Recent Restorations

April 28–July 6, 2017


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This series rounds up a wide-ranging selection of recently restored screen classics. Here's your chance to see them back on the big screen and looking better than they have in years, thanks to the efforts of dedicated film archivists and specialty distributors.

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Stage & Screen

April 30–June 11, 2017


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AFI Silver presents an exciting selection of stage performances from National Theatre Live, captured on camera and presented on the big screen.

$15/$13 AFI Members. No passes accepted.



By Popular Demand

April 30–June 29, 2017


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What makes a great film even greater? Seeing it at AFI Silver Theatre! These critically acclaimed recent releases originally opened elsewhere in the area and, in some cases, came and went from screens after too brief a run — but now you can see them back on the big screen at AFI Silver.

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DC Labor FilmFest

May 1–31, 2017


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Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute and the AFI Silver, the DC Labor FilmFest features a wide-ranging selection of films about work, workers and the wider issues affecting workers' lives. For more information, visit dclabor.org/dc-laborfest.

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        Card-carrying union members receive the AFI member discount.



Reinventing Realism — New Cinema from Romania

May 14–June 14, 2017


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Since the late 1990s, a group of intellectually adventurous filmmakers have galvanized Romania's post-communist production with a steady stream of nuanced screenplays and robustly realistic films that tackle moral issues and ethical ambiguities, creating taut allegories from banal circumstances. At the same time, these filmmakers, sometimes working collaboratively, have constructed a discourse on societal and civil issues hovering over Europe. Directors involved in the movement include Cristian Mungiu, Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Radu Muntean and Cătălin Mitulescu, as well as a group of younger artists who continue to garner acclaim at international events.

AFI Silver Theatre is proud to host this series in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art, the Embassy of Romania and the Romanian National Film Center. For films screening at the NGA, visit nga.gov.

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Directed by David Lynch

May 12–July 6, 2017


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Described by Pauline Kael as "the first populist surrealist — a Frank Capra of dream logic," David Lynch has forged a singular path through American filmmaking. Although it took many years to complete, Lynch began his first feature film ERASERHEAD while attending the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. This groundbreaking film, which he directed, wrote and produced, became an instant cult classic. Lynch followed this success with THE ELEPHANT MAN and received his first Oscar® nomination for Best Director. Next, with BLUE VELVET, Lynch masterfully blended elements of a nostalgic American pastoral with film noir's urban anomie, plus an occasional touch of kinkiness more typically found in the grindhouse. This has since come to be regarded as the filmmaker's signature style, and the film earned Lynch his second Oscar® nomination for Best Director. WILD AT HEART, the network television sensation TWIN PEAKS and its tricky film prequel TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME as well as LOST HIGHWAY and MULHOLLAND DR. — recently recognized as the best film of the 2000s by Film Comment, and of the 21st century in a BBC poll — all capitalized on his favorite themes: memory, identity and duality.

Lynch's fearless, intensely personal quest has resulted in a body of work that audiences around the world are richer for having seen: strange and beautiful films that are thought-provoking and at times awe-inspiring. With the much-anticipated third season of TWIN PEAKS about to debut on Showtime, the time is ripe to revisit some of Lynch's greatest films on the big screen.

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Spanish Cinema Now

June 2–4, 2017


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AFI Silver Theatre and SPAIN arts & culture are proud to co-present Spanish Cinema Now, an annual festival of outstanding new films that reflect the breadth of styles and talents at work in Spain today. Some of the featured directors are established auteurs, while others have recently emerged on the international festival scene, earning top prizes and critical acclaim.

Organized and presented by AFI Silver and SPAIN arts & culture.

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Opening Night
THE WOMEN'S BALCONY [ISMACH HATANI]
D.C. Premiere
Post-screening party, catered by Provisions
Wed, May 17, 7:00
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem in this rousing, gold-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. When the women's balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the current Rabbi in shock and his wife in a coma, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic newcomer Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways, to the outrage of the female congregants. These changes test the women's friendships and create an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community's women and men. DIR Emil Ben-Shimon; SCR Shlomit Nehama; PROD Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler, Leon Edery, Moshe Edery. Israel, 2016, color, 96 min. In Hebrew with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Mid-Atlantic Premiere
ANGEL WAGENSTEIN: ART IS A WEAPON Free screening!
Q&A with filmmaker Andrea Simon
Thu, May 18, 7:00
As a teenager in wartime Bulgaria, Angel Wagenstein commanded a daredevil Jewish partisan brigade, surviving capture and torture by fascist police. When postwar dreams of a socialist utopia turned to dust, his films became a kind of covert resistance against the brutality of the Stalinist era. This is one of the great untold stories of world cinema: at 94, Wagenstein is still a man of massive charm and ferocious intelligence, a passionate witness to history and an influential voice in the debate on Europe's rocky post-Communist future. Intimate conversations, excerpts from his films and rare archival materials inform this visually striking and provocative documentary on a remarkable artist. DIR Andrea Simon. Bulgaria/U.S., 2017, color, 84 min. In English, German, Russian and Bulgarian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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WJFF Visionary Award: Barry Levinson
The WJFF's Annual Visionary Award recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the full diversity of the Jewish experience through moving image. The 2017 honorees are two titans of independent cinema: Polish director Agnieszka Holland and the iconic American auteur Barry Levinson.

LIBERTY HEIGHTS
Q&A with filmmaker Barry Levinson
Thu, May 18, 7:15
Barry Levinson dips back into his youth with the final edition of his semi-autobiographical Baltimore Quartet that began with the films DINER (1982), TIN MEN (1987) and AVALON (1990). In 1954, Ben Kurtzman (Ben Foster), a Jewish teen from Baltimore, is intrigued by new classmate Sylvia (Rebekah Johnson), one of the first African-American students to attend his school. While Ben and Sylvia pursue a forbidden friendship, Ben's older brother Van (Adrien Brody) is smitten with Dubbie (Carolyn Murphy), a beautiful and wealthy WASP who may as well live in another world. Levinson's sure direction keeps us focused on the maturation and evolution of a tight family unit, all while seismic cultural and societal shifts — the influx of automobiles, rock-and-roll and desegregation — shake their hometown, and forever alter America's course. DIR/PROD/SCR Barry Levinson; PROD Paula Weinstein. U.S., 1999, color, 126 min. In English. NOT RATED

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About the Honoree
Academy Award®-winning director, screenwriter and producer Barry Levinson has crafted an enviable reputation in the film industry as a director who blends literate and intelligent visions into films. Levinson was awarded the Best Director Oscar® for the multiple Academy Award®-winning RAIN MAN (1988), starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. In 1987, Levinson directed Robin Williams in the comedy GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM, which went on to become one of the year's most acclaimed and popular movies. He directed and produced 1991's BUGSY, which was nominated for ten Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Levinson has used his hometown as the setting for four widely praised features: DINER, the semi-autobiographical comedy/drama that marked his directorial debut; TIN MEN starring Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss as warring aluminum siding salesmen; AVALON, in which his native city takes center stage through the recollections of an immigrant family; and LIBERTY HEIGHTS.



East Coast Premiere
OMG, I'M A ROBOT!
Thu, May 18, 9:20
Dumped by his sweetheart on account of being too sensitive, Danny is overwhelmed with sadness and decides to cut himself — only to discover that instead of blood, sparks shoot out and spliced wires protrude — turns out he's a robot! Newly armed with the self-confidence of an indestructible killing machine, he sets about winning back his love, who meanwhile appears to have been kidnapped. The way-out-there sci-fi plot makes for pure giddy entertainment and escapism, with surprising depth to boot. DIR/SCR Tal Goldberg, Gal Zelezniak; PROD Amir Manor. Israel, 2016, color, 90 min. In Hebrew with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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STARS (1959) [STERNE]
Sat, May 20, 12:00
Based on the personal experiences of screenwriter Angel Wagenstein during the Holocaust in the Balkans, this gripping drama sheds light on the Sephardic experience of World War II. Stationed in a secluded Bulgarian village in 1943, Walter, an artist and sergeant in the Wehrmacht, lives an almost idyllic life far away from the war. Soon, a transit camp is set up for Jews arriving from Greece. When Ruth, one of the Greek Jews, asks Walter to help a pregnant woman in the camp, the two form an unlikely bond. DIR Konrad Wolf; SCR Angel Wagenstein. Bulgaria/East Germany, 1959, b&w, 88 min. In German, Bulgarian, Yiddish and Ladino with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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DC Premiere
CLOUDY SUNDAY (2015) [OUZERI TSITSANIS]
Sat, May 20, 2:00
A smash box-office hit in Greece, CLOUDY SUNDAY tracks a tumultuous wartime romance between a Jewish girl and Christian resistance fighter during WWII in Greece. The sweeping epic brings to the big screen the untold story of Thessaloniki's Sephardic community and the drama of a love torn asunder by the cruel realities of war; and acts as a testament to the indomitability of the human spirit. Set to the haunting music of legendary Sephardic composer Vassilis Tsitsanis. DIR Manousos Manousakis; SCR Ada Gourbali, Vasilis Spiliopoulos, from the book by Giorgios Skabardonis. Greece, 2015, color, 118 min. In Greek with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Mid-Atlantic Premiere
THE HISTORY OF LOVE
Sat, May 20, 4:30
Based on Nicole Krauss' bestseller, THE HISTORY OF LOVE is a sprawling saga of undaunted ardor and merciless twists of fate. Spanning decades and continents, the film begins in prewar Poland and follows Leo and Alma, neighbors and sweethearts whose romance is thwarted by the rise of fascism. Aided by a brilliant cast that includes Gemma Arterton, Derek Jacobi and Elliott Gould, director Radu Mih?ileanu deftly weaves the many threads of Krauss' novel into a soaring epic that touches on the duties of Jewishness, literature and love. (Note courtesy of the Miami International Film Festival.) DIR/SCR/PROD Radu Mihăileanu; SCR Marcia Romano, from the novel by Nicole Krauss; PROD Xavier Rigault, Marc-Antoine Robert. Canada/France/Romania/U.S., 2016, color, 134 min. In English. NOT RATED

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DC Premiere
THE EXCEPTION (2016) aka THE KAISER'S LAST KISS
Sat, May 20, 7:00
Filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, this riveting World War II thriller follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he investigates exiled German monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in the Netherlands, and as Germany invades Holland, there's concern that Dutch spies are watching him. As Brandt infiltrates the kaiser's life, he finds himself drawn into a passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the kaiser's maids, whom he discovers is secretly Jewish. DIR David Leveaux; SCR Simon Burke, from the novel "The Kaiser's Last Kiss" by Alan Judd; PROD Lou Pitt, Judy Tossell. UK, 2016, color, 107 min. In English. RATED R

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DC Premiere
HARMONIA
Sat, May 20, 9:15
This contemporary adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar unfolds within the world of the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Abraham and his wife Sarah, the orchestra's harpist, cannot have children. A beautiful, young horn player from East Jerusalem, Hagar offers to have a baby with Abraham for the couple, but over time the child grows estranged from Sarah. Through this ancient story, HARMONIA presents a poignant metaphor to the modern-day challenges facing Israel's sibling religions. Nominated for four Ophir (Israeli Academy) Awards. DIR/SCR Ori Sivan; PROD Moshe Danon. Israel, 2016, color, 98 min. In Hebrew with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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DC Premiere
BAL EJ: THE HIDDEN JEWS OF ETHIOPIA
Q&A with filmmaker Irene Orleansky
Sun, May 21, 11:30 a.m.
Following a 100-year-old account of the prominent Jewish scholar Jacques Faitlovitch, filmmaker and distinguished ethnomusicologist Irene Orleansky travels to Africa to discover and explore a small and secretive group of Ethiopian Jews known as Bal Ej (craftsmen). Frequently persecuted by their neighbors and deprived of land ownership rights, they outwardly disguise themselves as Christians and practice Judaism in strict secrecy. This documentary offers a fascinating investigation of the history, religious practice and cultural (especially musical) contributions of this previously unrecorded community. DIR Irene Orleansky. Israel, 2016, color, 97 min. In English, Hebrew and Amharic with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM [SANATORIUM POD KLEPSYDRA]
Post-screening talk and book signing with Columbia professor Annette Insdorf
Sun, May 21, 2:15
A special presentation of Polish director Wojciech Jerzy Has' restored art-house masterpiece, based on the writings of Polish author Bruno Schulz and winner of the Jury Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. A young man (Jan Nowicki) visits his ailing father in a crumbling sanatorium where time collapses and death never comes. THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM conjures a surrealist fantasia in which past and present — from the Three Wise Men to the Holocaust — collide in a mind-bending phantasmagoria. DIR/SCR Wojciech Jerzy Has, from the novel "Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass" by Bruno Schulz. Poland, 1973, color, 125 min. In Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew and Latin with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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DC Premiere
THE FREEDOM TO MARRY (2016)
Sun, May 21, 5:15
Over the last four decades, the concept of same-sex marriage went from a "preposterous notion" to the national law. The Freedom to Marry movement is now known as one of the most successful civil rights campaigns in modern history — a victory that was carefully coordinated over decades. THE FREEDOM TO MARRY takes us on a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto — the architect and the main litigator of the movement — with key colleagues from the earliest days of their journey to their final frenetic dash to the U.S. Supreme Court. DIR Eddie Rosenstein; PROD Jenni Olson, Amie Segal, Sidney Sherman, Todd Robinson. U.S., 2016, color, 86 min. In English. NOT RATED

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DC Premiere
MENASHE
Sun, May 21, 7:45
In this runaway hit from the recent Sundance and Berlin film festivals, Menashe is a kind, hapless grocery store clerk living in the heart of New York's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community. He struggles to make ends meet and responsibly raise his young son Rieven, following the death of his wife Leah. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his Rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah's memorial. DIR/SCR/PROD Joshua Z. Weinstein; SCR Musa Syeed; SCR/PROD Alex Lipschultz; PROD Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Yoni Brook. Israel/U.S., 2017, color, 81 min. In Yiddish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Mid-Atlantic Premiere
DOING JEWISH: A STORY FROM GHANA
Mon, May 22, 7:00
When Gabrielle Zilkha — a Canadian filmmaker working in Accra, Ghana — gets a call from her mother telling her that she's found Jewish people to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with, Zilkha sets off to find the tiny but vibrant Sefwi Jewish community. Filming for five years, she observes this small African community, and through this warm, personal and often humorous documentary, offers a fascinating investigation of identity and connection while shedding light on what it means to belong to the Jewish people. DIR/SCR/PROD Gabrielle Zilkha; PROD Jenn Mason. Canada/Ghana/U.S., 2016, color, 84 min. In English, Twi and Sefwi with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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DC Premiere
PARADISE (2016) [PAŇ or RAY]
Tue, May 23, 7:00
Shot with a classic film elegance in luminous black-and-white, Russia's Oscar® submission PARADISE follows the lives of three souls that intertwine in Nazi Europe: a Russian member of the French resistance arrested for hiding Jews; the French collaborator who entraps her; and an idealistic, if naïve, SS officer assigned to root out corruption in the concentration camps. Each recounts their story as we flash back to the moments when their lives fatefully intersected. (Note courtesy of the Chicago International Film Festival.) DIR/SCR/PROD Andrei Konchalovsky; SCR Elena Kiseleva; PROD Florian Deyle. Germany/Russia, 2016, b&w, 131 min. In Russian, French, German and Yiddish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Mid-Atlantic Premiere
THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY [DIE BLUMEN VON GESTERN]
Wed, May 24, 7:00
A self-serious, dour, German Holocaust researcher — and grandson of a prominent Nazi war criminal — is struggling with his family history, career and a general state of misanthropy. At the height of his personal and professional crisis, he's assigned a new intern who might be his exact opposite. She's young, passionate, Jewish and eccentric. As she mows down the measured academic's staid defenses, both of them begin to reveal long-kept secrets, and a surprising romance emerges — albeit one with a serious message. DIR/SCR Chris Kraus; PROD Danny Krausz, Kathrin Lemme. Austria/Germany/France, 2016, color, 125 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Mid-Atlantic Premiere
FOG IN AUGUST [NEBEL IM AUGUST]
Thur, May 25, 7:00
Director Kai Wessel's first feature film addresses one of the greatest taboos of German history: the Nazis' euthanasia program. Based on Robert Domes' 2008 historical novel, FOG IN AUGUST concerns the fate of 13-year-old Ernst Lossa, who is committed to a mental hospital in 1942 not due to actual illness, but because of his Roma origins. He soon discovers the truth behind the hospital's facade and sets about sabotaging its euthanasia program with the help of other patients, at great personal risk. Starring Ivo Pietzcker, Sebastian Koch and Thomas Schubert. DIR Kai Wessel; SCR Holger Karsten Schmidt, from the novel by Robert Domes; PROD Ulrich Limmer. Austria/Germany, 2016, color, 126 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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DC Premiere
JERRY LEWIS: THE MAN BEHIND THE CLOWN
Sat, May 27, 11:00 a.m.
Since his early days, Jerry Lewis (in the grand tradition of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel) had the masses laughing with visual gags, pantomime sketches and his signature slapstick humor, yet American critics typically derided his output as simple and abrasive. His groundbreaking and controversial career — with film credits such as THE BELLBOY (1960) and THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963) in addition to edgy standup material — is considered here in interviews with film luminaries such as Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Rosenbaum, alongside appearances by Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle. DIR/SCR Gregory Monro; PROD Eric Ellena. France/U.S., 2016, color/b&w, 61 min. In English and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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45th Anniversary
#63 on AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies
CABARET (1972)
Sat, May 27, 12:30
Winner of eight Oscars®, including Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey, as the Kit Kat Klub's reptilian Master of Ceremonies). In decadent 1930s Berlin, impulsive and morally liberal agent provocateur Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) meets the scholarly and handsome Brian (Michael York), and the two develop an intimate relationship while unknowingly sharing a bisexual lover. DIR Bob Fosse; SCR Jay Presson Allen, from the musical by Joe Masteroff and the play by John Van Druten; PROD Cy Feuer. U.S., 1972, color, 123 min. In English and German with English subtitles. RATED PG

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East Coast Premiere
A JEW MUST DIE [UN JUIF POUR L'EXEMPLE]
Sat, May 27, 3:00
Popular myth holds that Switzerland remained an innocent bystander during World War II. Famed writer Jacques Chessex powerfully repudiates this notion when, after a lengthy period of silence, he shares what he witnessed as a young boy. In the small Swiss town of Payerne, Nazi sympathizers singled out a Jewish scapegoat — a wealthy livestock dealer (Bruno Ganz) — to serve as an "example" in honor of Hitler's birthday. The film boldly conflates past and present (don't be surprised to see a modern car on 1942 roads) suggesting that the two are, and always will be, dangerously intertwined. (Note courtesy of Palm Springs International Film Festival.) DIR/SCR Jacob Berger; SCR Michel Fessler, Aude Py, from the novel by Jacques Chessex. Switzerland, 2016, color, 73 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Mid-Atlantic Premiere
1945
Sat, May 27, 4:40
It's August, 1945: the war is over, and an uneasy, humid stillness pervades a small Hungarian village longing for a return to normalcy. The young pharmacist prepares to marry, train station workers busy themselves with a changeover and men huddle in pubs, gruffly drinking away petty disputes. Two strangers arrive — they wear serious, withdrawn expressions and thick, black clothes. They are father and son; they are Holocaust survivors. The town eyes them with immediate suspicion: are they here to reclaim stolen land? To open a competing pharmacy? Will they expose the villagers' wartime crimes and complicit silence? DIR/SCR/PROD Ferenc Török; SCR Gábor T. Szántó; PROD Péter Reich, Iván Angelusz. Hungary, 2017, b&w, 91 min. In Hungarian and Russian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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WJFF Visionary Award: Agnieszka Holland
The WJFF's Annual Visionary Award recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the full diversity of the Jewish experience through the moving image. The 2017 honoree is Agnieszka Holland, who will join us for a special extended Q&A and Award ceremony. The award will be presented alongside a screening of her Oscar®-nominated film ANGRY HARVEST.

ANGRY HARVEST [BITTERE ERNTE]
Q&A with filmmaker Agnieszka Holland
Sat, May 27, 7:00
This remarkable Academy Award®-nominated film tells a compelling story of love and desire during World War II. Middle-aged, lonely farmer Leon (Armin Mueller-Stahl, AVALON) rescues Rosa, a young upper-class Jewish refugee, as she is fleeing the Nazis. While he nurses her back to health, their relationship gradually grows more intimate, but disintegrates into a cat-and-mouse power struggle as Leon's mixed motives for hiding Rosa emerge. DIR/SCR Agnieszka Holland; SCR Paul Hengge, from the novel by Hermann H. Field and Stanislaw Mierzenski; PROD Artur Brauner, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, Klaus Riemer. West Germany, 1985, color, 105 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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About the Honoree
Agnieszka Holland is a Polish film director and screenwriter. She began her career working with Krzysztof Zanussi as an assistant director and with Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. Her debut feature PROVINCIAL ACTORS (1978) was heralded as a leader of the "cinema of moral disquiet" movement and won the International Critics Prize at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. In 1981, after martial law was instituted in Poland, Holland emigrated to France. Among her impressive and prolific catalog of films made in the West, highlights include ANGRY HARVEST, EUROPA EUROPA (1990) and IN DARKNESS (2011), all of which were nominated for Academy Awards®. Holland is actively involved in TV production, having directed seminal episodes of major U.S. TV series including  HOUSE OF CARDS, THE KILLING, TREME and THE WIRE. Her latest film, SPOOR, premiered at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize.



75th Anniversary
Special Screening
TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)
Sun, May 28, 11:30 a.m.
Carole Lombard's last film is much more highly regarded today than at the time of its release. Cast as the wife of Jack Benny — a hammy Hamlet in an acting troupe stranded in wartime Poland — she was never more alluring or more in control of her craft. DIR/PROD Ernst Lubitsch; SCR Edwin Justus Mayer. U.S., 1942, b&w, 99 min. In English. NOT RATED

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Mid-Atlantic Premiere
IN BETWEEN (2016) [BAR BAHR]
Sun, May 28, 1:45
In Maysaloun Hamoud's remarkable feature debut, three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv find themselves in a complicated balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom. Arab-Israeli women often live in a country that considers them not Israeli enough, and yet are part of a culture that views them as not Palestinian enough. Layered onto their citizenship conundrum are the inevitable gendered tensions between contemporary and traditional family life. DIR/SCR Maysaloun Hamoud; PROD Shlomi Elkabetz. Israel/France, 2016, color, 96 min. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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STEFAN ZWEIG, FAREWELL TO EUROPE [VOR DER MORGENRÖTE]
Sun, May 28, 4:00
Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York, Petrópolis: stages in Stefan Zweig's life that could not replace his homeland despite hospitable receptions at each stop. The Austrian Jewish intellectual foresaw Europe's decline earlier than most, fleeing his native land in 1934, never to return from exile. Actress-turned-director Maria Schrader (the brilliant lead in 1999's AIMEE & JAGUAR) tells the story of Zweig's exile years in five lyrical chapters, bringing to light the liminal expatriate existence of one of the century's greatest minds. DIR/SCR Maria Schrader; SCR Jan Schomburg; PROD Stefan Arndt. Austria/Germany/France, 2016, color, 106 min. In German, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Mid-Atlantic Premiere
SCARRED HEARTS [INIMI CICATRIZATE]
Sun, May 28, 6:15
Inspired by Jewish-Romanian author Max Blecher's acclaimed autobiographical novel, SCARRED HEARTS is reminiscent of an intellectually fiery THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (2007). During the summer of 1937 — as Romania rapidly descends into a far-right society — a man in his early 20s develops bone tuberculosis, and is committed to a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast. Despite being confined to a hospital stretcher bed, he continues to read, smoke, drink and even flirt, refusing to let his physical condition snuff out his desire to live life to the fullest. DIR/SCR Radu Jude, from the novel by Max Blecher; PROD Ada Solomon. Romania/Germany, 2016, color, 141 min. In Romanian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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