Films - December 2013

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Bengali

Danish

French

Hungarian

Lithuanian

Portuguese

Spanish


Bulgarian

Dutch

German

Italian

Luxembourgish

Romanian

Swedish


Croatian

English

Greek

Kannada

Malayalam

Slovak

Czech

Flemish

Hebrew

Latvian

Polish

Slovenian

Bengali

Devi (aka The Goddess)
Directed by Satyajit Ray
(India, 1960, 93 min.)
Set in rural Bengal in 1860, the great Sharmila Tagore gives a mesmerizing performance as a young wife whose father-in-law becomes convinced she is an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, which sets off a confrontation with her worldly husband.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec. 8, 2 p.m.

Bulgarian

The Last Black Sea Pirates
(Poslednite chernomorski pirati)
Directed by Svetoslav Stoyanov
(Bulgaria, 2013, 72 min.)
In this documentary, Captain Jack and his ragtag bunch of chancers roam a remote Black Sea beach, hoping to scavenge — what else? — lost treasure.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 7, 11:10 a.m.,
Wed., Dec. 11, 9:20 p.m.

Croatian

Night Boats
(Nocni brodovi)
Directed by Igor Mirkovic
(Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia, 2012, 101 min.)
Senior citizen Helena (has settled into her twilight years at a sleepy nursing home in Zagreb, but sparks fly after a chance encounter in the elevator with a new arrival, and soon both yearn to break out.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 8, 3:15 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 9, 5:20 p.m.

The Priest's Children
(Svecenikova djeca)
Directed by Vinko Bresan
(Croatia/Serbia/Montenegro, 2013, 93 min.)
A young Catholic priest takes subversive action to enforce the church's position on birth control among his flock, and soon has a baby boom on his hands.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 7, 3:15 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

Czech

Burning Bush
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
(Czech Republic, 2013, 240 min.)
Agnieszka Holland's new three-part miniseries for HBO Europe is shown in its entirety, as it follows Czech student Jan Palach's dramatic self-immolation in 1969 as a political protest against the Soviet invasion, after which the regime attempted to downplay Palach's sacrifice and conceal its own totalitarian brutality.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m.

The Don Juans
(Donsajni)
Directed by Jirí Menzel
(Czech Republic, 2013, 100 min.)
When a small-town opera company mounts a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," passions run high both on stage and behind the scenes.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Dec. 17, 7:10 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 22, 3:40 p.m.

Danish

The Keeper of Lost Causes
(Kvinden i buret)
Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard
(Denmark/Germany/Sweden, 2013, 97 min.)
After being shot in the line of duty, Mørck is sent to work in the dingy basement office administrating cold cases, where he revisits the "suicide" of a successful politician, only to find that she might still be alive.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 7, 7:20 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 12, 7:10 p.m.

Dutch

The Deflowering of Eva van End
(De Ontmaagding van Eva van End)
Directed by Michiel ten Horn
(Netherlands, 2012, 98 min.)
Eva van End is a 15-year-old loser, ignored by her dysfunctional family and laughed at by the kids in school. But things change after a strapping German exchange student joins the family (Dutch, English and German).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 6, 5:15 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 12, 7:15 p.m.

English

Alan Partridge
Directed by Declan Lowney
(U.K., 2013, 90 min.)
Steve Coogan's signature comic creation, the cringe- inducing, self-aggrandizing media personality Alan Partridge, has seen his career trajectory rise and fall, from regional radio presenter to national TV talk-show host and back again.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 21, 8 p.m.

The Book Thief
Directed by Brian Percival
(U.S./Germany, 2013, 135 min.)
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, a young girl finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

A Field in England
Directed by Ben Wheatley
(U.K., 2013, 91 min.)
Ben Wheatley returns with his most audacious film yet, a psychedelic period piece involving witchcraft, skullduggery and magic mushrooms, set among a group of deserters from the English Civil War.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 6, 10:15 p.m.,
Sat., Dec. 7, 9:30 p.m.

Grand Piano
Directed by Eugenio Mira
(Spain, 2012, 90 min.)
Lured out of retirement, disgraced pianist Tom Selznick attempts to conquer his nerves and rejuvenate his career with a tribute performance to his mentor.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.,
Sat., Dec. 7, 10:30 p.m.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Directed by Peter Jackson
(U.S./New Zealand, 2013
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim their homeland from Smaug the dragon.
Area theaters
Opens Fri., Dec. 13

The Last Days on Mars
Directed by Ruairi Robinson
(U.K./Ireland, 2013, 98 min.)
A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Dec. 13

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Directed by Justin Chadwick
(U.K./South Africa, 2013, 141 min.)
Based on the 1994 autobiography of the same name, "Mandela" chronicles the inspirational life of Nelson Mandela as an international icon and one of the world's most revered leaders (English, Afrikaans and Xhosa).
Angelika Mosaic
Opens Wed., Dec. 25

One Chance
Directed by David Frankel
(U.K./U.S., 2013, 103 min.)
In this inspiring true story, Paul Potts, a cell phone salesman in Wales, realizes his long-held dream to make it as an opera singer after he wins "Britain's Got Talent."
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

Philomena
Directed by Stephen Frears
(U.K./U.S./France, 2013, 98 min.)
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Saving Mr. Banks
Directed by John Lee Hancock
(U.S./U.K./Australia, 2013, 125 min.)
Author P.L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, "Mary Poppins."
Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Dec. 20
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Dec. 13

The Sea
Directed by Stephen Brown
(Ireland/U.K., 2013, 86 min.)
A man struggles with the cottage let by Miss Vavasour, the very same one at which he spent a fateful summer some 50 years earlier in this probing meditation on love, memory and loss.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 21, 6 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 22, 1:45 p.m.

Swandown
Directed by Andrew Kötting
(U.K., 2012, 98 min.)
Artist Andrew Kötting and writer Iain Sinclair spent four weeks in a white plastic swan boat traveling a water route to the London Olympics from Hastings in East Sussex.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec. 15, 4:30 p.m.

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D
Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale
(U.K./U.S./Australia, 2013)
See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.
Area theaters
Opens Fri., Dec. 20

Le Week-End
Directed by Roger Michell
(U.K., 2013, 93 min.)
A middle-age academic couple from England celebrates their 30th anniversary in Paris, the site of their honeymoon, but after a series of mishaps, will the City of Lights rekindle their love, or snuff it out?
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m.

Flemish

The Broken Circle Breakdown
Directed by Felix Van Groeningen
(Belgium/Netherlands, 2012, 110 min.)
Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested (Flemish and English).
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Verdict
(Het vonnis)
Directed by Jan Verheyen
(Belgium, 2013, 112 min.)
A successful businessman with a loving family becomes consumed by revenge after a random street crime leads to the deaths of his wife and daughter.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Dec. 17, 9 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 18, 5 p.m.

French

2 Autumns, 3 Winters
(2 automnes 3 hivers)
Directed by Sébastien Betbeder
(France, 2013, 93 min.)
A 33-year-old hipster half-gallantly, half-accidentally saves the beautiful Amélie from a pair of muggers, paving the way for love to bloom.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 20, 5:20 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 22, 7:40 p.m.

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
Directed by Arnaud des Pallières
(France/Germany, 2013, 120 min.)
In 16th-century France, an enterprising horse farmer runs afoul of a venal baron and raises an army to wage a war against the baron, who soon sues for peace.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 7, 3:45 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 10, 9:15 p.m.

Au bord du monde
Directed by Claus Drexel
(France, 2013, 97 min.)
Paris, at night — this is where homeless people come out from hiding, haunting the streets, bridges and corridors of the Metro in the hours just before dawn.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Dec. 7, 2 p.m.

Braddock, America
Multiple directors
(France, 2013, 103 min.)
A team of French filmmakers visits a once-thriving steel town in Pennsylvania to chronicle the community's present day as well as its earlier life through a French lens.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m.

Bovines
Directed by Emmanuel Gras
(France, 2011, 62 min.)
By the end of "Bovines," the placid pastoral lives of the white Charolais cows of Normandy have made a deep impression.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Dec. 7, 4 p.m.

The Chef
(Comme un Chef)
Directed by Daniel Cohen
(France/Spain, 2012, 84 min.)
A seasoned chef is the famous face of Paris staple, but the meddlesome son of his deceased business partner wants to modernize the chef's classic French cuisine, and cut costs and corners to turn a profit.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 15, 4:15 p.m.

Contempt
(Le mépris)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France/Italy, 1963, 102 min.)
A screenwriter is weighing an offer to jazz up "The Odyssey" for a Hollywood mogul and trying to fathom why his wife no longer likes him.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec. 22, 4:30 p.m.,
Sat., Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m.

Cycling with Molière
(Alceste à bicyclette)
Directed by Philippe Le Guay
(France, 2013, 101 min.)
Philippe Le Guay reunites with star Fabrice Luchini in this inspired comic riff on the acting profession, actorly egos and the genius of Molière.
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 6 to 11

Entrée du personnel
Directed by Manuela Frésil
(France, 2011, 59 min.)
Employees at an abattoir and meatpacking plant on the margins of a semi-industrial French city talk about working conditions, their daily lives, and why and how they got there in the first place.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m.

A Lady in Paris
(Une Estonienne à Paris)
Directed by Ilmar Raag
(France/Estonia/Belgium, 2012, 94 min.)
A woman is charged with caring for a curmudgeonly Estonian ex-pat living in Paris who recently attempted suicide (French and Estonian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 7, 1:10 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 10, 7:10 p.m.

La Maison de la Radio
Directed by Nicolas Philibert
(France/Japan, 2013, 99 min.)
Celebrated documentarian Nicolas Philibert goes inside the world of French Public Radio, where, from pre-dawn to day's end, the radio crackles across a variety of channels.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 7, 6:15 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 8, 1:10 p.m.

My Best Holidays
Directed by Phillipe Lellouche
(France, 2012, 93 min.)
During a heat wave in 1976, Claude, who is Jewish and originally from Algeria, and his Brittany-born wife Isabelle spend their summer vacation with their two young sons, Isabelle's mother and two other couples. At first, the coexistence is not easy but, gradually, old resentments and prejudices are swept away to make room for friendship and rekindled romances.
Washington DCJCC
Tue., Dec. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Our Heroes Died Tonight
(Nos héros sont morts ce soir)
Directed by David Perrault
(France, 2013, 100 min.)
David Perrault's arty, black-and-white homage to the French crime thrillers of yesteryear is set in the mob-controlled world of Parisian professional wrestling in the early 1960s.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 13, 10:15 p.m.,
Sat., Dec. 14, 7:40 p.m.

The Past
(Le Passé)
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
(France/Italy, 2012, 130 min.)
Returning to Paris after four years away in Tehran to give his estranged wife a divorce so she can remarry, a man becomes reintegrated into this unconventional family structure as an honest broker, slowly unraveling a tangled web of grudges, secrets, half-truths and misunderstandings (French and Farsi).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m.

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
(L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps)
Directed by Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
(Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2013, 102 min.)
Dan returns home to Brussels after a business trip to discover his wife is missing and questions the neighbors, including an elderly woman whose own husband disappeared years ago (French, Danish and Flemish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 14, 10:15 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 19, 9:35 p.m.

Stranger by the Lake
(L'inconnu du lac)
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
(France, 2013, 100 min.)
Franck is a regular at a secluded lakeside beach, a popular hotspot for gay men to sunbathe and sneak off for casual sex in the nearby woods, where he witnesses a shocking crime and finds himself attracted to the perpetrator.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 20, 10 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 22, 9:45 p.m.

Tenderness
(La tendresse)
Directed by Marion Hänsel
(Belgium/France/Germany, 2013, 80 min.)
After their ski instructor son breaks his leg in the Alps, a Belgian divorced couple must share a car trip to France to bring him home in this heartwarming and beautifully observed drama.
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 12 to 15

Time of Thanksgiving
(Le Temps des graces)
Directed by Dominique Marchais
(France, 2010, 123 min.)
Dominique Marchais creates an unusually thoughtful and beautiful survey of farmers in France, revealing aspects of their practice through interviews and observation of a variety of sources.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Dec. 14, 2 p.m.

German

The Flying Dutchman
(Der fliegende Holländer)
Directed by Joachim Herz
(E. Germany, 1964, 101 min.)
Based on Richard Wagner's opera, this became one of the first complete Wagner operas on film — and the only East German film ever made that includes elements of horror and vampire genres.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Ludwig
Directed by Luchino Visconti
(U.S., 1972, 235 min.)
This film about the life and death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria portrays the romantic king struggling between reality in Bavarian aristocracy and Wagnerian fantasy, as unrequited love and his homosexuality plunge him into madness (Italian, German and French).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Dec. 21, 2 p.m.

Ludwig – Requiem for a Virgin King
(Ludwig – Requiem für einen jungfräulichen König)
Directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
(W. Germany, 1972, 140 min.)
This imaginative interpretation of the life of Ludwig II of Bavaria stars Harry Baer as the so-called "mad king," who was the patron of Richard Wagner, the man who sold Bavaria to Prussia, and the builder of many a mythical castle in the Rhineland.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Ludwig II
(Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs)
Directed by Helmut Käutner
(W. Germany, 1955, 115 min.)
King Ludwig II of Bavaria is frustrated, having to accept Parliament's will to join Bismarck in wars and not finding satisfaction in love, so he seeks comfort in art.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.

The Strange Little Cat
(Das merkwürdige Kätzchen)
Directed by Ramon Zürcher
(Germany, 2013, 72 min.)
Ramon Zürcher's inventive debut film finds the surreal humor inherent in the mundane details of the family home, closely observing three generations of a Berlin family gathered in their cramped apartment before a family meal.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 14, 1 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 17, 7:20 p.m.

Soldier Jane
(Soldate Jeannette)
Directed by
(Austria, 2003, 80 min.)
Posh fortysomething Fanni takes a sports car for a test drive — on a one-way trip from Vienna to the Alps, where she finds work on an organic farm, alongside other dropouts from the rat race.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 8, 6:15 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Two Lives
(Zwei Leben)
Directed by Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann
(Germany/Norway, 2012, 97 min.)
A German-Norwegian lawyer builds a case against the Norwegian government for not allowing the children fathered by German troops to return to their Norwegian mothers after World War II (German, English, Norwegian, Russian and Danish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 15 to 18

Greek

Block 12
(Οικόpedο 12)
Directed by Kyriacos Tofarides
(Cyprus/Greece, 2013, 94 min.)
The discovery of a rich oil deposit beneath the home of a dysfunctional Cypriot family kicks off an international bidding war in this zany social satire.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Dec. 9, 9:15 p.m.,
Wed. Dec. 11, 9:45 p.m.

The Daughter
(I kori)
Directed by Thanos Anastopoulos
(Greece/Italy, 2012, 97 min.)
A 14-year-old girl is angry that her father, recently bankrupted by the Greek economic crisis, hasn't been seen in days, so she kidnaps the 8-year-old son of her father's business partner, whom she blames for their troubles.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 8, 7:40 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 12, 9:20 p.m.

The Enemy Within
(O ehthros mou)
Directed by Yorgos Tsemberopoulos
(Greece, 2013, 107 min.)
A husband and father with a successful garden supply store in the Athens suburbs is forced out of his comfort zone after a gang of hoodlums ransacks his house and tortures his family.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 14, 5:25 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 19, 7:20 p.m.

Hebrew

Israel: A Home Movie
Directed by Eliav Lilti
(Israel, 2012, 93 min.)
An impressive assemblage of home movies shot from the 1930s through the 1970s are strung together to form a mesmerizing history that documents a living memory of Palestine and Israel's formation.
Washington DCJCC
Tue., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Hungarian

The Exam
(A vizsga)
Directed by Péter Bergendy
(Hungary, 2012, 92 min.)
In 1956 Budapest, following the failed revolution, Soviet domination of Hungary's secret police creates an unprecedented level of institutional paranoia, with the spies spying not only on the citizenry, but on each other.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 15, 9:30 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 17, 9:20 p.m.

Italian

Dormant Beauty
(Bella addormentata)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio
(Italy/France, 2012, 115 min.)
Italy's real-life Eluana Englaro case, where a young woman injured in a car accident lived in a vegetative state for 17 years while her father fought to have the plug pulled, is the backdrop for this thought-provoking drama.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 8, 1 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 11, 7:25 p.m.

The Great Beauty
(La Grande Bellezza)
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
(Italy, 2013, 142 min.)
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Me and You
(Io e te)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
(Italy, 2012, 103 min.)
The unexpected arrival of his older junkie half-sister spoils a disaffected Roman teen's plans for solitude, but offers the opportunity for two needy souls to connect.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 6, 9:30 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 11, 7:10 p.m.

Pretty Butterflies
(Bellas mariposas)
Directed by Salvatore Mereu
(Italy, 2012, 100 min.)
A precocious, perceptive young Sardinian teen imagines she's the star of her own reality show, narrating scenes and confiding to the camera about the chaotic life of her family.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 15, 5:40 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 16, 7:15 p.m.

Salvo
Directed by Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
(Italy/France, 2013, 104 min.)
A Palermo hitman has a change of heart after he lays eyes on his target's blind sister.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Dec. 19, 9:45 p.m.,
Sat., Dec. 21, 10 p.m.

Kannada

The Ritual
Directed by Girish Kasaravalli
(India, 1977, 110 min.)
In this dark tale about life in the highest Hindu caste, a child widow becomes pregnant by a local schoolteacher and is condemned by a social system that also accepts the remarriage of her elderly father with a girl young enough to be his daughter.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

Latvian

Mother, I Love You
(Mammu, es Tevi milu)
Directed by Janis Nords
(Latvia, 2013, 83 min.)
His doctor mother works long hours, so a Riga kid has free rein to ride his scooter around the city and get into mischief with his pal, but what begins as childish tomfoolery spirals into a hard lesson about the complexities of the adult world.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 21, 11:05 a.m.,
Sun., Dec. 22, 5:45 p.m.

Lithuanian

Vanishing Waves
(Aurora)
Directed by Kristina Buožyte
(Lithuania/France/Belgium, 2012, 120 min.)
A research scientist volunteers for a sensory deprivation experiment, hoping to tap into the consciousness of and communicate with a young comatose woman.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Dec. 10, 9:15 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 12, 9:15 p.m.

Luxembourgish

Blind Spot
(Angle Mort aka Doudege wénkel)
Directed by Christophe Wagner
(Luxembourg/Belgium, 2012, 96 min.)
Inspector Hastert is a seasoned Luxembourg City cop on the cusp of retiring. But when a fellow officer is murdered in cold blood, he takes on one last case (Luxembourgish, English and French).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 8, 9:40 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 10, 7:15 p.m.

Malayalam

Shadow Kill
Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(India, 2002, 91 min.)
In 1941, just as Gandhi's freedom movement is taking shape, an aging hangman haunted by the many men he's executed prays to the Goddess Kali to remove his sins, and drinks to soothe his troubled conscience.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Polish

Baby Blues
(Bejbi blues)
Directed by Katarzyna Roslaniec
(Poland, 2012, 100 min.)
A 17-year-old mother is a wannabe fashionista who treats her 7-month-old son like an adorable accessory, when she can be bothered to give the infant attention at all.
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 16 to 19

Manhunt
(Oblawa)
Directed by Marcin Krzysztalowicz
(Poland/Serbia and Montenegro, 2012, 96 min.)
In a forest in occupied 1943 Poland, a highly skilled resistance fighter routinely takes on his squadron's most dangerous assignments, dispatching rough justice to the Nazi collaborators, but he has a mysterious history with his latest target.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Dec. 18, 7:20 p.m.,
Sat., Dec. 21, 1 p.m.

Walesa. Man of Hope
Directed by Andrzej Wajda
(Poland, 2013, 128 min.)
Andrzej Wajda brings the story of Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement to the big screen with a plot that hinges on Walesa's landmark 1981 interview, just months before Poland declared martial law, with Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, recounting in flashback the previous decade and a half of activism.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Dec. 5, 7:15 p.m.,
Sat., Dec. 7, 1 p.m.

Portuguese

A Woman's Revenge
(A Vingança de Uma Mulher)
Directed by Rita Azevedo Gomes
(Portugal, 2012, 100 min.)
A rich and handsome libertine, disdainful of convention, meets an exceptionally beautiful prostitute, one whose manner and bearing mark her as a lady of refinement.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Dec. 9, 9:40 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 11, 9:10 p.m.

Romanian

Child's Pose
(Pozitia copilului)
Directed by Calin Peter Netzer
(Romania, 2013, 112 min.)
Detained at the local police station after being involved in a fatal traffic accident, intoxicated thirtysomething Barbu (gets bailed out by his formidable mother, who over the coming days continues to bully, cajole and wheedle all those involved in deciding her son's fate.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Slovak

My Dog Killer
(Môj pes Killer)
Directed by Mira Fornay
(Slovakia/Czech Republic, 2013, 90 min.)
Living on a struggling vineyard on the Slovak-Czech border, an 18-year-old skinhead is surprised to discover that he has a young gypsy half-brother.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat,. Dec. 14, 11:05 a.m.,
Mon., Dec. 16, 9:10 p.m.

Slovenian

Dual
(Dvojina)
Directed by Nejc Gazvoda
(Slovenia/Croatia/Denmark, 2013, 102 min.)
A free spirited Dane, stopping through Slovenia on the way to a holiday in Greece, crosses paths with the straitlaced bus driver who picks her up at the airport.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 14, 11 a.m.,
Mon., Dec. 16, 9:45 p.m.

Spanish

Chrysalis
(De tu ventana a la mía)
Directed by Paula Ortiz
(Spain, 2011, 95 min.)
First-time director Paula Ortiz creates a chronicle of three generations of Spanish women, each trying to control her own destiny against the background of a rapidly changing Spain.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Fri., Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Lost in Time
(Perdida)
Directed by Viviana García Besné
(Mexico, 2010, 93 min.)
This film traces the unbelievable true story of the Calderón family, which built grand movie palaces in Mexico and the U.S. and employed thousands to produce incomparable, hugely successful, often reprehensible populist-genre films utterly and uniquely Mexican.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sat., Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

María Candelaria
Directed by Emilio Fernández
(Mexico, 1944, 102 min.)
This poignant story of a young girl who is mercilessly persecuted by her townspeople introduced Mexican cinema to Europe in the 1940s.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sat., Dec. 14, 2 p.m.

Nora's Will
(Cinco Días Sin Nora)
Directed by Mariana Chenillo
(Mexico, 2010, 90 min.)
When his ex-wife Nora dies right before Passover, José is forced to stay with her body until she can be properly put to rest. He soon realizes he is part of Nora's plan to bring her family back together for one last Passover feast.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sat., Dec. 14, 9 p.m.

She Doesn't Want to Sleep Alone
(No Quiero Dormir Sola)
Directed by Natalia Beristain
(Mexico, 2012, 82 min.)
Amanda's dull life is suddenly interrupted when she is forced to take care of her alcoholic grandmother, a retired actress who lives on her past glories.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Wed., Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

The Wishful Thinkers
(Los ilusos)
Directed by Jonás Trueba
(Spain, 2013, 93 min.)
Waiting for the green light on his next project, a young filmmaker is in a state of limbo.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 7, 5:15 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 9, 9:10 p.m.

Swedish

The Disciple
(Lärjungen)
Directed by Ulrika Bengts
(Finland, 2013, 93 min.)
In 1939, 13-year-old Karl is an eager-to-please orphan, sent by the state to work at an isolated Baltic island lighthouse, where the lighthouse master cruelly begins to favor the hard-working new boy over his own son.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Dec. 9, 7:10 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 10, 5:20 p.m.

The Hidden Child
(Tyskungen)
Directed by Per Hanefjord
(Sweden, 2013, 105 min.)
After the tragic death of her parents, a crime novelist moves back to her childhood home in a sleepy seaside village, where a stranger shows up at her doorstep, claiming to be her long-lost brother.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 13, 8:05 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 15, 6:15 p.m.

We Are the Best
(Vi är bäst!)
Directed by Lukas Moodysson
(Sweden/Denmark, 2013, 102 min.)
In 1982 Stockholm, 13-year-old best friends are united by their feelings of outsiderness—embarrassed by their parents, repulsed by the conformity of the school's popular kids and hating gym class.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 14, 5:40 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 15, 1 p.m.

Last Edited on December 2, 2013