Films - February 2014

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The Atomic States of America
Directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce
(U.S., 2011, 92 min.)
This film journeys to nuclear reactor communities around the country to provide a comprehensive exploration of the history and impact to date of nuclear power, and to investigate the truths and myths about nuclear energy (screens with "Tailings" (U.S., 2012, 12 min.) and "Yellow Cake. The Dirt Behind Uranium").
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Feb. 10, 4 p.m.

Colette
Directed by Milan Cieslar
(Slovakia/Czech Republic, 2013, 126 min.)
Arnošt Lustig's novel "A Girl from Antwerp," from which the film is based, draws on his personal experiences while incarcerated at Auschwitz during World War II and the power of love under extreme life circumstances (English with Czech subtitles).
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.

The Invisible Woman
Directed by Ralph Fiennes
(U.K., 2013, 111 min.)
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Monuments Men
Directed by George Clooney
(U.S./Germany, 2014, 92 min.)
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
Area theaters

The New Black
Directed by Yoruba Richen
(U.S., 2013, 82 min.)
This documentary tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.
West End Cinema
Wed., Feb. 12

Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1
Directed by Adam Jonas Horowitz
(U.S., 2012, 87 min.)
This documentary about the "Secret Project" in which the U.S. conducted 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands in the 1950s illustrates the incredible affects of radiation on humans (screens with several shorts on atomic bombs).
Goethe-Institut

Tue., Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.

The Nut Job
Directed by Peter Lepeniotis
(Canada/South Korea/U.S., 2014,
An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, but it is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.
Area theaters

One Chance
Directed by David Frankel
(U.K./U.S., 2013, 103 min.)
In this true story, Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night, becomes phenomenon after being chosen for — and ultimately winning — "Britain's Got Talent.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

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.
AFI Silver Theatre
AMC Loews Shirlington
Cinema Arts Theatre
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Kentlands Stadium
Regal Countryside

Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Don Roy King
(U.S., 2013)
Watch Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad as they turned up the heat this fall as Broadway's rule-breaking, heart-aching couple, Romeo and Juliet.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 13 to 16
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 16, 11 a.m.

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."
AMC Courthouse
AMC Hoffman Center
AMC Tysons Corner
Cinema Arts Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Regal Potomac Yards

The Square
(Al Midan)
Directed by Jehane Noujaim
(Egypt/U.S., 2013, 104 min.)
Jehane Noujaim follows a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience (English and Arabic).
West End Cinema

Tim's Vermeer
Directed by Teller
(U.S., 2013, 80 min.)
Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

Yellow Cake. The Dirt Behind Uranium
Directed by Joachim Tschirner
(Germany, 2010, 108 min.)
Over a period of several years, this film accompanies the biggest clean-up operation of uranium mining in Wismut, the third-largest uranium mine in the world, located in east Germany (screens with "Tailings" (U.S., 2012, 12 min.) and "The Atomic States of America").
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Feb. 10, 4 p.m.

Farsi

Fat Shaker
Directed by Mohammad Shirvani
(Iran, 2013, 85 min.)
A gluttonous alcoholic uses his deaf-mute son to lure attractive young women into drug- and booze-fueled nights of illegal excess, extorting money from the women afterward by threatening to go to the authorities. But one female photographer refuses to be intimidated and instead attempts to rescue the young man from his controlling father.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

A Cinema of Discontent
Directed by Jamsheed Akrami
(U.S., 2013, 86 min.)
The international success of Iranian cinema over the past decades may have veiled the fact that Iranian filmmakers work under extremely harsh circumstances. "A Cinema of Discontent" explores the censorship codes through dozens of film clips as well as interviews with Iranian filmmakers.
(Farsi and English).
Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 22, 2 p.m.

My Name is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns
Directed by Kamran Heydari
(Iran, 2012, 65 min.)
For more than 35 years, Negahdar Jamali has been making Westerns in and around the ancient city of Shiraz — his passion bordering on obsession and causing friction with his long-suffering wife and friends.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 14, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 16, 2 p.m.

Parviz
Directed by Majid Barzegar
(Iran, 2012, 105 min.)
Parviz, a man in his 50s who has lived his entire life in his father's home and never held a job, finds his quiet routine upended by his father's decision to remarry — and to have Parviz move out.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 9, 2 p.m.

French

Camille Claudel 1915
Directed by Bruno Dumont
(France, 2013, 95 min.)
Known as Auguste Rodin's muse and protégée, Camille Claudel has lately been the focus of serious research. Filmmaker Dumont concentrates on her years of exile within a remote, church-run asylum near Avignon, where her family kept her incarcerated even after doctors urged for her release.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 15, 4 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 16, 2 p.m.

Just a Sigh
(Le temps de l'aventure)
Directed by Jérôme Bonnell
(France/Belgium/Ireland, 2013, 104 min.)
A stage actress makes a quick escape to Paris, where she meets a mysterious English stranger. Drawn toward him, she follows him, loves him, for a few hours, before facing what could be a new life.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 19, 8 p.m.

The Past
(Le passé)
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
(France/Italy, 2013, 130 min.)
An Iranian man returns to France to grant his wife a divorce and discovers she has started a relationship with an Arab man who has a son and a wife in a coma (French and Farsi).
AMC Loews Shirlington
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Top Floor Left Wing
(Dernier étage gauche gauche)
Directed by Angelo Cianci
(France/Luxembourg, 2010, 110 min.)
This dark comedy follows Francois, whose unhappy job serving eviction notices land him in a hostage situation with a bumbling pair of amateur drug dealers.
BloomBars
Tue., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.

Hebrew

Footnote
(Hearat Shulayim)
Directed by Joseph Cedar
(Israel, 2011)
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son and rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., Feb. 9, 10 a.m.

The Wonders
Directed by Avi Nesher
(Israel, 2013, 112 min.)
In this modern day film-noir, a bartender who doubles as a graffiti artist in Jerusalem enjoys whiling away the days with simple pleasures until he becomes enwrapped in a mystery taking place in his own apartment building.
Washington DCJCC
Thu., Feb. 27, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Hindi

The Lunchbox
(Dabba)
Directed by Ritesh Batra
(India/France/Germany/U.S., 2013, 104 min.)
In Mumbai, the mistaken delivery of a lunchbox leads to a relationship between a lonely widower on the verge retirement and an unhappy housewife, as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox (Hindi and English).
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 28

Italian

The Great Beauty
(La grande bellezza)
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
(Italy/France, 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 nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty (Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese).
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Japanese

The Wind Rises
(Kaze tachinu)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2013, 126 min.)
This animated film looks at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 21

Korean

Camp 14: Total Control Zone
Directed by Marc Wiese
(Germany/South Korea, 2012, 104 min.)
Born inside a North Korean prison camp as the child of political prisoners, Shin Dong-Huyk was raised in a world where all he knew was torture and abuse. Filmmaker Wiese crafts his documentary by quietly drawing details from Shin in a series of interviews (Korean and English).
West End Cinema
Wed., Feb. 26

Spanish

Gloria
Directed by Sebastián Lelio
(Chile/Spain, 2013, 110 min.)
Gloria, a free-spirited older woman in Santiago, embarks on a whirlwind relationship with a recently divorced naval officer.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Swahili

In the Shadow of the Sun
Directed by Harry Freeland
(Tanzania/U.K., 2012, 84 min.)
Filmed over six years, "In the Shadow of the Sun" tells the story of two men with albinism in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice.
West End Cinema
Wed., Feb. 19

Last Edited on January 29, 2014