The film to be screened on October 15 will be the Israeli film Harmonia, which was released in 2016 and won three awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival.The story is a modern adaptation of the mythological triangle between the childless Abraham and Sarah and young Hagar. “Harmonia uncovers the metaphoric emotional roots of the ancient conflict between the two peoples living in Jerusalem, now seeking harmony through a dramatic encounter between Western and Eastern music.” The film will be screened in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.
Directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will discuss their PBS documentary series, The Vietnam War in a program moderated by Cokie Roberts in the McGowan Theater on Tuesday, October 17. The program will bein conjunction with the November 10 opening of the National Archives exhibit, Remembering Vietnam in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery.
The annual Alexandria Film Festival, featuring independent films from around the world, will take place November 9-12.The all-volunteer organization “offers an enriching cinematic opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers alike by bringing high quality, diverse, and thought-provoking films to Alexandria, Virginia.” The festival includes high-quality short and feature length films, documentaries, filmmaker panels, and arts presentations.The event highlights the talents of local, national, and international filmmakers.
FotoWeekDC will take place November 11-19.The citywide celebration will feature 150+ exhibitions, programs, and events highlighting world-class photography, and will provide exposure for photographers working locally and worldwide. The mission of FotoWeekDC is “to provide a dynamic, evocative, engaging experience for photographers, cultural institutions, galleries, curators, schools, and photo enthusiasts through exhibitions and dynamic programming.”
Screenings of Ballet & Opera at Mazza Gallerie AMC Theatre 7
The Bolshoi Ballet production of Le Corsaire, with music by Adolphe Adam, will be screened live at Mazza Gallerie AMC Theatre 7 on October 2. The ballet was inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th-century classic. One of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions, the performance is “complete with a magnificent awe-inspiring shipwreck and dramatic scenery………….and is made especially for those who seek miracles in theatre.”
AMC Theater 7 in Mazza Gallerie will screen Bellini’s Norma live from The Met in high definition on October 7, plus an encore screening on October 11. The new production stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. The scene is set deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient rituals rule. The opera will be screened in Italian, with English subtitles.
AMC Theater 7 in Mazza Gallerie will screen Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine, live from The Met in high definition on October 14; there will be an encore screeningon October 18. The full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable will be seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which “captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.” The opera will be sung in German, with English subtitles.
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), directed by Ryan McAdams, with Jason Moran at the piano, will perform Moran’s score for Selma, Ava DuVernay’s 2014 Academy Award®–nominated film which chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement to secure equal voting rights, on September 22 .The score will be performed as the film is projected on a large screen in the Concert Hall. The event will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture and will be part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.
Image below: A still from Ava DuVernay’s film Selma.
Live Screenings from London's National Theatre
The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) offers Screenings Livefrom The National Theatre in London at select times in STC's Sidney Harman Hall.
The Avalon Theatre on Connecticut Ave. NW continues to offer Senior Cinema Thursdayson the third Thursday of each month. Seniors can see the Avalon’s current feature film on the big screen at 10:30 a.m. as they meet friends and enjoy a morning of entertainment! All movies are shown in the more-easily accessible downstairs theater, Avalon 1. The series is presented by Chevy Chase House, and, at last report, tickets are still $5 each.