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Films - April 2018
















Beauty and the Dogs

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
(Tunisia/France/Sweden/Norway/Lebanon/Qatar/Switzerland, 2017, 100 min.)

Mariam, an attractive young Tunisian woman, starts off the evening in carefree spirits at a student party with her girlfriends, where she meets a handsome young man and goes for a walk with him on the beach in the moonlight. In the next scene, she is seen disheveled, running through the streets at night, flinching at every passing car, with her male companion trailing behind. She has been raped by police officers. But her harrowing ordeal has just begun

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., April 6



(Po strnisti bos)

Directed by Jan Svěrák
(Czech Republic, 2017, 111 min.)

Set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation, a young boy opens up a world of trouble when he inadvertently reveals that his father has been listening to resistance broadcasts from London. As a result, the Nazi requisition their apartment, and they are forced into exile in the countryside. Shot from the perspective of the 8-year-old boy, he finds his own adventures and discovers a new crop of friends during the extraordinary times (post-screening Q&A with the director).

The Avalon Theatre
Thu., April 12, 8 p.m.

Ice Mother
(Baba z ledu)

Directed by Bohdan Sláma
(Czech Republic, 2017, 106 min.)

It is long overdue for Hannah to jump into the water and see where the current leads. One day, after picking up her grandson at school, she stops alongside the river to watch some ice swimmers. When a man named Brona waves in distress, she rushes into the water to help. Brona offers Hannah a breath of fresh air and a taste of romance when he encourages her to try ice swimming.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., April 11, 8 p.m.

The Quartette


Directed by Miroslav Krobot
(Czech Republic, 2017, 93 min.)

Gathering around one table every evening like a family, the members of a string quartet rehearse for another concert. The somewhat incongruous foursome consists of the attractive cello player, her "mommy-dependent" boyfriend, the show-off and an aging history expert. But an awkward misunderstanding and sexual tensions put the fate of the quartet at risk.

The Avalon Theatre
Thu., April 12, 5:15 p.m.


7 Days in Entebbe

Directed by José Padilha
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 106 min.)

In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Directed by Alex Garland
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 115 min.)

Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling "Southern Reach Trilogy," "Annihilation" stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Black Panther

Directed by Ryan Coogler
(U.S., 2018)

T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Call Me By Your Name

Directed by Luca Guadagnino
(Italy/France/Brazil/U.S., 2017, 132 min.)

In Northern Italy in 1983, 17-year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage and the beguiling Italian landscape (English, Italian, French and German).

West End Cinema

The China Hustle

Directed by Jed Rothstein
(U.S., 2018, 84 min.)

This unsettling and eye-opening documentary follows a Wall Street web of fraud revolving Chinese companies, the American stock market, the 2008 financial crash and the opportunistic greed behind the biggest heist you've never heard of.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Darjeeling Limited

Directed by Wes Anderson
(U.S., 2007, 91 min.)

Having not spoken since the death of their father, three brothers set off on a train ride across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other.

AFI Silver Theatre
April 13 to 19

The Death of Stalin

Directed by Armando Iannucci
(U.K./Canada/France/Belgium, 2018, 107 min.)

Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

The Final Portrait

Directed by Stanley Tucci
(U.K., 2018, 90 min.)

In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. So begins not only the story of an offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, an insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process (English, French and Italian).

Angelika Mosaic

Finding Your Feet

Directed by Richard Loncraine
(U.K., 2018, 111 min.)

On the eve of her retirement, a middle-class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., April 6

Ghost Stories

Directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
(U.K., 2018, 98 min.)

Arch skeptic professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable "hauntings."

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., April 27

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Directed by Wes Anderson
(U.S./Germany, 2014, 100 min.)

An aged Zero Moustafa recounts the glory days of the now-faded Grand Budapest Hotel, and his tutelage under the legendary concierge Monsieur Gustave H. during the Interwar Years.

AFI Silver Theatre
April 20 to 26

Isle of Dogs

Directed by Wes Anderson
(U.S./Germany, 2018, 101 min.)

This animated adventure follows Atari Kobayashi, a 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Directed by Alison Chernick
(Israel/U.S., 2018, 82 min.)

Hailed as the world's greatest living violinist, Itzhak Perlman is presented in a highly personal light in this film, revealing his appealing personality and deep passion for music.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., April 6

Journey's End

Directed by Saul Dibb
(U.K., 2018, 107 min.)

This suspenseful, immersive war drama is set in March of 1918, as C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of northern France, led by war-weary Captain Stanhope. With a German offensive imminently approaching, the officers and their cook use food and the memories of their lives before the war to distract themselves, while Stanhope soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with the dread of the inevitable.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Lean on Pete

Directed by Andrew Haigh
(U.K., 2018, 121 min.)

A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., April 13

Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer
(U.K./Germany, 2018, 93 min.)

This documentary follows renowned British artist Andy Goldsworthy on his exploration of the world and himself through ephemeral and permanent workings on the landscape, cities and with his own body (English, Portuguese and French).

West End Cinema

The Leisure Seeker

Directed by Paolo Virzi
(Italy/France, 2018, 112 min.)

A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

New Chefs on the Block

Directed by Dustin Harrison-Atlas
(U.S., 2017, 96 min.)

This intimate, multi-year documentary portrait of two chefs and their staffs in Washington, D.C. — Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury and Frank Linn of Frankly...Pizza! — who struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Wed., April 4, 7 p.m.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight
(U.S./China, 2018, 111 min.)

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat (English and Mandarin).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

The Shape of Water

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
(U.S., 2017, 123 min.)

This otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, takes place in the hidden high-security government laboratory where lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Sweet Country

Directed by Warwick Thornton
(Australia, 2018, 113 min.)

In this Australian Western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., April 20

Tomb Raider

Directed by Roar Uthaug
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 118 min.)

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan (English and Cantonese).

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

The Watermelon Woman

Directed by Cheryl Dunye
(U.S., 1997, 90 min.)

Cheryl Dunye's trailblazing debut — the first feature film directed by and about an African American lesbian — centers on the protagonist's search for information about the fictional Fae Richards, a black actress from 1930s Hollywood.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 7, 2 p.m.

Women in Love

Directed by Ken Russell
(U.K., 1969, 131 min.)

Ken Russell's film adaptation of the celebrated D.H. Lawrence novel features Glenda Jackson in an Oscar-winning performance in the story of passionate relationships among a well-to-do social set in a post-World War I roaring '20s Midlands mining town.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., April 6, 7:10 p.m.,
Sun., April 8, 11:15 a.m.

A Wrinkle in Time

Directed by Ava DuVernay
(U.S., 2018, 109 min.)

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother and her friend to space in order to find him.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

You Were Never Here

Directed by Lynne Ramsay
(U.K./France/U.S., 2018, 90 min.)

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., April 13



Belle de Jour

Directed by Luis Buñuel
(France/Italy, 1968, 100 min.)

Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress's most iconic roles: Séverine, a seemingly virginal Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a high-class bordello, before returning home to her new husband (French, Spanish and Mongolian).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., April 13

The Crime of Monsieur Lange

Directed by Jean Renoir
(France, 1936, 83 min.)

Jean Renoir's breezy romantic comedy contains surprising depths of anti-fascist political awareness, as a greedy and grasping boss of a low-rent pulp publishing house, always dodging creditors and abusing his staff, disappears and is presumed dead. In his absence, the employees reorganize as a collective and love blooms, but is the boss really dead?

AFI Silver Theatre
April 20 to 26

Port of Shadows

Directed by Marcel Carné
(France, 1938, 91 min.)

Jean Gabin stars as an army deserter who's hitchhiked to Le Havre intending to get on a boat and flee the country. But once there, he becomes entangled in a dispute between two disreputable locals and ends up falling for one of their mistresses.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 7, 12 p.m.,
Tue., April 10, 7:15 p.m.


Directed by Martin Provost
(France/Belgium, 2008, 125 min.)

"Séraphine" focuses on the true story of Séraphine Louis, a middle-aged domestic living in the nineteenth century, whose deep love of and connection to the French countryside motivated her colorful paintings of flora and fauna. As her paintings garner admiration, Séraphine's mental decline and eventual institutionalization lead to the cessation of her art until she is reunited with her beloved nature (French, German and Latin).

National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 14, 2:30 p.m.

That Most Important Thing: Love

Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
(France/Italy/W. Germany, 1975, 109 min.)

This story of amour fou centers on a love triangle between Nadine, an actress employed in low-budget soft-core films; photographer-turned-producer Servais, who, infatuated with Nadine, plans to cast her in a production of "Richard III"; and Nadine's husband Jacques, who's not about to give up on his wife.

AFI Silver Theatre
April 9 to 12


Die Andere Heimat
(Home From Home)

Directed by Edgar Reitz
(Germany, 2014, 230 min.)

When, in the middle of the 19th century, famine, poverty and despotism oppressed the people of Europe, hundreds of thousands immigrated to distant South America. Against the background of this unforgotten drama, Edgar Reitz chronologically unfolds the story of longing in his new feature film.

Fri., April 27, 6:30 p.m.

When Paul Came Over the Sea

Directed by Jakob Preuss
(Germany, 2017, 93 min.)

Paul Nkamani is a migrant from Cameroon. He has made his way across the Sahara to the Moroccan coast where he lives in a forest, waiting for the right moment to cross the Mediterranean Sea. This is where he meets Jakob, a filmmaker from Berlin, who is researching a film about Europe's borders (German, French, Spanish and English).

Wed., April 11, 6:30 p.m.




Directed by Samuel Maoz
(Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France, 2017, 108 min.)

Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son. While his sedated wife rests, Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. He spirals into a whirlwind of anger, only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists — a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Bareilly Ki Barfi

Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
(India, 2017, 123 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

In a small town in in Uttar Pradesh, Bitti, a free spirit and a bit of a bohemian misfit, works at the electricity board, is a casual smoker, watches English movies and loves to breakdance — none of which are helping her parents to find her a suitable groom. Feeling pressured to change her lifestyle and start thinking about marriage, Bitti resolves to skip town completely, but when she stumbles upon a novel at the train station, she's surprised to find that the female protagonist is exactly like her.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 7, 3 p.m.


Directed by Abhay Chopra
(India, 2017, 105 min.)

Inspired by the eponymous 1969 film, "Ittefaq" is a gripping modern whodunit. A police officer investigates a double murder case with only two witnesses — both of whom are also prime suspects and both of whose stories seem true.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 8, 8:30 p.m.


Directed by Anurag Kashyap
(India, 2017, 153 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

Vital, insightful and thoroughly cinematic, Anurag Kashyap's "The Brawler" follows in the tradition of the all-time great boxing films, with a boldly Indian spin.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April l5, 2 p.m.


Directed by Amit Masurkar
(India, 2017, 106 min.)

As India, the world's largest democracy, braces itself for another general election — with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters and a budget of $5 billion — rookie government clerk Newton Kumar is entrusted with a deceptively simple task: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 7, 8 p.m.

Pad Man

Directed by R. Balki
(India, 2018, 140 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

Inspired by the life of Indian entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who revolutionized the manufacture of the low-cost sanitary napkin in India, this film akes a socially conscious approach to the traditional Bollywood comedy, with hilarious and thought-provoking results.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 14, 8:15 p.m.

Secret Superstar

Directed by Advait Chandan
(India, 2017, 150 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

Fourteen-year-old Insia dreams of becoming a singer, but her conservative and overbearing father doesn't see this as an apt aspiration for a young Muslim woman. When Insia's mother surreptitiously buys her a laptop, the budding composer begins secretly recording and posting her songs online, gaining overnight internet fame.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 8, 2:30 p.m.

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Directed by R.S. Prasanna
(India, 2017, 119 min.)

Mudit is a sweet young man with a stable job who feels like he's struck gold when he meets the no-nonsense Sugandha and they instantly hit it off. They're soon engaged, but when a premarital rendezvous reveals that Mudit suffers from erectile dysfunction, word gets out, and the entire wedding party is spun into a panic.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 15, 8 p.m.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Directed by Shree Narayan Singh
(India, 2017, 155 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

Go-getter Keshav woos liberal thinker Jaya, a woman from his neighboring village in Uttar Pradesh. They marry, but once the newlyweds cross the threshold, Jaya discovers that Keshav does not have a toilet in his home. Keshav, who submits to cultural norms, suggests that his new bride can just defecate outside when the time comes — which leads the modern-minded Jaya to file for a divorce. Fearing he will lose her, Keshav desperately sets out on a mission to win back his love.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 14, 2:30 p.m.



Directed by Ferenc Török
(Hungary, 2017, 91 min.)

In Hungary on a sweltering day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled "fragrances." The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back (Hungarian and Russian).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., April 6


Il Boom

Directed by Vittorio De Sica
(Italy, 1963, 85 min.)

Italy's postwar economy is booming, but Giovanni is drowning in debt and overspending to maintain his beloved wife Silvia's high standard of living. Approached by the imperious Signora Bausetti with a lucrative but unusual offer, Giovanni can't see how he can turn it down.

AFI Silver Theatre
April 17 to 19


The Eagle and the Hawk

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Japan, 1957, 115 min.)

In Umetsugu Inoue's follow-up to "The Winner," Yujiro Ishihara plays a seaman who joins the crew of a rusty cargo ship to avenge himself on his father's enemy. Also on board is another new hand with a secret, played by a buff, shirtless Rentaro Mikuni.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 13, 7 p.m.

The Green Music Box

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Japan, 1955, 90 min.)

The first feature-length theatrical film shot in Konicolor, The Green Music Box is based on the eponymous novel by Makoto Hojo. A musical action film for children, the movie typifies Umetsugu Inoue's creative use of color. It also marked the debut of fourteen-year-old Ruriko Asaoka, whose character becomes entangled with a spy trying to steal her father's secrets.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 15, 2 p.m.

Lady Snowblood

Directed by Toshiya Fujita
(Japan, 1973, 97 min.)

A major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" saga, this endlessly inventive film, set in late 19th-century Japan, charts the path of vengeance taken by a young woman whose parents were the victims of brutal criminals.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., April 4, 2 p.m.

Ramen Heads

Directed by Koki Shigeno
(Japan, 2018, 93 min.)

Ramen — the perfectly slurpable combination of broth and noodles — is considered an edible embrace, comforting ephemera and an art form by master chefs and legions of fans. Japan's reigning king of ramen, Osamu Tomita, takes us into his kitchen and deep into his world, revealing the secrets of every step of his obsessive process, sharing recipes, trade secrets and flavor philosophies.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Stormy Man a.k.a. The Guy Who Started a Storm

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Japan, 1957, 101 min.)

A young drummer employs both his hands and his fists in the Ginza jazz world. His younger brother supports his ambitions and helps find him a manager in Fukushima Miyako, who is as sassy and smart as she is gorgeous. Their mother, however, is stubbornly opposed to his choice of careers — a constant source of pain for him and of annoyance for the audience.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 6, 7:30 p.m.

The Winner

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Japan, 1957, 98 min.)

A punk kid tries boxing as a lark, gets the tar punched out of him and starts training for real. His manager is a former contender who sees the punk as way to realize a championship dream that he himself could never fulfill.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 8, 2 p.m.


Hong Kong Nocturne

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Hong Kong, 1967, 128 min.)

Hong Kong's mighty Shaw Brothers studio lent a new sheen to the territory's musicals in the mid-1960s when it brought in director Umetsugu Inoue from Japan. Three sisters, the backup troupe for their musician father on Hong Kong's nightclub circuit, become fed up with dad siphoning away their salaries and leave home to pursue ballet, screen stardom or marriage. The trio eventually overcome personal obstacles, band together and aim to hit the big time in the televised Hong Kong Music Lovers a-go-go stage show.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 20, 7 p.m.

King Drummer

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Hong Kong, 1967, 103 min.)

Riding on the success of "Hong Kong Nocturne," Umetsugu Inoue created this remake of his most successful Japanese film, "The Stormy Man." He updated its setting from Japan's flashy 1950s to Hong Kong's swinging '60s, a colorful world of glamorous nightclubs and sequin-clad jazz combos. Its plot concerns the competition between a successful but egotistical drummer and a poor hero from the sticks who threatens to take his place.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 22, 2 p.m.


A Fantastic Woman
(Una Mujer Fantástica)

Directed by Sebastián Lelio
(Chile/Germany/Spain/U.S., 2018, 104 min.)

Daniela Vega shines in a wonderful performance as a transgender nightclub singer, Marina, in love with Orlando, a successful businessman 20 years her senior. He has left his disapproving family to be with her, and they are planning a happy future together when Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, leaving Marina stunned and bereft. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is attacked and excluded.

West End Cinema

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