Films - June 2014

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Cantonese

German

Korean

Silent


Dutch

Hindi

Mandarin

Spanish


English

Italian

Papiamento

Swahili

French

Japanese

Polish

Cantonese

In the Mood for Love
(Fa yeung nin wa)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
(Hong Kong, 2001, 98 min.)
Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung star as neighbors who suspect their spouses of cheating and find themselves falling in love with one another in this sumptuous visual tour-de-force.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 13, 7 p.m.

Dutch

 The New Rijksmuseum
(Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum)
Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk
(The Netherlands, 2013, 228 min.)
This documentary follows the extensive and often contentious renovation of the fabled Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam — one of the world's great art institutions — exploring the many issues that had to be resolved, including placating the well-organized lobby of Dutch bicyclists who saw the new entrance as a threat.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., June 21, 1 p.m.

English

Background to Danger
Directed by Raoul Walsh
(U.S., 1943, 80 min.)
In World War II Turkey, an American undercover agent accidentally comes into possession of a packet of photos that a German spy ring wants to use as propaganda, claiming that Russia plans to invade neutral Turkey.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 11:05 a.m.,
Mon., June 16, 9:45 p.m.

Billy Elliot
Directed by Stephen Daldry
(U.K./France, 2000, 110 min.)
Eleven-year-old lad Billy Elliot blows off his boxing lessons to join the more fascinating ballet class down the hall, but when his hard-headed father and older brother find out about his new extracurricular activity, tensions rise in the already tense household.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., June 16, 7:30 p.m.

Black and Cuba
Directed by Robin J. Hayes
(U.S./Cuba, 2013, 83 min.)
This edgy and artful documentary follows a group of predominantly black, street-smart students at Yale, who feel like outcasts at the elite Ivy League university, as they band together and go to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 9:40 p.m.

Castle in the Sky
(Tenkû no Shiro Rapyuta)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 1986, 124 min.)
When a girl mysteriously falls from the sky and directly into his arms, a boy becomes involved in a wild adventure involving a secret floating city, pirates, giant robots and amazing flying contraptions (English-dubbed version).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 1, 11 a.m.,
Mon., June 2, 5:15 p.m.

Come With It, Black Man: A Biography of Black Stalin's Consciousness
Directed by Tamara Tam-Cruickshank
(Trinidad and Tobago, 2012, 60 min.)
This independent feature-length documentary digs deep into the consciousness of the Black Man himself, legendary calypsonian Dr. Leroy Calliste, better known as Black Stalin.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 13, 9:30 p.m.

Documented
Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas
(U.S./Philippines, 2013, 89 min.)
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas travels around America, telling his story in solidarity with the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country, connecting with his subjects through the similarities of their journeys, particularly those who, like Vargas, came to the United States as children.
West End Cinema

Drones
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
(U.S., 2013, 82 min.)
This taut military thriller explores the unique set of moral dilemmas that confront our military and our nation as the United States expands its use of robotic weapons to prosecute its wars.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 27

The Exiles
Directed by Kent MacKenzie
(U.S., 1961, 72 min.)
This penultimate cinematic depiction of Los Angeles at night chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of the city.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 6, 7 p.m.

Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution
Directed by Bruce Paddington
(Trinidad and Tobago/Grenada, 2013, 113 min.)
The invasion of Grenada by U.S. forces in 1983 echoed around the world and put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics. This comprehensive, gripping and revealing documentary tells the story of the Grenada revolution as never before.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 5 p.m.

The Great Dictator
Directed by Charles Chaplin
(U.S., 1940, 125 min.)
Charlie Chaplin's first all-talking picture presents a biting satire on dictatorship, with Chaplin as a Jewish barber mistaken for the dictator of Tomania.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 24 to 28

Howl's Moving Castle
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2004, 119 min.)
A teenager named Sophie has her life turned upside-down when she meets a dashing young wizard named Howl and becomes caught up in a magicians' feud.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 26 to 29

Kingston Paradise
Directed by Mary Wells
(Jamaica, 2013, 83 min.)
Life on the streets is about frantic survival for small-time hustler Rocksy, a taxi driver and part-time pimp, and Rosie, a prostitute, his roomie and business investment.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 9:20 p.m.

The Lodger
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1926, 90 min.)
Based on a novel inspired by the exploits of Jack the Ripper, this thriller — which Alfred Hitchcock himself called "the first true 'Hitchcock' movie" — stars Ivor Novello as a mysterious stranger who takes a room in a London family's house.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 15, 1 p.m.

Poetry is an Island, Derek Walcott
Directed by Ida Does
(The Netherlands, 2014, 80 min.)
This rousing documentary reveals an intimate portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, playwright, painter and even filmmaker Derek Walcott, who has been hymning the Caribbean for more than 60 years.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 13, 7:15 p.m.

Porco Rosso
(Kurenai no Buta)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 1992, 94 min.)
A swashbuckling tough guy aviator who just happens to be a pig battles pirates and other evildoers in this eccentric adventure set in 1920s Italy (English-dubbed version).
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., June 2, 2:45 p.m.,
Wed., June 4, 2:45 p.m.

Resilient Hearts
Directed by Claudine Oriol
(Haiti, 2013, 74 min.)
Directed by Haitian-American actress Claudine Oriol, this documentary unfolds through the eyes, lives and spirit of the Haitian people who were devastated by the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake that ravaged their country.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 7:30 p.m.

Spirited Away
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2002, 125 min.)
While out exploring, a young girl strays from her parents and stumbles into the spirit world and is conscripted into working in a fabulous bathhouse where all manner of magical creatures come to relax.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 24 to July 2

The Stuart Hall Project
Directed by John Akomfrah
(U.K., 2013, 103 min.)
Born and raised in Kingston, Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of his generation.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 2:45 p.m.

Teenage
Directed by Matt Wolf
(U.S./Germany, 2013, 77 min.)
Teenagers didn't always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tula: The Revolt
Directed by Jeroen Leinders
(Netherland Antilles/Netherlands, 2013, 100 min.)
Based on the true story of the slave uprising in 18th-century Curacao, this epic drama follows the enslaved Tula, who led his colleagues in revolt (English and Dutch).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 14, 5 p.m.

Uncertain Glory
Directed by Raoul Walsh
(U.S., 1944, 102 min.)
In Occupied France, a career criminal and escaped convict volunteers for a suicide mission: He will turn himself in to the Nazi authorities and confess to a recent act of sabotage by the Resistance, in exchange for the freedom of 100 innocent men taken prisoner by the Nazis to force the saboteur's surrender.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 13 to 17

Unknown Chaplin
Directed by Kevin Brownlow
(U.K., 1983, 156 min.)
Film archivists and historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill take a fascinating look at Charlie Chaplin's outtakes, revealing his meticulous working methods and working and re-working scenes and stunts to create the "effortless" magic on screen.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 3:15 p.m.

Whisper of the Heart
Directed by Yoshifumi Kondô
(Japan, 1995, 111 min.)
Perusing the eclectic selection of books she has checked out from the library, a young girl notices the name Seiji before hers on the checkout card of each one. Through a series of curious and magical incidents, she meets and establishes a connection to Seiji, who dreams of becoming a famous violinmaker in Italy.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 13 to 16

Womanish Ways: The Women's Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas 1948-1962
Directed by Marion Bethel
(Bahamas, 2012, 73 min.)
Exploring the riveting story of the women's suffrage movement in the Bahamas, this documentary focuses on five of the central figures in the movement.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 1:10 p.m.

Words and Pictures
Directed by Fred Schepisi
(U.S., 2014, 116 min.)
A stoic art instructor and a flamboyant English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
Tue., June 3, 7 p.m.

Yurumein
(Homeland)
Directed by Andrea E. Leland
(U.S./St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 2014, 50 min.)
This powerful documentary recounts the painful past of the Caribs on St. Vincent and the extermination of scores of their ancestors at the hands of the British, while building an intimate portrait of Garifuna culture in-transition today.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 2 p.m.

French

Two Men in Manhattan
(Deux homes dans Manhattan)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
(France, 1959, 84 min.)
A reporter is sent by a French press agency on a discreet mission to find the French delegate to the U.N., a known womanizer who has gone missing in the New York night (French and English).
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 1, 1 p.m.

German

Break Up Man
(Schlussmacher)
Directed by Matthias Schweighöfer
(Germany, 2013, 110 min.)
Paul, a professional "separator" who works for an agency in Berlin assisting couples in breaking up, encounters the extremely clingy Toto who, in one fell swoop, turns Paul's career plans and life upside down.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., June 23, 6:30 p.m.

Kokowääh 2
Directed by Til Schweiger
(Germany, 2013, 123 min.)
In this sequel to the 2011 film "Kokowääh," two years have passed since Henry, Katharina, Tristan and Magdalena became a family. Just when it seems everything has become routine, chaos breaks loose.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., June 30, 6:30 p.m.

Rhymers and Rivals
(Dichter und Kämpfer: Das Leben als Poetry Slammer in Deutschland)
Directed by Marion Hütter
(Germany, 2011, 88 min.)
This film follows four of Germany's leading slam poets — Julius Fischer, Theresa Hahl, Sebastian23 and Philipp Scharrenberg — during the course of a year as they participate in two German Slam Poetry Championships.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., June 16, 6 p.m.

Hindi

Ram-Leela
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
(India, 2013, 155 min.)
In this lush, visually stunning Bollywood rendering of "Romeo and Juliet," charming vagabond Ram meets and instantly falls for the passionate Leela during a village Holi celebration.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 8, 2 p.m.

Italian

Il Sorpasso
Directed by Dino Risi
(Italy, 1962, 105 min.)
Roberto, a shy law student in Rome, meets Bruno, a 40-year-old exuberant, capricious man who takes him for a drive through the Roman and Tuscany countrysides in the summer of 1962.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., June 22, 4:30 p.m.

Japanese

From Up On Poppy Hill
Directed by Gorō Miyazaki
(Japan, 2011, 91 min.)
In 1963, the sunny seaside town of Yokohama, a 16-year-old gril begins a budding romance with fellow student and editor of the high school newspaper.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 6 to 11

The Wind Rises
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2013, 126 min.)
The swan song of animation master Hayao Miyazaki, this animated film is a fictionalized biographical portrait of Jiro Horikoshi, a gifted Japanese engineer whose greatest achievement was designing the Zero fighter planes used by Japan during World War II.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 27, 7:30 p.m.,
Sun., June 29, 9:15 p.m.

Korean

The Day He Arrives
(Book chon bang hyang)
Directed by Hong Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2011, 79 min.)
The nighttime streets of Seoul become conduits for nostalgia, painful reunions, and fortuitous chance encounters when a lapsed filmmaker returns from the countryside for a brief visit.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 1, 3 p.m.

Mandarin

Beijing Bicycle
Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
(China, 2001, 113 min.)
In this portrait of emerging class divisions in China, a teenager moves to Beijing from the countryside and finds work as a bicycle messenger, but his bike is stolen and winds up in the hands of a schoolboy who steals money to buy it secondhand so he can impress a girl.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 29, 2 p.m.

Papiamento

Abo So
(Only You)
Directed by Juan Francisco Pardo
(Aruba, 2013, 72 min.)
In this musical, Tatiana, an intelligent, conservative young woman, meets a quirky young man of Latin origin who can't take Tatiana's diva attitude.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 3:15 p.m.

Polish

Blind Chance
(Przypadek)
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
(Poland, 1987, 120 min.)
A trilogy of stories follows three possible life paths for its main character: In the first he becomes a Communist Party member, in the second he joins a dissident movement, and in the third he decides not to be involved in either.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., June 8, 4:30 p.m.

Camouflage
(Barwy ochronne)
Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
(Poland, 1977, 100 min.)
The shallowness and cynicism of the academic milieu becomes apparent through the relationship between a young linguistics professor and his diabolical senior colleague.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 1, 8:45 p.m.,
Mon., June 2, 9:30 p.m.

The Constant Factor
(Constans)
Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
(Poland, 1980, 98 min.)
A naïve and sincere young man must come to terms with the reality of the world.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 8, 6 p.m.

The Illumination
(Iluminacja)
Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
(Poland, 1973, 92 min.)
In this classic "bildungsroman," a young man from a provincial town comes to the capital to study physics, hoping that science can answer his questions as he explores the boundaries of knowledge while tackling universal life experiences — love, death, friendship, fatherhood and work.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 8, 8 p.m.,
Tue., June 10, 9:15 p.m.

To Kill This Love
(Trzeba zabić tę miłość)
Directed by Janusz Morgenstern
(Poland, 1972, 92 min.)
What was it like to be young at the turn of the 1970s in communist Poland? While Neil Armstrong lands on the moon, Magda and Andrzej discover love and life but have no means of reaching their goals without entering the mean, conformist reality surrounding them.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 17, 9:20 p.m.,
Mon., June 30, 7:30 p.m.

Man of Iron
(Człowiek z żelaza)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda
(Poland, 1981, 153 min.)
A masterful story about the limitations of the press, coupled with real footage of the Solidarity movement strikes, Andrzej Wajda's film examines the events leading to one of the most crucial historical events of the 20th century.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 7:30 p.m.,
Sun., June 15, 6:15 p.m.

The Promised Land
(Ziemia Obiecana)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda
(Poland, 1975, 179 min.)
Three friends — a Polish nobleman, a German and a Jew — shrink from nothing, including treachery and fraud to build their business empire (Polish, German, Yiddish and Russian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 29, 6 p.m.

Silent

Crossroads
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa
(Japan, 1928, 80 min.)
Set in Edo-period Japan, this story of sexual obsession takes place in the decadent milieu of the Yoshiwara pleasure district, where a young man makes the mistake of becoming smitten with a woman tied to several ruthless, powerful men.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 15, 3:30 p.m.

Spanish

Cristo Rey
Directed by Leticia Tonos
(Dominican Republic/Haiti/France, 2013, 96 min.)
The universal legend of Romeo and Juliet provides a compelling framework for Dominican director Leticia Tonos to explore the recent escalation in historic tensions between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 7:15 p.m.

Swahili

Nairobi Half Life
Directed by David "Tosh" Gitonga
(Kenya, 2012, 96 min.)
A young man who leaves his village with the dream of pursuing an acting career in bustling Nairobi finds city life harsher than he imagined and becomes ensnared by a gang of thieves (Swahili and Kikuyu).
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 27, 7 p.m.

Last Edited on May 29, 2014