The 33rd annual Filmfest D.C. that brings together new and exciting international films will return to Washington, D.C. from April 25 through May 5 at Landmark’s E Street Cinema and AMC Mazza Gallerie Theaters.
During the 11-day event, 80 films from 45 countries will be screened. This year’s films are planned to be presented in different categories such as World View (international films), Foodflix, Music, Justice Matters, Thrillers, Comedy, and Shorts.
On April 25, the opening night sponsored by the Embassy of Australia will kick off at AMC Mazza Gallerie (5300 Wisconsin Ave, NW) with the screening of Australian comedy-drama Ladies in Black. The festival will be closed on May 5 with a ceremony sponsored by the Embassy of France, and the screening of C’est la vie!, a French film.
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In the Foodflix category, Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen that goes behind the scenes of the mythical “Michelin Guide” will be shown. The film will be introduced by D.C.’s own Michelin-starred chef Aaron Silverman.
The Best Sommelier in the World, a documentary that shows the tough competition at the prestigious World Sommelier Competition, is also part of the same category. Special guest Lindsey Fern, sommelier at the world-renowned Inn at Little Washington, will give an introduction before the screening.
Echo in the Canyon, a film that shows the 1960’s folk-rock explosion within the storied Laurel Canyon district of Los Angeles, is the most anticipated film in the Music category. The movie session followed by performances from Jakob Dylan, Cat Power, and Jade Castrinos will take place at the Lincoln Theater (1215 U Street, NW). Hugh Hefner’s After Dark and Piazzolla: The Years of the Shark are the other two films that are also in the Music category.
Another major highlight of the festival is the World Premiere of D.C. Noir, a crime anthology series by George Pelecanos (The Wire, Treme, The Deuce) adapted from his acclaimed short stories, set and filmed entirely in Washington, D.C.
Virtual Reality documentary Traveling While Black that depicts the connection between 1950s segregationist policies to the present day police violence is another festival highlight. The 19-minute film previously debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and is set to be screened at Ben’s Chili Bowl.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other local luminaries are expected to attend the festival. Featured directors and filmmakers will also be available throughout the festival days for questions and discussions. For full schedule and other information, visit the festival website at www.filmfestdc.org.
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