Spring Arts Guide 2013

Filmfest D.C. April 11-21 at various venues

Filmfest D.C.’s 2012 theme—“Politics Isn’t the Only Thing Funny in Washington!”—probably induced more than a few groans, but its slate of mostly very funny films didn’t disappoint. Last year’s fest was the biggest ever, showing more than 70 titles from around the world in 11 days, in addition to hosting various cultural events around town. But the fest has traditionally shied away from heavy-duty fare, sticking to digestible international blockbusters and special-interest documentaries over obscure and controversial selections from European provocateurs. Last year’s big premiere, the touching buddy caper comedy The Intouchables—France’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar—was shut out by the Academy this year, perhaps suggesting that audiences are cooling on feel-good foreign fare. Here’s hoping that Filmfest D.C., now in its 26th year, is ready to grow up a little and take a walk on the edgy side.

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