On April 17, Filmfest DC will kick off its 28th (and what could be its final) festival, an 11-day event with screenings of 71 feature-length films, most of which are D.C. premieres. There's some star power in the line-up (Oscar-winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Omar Sharif, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon) and three series of shorts [...]
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When organizers announced recently that this year’s Filmfest DC would almost certainly be its last, area cinephiles might have been saddened, but they shouldn’t have been shocked. The 28-year-old festival, known increasingly for its potpourri of middlebrow international films and flicks with a social-justice bent, faced increasing competition from the dozens of other film festivals [...]
Filmfest D.C. Director Tony Gittens says the cash-strapped film festival may be forced to call it quits after this year, the Washington Post reports. The annual citywide international film event is broke.
Gittens tells Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday that a punishing combination of dwindling funding and rising expenses has driven the film festival into the [...]
According to the Greek tragedians, women are, for the most part, hysterical nutjobs. This insanity is particularly resonant in Euripedes’ The Trojan Women, which features the women of Troy in agony after watching their city burn. With Trojan Barbie, playwright and new Georgetown faculty member Christine Evans has adapted the play for the 21st century. Her [...]
“Silver Apples of the Moon” is an ugly piece of music—when held up to traditional definitions of beauty, at least. But Morton Subotnick’s wacky 1967 composition defined “computer music” for a generation that hadn’t thought about it yet. Most Americans at that time were jamming to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and The Beatles’ “Penny Lane”; Subotnick, [...]
On the cover of this week's Washington City Paper is our massive look at Filmfest D.C., which this year has placed an emphasis on comedy (and revealed something about itself in the process). Tricia Olszewski leads the arts section with reviews of films about preppy seclusion and the Babylon of geekdom: Damsels in Distress and [...]
Just in case you were off getting culture elsewhere, Arts Desk went ahead and picked out the best of the rest of Filmfest D.C. If you waited until the last second, this is it! Here are the final films of the final weekend, assembled for your enjoyment.
Friday, April 15th
If you'd like to start the weekend [...]
If you see only one film titled Win Win this year...well, you actually have a choice of two. Win Win is an American film starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan that tells the story of a lawyer who does a not-so-ethical thing for money. Win/Win, meanwhile, is a Dutch film playing at Filmfest DC tonight [...]
Almost forgot: We ran some stuff besides our Filmfest DC coverage this week. Jeffry Cudlin takes the Smithsonian American Art Museum to task for placing painter George Ault in context he doesn't belong. Tricia Olszewski reviews In a Better World, which won this year's best foreign film Oscar. Bob Mondello reviews a world-premiere musical that seems [...]
Read our massive coverage of Filmfest DC. Then come back to Arts Desk, where we're reviewing more films, like this one.
Had he been asked to write his own biopic, the playwright Lope de Vega probably would’ve come up with a better climax than the familiar courtroom catharsis that caps off Lope, a swashbuckling, beautifully costumed, [...]