AFI Latin American Film Festival
September 14–October 4

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The 28th AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections.

This year's selection of films will once again include numerous international film festival favorites, award winners, local box office hits and debut works by promising new talents. Highlights include the North American premiere of Cannes-debuted Colombian drama THE DRAGON DEFENSE [LA DEFENSA DEL DRAGÓN]; THE QUEEN OF SPAIN [LA REINA DE ESPAÑA], Fernando Trueba's Spanish answer to HAIL, CAESAR!, starring Penelope Cruz; Argentina's acclaimed 2017 Oscar® Selection, THE DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN [EL CIUDADANO ILUSTRE]; THE UNTAMED [LA REGIÓN SALVAJE], the latest from Cannes' prize-winning Mexican director Amat Escalante; the U.S. Premiere of Portuguese colonial drama JOAQUIM; and Sundance-debuted Dominican prison romance WOODPECKERS [CARPINTEROS], with lead actor Jean Jean in attendance.

No passes accepted.



Two 70mm Masterpieces by Yuliya Solntseva
October 1 & 2

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Russian director, actress and long-time collaborator of Ukrainian filmmaker Alexander Dovzhenko (her husband) Yuliya Solntseva directed and starred in more than twenty films. Both Solntseva and Dovzhenko produced "propaganda" films for the Soviet Union that were concerned with the meaning of revolutionary change, but these were films that also prioritized beauty and the poetic, firmly cementing their work in the realm of lyrical visionaries like Terrence Malick. Solntseva's directorial pursuits were developed under the auspices of continuing her husband's legacy, and as a result, her reputation in an auteur-hungry world cinema culture has languished in her husband's shadow. However, Solntseva's singular prowess as a director adapting Dovzhenko's lavish screenplays has been continually touted by such luminaries as Jonathan Rosenbaum and Jean-Luc Godard, and Solntseva was awarded Best Director at Cannes in 1961 for THE STORY OF THE FLAMING YEARS. She was the first woman to win the award, and the only one, until Sofia Coppola's best director win in 2017 for THE BEGUILED. (Note adapted from Museum of the Moving Image.)

Organized by Museum of the Moving Image and guest curator Max Carpenter, with the cooperation of Gosfilmofond of Russia, Mosfilm and the Library of Congress. 70mm prints courtesy of Gosfilmofond.

No passes accepted.



Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival
October 5–8

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The 12th annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival showcases the best in new horror cinema from around the world at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

See every film in the Festival with the Spooky Movie All-Fest Pass, an incredible deal at just $80!

No passes accepted.



Don Murray: Unsung Hero
October 6–13

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Featured this year on TWIN PEAKS as Bushnell Mullins, actor Don Murray has a career spanning back to the early 1950s which includes an Oscar®-nominated role opposite Marilyn Monroe (BUS STOP). Throughout his career, Murray has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social service on and off screen, and played roles that other actors weren't willing to risk — a drug addict in Fred Zinnemann's HATFUL OF RAIN, a closeted gay senator in Otto Preminger's ADVISE AND CONSENT. He broke out as an independent actor-producer with THE HOODLUM PRIEST in 1961, but found his vision for similar projects thwarted by the changes that swept over Hollywood and America in the 1960s.

AFI Member passes accepted.



Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration
October 8–December 12

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This collaborative series showcases inspiring cinematic stories of courage, hope and determination through international voices and perspectives.

Discover the provocative tales of those who strike out for a new life — facing uncertainty, deprivation and new, often confusing cultures and dangers — as their determination and a longing for a more peaceful life or, in some cases, reunion with beloved family members, propel them to migrate. For complete listings, including film screenings at partner venues, visit filmsacrossborders.org

Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration is co-presented by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; American University School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; DC LaborFest; Goethe-Institut Washington; Immigration Film Fest; the Mexican Cultural Institute; the National Gallery of Art; and SPAIN arts & culture.



Architecture of an Asylum
Co-presented with the National Building Museum

October 9–11

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Inspired by the National Building Museum's exhibition "Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852–2017," AFI Silver presents two landmark films that depict mental health hospitals not as therapeutic sites designed to heal, but as bleak traps meant to symbolize American society at large. Each film is a masterwork of visual and narrative style, but both deploy similar stereotypes about psychiatric hospitals and the mentally ill — institutions are forbidding and cold, patients are violent, pathetic or funny, and staff is either abusive or indifferent. Produced during a period of widespread hospital shutdowns and reorganization, the films' simplistic characterizations did little to confront the stigma of mental health treatment, despite otherwise succeeding as fierce indictments of social control and dysfunction.

"Architecture of an Asylum" is on view at the National Building Museum through January 15, 2018. More information at nbm.org.

AFI Member passes accepted.



Noir City DC: The 2017 Film Noir Festival
October 14–26

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Year in and year out, Eddie Muller and the Film Noir Foundation team deliver an impeccably curated selection of films noir, combining canonical classics with wonderful rarities ripe for rediscovery. Following the flagship edition of the festival held earlier this year at San Francisco's famed Castro Theatre, the majority of selections in this year's edition of Noir City DC were curated around the theme of heist films.

Film Noir Foundation founder Eddie Muller and noted film noir scholar Foster Hirsch will introduce selected shows; see listings for details.

Save BIG on multiple ticket purchases with the Big Combo Card, good for six admissions in any combination, just $60!

AFI Member passes accepted.



Kids Euro Festival 2017
October 21–November 6

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A European Embassies Arts and Culture Festival

The 10th-annual Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families. With programs both for the general public and for school groups, more than 10,000 D.C.-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year. The programs are made possible by the 28 European Union countries and the European Union Delegation in Washington in cooperation with the European-American Cultural Foundation.

For the full lineup of events, visit www.kidseurofestival.org and follow #KidsEUFest.

Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!

Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

No passes accepted.



Joan Fontaine Centennial
October 22–November 22


Silent Cinema Showcase
October 27–November 26

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The Silent Cinema Showcase returns! It's the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the unique art of silent cinema and the dedicated and talented musicians who brings these films to life with their inventive accompaniment.

NEW THIS YEAR: Silent Cinema All-Access Pass, $125/$100 AFI Members.

No passes accepted.



Halloween on Screen
October 27–November 2

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AFI Member passes accepted at all shows except NOSFERATU,
        considered part of the Silent Cinema Showcase.



Val Lewton: The Master of the Macabre
October 28–November 2

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Having apprenticed with various writing and editing roles for David O. Selznick on Oscar® winners A STAR IS BORN, GONE WITH THE WIND and REBECCA, in 1942 Val Lewton (1904–1951) took a job producing horror films for RKO's B unit. His first assignment: take the title "Cat People" and make something out of it, short enough to fit on double bill and on a tight budget. When the resulting film CAT PEOPLE became a surprise hit, Lewton was on his way to a singular, strange career, producing nine seminal horror films in four years. Each film suggested more than it showed through a combination of expressive lighting and atmosphere, obsessive character psychology and sets repurposed from bigger-budget productions, all to impressively terrifying effect. His scripts sometimes drew from rarefied sources (the plot of "Jane Eyre" repurposed for I WALK WITH A ZOMBIE), less from any highbrow snobbery than from knowing a good plot hook when he saw one. For his directors, Lewton hired promising but unproven talents who would all go on to long and distinguished careers: Jacques Tourneur, Mark Robson and 1998 AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Robert Wise. Lewton died at the age of 46 following a heart attack, but his legacy of innovative and inventive film artistry lives on.

AFI Member passes accepted.



Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard
November 4– 20

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2017 marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution. This historical event not only shook the world politically, it empowered — for a time — revolutionary art and artists.

The remarkable sense of creative urgency and radical synthesis within the visual arts — and the aspirations among the Soviet avant-garde to effect unprecedented sociopolitical transformation — resulted in large-scale, state-sponsored experimental filmmaking, at a time when the commercial imperatives of the film business were already entrenched worldwide. Made explicitly for Soviet audiences, some of these films nonetheless were exhibited internationally and hailed for their artistic originality.

Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard is a modest attempt to revisit these films and recognize their legacy, less for their stated ideology than for their innovative techniques and daring approach to film aesthetics. In the oft-quoted words of Vladimir Lenin, "Of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important."

AFI Member passes accepted.



Korean Film Festival DC 2017
November 11–22

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AFI Silver once again joins with the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art to celebrate the cinema of South Korea.

The 11th edition of this popular annual survey of one of the world's most dynamic national cinemas features a distinctive selection of new films, including quirky comedies, action-packed crime procedurals and thrilling historical epics.

The festival was organized by Tom Vick, film programmer for the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution. For complete festival information, including films screening at the Freer, visit asia.si.edu/events/films.asp

Thanks to the Korean Cultural Center and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington, DC, for their generous support.

AFI Member passes accepted.