Filmfest DC, the DMV’s International Film Festival, is back for its 27th edition. Last year, the festival had a huge “French touch,” opening and closing with two French language comedies, Quebec’s Starbuck (which you can currently see at E Street) and France’s Les Intouchables (available on Netflix.) This year, between April 11 and April 21, Washingtonians will be treated to some 80 films and shorts, from over 35 countries, at some of the area’s best venues and many of its embassies. There’s fewer French language movies showing in 2013, but there’s still a good number of interesting offerings. I personally have only seen a few of them myself, but here is a quick recap of French finds at Filmfest DC 2013.
Other French offerings include:
- Renoir (9:15PM at E Street Cinema on April 13th and 7:30PM at E Street on the 14th) which is supposed to have a beautiful cinematography and stunning views of Mediterranean landscapes.
- Paris Under Watch (8:45PM on April 17th at Mazza Gallery and 7PM, April 19th, at Mazza Gallery) a terrorist thriller seen almost entirely from the viewpoint of webcams and surveillance cameras (creepy!).
- The animated feature Zarafa about an orphaned giraffe (Sunday April 14 at noon at the Goethe Institute and Saturday April 20th at 3PM at the Avalon Theater).
- Tango Libre an inventive story about prison, relationships and, well, tango lessons… (Sunday April 14 at 7:30PM at E Street Cinema and Saturday April 20th at 9:30PM at E Street Cinema)
- Inch’ Allah, a political thriller about the absurdity of life in Israel’s West Bank from the Canadian producers of Oscar nominated Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar (Saturday April 13 at 6:45PM and Sunday April 14th at 4:40PM, both the Avalon Theater.)
- Goodbye Morocco, a non-linear drama which the Hollywood Reporter called “a generally classy and timely piece of work,” and a “polished thriller (that) offers a sophisticated 21st century take on the enduring love-hate tensions between post-colonial Europe, Africa and the Arab world.” Sounds pretty right? (Friday April 12th at 7PM and Sunday April 14th at 2:30PM, both at the Avalon Theater)
|Laurence Anyways – Photo courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures|
- Laurence Anyways. The trailer for Xavier Dolan’s drama about love, acceptance and gender identity looks very interesting and I definitely am looking forward to seeing that one! (Wednesday April 17th at Landmark E Street, 8:45PM and Saturday April 20th, at the same venue, at 6PM.)