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Current Programming

Come see the winning short films from this year's DC-area 48 Hour Film Project, a competition for local filmmakers from beginner to pro! Awards will be given in a number of categories, culminating in Best Film.
June 1, 7:00 p.m.
April 28–July 13
This week: new 4K restorations of Věra Chytilová's anarchic 1966 farce DAISIES, Luis Buñuel's 1950 neorealist masterpiece LOS OLVIDADOS and William Wyler's 1946 post-war drama THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (FREE for Silver Cinema Club members!), and 2K restoration of Dino Risi's 1962 road trip comedy IL SORPASSO (+ aperol spritz cocktail party May 27).
April 28–July 13
This week: 1938 romance FOUR DAUGHTERS in 35mm (FREE for Silver Cinema Club members!); James Cagney in 1933 musical comedy FOOTLIGHT PARADE; Errol Flynn in 1938 action classic THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD; and Bette Davis in 1939 dramas THE OLD MAID and DARK VICTORY and 1938 romance JEZEBEL.
April 28–July 12
This week, both starring Rock Hudson: action-packed 1954 Technicolor Western TAZA, SON OF COCHISE in 3-D, and 1954 romantic drama MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, co-starring Jane Wyman in an Oscar®-nominated performance.
May 1–30
This week: a highschooler thinks he's the reincarnation of Trotsky in Jacob Tierney's 2010 comedy THE TROTSKY, and Closing Night selection BLUE JEAN (FREE for Silver Cinema Club members!), Georgia Oakley's stunning drama set in 1988 as Thatcher's Conservative government prepares to pass laws stigmatizing gays and lesbians.
April 29–July 13
This week: VAGABOND. Varda's stunning 1985 drama pieces together the story of a defiant young drifter (Sandrine Bonnaire, in an award-winning performance) after she is found frozen to death in a ditch, through flashbacks told by those who encountered her.
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In Nicole Holofcener's sharply observed comedy, a novelist's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) long-standing marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her husband (Tobias Menzies) give his honest reaction to her latest book. "Warm-hearted, rueful and hilarious." – Vox
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Saim Sadiq's stunning feature debut explores the problems of the repressed, patriarchal society in Pakistan with the story of a man who works at a burlesque and grows infatuated with the strong-willed trans woman who runs the show. "Groundbreaking cinema." – That Shelf
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Documentarian Constance Marks follows Yeshi Kassa, the great-granddaughter of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, as she investigates what happened to her relatives after the 1974 coup that saw most of her family imprisoned. The royal family reflects for the first time on how they were able to survive this turbulent time.
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Rebecca Zlotowski's sexy, soulful and resolutely grown-up comedy-drama explores agency and belonging through the story of a Rachel (Virginie Efira), a childless 40something woman who finds herself growing attached to her boyfriend's four-year-old daughter and begins to long for a child of her own.
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June 2–6
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AFI Silver Theatre and the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, are proud to co-present this annual festival of outstanding new films from Spain. Opening Night: mythical coming-of-age tale TOBACCO BARNS with reception, June 2, 7:00 p.m.
Q&A with filmmaker Sean Claffey and featured subjects
Told through the David vs. Goliath story of Chris Smalls and Derrick Palmer, the two men who lead a movement to unionize Amazon workers, this is a documentary about income inequality and how these disparities have led to radicalization at every level of society.
June 6, 7:10 p.m.
June 7–27
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Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Film Foundation and the National Gallery of Art, this showcase of recent Finnish cinema focuses on outstanding new work by up-and-coming and established directors. Next week: fantasy horror HATCHING with filmmaker Q&A and reception, June 7, 7:45 p.m.
June 8–14
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Now in its 21st year, the Fest is co-presented by the Caribbean Association of World Bank Group and IMF Staff, Caribbean Professional Network, Institute of Caribbean Studies and Africa World Now Project. Opening Night: ONE HAND DON'T CLAP with filmmaker Q&A and reception, June 8, 7:30 p.m.
June 9–July 13
Over a three-decade career, Park Chan-wook has established himself as one of South Korea's leading auteurs, known for his intricately plotted and visually stunning thrillers. Opening the series: violent 2002 morality tale SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, playing June 9–13.
A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller's captivating parable o power, starring Erin Doherty (THE CROWN) and Brendan Cowell ("Yerma"). Lyndsey Turner directs this contemporary new staging, captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre in London.
June 10 & 11, 1:00 p.m.
David Harewood (HOMELAND) and Zachary Quinto (STAR TREK) play feuding political rivals William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal in James Graham's award-winning new drama. Jeremy Herrin directs this blistering political thriller, filmed live at the Noël Coward Theatre, London.
June 10 & 11, 7:00 p.m.; June 17 & 18, 1:15 p.m.
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June 15–18
AFI Silver is excited to host the inaugural Library of Congress Festival of Film and Sound, a new four-day film event celebrating the Library's rich moving image and recorded sound collections, organized by the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.
David Tennant (DOCTOR WHO) plays an intelligent German professor who finds himself pulled into a movement with unthinkable consequences in the run-up to World War II. Dominic Cooke directs this powerful political play, filmed live at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
June 17 & 18, 4:30 p.m.
Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, this hilarious and heartbreaking one-woman show revolves around a selfish and morally bankrupt young woman struggling to run a guinea pig cafe. Directed by Vicky Jones and filmed live at the National Theatre, London.
June 17 & 18, 7:20 p.m.
June 19–22
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Presented in partnership with Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival, this showcase features five outstanding films that reflect and celebrate the Black experience, including three recently restored rediscoveries by Black independent filmmakers and a documentary on local Black history and culture.

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