Your Weekend Agenda: Everything To See At Filmfest DC

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Now that awards season is sadly over, we're feeling withdrawal symptoms from the lack of red-carpet looks, mani-cams, and weekly reasons to fall in love with Jennifer Lawrence. If you're wondering what could possibly fill the void between Oscars brackets and summer blockbusters, we've got the answer: Filmfest DC, the District’s very own international film fest, is back again for the 27th year.

With more than 80 feature films, documentaries, and shorts from all around the world, all of those hard-to-see indie and foreign flicks will be at your fingertips. Screenings take place at a variety of local theaters, including Landmark E Street Cinema, the National Gallery of Art, and the Embassy of France. Since there are so many awesome films on the docket, we’ve made it a little easier and whipped up with a list of highlights. Time to kick back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the show.

Midnight’s Children
An adaptation of the Salman Rushdie novel, the film follows the fate of two children born at the strike of midnight on August 15, 1947, the moment that India gained independence from Great Britain. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet both Salman Rushdie and Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta after the first screening.
When: Saturday, April 13, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m.; tickets are $12-$18.
Where: National Geographic Society, 1600 M Street NW, 800-647-5463; Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, 202-783-9494.

Kon-Tiki
Short-listed for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, this man vs. nature film is a remake of Thor Heyerdahl’s 1950 Oscar-winning documentary about his journey across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft.
When: Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m and Saturday, April 13, at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Where: AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-537-9551.

Stories We Tell
Oscar-nominated actor/director Sarah Polley helmed this beautiful documentary, which serves as a love letter to her actor parents. Although the story focuses on Polley’s family, the narrative of familial love is universal.
When: Sunday, April 14, at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Where: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW; 202-783-9494.

The Kings of Summer
An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, this comedic coming-of-age story revolves around three teenage boys who decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. It will be released in limited theaters at the end of May, but this is your chance to see it first.
When: Saturday, April 13, at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Where: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW; 202-783-9494.


Photos: Courtesy of David Hamilton Productions/Nordisk Film