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Current Programming

May 12–22
This weekend: DC area premieres of Eran Kilirin's drama LET IT BE MORNING, Israel's 2021 Oscar® pick; Mano Khalil's drama NEIGHBORS; and Simon Schechter's docu-drama BERENSHTEIN; and mid-Atlantic premieres of Adam Kalderon's LGBT-themed drama THE SWIMMER and Aurélie Saada's crowdpleaser ROSE, WJFF's Opening Night selection.
Co-presented with the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia for the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial.
Intro by Ed Epstein, Lincoln Group of DC
James Stewart stars in Frank Capra's 1939 comedy about an unlikely senator who fights for what's right; Jean Arthur sparkles as a seen-it-all Congressional secretary charmed by his decency. Sat, May 21, 3:00 p.m.
April 29–July 14
This week, three new 4K restorations: BIX: "AIN'T NONE OF THEM PLAY LIKE HIM YET," Brigette Berman's 1981 documentary on jazz phenom Bix Beiderbecke (May 20, 24–26); Joseph Losey's spellbinding 1963 psychological drama THE SERVANT (May 20, 23–26); and Henry Kümel's 1971 psychosexual shocker DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS (May 20, 22–24).
May 1–June 2
This week: classic workplace comedy OFFICE SPACE (May 20, 7:00 p.m.); documentary CANE FIRE (May 22, 6:00 p.m.), exploring the history of Kaua'i; documentary 9TO5: THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT, feat. Q&A with Karen Nussbaum (May 23, 7:00 p.m.), and 35mm archival print of John Ford's HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY, feat. intro by Harold Meyerson (May 24, 7:00 p.m.).
April 29–July 14
AFI Silver welcomes back the wildly popular 48 Hour Film Project, a competition for do-it-yourself filmmakers. They're given a genre, a prop, a character and a line of dialogue; the rest is up to them! See the results of the Washington, DC-area teams on May 25 & 26.
May 25, 7:00 p.m.; May 26, 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
April 29–July 14
This week: PORCO ROSSO –30th anniversary! Hayao Miyazaki's eccentric and enthralling 1992 adventure is set in 1920s Italy, where a swashbuckling aviator (who just happens to be a pig) pilots his bright red plane to do battle with pirates and other evildoers.
May 21 & 22, 11:00 a.m.; May 23–26, 5:00 p.m.
April 29–July 13
This week: EDGE OF THE CITY. Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes and Jack Warden star in this 1957 film noir, set in the dangerous and corrupt dock working world on New York City's Hudson River. Martin Ritt's directorial debut is notable for being the first film in which Poitier received top co-star billing.
May 21, 1:00 p.m.; May 23–26, 12:30 p.m.
Now playing
From creator Julian Fellowes comes the much-anticipated cinematic return of DOWNTON ABBEY. In their second feature film, the beloved Crawley family journeys to the south of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess' newly inherited villa. Joining the original cast are newcomers Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.
Now playing
Audrey Diwan's award-winning drama unfolds in France in 1963, as a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her faces an unwanted pregnancy. With final exams approaching and her belly growing, she resolves in desperation to seek out an illegal abortion, even if she must risk prison to do so.
Now playing
From director Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL) comes the incredible true story of the 60-year-old taxi driver who stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from London's National Gallery in 1961. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Starring Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead, Anna Maxwell Martin and Matthew Goode.
Now playing
Directed by Daniels, this hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure follows an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can't seem to finish her taxes. With Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis.
May 28–June 2
With a career spanning nearly 70 years and 300 screen credits, Christopher Lee (1922–2015) was an iconic presence in cinema, most notably for his riveting performances as Count Dracula in 10 films. For his centennial, we present HORROR OF DRACULA, THE WICKER MAN: FINAL CUT and THE DEVIL RIDES OUT.
April 29–June 12
Up next: "Henry V," presented by National Theatre Live, June 10–12. Kit Harington (GAME OF THRONES) plays the title role in Shakespeare's thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Directed by Max Webster; captured live from the Donmar Warehouse in London.
June 3–15
AFI Silver Theatre and the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, are proud to co-present our annual festival of outstanding new films from Spain. Opening Night: U.S. theatrical premiere of CARPOOLERS, an uproarious rideshare comedy, followed by a Q&A with director Martín Cuervo.
June 10–19
AFI Silver is proud to host the DC Caribbean FilmFest, 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: coffee documentary KAFE NEGRO: CUBA & THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION with short film PATTY VS. PATTY.
June 24–July 14
Writer, director and actress Elaine May has carved out a singular career on stage and screen. This retrospective presents NICHOLS AND MAY: TAKE TWO, a documentary about her comedy career with Mike Nichols, plus four classics directed by May: A NEW LEAF, THE HEARTBREAK KID, MIKEY & NICKY and ISHTAR.
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