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The 32nd Annual
Washington, DC International Film Festival
April 19 – 29, 2018

80 Films • 45 Countries • 11 Days • 1 Exciting Festival

Tickets now on sale!

Opening Night:

Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 PM
AMC Mazza Gallerie, followed by a reception, $35
Directed by PETER LUISI
In Person: Star Doro Müggler

A new type of sports hero is born in this warm-hearted and fast-paced comedy from the writer/director of The Sandman (FFDC 2012) and Unlikely Heroes (FFDC 2015).

After losing a large sum of his employer's money on what should have been a sure bet, sad-sack high school teacher Balz Näf needs to replace the funds pronto. Taking inspiration from the streaker who distracted his heavily favored soccer team, he starts recruiting and training exhibitionists for illegal sports betting. His enterprising hairdresser lays out odds for punters to wager on the length of time a naked runner can stay on the field and shares the proceeds with Näf. Although streaking becomes a trendy new sport in Switzerland, the soccer club owners are furious and police commissioner Sandra Strebel (Doro Müggler) takes on the case.

This witty and humorous romp offers excellent scripting and direction and, um, revealing performances from a seasoned cast.—Palm Springs International Film Festival

Co-presented with the Embassy of Switzerland

Closing Night:
Just To Be Sure

Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Embassy of France, $25
1st screening:
3:00 PM, followed by a reception 5:00 – 6:00 PM
2nd screening:
7:00 PM, preceded by a reception 6:00 – 7:00 PM
(France, Belgium)

A delightful blend of coincidence and destiny, Just to Be Sure explores the virtues and vagaries of DNA in warm, funny, and unpredictable ways that leave you rooting for nurture over nature with all your heart. Erwin, a wistful widower of 45, makes a living clearing buried mines left over from WWII. While undergoing genetic testing with his single, pregnant daughter, Erwin discovers he has no genetic connection to his own father, who also a widower. A private detective helps him track down his biological father, Joseph, who is ailing as he ages. As Erwin and Joseph embark on a tentative and endearing relationship, Erwin also begins what might be a romantic affair with Anna, a local doctor in Joseph's seaside town. Questions of identity and lineage bring endless twists and turns in this perceptive French comedy. Just to Be Sure traverses literal and figurative minefields in search of what actually makes us who we are: biology or something else.—Palm Springs International Film Festival

Sponsored by the Embassy of France and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment

For security reasons, tickets for films at the Embassy of France must be purchased in advance.

Meet our special guests, Q&A after screenings

Thursday, April 19

  • Star Doro Müggler: Streaker (Switzerland)


Friday, April 20

  • Director Gustavo Pizzi: Loveling (Brazil, Uruguay)
  • Representative from the USAID and Feed the Future program, Africa Lead: Tunu: The Gift (Tanzania)
  • Phil Vickery, director of Reina: Short Cuts 1

Saturday, April 21

  • Director Thomas Moore and writer/lead actress Elizabeth Stewart - Bridge: Short Cuts 2
  • Director Gustavo Pizzi: Loveling (Brazil, Uruguay)

Sunday, April 22

  • Erica Ginsberg and Leon Gerskovic, directors of Creative Feds; Leon Guanzon, director of Permacounterculture; Rich Henrich and Daniel Seymour, directors/producers and Alex Rubenstein, editor of Puerto Rico: Citizens in Peril; Deanna del Ciello and Anna Molinaro directors of Queens in Training; and Azigza Nuru director of Yewub Dar: MetroShorts
  • Director Julia Bacha and Executive Producer Suhad Babaa of Just Vision: Naila and the Uprising (USA)
  • Director Craig Baldwin: Spectres of the Spectrum (USA)
  • Director Robert Clem and Producer Jerry Zolten: How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and The Road to Rock and Roll (USA) with a Special performance by the Howard University Gospel Choir
  • Director Pamela Yates; producer Paco de Onis; Jo-Marie Burt (moderator) Professor George Mason University and senior fellow Washington Office on Latin America; Adriana Beltran, Director for Citizen Security, WOLA; and representative from International Mayan League-USA: 500 Years: Life in Resistance (Guatemala, USA)

How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and The Road to Rock and Roll

Monday, April 23

Tuesday, April 24

  • Director Laura Bispuri and Star Alba Rohrwacher: Daughter of Mine (Italy, Germany, Switzerland)
  • Actor Christian Dario Ferreira: The Gold Seekers (Paraguay)
  • Director Julia Bacha and Executive Producer Suhad Babaa of Just Vision: Naila and the Uprising (USA)
  • Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg and Director Karin Jurschick: Playing God (Germany)

Thursday, April 26


Friday, April 27

  • Director Jon Garano: Giant (Spain)

Saturday, April 28

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