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Film Schedule

Advance tickets are available until noon the day of the show.
We always reserve a number of tickets to be sold at the theater (except for the Embassy of France) starting one hour before the first show, even when tickets are sold out online.

   

Sunday, April 28


A Translator
Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso - Cuba, Canada - 107 mins

12:30 PM
$14.00

Set in Havana in the late 1980s, A Translator's central character, a professor of Russian literature, is assigned out of the blue to work in a hospital as translator for a group of young radiation victims from Chernobyl. His new role not only complicates his emotional life, it also destabilizes his relationships with friends and family. ... more

A Tramway in Jerusalem
Amos Gitai - Israel, France - 94 mins

One of Israel's greatest directors, Amos Gitai (Rabin's Last Day, FFDC 2016) turns his documentarist's eye to fiction. In a series of vignettes, we meet various passengers in a Jerusalem tramcar. A picture of a people emerges, at turns comical, political, and transcendent. Women and Palestinians are routinely if differently harassed; ... more

Traveling While Black
Roger Ross Williams, Ayesha Nadarajah, Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël - USA - 21 mins

Traveling While Black is a 3D, 360-degree virtual reality documentary that immerses viewers in the long history of restricted movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities. First published in 1936, the Green Book was a survival guide that black travelers relied on to avoid brutal discrimination. It listed ... more

The Bose Family
Suman Ghosh - India - 110 mins

2:30 PM
$14.00

Legendary figures of Indian cinema Aparna Sen (Sonata, FFDC 2018) and Soumitra Chatterjee head up the ensemble cast of this bittersweet tale of family ties and disillusionments. The elderly couple is celebrating their 50th anniversary, and family members gather at their once magnificent, now largely decrepit mansion, the place where they ... more

General Magic
Sarah Kerruish, Matt Maude - UK, USA - 93 mins

Before there was Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk, there was Marc Porat and his merry band of techies dedicating every waking hour to achieving the seemingly impossible. Created as an offshoot of Apple following the meteoric rise of the Macintosh, Porat's General Magic was tasked with changing the world—and the device to do it was a ... more

It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story
Eric Friedler - Germany - 113 mins

In 1939 New York City, two Jewish refugees from Berlin founded the most iconic jazz label in music history, Blue Note Records. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonius Monk, Quincy Jones, and countless others came through Blue Note's doors to create indelible recordings that thrummed with improvisatory urgency. In an era ... more

For the Ones We Loved
Pascal Thomas - France - 96 mins

4:00 PM
$14.00

At a beautiful wedding, the bride and groom exchange the vows they have written. Once outside the church, the newlyweds can't resist kissing each other as friends and family cheer them on. But there's a woman in a convertible idling at the end of the steps. Seeing her, the groom shrugs and then races to her and leaps into the car, which ... more

MetroShorts
various - USA, China, Japan, Singapore - 93 mins

Aurelius Battaglia: Hidden in Plain Sight (Michael T. Miller), Paleonaut (Eric McEver), Paranormal Girlfriend (Jeanne Hospod), Boys in the Boat (Nive Das and Ted Hornick), The Birth of Afrobeat (Opiyo Okeyo), John Mendez—The Bridge (Mike Kuba), The Pick Up (Giovanna Chesler), Space to Explore (Katherine DuBois), and We Are Now (Kevin ... more

Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen
Rasmus Dinesen - Denmark - 82 mins

All chefs dream of the distinction of receiving the coveted Michelin star, but who decides this peculiar rating and what are the criteria for obtaining one? This beautifully filmed documentary takes us into some of the most stunning restaurants serving the most exquisite cuisines. Director Rasmus Dinesen serves up an in-depth and honest ... more

Screwdriver
Bassam Jarbawi - Palestine, USA, Qatar - 108 mins

5:30 PM
$14.00

After more than a decade in an Israeli jail, newly released Ziad doesn't recognize the world around him. He is a free man but his friends have moved on, technology has changed, and dating seems impossible. Although he's hailed as a hero for his involvement in a failed attack on a settler, the act that led to his imprisonment, the young ... more

Hopelessly Devout
Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz - Spain - 90 mins

6:00 PM
$14.00

Carmen, an elderly church activist, is an admired member of the stodgy "brotherhood" that carries out a procession during one of Spain's legendary Holy Week pageants. But the women want to wear makeup and shorter skirts. Most of all, they want recognition of the women who are in reality playing a leading role. Even though Carmen has overwhelming ... more

Name of a Woman
Marco Tullio Giordana - Italy - 98 mins

Nina is a single mother who finds a job at a nursing home for the elderly in Lombardy. She initially settles in well, but one night she is called into her supervisor's office and the man jumps on her. Nina rebuffs his advances but when she resolves to report her boss, she finds that no one is willing to support her; not her colleagues, ... more

Supa Modo
Likarion Wainaina - Kenya, Germany - 74 mins

In this touching story told with disarming naiveté, 9-year-old Jo imagines herself a comic book superhero, Supa Moda, with amazing powers. Her mother brings her home from the hospital to their tiny village in Kenya to the loving company of family and villagers. Jo has a terminal disease, but her mother and sister enlist the villagers ... more

Le Grand Bal
Laetitia Carton - France - 89 mins

At the annual Grand Bal de l'Europe, 2,000 people come together to celebrate the amazing richness, history, and nuance of dances from every region of France and the world in the best possible way: by dancing. Each summer for 8 days, on the grounds of an old farm near the village of Gennetines, people pitch their tents (though very little ... more

Babylon
Franco Rosso - UK - 95 mins

Franco Rosso's incendiary Babylon premiered at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the United States for "being too controversial and likely to incite racial tension" (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British reggae group Aswad) in South London as he ... more

Cuban Food Stories
Asori Soto - Cuba, USA - 82 mins

Filmmaker Asori Soto returns to his native land of Cuba on a mission of "culinary diplomacy" to learn about the island's isolated pockets of regional cuisine. He finds that Cuba's culinary traditions are being updated to confront changing situations. Because of shortages and other privations, many Cubans turn to local resources. In the ... more

The Good Girls
Alejandra Márquez Abella - Mexico - 93 mins

8:00 PM
$14.00

With her perfectly coiffed hair, generously attentive husband, and beautifully appointed home in Mexico City's tony Polanco district, stunning Sofía lives a life that defines early 1980s luxury: one of spur-of-the-moment shopping trips to New York City and country club lunches peppered with effusive compliments and empty praise. Her biggest ... more

One Last Deal
Klaus Härö - Finland - 95 mins

8:15 PM
$14.00

Olavi (Heikki Nousiainen) has spent his life in the rarefied world of art dealers, auction houses, and fine-art galleries. The many small paintings, prints, and objets d'art that clutter his cramped gallery tell the story of a man who is more interested in quiet intellectual pursuits than messy human interactions. It is the latter situation ... more

Sink or Swim
Gilles Lellouche - France, Belgium - 122 mins

Gilles Lellouche's warm and amusing film poses this question: Can a loose collection of mismatched oddballs come together to find success as a male synchronized-swimming team? The absurdity of the premise is matched by the sincere commitment of a group of barely athletic men bonding over this seemingly impossible task. After all, their ... more