A Foreign Affair

Thursday, March 29, 2012

By DowntownDC

Moviegoers, soak up the new and award-winning offerings at the 26th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival beginning on Thursday, April 12, and running through Sunday, April 22, at various venues citywide, including four in Downtown. This year’s highlights: comedies, a social justice series, and new Caribbean cinema.

FilmFest DC is the city’s oldest and largest international film festival. It will feature more than 80 films from 35-plus countries and showcase more than a dozen international guests, including the director behind Monsieur Lazhar, a 2012 Oscar finalist for Best Foreign Language Film, and the producer of Pink Ribbons, Inc., a controversial documentary investigating corporate campaigns to fight breast cancer.

The cinematic sensations will be shown at seven locations, including the Goethe-Institut (812 7th Street), Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th Street), the U.S. Naval Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Avenue), and Regal Cinemas Gallery Place (701 7th Street) in Downtown. Tickets are generally $11 per show.

Two special events happening in Downtown: the Opening Night celebration, taking place at 7:00 pm at Regal Cinemas and featuring the DC premiere of Starbuck, a Canadian comedy and box office hit, followed by a party at Bar Louie (701 7th Street); and FilmFest DC for Kids, featuring Eleanor’s Secret and occurring at 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 14 and April 21, at the Goethe-Institut. The cost is $25 per person for Opening Night and $5 per person for Filmfest DC for Kids.

In a cherry blossom frame of mind? Free screenings of Hanezu, Late Spring and Sansho the Bailiff kick off at the National Gallery of Art. Click here for times and dates, and to find out more about the Festival, including advance ticket sales and discount packages.