D.C. Film Festival Screens Big Laughs From Around the World
Is it really that time of year again? Naw … it can’t be.
Well, I just checked the calendar, and it is: April 2012, time once again for the Washington, DC International Film Festival. The 26th annual event will take place April 12-22, with multiple venues participating throughout the D.C. area.
This year, the festival will highlight “a slate of international comedies.” Ah yes, comedy. We could all use a laugh these days. There will be more than 75 films at this year’s Filmfest DC, a cocktail of features, documentaries and shorts in “the District’s oldest and largest film festival.”
Just like last year, there almost has to be something on tap here to kindle your inner auteur. “Films presented in the festival are Washington, DC premieres and provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy award-winning cinema otherwise not available.”
Sounds good, eh?
There is a diverse lineup this year, featuring films from Italy, Norway, Canada, Iran, Russia, Japan, Argentina, Cuba and Jamaica. Filmfest DC is an accessible festival, as “free programs for children and senior citizens will be offered.”
One highlight this year is “Monsieur Lazhar,” an Oscar-nominated tale of an Algerian immigrant who’s hired to replace a well-liked Montreal elementary teacher who committed suicide. Looks interesting.
Speaking of which, like last year, most tickets will cost $11. Opening night, which will feature a screening of Canadian comedy “Starbuck” at Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Chinatown, will set you back $25. The closing night reception, held at the Embassy of France, will feature a screening of French film “The Intouchables,” and for that you’ll have to shell out 20 smackers.
As with any festival, especially one with as much going on as Filmfest DC, always check the site for regular updates and the most detailed information. Most venues will be Metrorail accessible.
Sponsors this year include WJLA and WAMU, American University Radio.