perry Miller Adato
(U.K./U.S., 2010, 120 min.)
Paris was the focal point for modernism during the early decades of the 20th century, when Picasso, Matisse, Stravinsky, Hemingway, Nijinsky, Diaghilev and many artists were habitués of the city's cafes, concert halls and studios. This documentary explores Paris as muse from a range of perspectives, personalities and works of art.
National Gallery of Art
Thu., Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m.,
Fri., Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m.

Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Carlo Carlei
(U.K./Italy/Switzerland, 2013)
When the star-crossed lovers of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Oct. 11

The Summit
Directed by Nick Ryan
(Ireland/U.K./Switzerland/U.S., 2012, 95 min.)
This is the story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Oct. 11

The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Directed by Bill Siegel
(U.S., 2013, 94 min.)
The toughest fight of Muhammad Ali's career was not against Sonny Liston or Joe Frazier in the ring, but in the court of public opinion when he refused to serve in the Vietnam War and was vilified as the fighter who would not fight for America.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Who Is Dayani Cristal
Directed by Marc Silver
(Mexico/U.K., 2013, 85 min.)
An unidentified body is found just over the Mexican border in the arid desert of Arizona, a tattoo on the man's chest, "Dayani Cristal," the only clue to his identity. As forensic scientists in the U.S. do their best to solve the mystery, Gael García Bernal retraces the man's tough journey from Honduras, hopping on trains and hoofing it on foot through Mexico toward the border.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 5, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Oct. 6, 1 p.m.

Farsi

The Patience Stone
Directed by Atiq Rahimi
(Afghanistan/France/Germany/U.K., 2012, 102 min.)
In a war-torn country, a woman begins to speak truth to her comatose husband, telling him about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, desires and secrets — after years of living under his control, with no voice of her own.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

French

L'Age d'Or
Directed by Luis Buñuel
(France, 1930, 63 min.)
One of the most celebrated artistic collaborations of all time, Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí's "L'Age d'Or" is a surreal commentary on lust and the absurdities of modern bourgeois living.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Oct. 20, 4 p.m.

Haute Cuisine
(Les saveurs du Palais)
Directed by Christian Vincent
(France, 2012, 95 min.)
Based on the extraordinary true story of French President François Mitterand's private chef, "Haute Cuisine" follows the impassioned and talented Hortense Laborie, a successful cook living in relative obscurity in the Périgord.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

My Piece of the Pie
(Ma part du gateau)
Directed by Cédric Klapisch
(France, 2011, 109 min.)
After losing her job at a local factory in the port city of Dunkirk, a single mother enrolls in a housekeeper training program, soon landing work cleaning the Paris apartment of a handsome but cocky powerbroker, who happens to be the one responsible for the layoffs at her factory.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Oct. 13, 5:40 p.m.

Populaire
Directed by
(France, 2012, 111 min.)
In 1958, 21-year-old Rose seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife, until she becomes a secretary for a charismatic insurance agency boss who aims to turn her into the fastest typist in the world (French, English and German).
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Women on the 6th Floor
(Les femmes du 6ème étage)
Directed by Philippe Le Guay
(France, 2010, 106 min.)
A stellar cast serves up a riotous upstairs/downstairs comedy in Philippe Le Guay's charming box office hit, demonstrating that people of different social classes, living under the same roof, can affect each other's outlooks and lives.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m.

You Will Be My Son
(Tu seras mon fils)
Directed by Gilles Legrand
(France, 2011, 101 min.)
The passionate, demanding proprietor of a prestigious family wine estate has no faith in his son and looks to the son of his dying estate manager to carry on the family property.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

German

Coded Message for the Boss
(Chiffriet an Chef – Ausfall Nummer 5)
Directed by Helmut Dzuiba
(East Germany, 1979, 96 min.)
An electrical engineering student living in East Berlin gets recruited by the CIA and immediately notifies the Stasi, but his work as a double agent inevitably strains his personal life (in German only; no English subtitles).
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.

For Eyes Only – Top Secret
(Streng geheim)
Directed by János Veiczi
(East Germany, 1963, 98 min.)
In the first spy thriller from East Germany, a double agent working for the East German secret service (Stasi) is sent on a mission to steal classified American military intelligence documents related to a planned invasion of East Germany.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Hebrew

Zaytoun
Directed by Eran Riklis
(U.K./Israel, 2012, 110 min.)
In 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War, an Israeli pilot taken prisoner by the inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp and a 10-year-old Palestinian boy team up to get past the Lebanese border and plant the boy's father's beloved olive tree in his ancestral homeland.
The Avalon Theatre

Italian

The Organizer
(I Compagni)
Directed by Mario Monicelli
(Italy/France/Yugoslavia, 1963, 130 min.)
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, this film gives Marcello Mastroianni one of his best roles, as a late-19th-century labor leader orchestrating a strike at a Turin textile plant.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 12, 3 p.m.,
Tue., Oct. 15, 5:15 p.m.

Japanese

5 Centimeters Per Second
(Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru)
Directed by Makoto Shinkai
(Japan, 2007, 62 min.)
The title of Makoto Shinkai's wistful coming-of-age film, which he adapted from his own manga comic book, describes the velocity at which cherry blossom petals fall. This metaphor for the impermanence of human relationships is the theme of the film's three connected stories.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m.

Khmer

Gibier d'Elevage
Directed by Rithy Panh
(Cambodia/France, 2011, 93 min.)
Kenzaburo Oe's provocative story about an African American bomber pilot who crashes in a remote Japanese village during World War II and becomes both a prisoner and an object of curiosity is transplanted to Cambodia during the Vietnam War as an allegory about the Khmer Rouge.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Oct. 11, 7 p.m.

Korean

Perfect Number
(Yong-eui-ja X)
Directed by Pang Eun-jin
(South Korea, 2012, 119 min.)
A single mother accidentally murders her abusive ex-husband during a fight and her neighbor, a mild-mannered math teacher who's secretly obsessed with her, comes to her aid, disposing of the body and devising an ingenious alibi.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

Mandarin

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
(Ming tian ji de ai shang wo)
Directed by Arvin Chen
(Taiwan, 2013, 100 min.)
In this lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife when she wants to have another baby. At his sister's engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life of a younger, single gay man. Dormant emotions are awakened and Weichung sets off on a quest for true romance.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Oct. 6, 2 p.m.

Portuguese

Once Upon a Time Veronica
(Era uma vez eu, Verônica)
Directed by Marcelo Gomes
(Brazil/France, 2012, 91 min.)
Veronica is a young woman in the throes of a quarter-life crisis: Fresh out of med school, she lives with her ailing father in the coastal town of Recife and finds out the hard way that adult life isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 4, 5 p.m.,
Sun., Oct. 6, 9:05 p.m.

Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury
(Uma História de Amor e Fúria)
Directed by Luiz Bolognesi
(Brazil, 2013, 98 min.)
Spanning 600 years of tumultuous Brazilian history, this bold animated epic follows the passionate romance of an immortal warrior and the love of his many lives, as they are reincarnated, persecuted, torn apart and reunited again.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Oct. 6, 5 p.m.,
Mon., Oct. 7, 9 p.m.

Spanish

3
(Tres)
Directed by Pablo Stoll Ward
(Uruguay/Argentina/Germany, 2012, 119 min.)
Rodolfo is filled with regret. His ex-wife and his teenage daughter are wary about letting him back into their lives, but Rodolfo is determined to ingratiate himself with them both, thinking up ways to help around the house, eventually camping out on the couch.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 3, 9:05 p.m.

Anina
Directed by Alfredo Soderguit
(Uruguay/Colombia, 2013, 80 min.)
A young girl must endure a weeklong suspension after a schoolyard fight and ultimately learn a lesson in friendship and acceptance in this heart-warming animated film.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Oct. 1, 5 p.m.

The Body
(El cuerpo)
Directed by Oriol Paulo
(Spain, 2012, 108 min.)
As baffled by his the disappearance of his wife's body as the lead investigator, a husband is subjected to hours of grueling interrogation. But when he receives a note from his dead wife, he is caught in a psychological game of cat and mouse — yet with whom, he does not know.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 4, 9:30 p.m.,
Sat., Oct. 5, 3:10 p.m.

The Cleaner
(El limpiador)
Directed by Adrián Saba
(Peru, 2012, 95 min.)
A forensic cleaner lives his routine and solitary life even as a devastating and mysterious epidemic sweeps Lima, but as the city crumbles around him, he discovers a scared 8-year-old boy and reluctantly agrees to take him in.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 5, 3 p.m.,
Tue., Oct. 8, 7:15 p.m.

The Critic
(El crítico)
Directed by Hernán Guerschuny
(Argentina, 2013, 90 min.)
A devotee of the French New Wave finds himself in the middle of a movie he would normally laugh off the screen before the second act. But when he meets his own manic pixie dream girl, he starts to fall in love and might even write a positive review for the latest chick flick.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 3, 7 p.m.

The Dead Man and Being Happy
(El muerto y ser feliz)
Directed by Javier Rebollo
(Spain/Argentina/France, 2013, 92 min.)
Spanish filmmaker Javier Rebollo's oddball road movie centers on an aging, cancer-stricken hit man who goes on the lam in his Ford Falcon after flaking out on his most recent assignment.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.,
Wed., Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Dust
(Polvo)
Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón
(Guatemala/Spain/Chile/Germany, 2012, 80 min.)
The filmmakers set out to make a documentary about the indigenous survivors of the civil war who are still searching for lost family members. When they discover Juan, obsessed with finding his father, it appears they've found the perfect subject for their film, but Juan has other priorities: Getting revenge on those responsible for his father's disappearance.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Oct. 3, 5 p.m.

Edificio Royal
Directed by Iván Wild
(Colombia/France/Venezuela, 2012, 90 min.)
Death, cockroaches and Tom Cruise come crashing together in this absurd black comedy from first-time filmmaker Iván Wild.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Oct. 2, 5 p.m.

The End
(El fin)
Directed by Miguel Alejandro Gomez
(Costa Rica, 2012, 85 min.)
A Costa Rican companion to this summer's slew of apocalyptic comedies, Miguel Alejandro Gomez's film is a life-affirming bromance between downtrodden Nicolas and liberated Carlos.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 5, 1:15 p.m.,
Mon., Oct. 7, 5 p.m.

The Future
(Il futuro)
Directed by Alicia Scherson
(Italy/Chile/Germany/Spain, 2013, 94 min.)
Orphaned by a tragic car accident, teens Bianca and Tomas struggle to adapt to their new life and sudden adulthood (Spanish, English and Italian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Oct. 2, 9 p.m.

Last Call
(Tercera llamada)
Directed by Francisco Franco
(Mexico, 2013, 92 min.)
Doing theater is an act of faith, and this high-budget production of "Caligula" is teetering on the precipice of epic destruction.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 5, 5 p.m.,
Sun., Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

Leones
Directed by Jazmín López
(Argentina/France/Netherlands, 2012, 82 min.)
Deep in the forest, a group of five friends wanders around like a lion herd. Lost in their word games, they play and seduce each other while going back and forth into adult territory, in a desperate search to avoid their already written story.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Oct. 6, 9:15 p.m.,
Mon., Oct. 7, 9:15 p.m.

The Metal Stork
(La cigüeña metálica)
Directed by Joan López Lloret
(Spain, 2012, 81 min.)
In this powerful documentary, filmed twenty years after the Chapultepec Peace Accords brought an end to the brutal civil war in El Salvador, three formerly missing children try to repair the damage and reconstruct their lives.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 5, 11:10 a.m.,
Wed., Oct. 9, 5 p.m.

Much Better Than You
(Soy mucho mejor que vos)
Directed by Che Sandoval
(Chile, 2013, 85 min.)
A balding 40-year-old degenerate reeling from the separation from his wife embarks on an endless night on the town in search of sex, drugs and happiness.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Oct. 7, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Oct. 8, 9:15 p.m.

Pánico: The Band That Met the Sound Beneath
(La banda que buscó el sonido debajo)
Directed by James Schneider, Benjamín Echazarreta
(Chile/France, 2012, 85 min.)
After two decades of playing rock 'n' roll, these Santiago city slickers have their world rocked by the strange sounds and voices of the north, not to mention a major earthquake.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
(Piedra, Papel o Tijera)
Directed by Hernán Jabes
(Venezuela, 2012, 110 min.)
Héctor, an absent father and distant husband, discovers his wife has long been having an affair, while Cristian, a blue-collar laborer heavily in debt, kidnaps the well-to-do Héctor's son, initiating a series of events that will change the lives of both families forever.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Oct. 5, 11 a.m.,
Tue., Oct. 8, 5 p.m.

So Much Water
(Tanta agua)
Directed by Ana Guevara
(Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands/Germany, 2013, 102 min.)
Sullen 14-year-old Lucía leaves her home in Montevideo with her brother to spend a week's vacation at a spa resort with her divorced dad, becoming fast friends with a local girl she meets at the arcade, not to mention the dreamy-looking Santiago.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Oct. 6, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Oct. 8, 9 p.m.

Last Edited on October 4, 2013