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After a two-year hiatus, the Animation Show of Shows returns to theaters. This 22nd edition comprises 10 films — nine recent, along with one restored classic — which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises.
Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 29, 6:45 p.m.
Co–presented with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art
Jan. 28–April 10
This week: Jafar Panahi's virtuosic 2022 drama NO BEARS (Jan. 28, 4:30 p.m.) and his subtle 2003 tragedy CRIMSON GOLD (Jan. 29, 4:30 p.m.; Jan 31 & Feb. 2, 6:45 p.m.), and Arvand Dashtaray's 2021 drama THE ABSENT DIRECTOR (Jan. 30, 6:45 p.m.).
Return engagement
Nine Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Original Screenplay
Set on a remote island off Ireland's coast, Martin McDonagh's latest black comedy stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two men whose friendship has suddenly ended, with alarming consequences for them both.
Return engagement
Six Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actress and Original Screenplay
Todd Field's drama stars Cate Blanchett as the groundbreaking conductor of a major German orchestra whose life begins to unravel as she prepares for a book launch and a performance of Mahler's "Fifth Symphony."
Now playing
Nine Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, International Feature Film and Adapted Screenplay
Edward Berger's adaptation of the classic WWI novel by Erick Maria Remarque follows 17-year-old soldier Paul Bäumer as he is deployed to the front lines in northern France and confronted with the brutal reality of trench warfare.
Now playing
Oscar® nominee, Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay
Eight women in an isolated community grapple to reconcile a brutal reality with their religious faith in Sarah Polley's powerful drama, adapted from the novel by Miriam Toews and based on real events. Starring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Jessie Buckley.
Now playing
Oscar® nominee, Best Actor and Adapted Screenplay
Bill Nighy stars in this profoundly affecting story about an ordinary man determined to turn his dull life into something wonderful. Oliver Hermanus reimagines Akira Kurosawa's IKIRU, with a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Seven Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actor and Original Screenplay Steven Spielberg's latest drama is a semiautobiographical portrait of the filmmaker's formative years. Part coming-of-age memoir and part ode to the magic of film, it stars Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams and Paul Dano.
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Oscar® nominee, Best International Feature Film
In Jerzy Skolimowski's bold, experimental feature, a donkey named EO treks across the Polish and Italian countryside meeting a colorful cast of characters that includes a soccer team, a priest and a countess played by Isabelle Huppert.
Held over!
Kyle Edward Ball's terrifying and nightmarish indie horror follows two children who wake up in the night to find their father is missing, and all the windows and doors in their home have vanished. "This is quite plainly the scariest movie I have seen in a very, very long time." – Pajiba.
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Song Kang Ho (PARASITE) stars in Hirokazu Kore-eda's offbeat new road movie about love, family and forgiveness, centered around two men who find more than they bargained for when they attempt to sell a baby on the black market. With Gang Dong Won, Doona Bae, Lee Ji Eun and Lee Joo Young.
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Select shows introduced by George Pelecanos
We've teamed up with Silver Spring-based author, producer and screenwriter George Pelecanos to present a selection of unsung gems of popular 1970s cinema, curated by Pelecanos. Opening the series: 1977 revenge thriller ROLLING THUNDER.
Feb. 3–April 26
In 2023, anime is an established artform. This series explores a range of films across the decades that left a mark in the anime world. Opening the series: Katsuhiro Otomo's cyberpunk action film AKIRA (1988), an influential cult classic that has become one of the most lauded and successful works of its kind.
Co–presented with the National Gallery of Art
Feb. 3–April 24
This centennial tribute to renowned Italian director Federico Fellini (1920–1993) was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. Opening the series: 4K restoration of Fellini's 1952 honeymoon-gone-wrong rom-com THE WHITE SHEIK, starring Leopoldo Trieste and Brunella Bovo.
Feb. 3–April 27
This tribute to stage and screen icon Dame Angela Lansbury (1925–2022) showcases a selection of her many celebrated onscreen roles. Opening the series: George Cukor's 1944 thriller GASLIGHT, starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten and an 18-year-old Lansbury in her screen debut.
Presented in recognition of Black History Month
Starring Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle and Esther Rolle, John Singleton's 1997 historical drama recounts the events of January 1923 in which a mob of white people murdered residents and destroyed the buildings of a predominantly Black town in Florida.
Feb. 4, 3:15 p.m.
4K Restoration
In honor of the 50th anniversary of his CREATURE FEATURE TV debut, local legend and horror host Count Gore De Vol (Dick Dyszel) presents Stanley Kubrick's 1980 classic, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.
Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Presented in recognition of Black History Month
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, Raoul Peck's searing 2016 documentary brings to life the writings of James Baldwin from his unfinished book on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Feb. 10, 1:00 p.m.; Feb. 11 & 14, 12:00 p.m.; Feb. 16, 12:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Presented in recognition of Black History Month
Lena Horne leads an African American cast in this 1943 musical romance, featuring legendary dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Dooley Wilson, Katherine Dunham and tap-dancing sensations the Nicholas Brothers.
Feb. 10, 3:00 p.m.; Feb. 12, 1:15 p.m.; Feb. 14 & 16, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets just $5!
Curated by Joe Gross, Joseph Pattisall and Jeff Krulik, this program combines crowd-sourced, fan-recorded live shows and rare archival footage to pay tribute to post-hardcore band Fugazi's prowess as a live act.
Feb. 11, 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.; Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m.; Feb. 18, 7:00 p.m.; Feb. 23, 7:15 p.m.
Co-presented with the Embassy of Sweden
Q&A with filmmakers Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen
This life-affirming documentary follows a dance team in Florida for women over 60 whose members find joy, sisterhood and camaraderie in their troupe while pursuing their passion for dance and self-expression.
Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m.
Tickets $8!
Wesley Snipes stars in Stephen Norrington's stylish and gory 1998 action fantasy as a half-immortal, half-mortal superhero. Alongside his mentor Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), he scours the streets and clubs of LA to rid the city of its vampire infestation.
Feb. 18, 9:40 p.m.; Feb. 23, 9:30 p.m.
Co-presented with the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, DC
Post-screening wine reception
Giuseppe Tornatore's acclaimed 1988 love letter to cinema remains a beloved fan favorite, best enjoyed on the big screen. A Roman film director (Jacques Perrin) learns that his hometown's former movie projectionist has died, prompting a flood of memories.
Feb. 19, 5:00 p.m.
Curated by John Kinhart and Jeff Krulik, this is a freewheeling assembly of rock doc shorts including PUNK & TOMATOES, MISS CHELOVE, WE LOVE THE HANGMEN and the local premiere of FUGAZI'S BARBER, plus a few surprises and sneak peeks of music docs still in progress.
Feb. 19, 7:45 p.m.
With Jerzy Skolimowski's widely acclaimed new film EO collecting awards and best-of-the-year plaudits, now seems like a perfect time to revisit the original donkey-starring spiritual allegory, Robert Bresson's AU HASARD BALTHAZAR from 1966.
Feb. 24, 5:00 p.m.; Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m.; Feb. 27–March 2, 4:45 p.m.
March 2–5
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AFI Silver is proud to co-present Solas Nua's annual Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF). Now in its 17th year, the four-day festival brings the best of contemporary Irish cinema to audiences in the DC metropolitan area. The 2023 lineup will be announced in February!
50th Anniversary
Resetting Raymond Chandler's LA detective classic from the 1940s to the 1970s, Robert Altman created a one-of-a-kind film that gleefully breaks all the rules. Elliott Gould stars as private eye Philip Marlowe, the lone voice for moral order in a corrupt world.
March 4, 2:45 p.m.; March 6–8, 12:00 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 7:00 p.m.; March 9, 12:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
March 17–30
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Now in its 19th year, the New African Film Festival, presented by AFI and Africa World Now Project, brings the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent and across the diaspora to the Washington, DC, area.

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