December 2018

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Cover Story

Czech Ambassador Charts Country's
Future in an Uncertain Europe

a5.czech.prague.birdseye.homeHynek Kmoníček, an ex-musician who collects hot sauces and has killed a crocodile, isn't your typical ambassador. But neither is his Czech homeland, as the prosperous former Soviet satellite seems to be turning its back on the European Union in favor of Russia. But Kmoníček insists that a strong Europe is no threat to Western democracy. Read More

People of World Influence

Veteran Ambassador Warns Against
U.S. Retreat in Afghanistan, Iraq

a1.powi.neumann.profile.homeAs a career diplomat who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and as a former Army infantry officer who fought in Vietnam, Ambassador Ronald Neumann has seen firsthand how American defense and diplomacy can succeed and fail. He's also seen U.S. administrations often fail to finish what they started. Read More


SPECIAL REPORT

EXCLUSIVE: Envoys to Myanmar Take
Nuanced View of Rohingya Crisis

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In an exclusive report, ambassadors from the U.S., European Union and Japan reflect on the difficulties of responding to the atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya minority without derailing the country's fragile democratic transition. Read More


Oman in the Middle

Peacemaker Sultan Qaboos Faces
Growing Pressure to Pick Sides

a3.oman.kerry.qaboos.homeOman has long played a quiet but influential role in the region as an honest broker, walking a fine line between competing interests. But as the U.S. and Saudi Arabia increasingly put the squeeze on Iran, Oman is finding it harder to maintain this precarious balancing act. Read More


Hungary's Economic Argument

Spokesman Defends Hungary Against
Criticism, Touting Economic Successes

a4.hungary.parliament.dusk.homeAs Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán comes under now-routine fire among critics in the West for his embrace of "illiberal democracy," his government spokesman has embarked on a charm offensive to counter the criticism and paint a very different picture of his boss. Read More


The Immigrant Dream

Pakistani Immigrants Advance to
Become Washington Powerbrokers

a6.mahmood.couple.homeThe story of Ray and Shaista Mahmood is a familiar one: newly arrived immigrants looking for opportunity; scrambling like so many before them to get a foothold; eager to realize the American dream. And realize that dream they did. Read More


Nordic Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Nobel Peace Prize Presented
To Two Women's Rights Advocates

a7.nordic.mukwege.nobel.homeThe Nobel Peace Prize will be presented this month in Oslo to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Both have taken great risk to give a strong voice and a helping hand to the victims of unimaginable horrors. Read More


Medical

CDC Probe Continues as Cases
Of Polio-Like Illness Rise in Kids

a8.medical.acm.child.homeNinety confirmed cases of a mysterious polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) continue to mount in 27 states in the U.S., leaving CDC researchers and health officials scrambling to figure out the cause. Read More


   

Veteran Ambassador Says U.S. Shouldn’t Give Up on Afghanistan, Iraq — Or Diplomacy

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By Ryan R. Migeed

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Exclusive: EU, Japanese and U.S. Envoys Discuss Complexities of Responding to Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis

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By Paige Aarhus

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Peacemaker Sultan Qaboos Faces Growing Pressure from Saudi Arabia, U.S. to Pick Sides

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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Spokesman Defends Hungary Against Criticism, Touting Economic Successes

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Czech Ambassador Charts Country’s Future in an Uncertain Europe

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By Larry Luxner

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Pakistani Immigrants Work Their Way Up to Become Washington Powerbrokers

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By John Lennon

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Op-Ed: Two Women’s Rights Advocates Show Enduring Importance of Peace Prize

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By Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

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CDC Probe Continues as Cases of Polio-Like Illness Rise in Kids

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By Dennis Thompson

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Give the Gift of Lasting Memories This Year, Plus a Few Extras

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Complementary ‘Japan Modern’ Exhibits Document Rapidly Modernizing Nation

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Portuguese Economist Enjoys Multicultural Diversions of D.C.

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By Gail Scott

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British Artist Rachel Whiteread Gives Shape to Negative Space

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By Mike Crowley

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Swedish Photographer Offers Rare Look Inside New York’s Iconic Studio 54

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By David Jahng

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Billy Elliot Shatters Stereotypes While Dancing into Our Hearts

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Films - December 2018

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By Cari

 

Languages

Bulgarian

Danish

Finnish

Hungarian

Latvian

Portuguese

Spanish


Catalan

Dutch

French

Italian

Lithuanian

Rhaetian

Swedish


Croatian

English

German

Japanese

Norwegian

Romanian

Yakut

Czech

Estonian

Greek

Korean

Polish

Slovenian

 

 

Bulgarian

Omnipresent
(Vezdesushtiyat)

Directed by Ilian Djevelekov
(Bulgaria, 2017, 120 min.)

Emil has it all. He is a successful writer and owner of a small ad agency, with a wife and teenage son. But when his ailing father asks him to install a hidden camera after a few antiques go missing, Emil is hooked. With cameras now in his home, office, bathroom and even his wife's therapy practice, Emil knows more than he should (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 16, 9:05 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 17, 9:10 p.m.

 

Catalan

Distances
(Las distancias)

Directed by Elena Trapé
(Spain, 2018, 99 min.)

When longtime friends Olivia, Eloi, Guille and Anna travel to Berlin to surprise their college classmate Comas for his 35th birthday, he is less than pleased to see them. During their weekend together, the group tries to revive the closeness of their student years, but contradictions and tensions emerge as they slowly come to realize that Comas's life in Berlin is not what he'd made it out to be (Catalan, English, Spanish and German; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Dec. 4, 7:15 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 5, 9:10 p.m.

 

Croatian

The Eighth Commissioner
(Osmi povjerenik)

Directed by Ivan Salaj
(Croatia, 2018, 139 min.)

an ambitious politician embroiled in a front-page scandal is shipped off to a remote island, where, as its newly appointed state commissioner, he must organize the local elections and whip the government into shape on an island without internet or phone service (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 9, 7:05 p.m.,
Fri., Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m.

 

Czech

Winter Flies
(Vsechno bude)

Directed by Olmo Omerzu
(Czech Republic/Slovenia/Poland/Slovakia/France, 2018, 85 min.)

In the dead of winter, the naïve and energetic Heduš runs into his stoic pal Mára and convinces him to go on a road trip to nowhere in a stolen Audi in this coming-of-age, comedic road movie (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatr
Sun., Dec. 16, 11:05 a.m.,
Tue., Dec. 18, 7:15 p.m.

Danish

Becoming Astrid
(Unga Astrid)

Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen
(Sweden/Denmark, 2-18, 123 min.)

Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children's books and creator of Pippi Longstocking, struggles for independence in 1920s Sweden. Dying of boredom on her strict family's farm, she entertains her many siblings with tall tales, roaming the forests and fields instead of doing her chores. She jumps at the chance to work at the local newspaper office, where she is romanced by the handsome, married, but soon-to-be-divorced editor Blomberg. Learning some hard life lessons, Astrid nevertheless finds within herself the courage to carry on, creating new worlds through her empathy and talent for storytelling (Danish and Swedish).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 30

That Time of Year
(Den tid pa aret)

Directed by Paprika Steen
(Denmark, 2018, 101 min.)

Katrine prepares to host her annual Christmas Eve family dinner, but this year is shaping up to be the most stressful yet: her teenage daughter is giving her more attitude than usual; her divorced parents start bickering immediately; while her other sister, just out of rehab, surprises everyone by showing up with a brand-new husband and stepdaughter (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 15, 3 p.m.

 

Dutch

Love Revisited
(Oude liefde)

Directed by Nicole Van Kilsdonk
(Netherlands/Belgium, 2017, 99 min.)

In this highly untraditional tale of forbidden romance, sixtysomethings Fer and Fransje are long-divorced when the sudden death of their forty-year-old son unexpectedly brings them back together (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 1, 12:15 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 4, 5:10 p.m.

 

English

On the Basis of Sex

Directed by Mimi Leder
(U.S., 2018, 120 min.)

This is the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Tue., Dec. 25

Black '47

Directed by Lance Daly
(Ireland/Luxembourg, 2018, 100 min.)

Lance Daly pulls off the unthinkable with this brutal revenge Western — set in 1847 Ireland during the worst year of the Great Famine — creating an insightful thriller that melds genre conventions with gritty realism and historical critique (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 2, 5 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 4, 9:45 p.m.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Directed by Bryan Singer
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 134 min.)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Directed by Marielle Heller
(U.S., 2018, 106 min.)

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer who finds herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, so she turns her art form to deception.

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

Chef Flynn

Directed by Cameron Yates
(U.S., 2018, 82 min.)

Ten-year-old Flynn transforms his living room into a supper club using his classmates as line cooks. With sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

At Eternity's Gate

Directed by Julian Schnabel
(Switzerland/U.K./France/U.S., 2018, 110 min.)

"At Eternity's Gate" is a journey inside the world of a man who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art. It is based on Vincent van Gogh's (Willem Dafoe) personal letters and common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay and moments that are just plain invented.

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

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Directed by David Yates
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 134 min.)

The second of five all-new adventures in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World finds the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings (English and French).

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
(Ireland/U.K./U.S., 2018, 119 min.)

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. But when a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Angelika Mosaic

Free Solo

Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
(U.S., 2018, 100 min.)

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Angelika Mosaic
West End Cinema

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Directed by Fede Alvarez
(U.K./Germany/Sweden/Canada/U.S., 2018, 117 min.)

Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Green Book

Directed by Peter Farrelly
(U.S., 2-18, 130 min.)

When Tony, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger — as well as unexpected humanity and humor — they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime (English, Italian, Russian and German).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Mary Queen of Scots

Directed by Josie Rourke
(U.K., 2018, 124 min.)

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Queen of Scots defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Dec. 14

Overlord

Directed by Julius Avery
(U.S., 2018, 110 min.)

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that's crucial to the invasion's success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

A Private War

Directed by Matthew Heineman

(U.K./U.S., 2018, 110 min.)

In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London's elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she's witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

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

Ray & Liz

Directed by Richard Billingham
(U.K., 2018, 108 min.)

Inspired by his own upbringing in the Black Country, west of Birmingham, Britain, this film is named for Richard Billingham's highly dysfunctional parents and comprises three episodes in the family's life, spanning the early 1980s to the late 2000s (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 15, 10 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 19, 7:15 p.m.

Robin Hood

Directed by Otto Bathurst
(U.S., 2018, 116 min.)

A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography and a timeless romance.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Stan & Ollie

Directed by Jon S. Baird
(U.K./Canada/U.S., 2018, 97 min.)

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly bring their brilliant comedic chops to bear as legendary comedy duo Stan "Laurel" and Ollie "Hardy" in this hilarious road movie recounting the pair's famed 1953 "farewell" tour of Britain and Ireland (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Vice

Directed by Adam McKay
(U.S., 2018)

"Vice" explores how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as vice president to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways still felt today.

Opens Fri., Dec. 25

Widows

Directed by Steve McQueen
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 129 min.)

Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

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

Wildlife

Directed by Paul Dano

(U.S., 2018, 104 min.)

In 1960s Montana, an unemployed father decides to join the cause of fighting a nearby wildfire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, 14-year-old Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Estonian

Take It or Leave It
(Vota voi jata)

Directed by Liina Trishkina
(Estonia, 2018, 102 min.)

A thirtysomething construction worker hasn't seen his ex-girlfriend in six months when he gets the news that she is going into labor with his child, but has decided she is not ready for motherhood. So he is determined to be a single father to a daughter he never knew existed (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Dec. 3, 7 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 6, 5:10 p.m.

 

Finnish

Euthanizer
(Armomurhaaja)

Directed by Teemu Nikki
(Finland, 2017, 85 min.)

Pitch-black humor meets Nordic noir and animal rights advocacy as a reclusive mechanic with a second job as a black-market pet euthanizer engages in a side project doling out vigilante justice to neglectful animal owners (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 9, 9:40 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 10, 9:30 p.m.

 

French

Angel
(Un Ange)

Directed by Koen Mortier
(Belgium/Netherlands/Senegal, 2018, 105 min.)

After a drug scandal calls his reputation into question, world-famous Belgian cyclist Thierry goes on holiday with his brother to Dakar, where he meets a headstrong Senegalese sex worker who eschews the labels given to her profession and works to unite her colleagues against social stigmas (French and Wolof; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Dec. 10, 7:05 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 11, 9:25 p.m.

Eva

Directed by Benoît Jacquot
(France/Belgium, 2018, 100 min.)

Gaspard Ulliel is a hot young playwright with a potentially career-destroying skeleton in his closet. Isabelle Huppert is the mysterious call-girl with whom he begins a series of meetings, initially for "research" purposes but increasingly for more dangerous games of cat and mouse (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 14, 7:15 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 16, 1:05 p.m.

A Faithful Man

Directed by Louis Garrel
(France, 2018, 75 min.)

When Abel is abandoned by his girlfriend Marianne for his best friend Paul (the father of her unborn child), the hapless young man accepts the devastating news and moves on. Years later, Paul unexpectedly dies, and the two meet again. As they begin to rekindle their romance, however, Paul's alluring younger sister and Marianne's highly suspicious young son throw things off course (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 11, 7:15 p.m.

Girl

Directed by Lukas Dhont
(Belgium/Netherlands, 2018, 109 min.)

Lara is a 15-year-old ballet dancer doing her best to fit in while standing out. Among her peers, family and friends, her trans identity is rarely an issue as she transitions from her assigned gender into adulthood (French and Flemish; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 2, 12:15 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 4, 9:45 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 6, 7:05 p.m.

Knife + Heart
(Un couteau dans le coeur)

Directed by Yann Gonzalez
(France/Mexico/Switzerland, 2018, color, 110 min.)

This campy erotic thriller is set in the seedy milieu of the gay porn demimonde of Paris in the 1970s, where director/producer Anne aspires to be an underground auteur, working closely with her stock company of carefully selected "real men" actors and a former lover with whom she's still self-destructively obsessed (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 8, 10:20 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 13, 10 p.m.

Non-Fiction
(Doubles vies)

Directed by Olivier Assayas
(France, 2018 108 min.)

Olivier Assayas' smart dramedy set in the publishing world deftly balances a serious, informed debate about the future of publishing in the digital age against the romantic foibles, workaday stresses and crazy-making tendencies of the characters' messy lives (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.,

Sun., Dec. 9, 2:10 p.m.

Sorry Angel
(Plair, aimer et courir vite)

Directed by Christophe Honoré
(France, 2018, 132 min.)

In this intimate, disarming romance set against the vibrant backdrop of gay life in early 1990s France, Jacques is a worldly-wise HIV-positive writer living in Paris — and not expecting to find love. When he meets a curious, self-assured university student from Brittany, sparks fly (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 2, 7:45 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

 

German

Angelo

Directed by Markus Schleinzer
(Austria/Luxembourg, 2018, 111 min.)

Angelo Soliman is kidnapped from sub-Saharan Africa as a child in the 1720s, purchased from the slave market by a wealthy Austrian countess and raised and educated to be a "court Moor," a courtier/entertainer/exotic status symbol for the household (German and French; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 9, 4:25 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 12, 9:15 p.m.

In My Room

Directed by Ulrich Köhler
(Germany/Italy, 2018, 119 min.)

A fortysomething cameraman slacking his way through life in Berlin still clings to the days of his youth. After going back home to help with his ailing grandfather at the insistence of his father, he gets a chance to reinvent himself when he wakes up to find that he is inexplicably the last human alive on Earth (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Nov. 30, 10 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 3, 9:10 p.m.

The Interpreter

Directed by Martin Sulík
(Slovakia/Czech Republic/Austria, 2018, 113 min.)

Octogenarian translator Ali is on a quest for vengeance after stumbling across the identity of the former SS officer he believes murdered his parents. But instead of finding the man who pulled the trigger, he meets the officer's son in this poignant odd-couple dramedy (German, English, Slovak and Russian; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 9, 4:45 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 11, 7:05 p.m.

Joy

Directed by Sudabeh Mortezai
(Austria, 2018, 99 min.)

Joy is a Nigerian immigrant working as a prostitute in Vienna who reluctantly has taken the newest arrival at the brothel, Precious, under her wing (German and English; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 14, 5:10 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 16, 7 p.m.

Never Look Away

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
(Germany/Italy, 2018, 188 min.)

Kurt, a talented young artist from Dresden, finds the GDR and its totalitarian state machinery stifling to his art. Emigrating to Düsseldorf in the West, Kurt makes a new life for himself, but finds that events, and people, from his past will always have a grip on him (German and Russian; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 16, 3:15 p.m.

The Silent Revolution
(Das schweigende klassenzimmer)

Directed by Lars Kraume
(Germany, 2018, 111 min.)

In 1956 East Berlin, a classroom of high school students stages two minutes of silence in solidarity with the Hungarian Uprising recently crushed by the Soviet army — which is simultaneously an amusing prank to pull on their uptight teacher. But things escalate as the students are referred to the GDR's education minister, who is intent on throwing the book at these would-be counter-revolutionaries (German and Russian; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 1, 3 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 6, 7:15 p.m.

Styx

Directed by Wolfgang Fischer
(Germany/Austria, 2018, 94 min.)

In this taut and timely nautical thriller, a German doctor encounters a wrecked trawler filled with refugees while on a solo sailing trip to Ascension Island. Alone, save for an SSB radio, she quickly becomes torn between maritime law and her own moral compass (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 2, 9 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 3, 9:35 p.m.

Transit

Directed by Christian Petzold
(Germany/France, 2018, 101 min.)

This exquisite adaptation of the 1942 novel about German refugees trying to escape Nazi-occupied France gains additional resonance from Christian Petzold's decision to eschew any '40s period trappings, instead telling the tale in modern-day Marseille (German and French; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 10, 7:10 p.m.

The Waldheim Waltz

Directed by Ruth Beckermann
(Austria, 2018, 93 min.)

After serving as U.N. Secretary General from 1972 to 1981, Kurt Waldheim was elected president of Austria in 1986. But it was a controversial election, as new details about Waldheim's service in the Nazi Wehrmacht in Greece and Yugoslavia during World War II came to light (German and French; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Dec. 3, 7:05 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 5, 7:05 p.m.

 

Greek

Pity

Directed by Babis Makridis
(Greece/Poland, 2018, 97 min.)

With his wife in a coma and his life in a rut, a sullen, nameless everyman soon finds himself addicted to his own sadness — with those around him continually throwing pity his way. But what will he do if his wife wakes up? (European Union Film Showcase)

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Dec. 5, 7:15 p.m.,
Sat., Dec. 8, 12 p.m.

Smuggling Hendrix

Directed by Marios Piperides
(Cyprus, 2018, 93 min.)

Loafing man-child Yiannis is about to leave his fading music career and broken relationship on the Greek Cypriot side of Nicosia for a new life in Holland. But his dog, Jimi, has other plans. When the pup wanders across the U.N. buffer zone and into the Turkish side of the divided city, Yiannis is forced to enlist a trans-border band of misfits to skirt EU law and get the pooch back (Greek and Turkish; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 1, 5:10 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 5, 5:10 p.m.

 

Hungarian

The Butcher, the Whore and the One-Eyed Man
(A hentes, a kurva es a felszemu)

Directed by János Szász
(Hungary, 2017, 105 min.)

In this moody true crime story from 1920s Budapest, local meat-packing magnate Ferenc falls madly in love with Mici, a former prostitute married to disabled former gendarme Gusztáv, who now toils in Ferenc's plant. For a while, the couple extract a fee from Ferenc for Mici's services, but then attempt and fail to kill him (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 7, 9:30 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 13, 9 p.m.

Jupiter's Moon
(Jupiter holdja)

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó
(Hungary/Germany/France, 2017, 129 min.)

Syrian refugee Aryan is crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary with his father when he's suddenly gunned down by a trigger-happy border guard. In his wounded state, he discovers he can now mysteriously levitate at will. How should he use these new powers? (European Union Film Showcase)

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 14, 9:20 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 19, 9:30 p.m.

The Whiskey Bandit
(A viszkis)

Directed by Nimród Antal
(Hungary, 2017, 126 min.)

In the 1990s, an unknown bandit pulled off a string of daring, daylight bank robberies in and around Budapest, eluding the befuddled police, who had no leads save for one identifying trait: the faint aroma of whiskey the tellers noticed on the thief (Hungarian and Romanian; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 1, 10 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 6, 9:20 p.m.

Italian

Boys Cry
(La terra dell'abbastanza)

Directed by Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
(Italy, 2018, 95 min.)

Manolo and Mirko are pizza delivery boys on the outskirts of Rome, itching for something to happen. And then it does. When the pair are involved in a hit and run and learn they have killed a marked man, inadvertently doing the local mafiosi a great service, Manolo's wannabe-mobster father jumps at the chance to get his son in with the crime bosses (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Dec. 5, 9:30 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 6, 9:30 p.m.

Dogman

Directed by Matteo Garrone
(Italy/France, 2018, 103 min.)

In a picturesquely dilapidated seaside town outside of Naples, a gentle dog groomer deals cocaine on the side in order to make ends meet and raise his young daughter (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Dec. 7, 7:15 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 11, 9 p.m.

Euphoria
(Euforia)

Directed by Valeria Golino
(Italy, 2018, 115 min.)

This riveting drama centers around two very different brothers forced back into each other's lives when one is diagnosed with a brain tumor (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 3, 7:15 p.m.

Loro

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
(Italy/France, 2018, 150 min.)

In this eye-popping, surreal skewering of early 21st-century Italy, Media scandal-plagued ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's milieu of unfettered wealth, raucous "bunga bunga" parties and cutthroat political power games are told in counterpoint to that of an ambitious wannabe desperate to impress Berlusconi and enter the big time (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 9, 6:45 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Lucia's Grace

Directed by Gianni Zanasi
(Italy, 2018, 110 min.)

Pressed to rush things through so that an ambitious architect's new building can break ground, single-mom land surveyor Lucia grinds things to a halt first after the Virgin Mary appears to her in the field and commands her to build a church instead (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 2, 4:45 p.m.,
Wed,. Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

Japanese

11/25: The Day Mishima Chose His Own Fate

Directed by Koji Wakamatsu
(Japan, 2012, 119 min.)

Like "United Red Army," Koji Wakamatsu's final film looks back at political extremism in Japan during the height of his "pink" film career. Where "United Red Army" looked at the far left, 11/25 examines the far right by recreating the day of novelist Yukio Mishima's failed coup and suicide by seppuku.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m.

Dodes'ka-den

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
(Japan, 1970, 144 min.)

Tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa's first color film follows the daily lives of people barely scraping by in a slum on Tokyo's outskirts.

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

Ecstasy of the Angels

Directed by Koji Wakamatsu
(Japan, 1972, 89 min.)

After being betrayed by their leaders, a group of radical political activists turns on each other in a paranoid frenzy in this ultimate expression of Koji Wakamatsu's distinct blend of extreme politics, sex and experimentation.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

United Red Army

Directed by Koji Wakamatsu
(Japan, 2007, 190 min.)

This uncompromising docudrama charts the trajectory of Japan's radical left from its beginnings in the idealistic student movements of the 1960s to the rise and collapse of the United Red Army.

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

Korean

Burning

Directed by Chang-dong Lee
(South Korea, 2018, 148 min.)

"Burning" is the searing examination of Jongsu, an alienated young man whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: Haemi, a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and Ben, a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns from a trip with. When Jongsu learns of Ben's mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Latvian

Homo Novus

Directed by Anna Viduleja
(Latvia, 2018, 123 min.)

In 1930s Riga, if you aren't part of the in-crowd of the bohemian art scene, you might as well put away your brushes. A poor young artist from the rural outskirts is determined to break into the scene, and finds the love his life at a party on his very first night in town in this hilarious and touching historical tale (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 1, 12 p.m.,
Fri., Dec. 7, 3 p.m.

Lithuanian

Acid Forest
(Rugstus Miskas)

Directed by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
(Lithuania, 2018, 63 min.)

This observational documentary experiment takes place in one of the strangest tourist attractions in the world: a dying forest full of cormorants actively killing off the trees with their acid-fortified droppings along the border of Lithuania and Russia (Lithuanian, English, German and French; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 2, 12 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 3, 5:45 p.m.

Norwegian

The Quake

Directed by John Andreas Andersen
(Norway, 2018, 106 min.)

In 1904 an earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale shook Oslo, with an epicenter in the "Oslo Graben," which runs under the Norwegian capital. There are now signs that indicate that we can expect a major future earthquake in Oslo.

Landmark's Theatres

 

Polish

Another Day of Life
(Jeszcze dzien zycia)

Directed by Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow
(Poland/Spain/Germany/Belgium/Hungary, 2018, 85 min.(

Based on the eponymous memoir by famed Polish war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński, this stunningly crafted, graphic-novel-style biopic traces the journalist's experiences of the 1975 Angolan civil war during a three-month period in which he travelled from the capital of Luanda across the war-torn country in search of a renowned rebel (Polish, English, Portuguese and Spanish; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 8, 12:30 p.m.,
Thu., Dec. 13, 7:05 p.m.

Cold War
(Zimna wojna)

Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
(Poland/France/UK, 2018, 88 min.)

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War in Poland, East Germany, Yugoslavia and France, this music-drenched love story follows a pair of star-crossed lovers from their first fateful meeting in post-World War II Poland (Polish, French, German, Croatian, Italian and Russian; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Mug
(Twarz)

Directed by Malgorzata Szumowska
(Poland, 2018, 91 min.)

Jacek is a carefree, heavy-metal-loving laborer working on the construction site of what is to be the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. When a terrible fall disfigures him, the media and everyone around him are whipped into a frenzy as he undergoes Poland's first ever facial transplant (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 15, 5:15 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 18, 9:05 p.m.

Portuguese

Diamantino

Directed by Daniel Schmidt
(Portugal/France/Brazil, 2018, 92 min.)

Portuguese soccer star Diamantino makes an unforgivable error at the 2018 World Cup, letting down his country and ending his career. As the guileless former icon starts to look for a new purpose in life — much to the dismay of his scheming twin sisters — a truly bizarre and wonderful odyssey unfolds, touching on the refugee crisis, the rise of nationalism and, of course, a delightfully unconventional romance (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 8, 2:15 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 12, 7:15 p.m.

Rhaetian

Iceman
(Der manna us dem is)

Directed Felix Randau
(Germany/Italy/Austria, 2017, 97 min.)

More than 5,300 years ago, Kelab returns from a hunting trip to find his family murdered, his home burned and his holy amulet stolen. He sets out through the freezing mountains to wreak vengeance on the killers, and the result is mankind's first unsolved murder case (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 9, 12 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 12, 7:05 p.m.

Romanian

I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians

Directed by Radu Jude
(Romania/Germany/Bulgaria/France/Czech Republic, 2018, 140 min.)

Mariana is a young theater director working to stage a production about the ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front of 1941, in which Romanian soldiers executed 10,000 Jews. As tempers flare in rehearsals and city officials ramp up the pressure to tone down the portrayal of the massacre, Mariana must ask herself if she is willing to compromise her art (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Dec. 4, 7:05 min.

Lemonade

Directed by Ioana Uricaru
(Romania/Canada/Germany/Sweden, 2018, 88 min.)

Mara is a young Romanian woman working in the U.S. as a physical therapist while awaiting her green card. Having recently married, Mara brings her 9-year-old son from Romania to live in their new home, but when she is accused by an immigration officer of falsifying paperwork and suffers an inexcusable abuse of power, a spiral of injustice unfolds (Romanian and English; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 15, 1 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 17, 7:15 p.m.

Slovenian

Consequences
(Posledice)

Directed by Darko Stante
(Slovenia, 2018, 93 min.)

When Andrej's youthful criminal tendencies look set to spiral out of control, he is packed off to a center for troubled young men, where he quickly falls in with Zele, the center's bordering-on-psychopathic alpha male gang leader (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Dec. 10, 9:10 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 12, 9:10 p.m.

Spanish

El Angel

Directed by Luis Ortega
(Argentina/Spain, 2018, 118 min.)

In 1971 Buenos Aires, Carlitos is an angelic-looking 17-year-old with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face, who discovers his true calling as a thief. When he meets the handsome, slightly older Ramón, the two embark on a journey of discovery, love and crime, which randomly escalates to murder.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Everybody Knows
(Todos lo saben)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
(Spain/France/Italy, 2018, 132 min.)

Laura (Penélope Cruz) travels from her home in Buenos Aires with her family to her hometown in Spain for her sister's wedding, where a startling crime and some long-buried secrets alter the course of their lives (Spanish, English and Catalan; European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 1, 7:20 p.m.

Swedish

Border

Directed by Ali Abbasi
(Sweden/Denmark, 2018, 110 min.)

Tina has a secret: She can smell guilt, which makes her an amazingly successful customs border agent, respected but also feared by her colleagues. Her physical differences make her a loner, until she meets a mysterious traveler who is attracted to her.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Yakut

Aga

Directed by Milko Lazarov
(Bulgaria/Germany/France, 2018, 96 min.)

In the barely populated snowy wilderness of northeastern Siberia, an elderly Yakut couple lives in a yurt, continuing to practice centuries-old ancestral traditions in the face of climate change and increasing scarcity. Their one constant is the dream of reuniting with their only daughter, Ága, who left their slowly vanishing way of life to work at a diamond mine in a distant town (European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 9, 2:45 p.m.,
Sat., Dec. 15, 11 a.m. 

   

Events - December 2018

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Through Dec. 6

Holocaust Survivors in Argentina

Photojournalist Pablo Cuarterolo has compiled portraits and memories of Holocaust survivors in Argentina, capturing the ruins of concentration camps as a metaphor that reflects on the suffering of the post-war generations that arrived in the country seeking a new life.

Embassy of Argentina

 

Dec. 7 to April 14

Ambreen Butt – Mark My Words

This is the first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C., for Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt (born 1969). Featuring 13 mixed-media works on paper, "Mark My Words" reveals the connection between the artist's global consciousness and the physical mark-making techniques that she uses to create her works.

National Musuem of Women in the Arts

 

Dec. 12 to Feb. 1

Joy in Colors

The selection of paintings in Alexandra Arata's "Joy in Colors" comes after more than two years of studies on the latest research into the psychology of color and the impact that its use has on our way of living and feeling. Arata taps into her creative energy to discover the "aesthetics of happiness" and how to surround ourselves with shapes and colors that increase our motivation and creativity.

Embassy of Argentina

 

Dec. 14 to Nov. 17, 2019

Portraits of the World: Korea

Pioneering feminist artist Yun Suknam (born 1939) uses portraiture to gain insights into the lives of women, past and present. A wood assemblage portrait of her mother is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which includes portraits of American artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Marisol, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero.

National Portrait Gallery

 

Through Dec. 15

Rashwan Abdelbaki: One Eye Open, One Eye Closed

Rashwan Abdelbaki is a multi-medium artist who was born in Damascus, Syria, and has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in Lebanon, Syria, Italy, Britain and the U.S. Abdelbaki's large and mid-sized canvases present rich allegorical studies of human relationships using stark abstracted figures and bold colors.

Syra Arts

 

Through Dec. 16

Studio 54 Forever

Studio 54 was and arguably remains the world's most iconic discotheque. It opened in 1977 in New York City as disco music was reaching its peak. The establishment attracted celebrities, politicians, artists and the cultural avant garde. On the Studio 54 dance floor, everyone was a star. Take a journey back in time through the lens of acclaimed Swedish photographer Hasse Persson, whose images provide an intimate, sometimes provocative look at the cultural moment that would become the stuff of legend.

House of Sweden

 

Through Dec. 16

Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World

This display highlights a selection of artists published in Tribe, a magazine founded in Dubai that covers developments in photography and new media from the Arab world. By expanding our appreciation and understanding of the variety of photographic practices creatively deployed by artists from throughout the Arab world, Tribe aims to place these accomplished artists on a global stage within the larger sphere of contemporary photography.

American University Museum

 

Through Dec. 16

Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity

Artist Jim Sanborn provides a critique of the contemporary art market that sells stolen or forged antiquities. The artist's imagined world, which would make complete sense to an ancient Roman, is one wherein the skilled artist-craftsmen of contemporary Cambodia (who we now call forgers and who muddle the art market) would be understood to be what they are: gifted copyists. Their works would be bought for what they are — copies — and valued for what they offer: powerful evocations of the artistic genius of Khmer art of the distant past.

American University Museum

 

Through Dec. 21

Folding the Future: Theoretical Origami Devices

For hundreds of years, the art of folding paper — origami — served two entirely aesthetic purposes: as an entertaining craft and as a symbolic decoration. In the middle of the 20th century, however, the practice underwent a renaissance as artists and craftspeople developed new and innovative methods of designing and folding their intended forms. The practice also underwent another change: Origami entered the world of science and engineering, and both fields have since been immeasurably enriched.

Japan Information & Culture Center

 

Through Dec. 25

Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts

More than 300 works of art from the museum's permanent collection are on view within this exhibition. Working in media as diverse as wood, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and video, these works of art reflect the visionary ideas and styles developed by men and women from more than half of Africa's 55 nations. The installation is organized around seven viewpoints, each of which serve to frame and affect the manner in which African art is experienced.

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Dec. 17

Women Who Make Ibero-America

Presented in partnership with the Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA), this exhibition features work by contemporary photographers from countries across Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The works show how women contribute to the cultural, economic, scientific, educational, social and inclusive development of their countries, often provoking positive social changes, continuity of traditions and social values.

Hillyer Art Space

 

Through Dec. 31

Corot: Women

Camille Corot is best known as the great master of landscape painting in the 19th century. His figure paintings constitute a much smaller, less well-known portion of his oeuvre, but arguably are of equal importance to the history of art. Dressed in rustic Italian costume or stretched nude on a grassy plain, Corot's women read, dream, and gaze, conveying a mysterious sense of inner life. His sophisticated use of color and his deft, delicate touch applied to the female form resulted in pictures of quiet majesty.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 6

Churchill's Shakespeare

A towering leader during World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare. Compelling materials from Cambridge's Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill's home Chartwell, and the Folger collection show the man himself and trace Shakespeare's influence on his speeches and ideas.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through Jan. 6

Sense of Humor

Humor may be fundamental to human experience, but its expression in painting and sculpture has been limited. Instead, prints, as the most widely distributed medium, and drawings, as the most private, have been the natural vehicles for comic content. Drawn from the National Gallery of Art's collection, this exhibition celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 6

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen

Trevor Paglen is an award-winning artist whose work blurs the lines between art, science and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world. This is the first exhibition to present Paglen's early photographic series alongside his recent sculptural objects and new work with artificial intelligence.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Through Jan. 13

Fabergé Rediscovered

Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the captivating stories that surround them. The fascination with Fabergé continues to uncover new discoveries about the storied jeweler to the tsars and his remarkable creations. This exhibit unveils recent research and explore how the 2014 discovery of a long-lost imperial Easter egg prompted new findings about Hillwood's own collection.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

Through Jan. 13

Nordic Impressions

"Nordic Impressions" is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years and presenting 53 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe and Greenland. The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic light and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Jan. 13

Rachel Whiteread

As the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread, this exhibition brings together some 100 objects from the course of the artist's 30-year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects and several new works on view for the first time. Throughout her celebrated career, Whiteread has effectively recast the memories of these locations and objects to chart the seismic changes in how we live, from the late 20th century and into the 21st.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 20

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy

Chiaroscuro woodcuts — color prints made from the successive printing of multiple blocks — flourished in 16th-century Italy, interpreting designs by leading masters such as Raphael, Parmigianino and Titian, while boasting extraordinary craft and their own often striking palette.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 21

Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection

Celebrating the Freer|Sackler's recent acquisition of a major Japanese photography collection, this exhibition features a selection of works by groundbreaking 20th-century photographers. Whether capturing evocative landscapes or the gritty realities of postwar Japan, this presentation focuses on Japanese artists' search for a sense of place in a rapidly changing country. The images highlight destinations both rural and urban, in styles ranging from powerful social documentary to intensely personal.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 21

Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography

When photography arrived in Japan in the mid-19th century, traditional woodblock printmakers were forced to adapt their craft to keep pace with the new medium. This exhibition explores Japanese artists' reactions to the challenges of modernity, examining the collapse of the traditional woodblock-printmaking industry in the face of the printing press and photography, and then tracing the medium's resurrection as an art form, through which printmakers recorded scenes of their changing country in striking new ways.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 21

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Each year in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. Cutting-edge artwork created at Burning Man, the annual desert gathering that is one of the most influential events in contemporary art and culture, will be exhibited in the nation's capital for the first time this spring.

Renwick Gallery

 

Through Jan. 27

Roberto Huarcaya: Amazogramas

Just over two years ago, Lima-born artist Roberto Huarcaya began a project that took him to a national park in the Amazon jungle in southeastern Peru. Throughout the first year, Huarcaya found it impossible to "depict" the vast web of emotions that the Peruvian jungle inspired. To solve this dilemma, Huarcaya discarded the sophisticated cameras he used on his initial journeys and chose to go back 175 years, resurrecting one of the first procedures used in photography: the photogram — a technique that, without a lens or a camera, allows for accurate reproductions of objects. The result are large-scale photo-based installations that demonstrate the landscape´s superiority over those trying to capture it.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Jan. 29

Vested Values

"Vested Values," a selection comprising more than 40 works of various Mexican contemporary artists, explores the representation of nature and its sociocultural environment. Each of the works reveals how particular methods of production, implementation and execution of contemporary art can offer a complex impression of the diverse elements that define a society, which in turn promotes a continuous dialogue on both experience and perception. Each of the works originates through an arrangement with Mexico's Tax Administration Service that allows Mexican artists to pay their taxes with their artwork. Today, artists can pay their income tax using media that ranges from digital art to photography.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through Feb. 3

Sean Scully: Landline

Sean Scully's "Landline" series, which first captivated international audiences at the 56th Venice Biennale, will make its museum debut at the Hirshhorn, featuring never-before-seen artworks from the renowned series. With thick, gestural brushstrokes and loose bands of color, the works look toward the land, sea, and sky (and the indistinct lines between them) to navigate the elemental relationships that compose our world.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Feb. 8

Roberto Fernandez Ibañez: Visions and Reflections

Curated by Fabián Goncalves Borrega, this exhibition features four of Uruguayan artist Roberto Fernandez Ibañez's photographic series addressing the human impact on the environment: Earthy Resilience, Melting Point, The Hand and Rara Avis. His photographic material not only changes when it is exposed to light, but it can also be transformed, tuned and textured by techniques and laboratory processes. Fernandez Ibañez says he harnesses the environment's capabilities to transform to shape his own artwork.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas F Street Gallery

 

Through Feb. 10

Rodarte

The celebrated American luxury fashion house Rodarte, founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, are featured in the first fashion exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The display explores the distinctive design principles, material concerns and reoccurring themes that position the Mulleavys' work within the landscape of contemporary art and fashion. Spanning the first 13 years of Rodarte, nearly 100 complete looks, presented as they were shown on the runway, will highlight selections from their most pivotal collections.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Feb. 18

Gordon Parks: New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950

During the 1940s American photographer Gordon Parks (1912–2006) grew from a self-taught photographer making portraits and documenting everyday life in Saint Paul and Chicago to a visionary professional shooting for Ebony, Vogue, Fortune and Life. For the first time, the formative decade of Parks's 60-year career is the focus of an exhibition, which brings together 150 photographs and ephemera.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 1

Shane Pickett: Djinon Djina Boodja Look at the Land I Have Travelled

During his lifetime, Shane Pickett (1957-2010) was one of Western Australia's most significant contemporary Aboriginal artists. "Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled)" features works from the most radical and significant phase of his career. Balancing innovation with tradition, modernity with an ancient spirituality, they are complex visual metaphors for the persistence of Nyoongar culture against the colonizing tide of modernity.

Embassy of Australia Art Gallery

 

Through April 28

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse

Innovative Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer brings the largest interactive technology exhibition to the Hirshhorn. "Pulse" takes up the entire second level, with three major installations using heart-rate sensors to create audiovisual experiences from visitors' biometric data. Together, the biometric signatures will create spellbinding sequences of soundscapes, lights and animations.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through May 20, 2020

Waterfall

The Hirshhorn presents the largest site-specific exhibition to date by the acclaimed abstract painter Pat Steir. An expansive new suite of the artist's signature "Waterfall" paintings spans the entire perimeter of the museum's second-floor inner-circle galleries, extending nearly 400 linear feet. The 28 large-scale paintings, when presented together as a group, will create an immense color wheel that shifts hues with each painting, with the pours on each canvas often appearing in the complementary hue of the monochrome background.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Sept. 29, 2019

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

In the cities of the West African nation of Senegal, stylish women have often used jewelry as part of an overall strategy of exhibiting their elegance and prestige. Rooted in the Wolof concept of sañse (dressing up, looking and feeling good), "Good as Gold" examines the production, display, and circulation of gold in Senegal as it celebrates a significant gift of gold jewelry to the National Museum of African Art's collection.

National Museum of African Art

 

Through September 2019

Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran

Potters in ancient Iran were fascinated by the long-beaked waterfowl and rams with curled horns around them. This exhibition of ceramics produced in northwestern Iran highlights animal-shaped vessels as well as jars and bowls decorated with animal figures.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

DANCE

Dec. 5 to 9

Ballet West: Nutcracker

Ballet West returns to perform the D.C. premiere of its whimsical new production of "The Nutcracker," which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. Pairing reimagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights. Tickets are $59 to $215.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through Dec. 28

The Washington Ballet: The Nutcracker

Set to Tchaikovsky's magical score, this charmingly D.C. production set in 1882 Georgetown is a holiday tradition. With General Washington as the Nutcracker, George III as the Rat King and other historical figures, the story comes to life with over 100 dancers, stunning set designs and original costumes. Please call for ticket information.

Warner Theatre

 

MUSIC

Thu., Dec. 6, 6:45 p.m.

The String Quartets of Julián Carrillo

Known for his so-called "Sonido 13," one of the earliest theorizations about microtones in the Western art music tradition, Mexican composer and music theorist Julián Carrillo (1875-1965) composed 13 string quartets between 1903 and 1964. But this repertory has received little attention from performers and musicologists. This lecture/recital offers an assessment of the historical and aesthetic importance of Carrillo's string quartets and a performance of some of his most representative works. To RSVP, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Thu., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel

Sephardic ballad singer Susan Gaeta accompanies her new apprentice, multi-instrumentalist and Strathmore artist-in-residence alum Gina Sobel, for an evening of Sephardic music, which originated among Jews in pre-medieval Spain and picked up influences from Portugal, Yugoslavia, Greece and Turkey after they were forced into exile in the 1400s. Tickets are $20.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

Thu., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Two Poets in Music: Whitman and Pushkin

The Russian Chamber Art Society continues its homage to poets with a tribute to Walt Whitman (1819-92), whose bicentennial will be celebrated in 2019. Performed by soprano Shelley Jackson, baritone Kevin Wetzel and pianists Michael Sheppard and Vera Danchenko-Stern, this wide-ranging program pairs the free verse of this most American of poets with the elegant stanzas of the most Russian of poets, Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). Tickets are $55; for information, visit thercas.com.

Embassy of France

 

Dec. 7 to 22

The Washington Chorus: A Candlelight Christmas

The Washington Chorus brings the music of Christmas to the Kennedy Center with its enormously popular holiday program. "A Candlelight Christmas" features traditional carols, contemporary compositions, and sing-alongs of your favorites. Tickets are $18 to $75.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Mon., Dec. 10, 6:45 p.m.

Francisco Montero: New York Dreams

Francisco Montero has performed in some of the most important halls in the U.S., the U.K, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain. He recently participated in the new radio series "The Piano in Spain" and won first prize at the Windsor International Piano Competition in London, among many other accolades. To RSVP, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Mon., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Julia Angelov, Piano

Violinist Julia Angelov, a senior at National Cathedral School, has been a fellow at the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellowship Program at the Kennedy Center since 2013. She performs a program of Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Schedrin. Tickets are $60, including reception and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Bulgaria

 

Wed., Dec. 12, 6:45 p.m.

Goya's Caprichos Suite by Erizonte Company

"Goya's Caprichos Suite" was inspired by the series of 80 engravings, "The Caprichos," by renowned Spanish painter Francisco de Goya. This performance includes the projection of the 80 prints, tackling topics such as the abuse of the power, the clergy, gender violence, prostitution and superstitions, all surrounded by a bestiary of witches and fantastic creatures. Erizonte uses symphonic tones, electro acoustic instruments and other sound elements created especially for the project. To RSVP, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Dec. 16 to 24

The Choral Arts Society of Washington: Songs of the Season

Holiday carols and seasonal classics are performed by the Choral Arts Chorus and Youth Choir, which combines traditional favorites and choral jewels of the season with masterpieces performed by soprano soloist Esther Heideman. Tickets are $15 to $69.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Mon., Dec. 17, 6 p.m.

Karel Ruzicka Jr.

Prague-born saxophonist Karel Ruzicka Jr. combines his jazz grooves with pianist George Dulin to perform a special program that brings the spirit of the season to Washington.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

Sat., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.

The King's Singers

The Grammy Award-winning all-male a cappella sextet The King's Singers returns to the National Cathedral for the final stop on its 2018 North American Christmas tour. The program, GOLD Christmas, celebrates the King's Singers 50th birthday, with music that has defined the group's first half century as well as new commissions from their three-disc anniversary album. Tickets are $25 to $95.

Washington National Cathedral

 

SHOWCASES

Dec. 1 to 29

The Puppet Master: The Complete Jiří Trnka

The maestro of puppet animation, Czech artist Jiří Trnka (1912-69) came of age in an era of marionette theater, a lively feature of European culture since at least the 17th century. View the first complete retrospective of Jiří Trnka in the United States — six features and 20 shorts — a production of Comeback Company, curated by Irena Kovarova, featuring 35mm prints, two new digital restorations and 11 newly translated works.

National Gallery of Art

 

THEATER

Sat., Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.

From Destruction to Rehabilitation: Wayang Performance Fundraiser

Shadow puppet master Marc Hoffman is joined by the Javanese Gamelan Orchestra of the Indonesian Embassy for a performance to benefit survivors of the Sept. 28, 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Sulawesi, Indonesia, followed by a tsunami. The disaster killed more than 2,000 people, displaced 80,000 and destroyed nearly 70,000 houses, schools and hospitals. Tickets are $25; for information, visit indonesiatsunamifundraiser.eventbrite.com.

Indonesian Ambassador's Residence

 

Through Dec. 2

King John

Secret deals. Threats of mass destruction. Shifting loyalties. Folger Theatre follows its sold-out run of "Macbeth" with "King John," Shakespeare's rarely performed history play chronicling King John's turbulent reign from 1199 to 1216. Tickets are $30 to $85.

Folger Theatre

 

Dec. 4 to 31

The Second City's Love, Factually

"Love, Factually" is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie "Love, Actually," you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv and audience participation. Tickets are $49 to $75.

Kennedy Center Theater Lab

 

Dec. 12 to Jan. 6

Kings

Representative Sydney Millsap rode a Blue Wave into D.C. She arrives armed with her ideals and sense of duty, and refuses to play by the rules of special interests. Kate's a lobbyist who backs winners. So when she crosses paths with Millsap, she dismisses her as a one-term neophyte, but ends up hearing a call to conscience she thought she'd left outside of the Beltway. Please call for ticket information.

The Studio Theatre

 

Dec. 12 to Jan. 13

Miss Saigon

In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, a young Vietnamese woman named Kim meets an American G.I. in an encounter that will change their lives forever in this stunning musical. Tickets are $49 to $175.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through Dec. 16

Cry It Out

Jessie is a corporate lawyer in a Manhattan firm. Lina is a community-college dropout and born-and-bred Long Islander. They don't seem to have anything in common, but marooned at home with infants, they strike up a fast friendship. Tickets are $20 to $80.

The Studio Theatre

 

Dec. 18 to Jan. 6

The Play That Goes Wrong

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get Broadway and London's award-winning smash comedy that is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania. Tickets are $49 to $149.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Through Dec. 23

Anything Goes

Cole Porter's madcap seafaring musical features some of musical theater's most memorable standards, such as "I Get a Kick Out of You" and the title song, "Anything Goes." Tickets are $51 to $105.

Arena Stage

 

Through Dec. 23

An Inspector Calls

Winner of 19 major accolades, the award-winning production of J.B. Priestley's classic thriller "An Inspector Calls" will kick off a four-city U.S. tour at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Set simultaneously in 1912, post-war society and modern day at the home of the Birlings, a well-heeled British family, the story follows a festive celebration that is suddenly punctured by a mysterious visitor: a grim inspector investigating the death of a young woman. As questions multiply and guilt mounts, the Birlings's entanglement in the affair shatters the foundations of their comfortable lives. Please call for ticket information.

The Shakespeare Theatre

 

Through Dec. 30

A Christmas Carol

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. The 2018 production of "A Christmas Carol" has selected D.C.'s Homeless Children's Playtime Project as recipient of this year's donation drive inspired by the themes of charity in Dickens's holiday classic. Tickets are $24 to $107.

Ford's Theatre

 

Through Dec. 30

Indecent

Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's Yiddish drama "The God of Vengeance," and the controversy that surrounded its themes of censorship, immigration and anti-Semitism, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Vogel explores the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform this piece of theater under the most challenging circumstances. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Through Jan. 6

Billy Elliot the Musical

Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, all 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. Initially facing opposition from society and his father, Billy's passion instead unites the community and changes his life in extraordinary ways. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

   

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