Films - February 2020

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Czech

Women on the Run
Directed by Martin Horsky
(Czech Republic, 2019, 93 min.)

A woman is determined to fulfill the last wish of her husband: running a marathon. The spirited mother of three never even ran a mile in her life, but she believes she can accomplish her goal. Together with her daughters, she will divide the route into four parts to overcome the 26.2-mile run as a family relay.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.

 

English

1917
Directed by Sam Mendes
(U.K./U.S., 2020, 119 min.)

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap (English, French and German).

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Assistant
Directed by Kitty Green
(U.S., 2020, 85 min.)

In this searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive, as Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 7

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Directed by Marielle Heller
(China/U.S., 2019)

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

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

 

Bombshell

Directed by Jay Roach
(Canada/U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

A group of women decide to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Certified Copy
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(France/Italy/Belgium/Iran, 2010, 106 min.)

British intellectual James (meets French shopkeeper Elle (Juliette Binoche) after he gives a reading in a Tuscan town. Walking and talking their way through the beautiful surroundings, the pair begin to playact as lovers, a charade they carry to surprisingly great lengths (English, French and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Feb. 23, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Feb. 25, 7:15 p.m.

 

Citizen K
Directed by Alex Gibney
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 126 min.)

This intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia is seen from the perspective of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oligarch turned political dissident. Benefitting from the chaos that ensued after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Khodorkovsky was able became the richest man in Russia. But when he accused the new Putin regime of corruption, Khodorkovsky was arrested and following a series of show trials, he was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. Today, as an exile living in London, he continues to speak out against Putin's two-decade stranglehold on power (English and Russian).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Color Out of Space

Directed by Richard Stanley
(Portugal/U.S./Malaysia, 2020, 111 min.)

After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Emma

Directed by Autumn de Wilde
(U.K., 2020)

Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 28

 

Dark Waters

Directed by Todd Haynes
(U.S., 2019, 126 min.)

Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world's largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything — his future, his family and his own life — to expose the truth.

West End Cinema

 

Downhill
Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
(U.S., 2020, 86 min.)

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

 

The Gentlemen
Directed by Guy Ritchie
(U.S., 2020, 113 min.)

This star-studded sophisticated action comedy follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business forever, it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Gholam
Directed by Mitra Tabrizian
(UK/Iran, 2018, color, 94 min.)

Set in Londo''s Iranian exile community during the 2011 Arab Spring, a taxi driver with a mysterious past is drawn into Iran's political turmoil, no matter how hard he tries to resist (English and Farsi).

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.

 

A Hidden Life
Directed by Terrence Malick
(Germany/U.S., 2019, 173 min.)

Based on real events, Franz Jägerstätter refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife and children that keeps his spirit alive (English, German and Italian).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Jojo Rabbit
Directed by Taika Waititi
(Germany/U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

This World War II satire follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose worldview is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

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

 

Just Mercy
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
(U.S., 2020, 137 min.)

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
The Avalon Theatre

 

Knives Out
Directed by Rian Johnson
(U.S., 2019, 130 min.)

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate (English and Spanish).

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Little Women
Directed by Greta Gerwig
(U.S., 2019, 134 min.)

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
The Avalon Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Ordinary Love
Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn
(U.K., 2020, 92 min.)

Joan and Tom have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship that only comes from spending a life time together and a depth of love that expresses itself through tenderness and humor in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to Joan.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 21

 

Seberg
Directed by Benedict Andrews
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

Inspired by real events, in the late 1960s, Hoover's FBI targets French New Wave icon Jean Seberg because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal (English and French).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 28

 

Uncut Gems
Directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
(U.S., 2019, 135 min.)

A charismatic New York City jeweler, always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Directed by Rob Garver
(U.S., 2019, 98 min.)

The New Yorker's film critic Pauline Kael (1919-2001), often considered the most influential of all time, battled to make her mark — fueled by brilliance, unshakable self-confidence, a complicated past and a deep love of the arts.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

 

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
Directed by Alison Reid
(Canada, 2020; 83 min.)

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild, becoming one of the first people to ever observe and report on animal behavior.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

 

Farsi

24 Frames
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 2017, 114 min.)

Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Abbas Kiarostami selected 24 still images — most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife — and digitally animated each one into its own subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignette, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception and time.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 23, 1 p.m.

 

And Life Goes On aka Life, And Nothing More
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1992, 95 min.)

In 1990, the Koker region where Abbas Kiarostami filmed a 1987 movie was devastated by a massive earthquake. In this meta-fictional investigation of truth and representation, actors playing Kiarostami and his son return to Koker to track down the boys who starred in the previous film.

AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 9 to 11

 

Close-up
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1990, 98 min.)

This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event — the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf — as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation and existence.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m.

 

Homework
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1989, 86 min.)

In Abbas Kiarostami's second documentary feature about education, the filmmaker interviews a succession of invariably cute first- and second-graders about their home situations and the schoolwork they must do there. It emerges that numerous parents are illiterate. Tellingly, many kids can define punishment (the corporal variety seems common) but not encouragement.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m.

 

Just 6.5
Directed by Saeed Roustayi
(Iran, 2019, 135 min.)

Payman Maadi plays a detective determined to nab a notorious drug kingpin in a caper that dominated Iran's box office and won the audience award at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran. It's easy to see why: "Just 6.5" is a nonstop thrill ride with a sincere social message at its heart.

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

 

Like Someone in Love
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Japan/France, 2012, 109 min.)

With this simple story of the growing bond between a young student and part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client, Abbas Kiarostami constructs an enigmatic but crystalline investigation of affection and desire.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Feb. 24, 7:15 p.m.,
Wed., Feb. 26, 7:15 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m.

 

Shirin
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 2008, 92 min.)

Set entirely in a movie theater showing an adaptation of a 12-century poem by Nezami Ganjavi — never actually glimpsed but heard throughout — "Shirin" surveys in a succession of close-ups the reactions of those raptly watching the tragic love story, an audience made up of more than 110 actresses, including Juliette Binoche.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m.

 

Taste of Cherry
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1997, 95 min.)

Mr. Badii, a middle-age man, drives through a barren landscape, looking for someone to agree to bury him after he commits suicide the following morning. Badii is eerily calm about his decision to end his life, despite the entreaties of each of the three candidates he tries to persuade. Their conversations become an evolving philosophical argument about the value of life in the face of death.

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Feb. 18, 7:15 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 20, 7:15 p.m.

 

Ten
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 2002, 94 min.)

As she roams the streets of Tehran in her car, a recently divorced woman chauffeurs a rotating cast of passengers, from her combative young son to a heartbroken wife abandoned by her husband to a defiant young sex worker going about her job.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m.

 

Through the Olive Trees
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(France/Iran, 1994, 103 min.)

An actor, playing director Abbas Kiarostami, is looking for amateur actors to star in a film. The couple he chooses, however, has a history that repeatedly and humorously thwarts the filmmaker's ambitions: The woman recently spurned the man's marriage proposal and is forbidden by family and tradition from speaking to him, except within the fictional world of the film.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Feb. 17, 7:15 p.m.,
Wed., Feb. 19, 7:15 p.m.

 

Where Is the Friend's House?
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1987, 83 min.)

Ahmed, a young boy, is on a mission to return a notebook to his classmate after he takes it home by mistake. The students' fiery teacher has decreed that homework must always be done in the same book, and Ahmed is desperate to save his friend from being expelled.

AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 8 to 12

 

The Wind Will Carry Us
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran/France, 1999, 118 min.)

A journalist posing as an engineer travels to a remote Kurdish village with a secret aim: to record an ancient mourning ritual for a dying, century-old woman. When the woman stubbornly refuses to die, the "engineer" is forced to slow down and interact with the town's inhabitants (Farsi and Kurdish).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Feb. 22, 2 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

 

French

Les Misérables
Directed by Ladj Ly
(France, 2019, 102 min.)

A cop from the provinces moves Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between different groups mark the rhythm (in French and Bambara).

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

 

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Directed by Céline Sciamma
(France, 2020, 121 min.)

In 18th-century France, a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding (in French and Italian).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

 

Sagan
Directed by Dianne Kurys
(France, 2008, 117 min.)

In 1958, renowned French author Françoise Sagan was 28 years when her debut novel "Bonjour Tristesse" made her rich and famous. Starting from the writer's road to fame, the movie explores Sagan's hedonistic lifestyle, from her drug use and alcoholism to her gambling and complex love affairs.

La Maison Française – Embassy of France
Tue., Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

 

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

Winner of the 2009 César Award for Best Film, "Séraphine" by Martin Provost dips in and out in the chaotic life of the little-known yet incredibly brilliant French painter, Séraphine Louis (1864-1942), who is masterfully interpreted by Yolande Moreau.

La Maison Française – Embassy of France
Tue., Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

German

Balloon
Directed by Michael Herbig
(Germany, 2020, 125 min.)

This thriller is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War. In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each (German and English).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Feb. 28

 

Hindi

Sholay
Directed by G.P. Shippy
(India, 1975, 204 min.)

Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra star as a pair of criminals hired by a retired cop to capture a ruthless bandit. This landmark film injected themes from Hollywood westerns and action movies into Bollywood's already irresistible mix of over-the-top drama, infectious songs and spectacular dance numbers.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 15, 2 p.m.

 

Italian

The Traitor
Directed by Marco Bellocchio
(Italy/France/Germany/Brazil, 2020, 145 min.)

"The Traitor" chronicles the real life of Tommaso Buscetta, the so-called "boss of the two worlds" and the first mafia informant in 1980s Sicily (Italian, Sicilian, Portuguese and English).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 7

 

Japanese

Kuroneko
Directed by Kaneto Shindo
(Japan, 1968, 99 min.)

In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., Feb. 5, 2 p.m.

 

Korean

Parasite
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
(South Korea, 2019, 132 min.)

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. But when a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out.

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

 

Russian

Beanpole
Directed by Kantemir Balagov
(Russia, 2020, 130 min.)

In 1945 Leningrad, World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and spiritually. Although the siege — one of the worst in history — is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two women, intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Feb. 21

The Color of Pomegranates
Directed by Sergei Parajanov
(Soviet Union, 1969, 75 min.)

Mingling tableaux, ritual, metaphor, music and poetry, the film attempts to recount the inner life of 18th-century Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat Nova while following his story from childhood through death. Preceding the feature is the American premiere of "Kiev Frescoes" (1966, 13 minutes), a restored short film by Parajanov is composed of outtakes from an uncompleted film project. (Special thanks go to PostClassical Ensemble and the Embassy of Armenia.)

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 29, 1 p.m.

 

Spanish

Pain & Glory
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
(Spain, 2019, 113 min.)

Antonio Banderas plays Salvador Mallo, a film director in physical decline who reflects on his past as his present comes crashing down around him.

West End Cinema

 

Turkish

Honeyland
Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
(North Macedonia, 2019, 86 min.)

Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice (Turkish, Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian).

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 5, 8 p

Last Edited on January 31, 2020