Filmfest DC: An International View

Filmfest DC kicks off April 15 with Hipsters, billed as a “lush–rebel-with-a-cause musical,” set in 1950s Russia. International in nature, the festival features movies from all corners of the world.

This year’s festival breaks down into several themes—New Italian Cinema, New Romanian Wave and Justice Matters. The festival feels a little less “dark” than in years’ past, with more than a few musicals making a showing. For those who do like a walk on the dark side, have no fear. Dawson, Island 10 from Chile/Brazil/Venezuela, The Sicilian Girl from Italy and Iceland’s Reykjavik-Rotterdam should satisfy.

If you have a fear of subtitles, there’ a documentary showcasing The White Stripes—The White Stripes Under Great White North Lights, Australia’s The Balibo Conspiracy, featuring Anthony LaPaglia, England’s Harry Brown starring Michael Caine and a joint venture from UK/France/Italy/ Belgium /Spain—Looking for Eric from veteran director Ken Loach.

Many of the films are international festival winners or movies, unless picked up by the Landmark Theatres, won’t be seen elsewhere. If your only foreign film experience is through Pedro Almodóvar, Filmfest DC is a great way to broaden your awareness of what other countries and directors have to offer. Heightening the festival experience is the Circle Audience Award, presented to the feature film voted the most popular by audiences. Attendees will have the opportunity to fill out ballots after each screening.

Filmfest DC runs from Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, April 25, closing with Germany’s Soul Kitchen, a comedy about two Greek brothers who operate a restaurant in a rundown area of Hamburg.

For information about tickets, dates and venues be sure to check out filmestdc.org.

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