Filmfest DC brings slate of global gems

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews Filmfest DC

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WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital’s longest running film festival returns this week.

The 32nd annual Filmfest D.C. — also known as the Washington D.C. International Film Festival — returns April 19-29 to the Landmark E Street Cinema and AMC Mazza Gallerie.

“We’re the first [and] still largest in D.C.,” festival director Tony Gittens told WTOP. “We have 80 films [from] 45 countries. … We scour the world as best we can to come up with films we think are great to bring to the people of the nation’s capital. … Festivals like Filmfest D.C. are the first and often last time people will have the opportunity to see some of these films.”

Which countries are represented this year?

“We have films from Spain, Taiwan, France, the USA, Turkey, Germany, the Netherlands, Tanzania — it’s very rare to find a film from that part of East Africa,” Gittens said. “This year has been a very strong year for Latin American, Spanish-language films. We found eight that we think are outstanding from Spain, Paraguay, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.”


Opening night kicks off Thursday with the Swiss comedy “Streaker” by filmmaker Peter Luisi, whose lead actress Doro Müggler will stick around after the screening for a special Q&A.

“It’s a funny, funny film … about a man who’s a teacher who needs to raise money for this project, so he takes all of his money and starts betting on soccer games,” Gittens said. “He finds out by accident that streakers — guys and girls who take off their close and run across the field — impact the game. A team would win or lose depending whether these streakers came out. So, he started hiring these streakers to run across the field. … Skin in the game!”

Your funny bone will also be tickled on closing night thanks to French filmmaker Carine Tardieu’s comedy “Just to Be Sure,” which will screen April 29 at the Embassy of France.

“It’s a film about discovery in so many ways,” Gittens said. “A middle-age man gets a call from his ex-girlfriend who says, ‘By the way, we had a son,’ who would now be an adult son. This guy is absolutely surprised, but he knows nothing about him and he tries to find out about his son. It’s about how you’re sure you understand …read more

Source:: Wtop – Entertainment


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