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Current Programming

Q&A with filmmaker Moses Bwayo on March 17
First-time co-directors Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwayo tell the story of Bobi Wine, the musician-turned-politician leading the opposition to the ruthless, 35-year regime in Uganda.
March 17, 7:00 p.m.; also screening March 20, 7:00 p.m.
4K digital restoration
One week only, March 17–23
Based on Franz Kafka's unfinished novel, Orson Welles' 1962 drama stars Anthony Perkins as Josef K., a man who is accused of a crime but never told what it is. Subjected to ever more surreal episodes of harassment and insinuation, he maintains his innocence.
Q&A with director Constance Marks, producer Corinne LaPook and subject Yeshi Kassa on March 18
Documentarian Constance Marks follows Yeshi Kassa, great-granddaughter of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, as she investigates what happened to her relatives after the 1974 coup.
March 18, 4:00 p.m.—sold out; March 22, 7:00 p.m.
Q&A with filmmaker Ellie Foumbi on March 18
In this potent thriller, a woman's quiet existence in a mountain town in France is upended by the arrival of an African priest whom she recognizes from a terrifying episode in her homeland.
March 18, 7:00 p.m.; March 22, 9:10 p.m.
Co-presented with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Mia Wasikowska, Eric Bana and Radha Mitchell star in this inspiring drama about a mother and daughter's shared passion for the ocean, and the rare blue groper that inspires a budding environmentalist.
March 19, 2:15 p.m.; March 21, 6:30 p.m.
Q&A with filmmaker Sherief Elkatsha on March 19
U.S. Premiere
In Sherief Elkatsha's music-filled documentary, musicians from countries along the Nile River band together across cultures and musical traditions to raise awareness about Africa's growing water issue.
March 19, 4:30 p.m.; March 23, 8:30 p.m.
Q&A with filmmaker Walé Oyéjidé on March 19
In filmmaker and designer Walé Oyéjidé's imaginative and poetic debut feature, a Burkinabè boy migrates to Italy and later discovers a way to go back in time to regain what he lost.
March 19, 7:10 p.m.; March 23, 7:00 p.m.
Now playing
Hlynur Pálmason crafts an anti-colonial fable for the ages with this 19th-century-set tale of a young and ambitious Danish priest sent to establish a church in a remote community in Iceland (then a Danish colony). The distrust between the priest and his Icelandic guide devolves into a deadly battle of wills.
Return engagement
Seven Oscar® wins, including Best Picture, Director and Actress
The multiverse breaks open and an exasperated woman (Michelle Yeoh) is thrust into saving the world in the Daniels' genre-defying sci-fi epic — part absurd comedy, part emotional family drama.
New 4K digital restoration
March 10–16 & 22
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir's 1939 satire is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis' country chateau reveals ugly truths about a group of bourgeois acquaintances.
Now playing
Oscar® nominee, Best International Feature Film
Set in rural Ireland in 1981, Colm Bairéad's exquisite debut is a powerful coming-of-age drama about a nine-year-old girl from a large, dysfunctional family who is sent to live with relatives for the summer. But even in this most loving of homes, Cáit discovers some painful secrets.
Q&A with filmmaker C. J. "Fiery" Obasi
In an oceanside village, the revered Mama Efe is an intermediary between residents and their water deity, until the arrival of a mysterious rebel leads to a violent clash and a crisis of faith.
March 24, 7:00 p.m.
Q&A with producer Carolyn Carew
Mpumi "Supa" Mbele's debut documentary tells the story of South African musician Joseph Shabalala, who rose to fame with his band Ladysmith Black Mambazo after contributing to Paul Simon's "Graceland" album.
March 26, 4:30 p.m.
Q&A with filmmaker Kofi Ofosu-Yeboah
Kofi Ofosu-Yeboah's spunky genre mashup follows Ama as she returns to the city where she was gifted to a white art collector as a little girl, and attempts to reclaim her stolen childhood and seek revenge.
March 30, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 3–April 27
Friday shows introduced by George Pelecanos
Up next: WALKING TALL – 50th anniversary. Based on the life of legendary lawman Buford Pusser, Phil Karlson's 1973 action thriller stars Joe Don Baker as an ex-wrestler-turned-vigilante who retires to Tennessee and vows to rid the town of corruption.
Feb. 3–April 27
Up next: Charlotte Wells' drama AFTERSUN, starring Paul Mescal in an Oscar®-nominated performance; Joseph Kosinski's action-filled, Oscar®-nominated drama TOP GUN: MAVERICK; and Park Chan-wook's romantic crime drama DECISION TO LEAVE.
Feb. 3–April 26
Up next: Makoto Shinkai's 2016 romantic fantasy YOUR NAME follows two high schoolers — total strangers — who wake up in each other's bodies. As the bizarre and magical body swapping continues, they find ways to communicate and embark on a quest to meet for the first time.
Feb. 3–April 27
Up next: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS. Disney's 1971, World War II-set musical fantasy stars Angela Lansbury as an apprentice witch and temporary guardian of three young siblings who is determined to use her supernatural powers to defeat the Nazis.
Co–presented with the National Gallery of Art
Feb. 3–April 24
Up next: LA DOLCE VITA – This gigantic, kaleidoscopic, bitingly satiric fresco of European life in the 1960s follows tabloid gossip monger Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) on his travels with his photographer sidekick through "the sweet life" of Rome, in 13 episodes.
Co–presented with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art
Jan. 28–April 10
Up next: COUP 53. Ten years in the making, Taghi Amirani's 2019 documentary tells the story of the 1953 Anglo-American coup d'etat that overthrew Iran's government under Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah. April 2, 7:40 p.m.
Intro by Michelle Tolini Finamore; live musical accompaniment by Makia Matsumura
Co-presented with the Art Deco Society of Washington
Marie Prevost stars in this uproarious silent comedy as Mabel, a free-spirited woman determined to win back her ex-husband by any means necessary — never mind that he has recently remarried!
April 8, 7:00 p.m. (happy hour starting at 6:00 p.m.)
One night only!
Through a wealth of archival and performance footage, director Lisa Cortés' documentary tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock 'n' roll: the legendary musical innovator and originator Richard Penniman, aka Little Richard (1932–2020).
April 11, 7:15 p.m.
Tickets $8!
40th Anniversary
Tony Scott's arty 1983 erotic horror centers on a love triangle among vampire couple Miriam and John Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie) and a young research scientist (Susan Sarandon) in whom both take a keen interest — for different reasons.
April 15, 9:15 p.m.; April 19, 9:00 p.m.
70th Anniversary
William Wyler's quintessential 1953 rom-com stars Audrey Hepburn in her breakout role as a European princess who skips out on her official schedule to explore Rome incognito, alongside undercover reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck).
April 7, 4:30 p.m.; April 9, 4:05 p.m.; April 10, 2:15 p.m.; April 12, 7:00 p.m.
April 12 screening features intro by film professor David Rothman
One of Akira Kurosawa's finest achievements, this moving 1952 drama stars Takashi Shimura as Kanji Watanabe, a 30-year veteran City Hall bureaucrat who, after a diagnosis of terminal cancer, comes to appreciate his life for the first time.
April 8 & 9, 1:15 p.m.; April 12, 6:30 p.m.
Q&A and book event with James Kirchick, author of "Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington"
Starring Henry Fonda, Otto Preminger's 1962 film smashed Hollywood taboos about representing homosexuality on screen, in a gripping tale of political scandal and maneuvering set within the highest levels of Washington, DC, power brokering.
April 15, 5:30 p.m.
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