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Avalon Theatre

5612 Connecticut Ave. NW
Metro: Red line to Friendship Heights. Street parking available on side streets and on Connecticut Ave.

  Everything We Loved   Max Currie - New Zealand - 101 mins

Friday, April 18 - 6:30 PM - $12.00

How far would you go to rebuild your life after the unthinkable has happened? Writer/director Max Currie confronts this question in his quietly confident debut feature, shot in the lonesome New Zealand countryside. Charlie (Brett Stewart) is a small-time magician struggling to make ends meet far outside of town. Home movies reveal that he had a picturesque ... more

  The Verdict   Jan Verheyen - Belgium - 111 mins

Friday, April 18 - 6:30 PM - $12.00

Director Jan Verheyen begins his film with a quote from Albert Camus: "There is no justice. Only limits." The Verdict is a sober, and sobering, examination of how that philosophy plays out in one man's life. When we meet Luc Segers (Koen De Bouw), he is a man on the way up, with everything to live for. But a chance encounter on the road late at ... more

  Family United   Daniel Sánchez Arévalo - Spain - 101 mins

Friday, April 18 - 8:45 PM - $12.00

As the 2010 World Cup soccer final unfolds, Efrain (Patrick Criado) is about to marry Carla (Arancha Marti) in their village outside Madrid. Efrain's father (Hector Colome) has summoned his son's four brothers to attend, and each of them arrives with their own issues and baggage. As the game unfolds—and the guests remained riveted on the soccer match—disasters ... more

  Traffic Department   Wojtek Smarzowski - Poland - 118 mins

Friday, April 18 - 8:45 PM - $12.00

In a culture where even the children's soccer teams are on the take, the police officers who patrol the streets of Warsaw are under constant pressure to accept bribes from and look the other way for even the most blatant offenders. Some do and some don't, but they all deal with the stress with lots of drinking, boisterous practical jokes, and not-so-clandestine ... more

  11.6   Philippe Godeau - France - 102 mins

Saturday, April 19 - 4:45 PM - $12.00

A French heist film of uncommon intelligence and distinction, 11.6 is a measured retelling of what's known of a true story in which an armored car driver, Toni Musulin (The Intouchables' Francois Cluzet, here resembling a Gallic Dustin Hoffman), made off with $17 million dollars (11.6 million euros) in late 2009 without firing a shot. Many ... more

  Remote Control   Byamba Sakhya - Mongolia, Germany - 90 mins

Saturday, April 19 - 5:15 PM - $12.00

Tired of commuting from his small village to the big city of Ulan Bator to sell milk and disgusted with his dysfunctional family life, Tsog (Enkhtaivan Baasandorj) runs away from home to the urban metropolis. From the roof of the apartment complex where he used to sell, he uses a stolen remote to watch the TV of the beautiful but troubled Anu (Nergui Bayarmaa) ... more

  Life's a Breeze   Lance Daly - Ireland, Sweden - 83 mins

Saturday, April 19 - 7:00 PM - $12.00

Thirteen-year-old Dubliner Emma (Kelly Thornton) isn't too thrilled about being assigned the task of paying daily visits to her grandmother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan), who is fiercely independent and politely described by her offspring as "argumentative." With economic woes battering Ireland and everyday life delivering the occasional sucker punch, tensions ... more

  Lovely Louise   Bettina Oberli - Germany, Switzerland, Spain - 91 mins

Saturday, April 19 - 7:15 PM - $12.00

Middle-aged André (Stefan Kurt) listlessly drives a cab and shares a small apartment with his 80-year-old mother Louise (Annemarie Düringer). His main social outlets are flying radio-controlled airplanes, which he builds at night in the garage, and joining his mother and a few of her elderly women friends for tea and cards. André's occasional attempts to ... more

  Hunting Elephants   Reshef Levi - Israel, USA - 107 mins

Saturday, April 19 - 9:00 PM - $12.00

An unlikely quartet teams up to rob a bank in this raucous comedy, but there's much more going on than a simple heist. Family secrets, sex, love, and other factors drive a pair of retirees, a 12-year-old boy, and an English lord to consider such a rash act. After his father dies at work and the weaselly bank manager stiffs his mother on the pension, young ... more

  My Sweet Pepper Land   Hiner Saleem - Kurdistan, France, Germany - 90 mins

Saturday, April 19 - 9:15 PM - $12.00

The absurdist humor and genre smarts of Vodka Lemon director Hiner Saleem are once again on display in My Sweet Pepper Land, which is nothing less than a regional western marking the director's return to his native Kurdistan. Once a hero in the independence movement, Baran (Korkmaz Arslan) is a restless sheriff in the capital city of Erbil. ... more

  11.6   Philippe Godeau - France - 102 mins

Sunday, April 20 - 2:45 PM - $12.00

A French heist film of uncommon intelligence and distinction, 11.6 is a measured retelling of what's known of a true story in which an armored car driver, Toni Musulin (The Intouchables' Francois Cluzet, here resembling a Gallic Dustin Hoffman), made off with $17 million dollars (11.6 million euros) in late 2009 without firing a shot. Many ... more

  Lovely Louise   Bettina Oberli - Germany, Switzerland, Spain - 91 mins

Sunday, April 20 - 3:15 PM - $12.00

Middle-aged André (Stefan Kurt) listlessly drives a cab and shares a small apartment with his 80-year-old mother Louise (Annemarie Düringer). His main social outlets are flying radio-controlled airplanes, which he builds at night in the garage, and joining his mother and a few of her elderly women friends for tea and cards. André's occasional attempts to ... more

  Excuse My French   Amr Salama - Egypt - 99 mins

Sunday, April 20 - 5:00 PM - $12.00

When the father of young Christian student Hany (Ahmed El Dash) keels over at the dinner table, his mother takes the boy out of private school and enrolls him in a chaotic public institution. To fit in he claims to be Muslim like everyone else, leading to largely humorous situations that underscore the importance of religious tolerance and social integration. ... more

  From Tehran to Heaven   Abolfazl Saffary - Iran, Germany - 75 mins

Sunday, April 20 - 5:15 PM - $12.00

Strange and almost apocalyptic things are happening all around Ghazal (Mahnaz Afshar) in an unnamed Iranian metropolis: mechanical and electronic items are on the blink, fights are breaking out on the street, and people hurry past with a fearful sense of purpose. Newly pregnant, she returns home to find her house ransacked and her biochemist husband Farhad ... more

  King Ordinary    David Dietl - Germany - 97 mins

Sunday, April 20 - 7:00 PM - $12.00

Thomas Muller is hopelessly average, earning him nothing but yawns from his wife and teenage son. It is a trait, however, that makes him the perfect target for a research company that can turn his middle-of-the-road opinions into big results for corporations and political candidates that want to attract the attention of the everyday man. When Thomas agrees ... more

  Everything We Loved   Max Currie - New Zealand - 101 mins

Sunday, April 20 - 7:15 PM - $12.00

How far would you go to rebuild your life after the unthinkable has happened? Writer/director Max Currie confronts this question in his quietly confident debut feature, shot in the lonesome New Zealand countryside. Charlie (Brett Stewart) is a small-time magician struggling to make ends meet far outside of town. Home movies reveal that he had a picturesque ... more

  Excuse My French   Amr Salama - Egypt - 99 mins

Friday, April 25 - 6:30 PM - $12.00

When the father of young Christian student Hany (Ahmed El Dash) keels over at the dinner table, his mother takes the boy out of private school and enrolls him in a chaotic public institution. To fit in he claims to be Muslim like everyone else, leading to largely humorous situations that underscore the importance of religious tolerance and social integration. ... more

  A Five Star Life   Maria Sole Tognazzi - Italy - 85 mins

Friday, April 25 - 6:30 PM - $12.00

Working in the quality assurance business offers no assurance that your own life will be high quality. Irene (Margherita Buy) travels to the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world as a mystery guest, secretly rating the quality of service and then providing the companies with a detailed report. Although that profession may sound glamorous, it's really ... more

  The German Doctor   Lucia Puenzo - Argentina - 94 mins

Friday, April 25 - 8:30 PM - $12.00

In 1960, an Argentine family befriends a charming German doctor on their way to the remote town of Bariloche. He quickly takes a keen interest in their daughter Lilith, a girl undersized for her age. The family opens an inn and takes him in as a guest, but the father becomes suspicious when the doctor opens a genetic research lab. He turns out to be one ... more

  The Verdict   Jan Verheyen - Belgium - 111 mins

Friday, April 25 - 8:45 PM - $12.00

Director Jan Verheyen begins his film with a quote from Albert Camus: "There is no justice. Only limits." The Verdict is a sober, and sobering, examination of how that philosophy plays out in one man's life. When we meet Luc Segers (Koen De Bouw), he is a man on the way up, with everything to live for. But a chance encounter on the road late at ... more

  Mood Indigo   Michel Gondry - France, Belgium - 95 mins

Saturday, April 26 - 5:00 PM - $12.00

Fiercely inventive director Michel Gondry returns with his most fantastically inventive film to date. Based on Boris Vian's 1947 novel, the film is set in a retro future—or is it a futuristic past? It's a whimsical world where 1930s Duke Ellington songs share the soundtrack with Boz Scaggs' disco-era hit "Lowdown," where steampunk design meets Rube ... more

  The Rooftops   Merzak Allouache - Algeria, France - 92 mins

Saturday, April 26 - 5:15 PM - $12.00

The Casbah, Bab el Oued, Belcourt, Notre Dame d'Afrique, and Telemly are five historic neighborhoods of the Algerian capital Algiers. We see five rooftops beautifully open to the city, the bay, the sea, and the horizon and five independent stories that mingle and clash in the span of one day, paced by the five calls to prayer coming from the city's numerous ... more

  Rock the Casbah   Laila Marrakchi - France, Morocco - 100 mins

Saturday, April 26 - 7:15 PM - $12.00

Set in a lavish villa in Tangier, Rock the Casbah unfolds over the three days of mourning by Muslim custom, following the death of a major family patriarch, Moulay Hassan. The solemnity of the occasion is disrupted by the unexpected return of the rebellious youngest daughter who left Morocco, against her father's wishes, seeking an acting career ... more

  Tenderness   Marion Hansel - Belgium, France, Germany - 81 mins

Saturday, April 26 - 7:15 PM - $12.00

If Alexander Payne lived in Belgium instead of Nebraska, he could just as well have been the authorial voice behind veteran Belgian writer/director Marion Hansel's graceful and charming relationship road trip dramedy Tenderness. While snowboarding in the French Alps with his girlfriend Alison (Margaux Chatelier), 18-year-old Belgian Jack Vander ... more

  The Mafia Bookkeeper   Federico Rizzo - Italy - 71 mins

Saturday, April 26 - 9:00 PM - $12.00

Poor Angelo! When he's laid off from his job one day, he drives to Monte Carlo to gamble his worries away and ends up losing all his money. While the other gamblers laugh at him, Angelo is "rescued" by a mysterious gentleman who won't take no for an answer. Suddenly, Angelo (Lorenzo Flaherty) is whisked all over Italy and to New York, Miami, South America, ... more

  The Keeper of Lost Causes   Mikkel Norgaard - Denmark, Germany, Sweden - 96 mins

Saturday, April 26 - 9:30 PM - $12.00

"True Detective" fans at loose ends between seasons one and two will rejoice at the Washington premiere of director Mikkel Norgaard's nail-biting adaptation of the international best-selling novel about two damaged cops who latch on to the cold case to end all cold cases. When moody and hot-headed homicide detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is transferred ... more


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