Filmfest DC Offers Area Fans a Celebration of Celluloid
We’re once again covering the Washington, DC International Film Festival, aka Filmfest DC, which takes place April 11-21. Like a couple of other recent blog entries, this one’s a threepeater, which is kinda special I guess.
More than 80 films – features, documentaries and shorts – will represent “the best in new cinema from around the world” in this, the festival’s 27th year.
Opening Night kicks off with the American premiere of “Underground,” an Australian film about the teenage hacker years of WikiLeaks kingpin Julian Assange. This is supposed to be the “first narrative drama about Assange to hit the big screen.”
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Once again, this year the festival highlights comedies with “The Lighter Side.” And, for the first time, with what I’m assuming to be a link to that white-haired cause célèbre mentioned above, Filmfest DC takes on the spy/intrigue genre with “Trust No One: Espionage and Thrillers.”
Other featured films include “Midnight’s Children,” a movie based on the novel by Salman Rushdie, and “Kon-Tiki,” a Norwegian film about that country’s legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s Pacific rafting voyage from South America to Polynesia, trying to prove the possibility that those island inhabitants may’ve originated in South America.