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AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Series & Events

Jan. 25–March 26, 2020
What makes a great film even greater? Seeing it at AFI Silver Theatre! Our programmers have rounded up an eclectic slate of critically acclaimed 2019 releases – focused mainly on films which did not screen at AFI Silver during their initial run, plus a few encore engagements – to give local cinephiles another chance to see some of 2019's best films, back on the big screen. With award nominations, year-end best-of lists and hindsight as your guide, take a second look at some of the past year's most distinctive films.

March 20–April 21
Co-presented with the National Gallery of Art

Across more than six decades as a filmmaker, artist and photographer, Agnès Varda (1928–2019) forged a singular path in world cinema, starting out as a key figure in the development of the French New Wave — and the sole female director involved in the movement — and then expanding her practice beyond the confines of any straightforward definition, constantly shifting between (and combining) documentary, narrative, photography, installation, activism and autobiography. Starting with Varda's debut feature LA POINTE COURTE, this retrospective highlights some of the filmmaker's most beloved works, alongside a limited engagement of her beautifully playful and profound final documentary VARDA BY AGNÈS.

Feb. 8–26

Alongside this year's Iranian Film Festival: New Films from Iran, AFI Silver is proud to partner with the Freer and Sackler, the National Gallery of Art and Janus Films to present a large-scale retrospective on the work of Iran's greatest filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami (1940–2016). Spanning the master's entire career, the series includes many new 4K digital restorations and includes early documentaries and rare short films alongside the famous features Kiarostami made in the '80s and '90s, including the famed Koker Trilogy that led to his international renown, culminating in his 1997 Palme d'Or win for TASTE OF CHERRY.

Series made possible by Janus Films and mk2, with the invaluable contribution of Ahmad Kiarostami.

For screenings at the National Gallery of Art, visit nga.gov

For screenings at the Freer and Sackler, visit freersackler.si.edu

Feb 27-Mar 1, 2020. AFI Silver is excited to host the 14th Capital Irish Film Festival (CIFF) presented by Solas Nua. Celebrating Irish identity, culture and artistry, CIFF's line-up brings the best in contemporary Irish cinema to the Washington, DC, area.

See them all with the CIFF All-Access pass, on sale now!

With the pass, you have priority access to every screening — no tickets needed! The pass grants you admission for one to every film in the 2020 Capital Irish Film Festival, including Opening Night. All-access pass: $120.

Click "Gifts & Passes" at the top of this page to purchase.

March 12–22

Since launching in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital has pioneered a movement to advance environmental understanding through the power of film, and now serves as a model for environmental film festivals across the country and around the world. Once again, AFI Silver will host screenings of festival selections, including Chilean master documentarian Patricio Guzmán's most recent trilogy NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, THE PEARL BUTTON and THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS.

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For a complete schedule and additional venues, visit

March 22–April 22

The American film studio founded by Hungarian immigrant William Fox (1879–1952) began modestly in 1915 in New York City, but by the end of the silent era was producing some of the most ground-breaking and artistic films in the medium, with directors like John Ford, Frank Borzage, Raoul Walsh, Howard Hawks and German émigré F. W. Murnau in his employ during the 1920s. But by 1930, Fox had lost control of the studio he founded in a hostile takeover. In 1935, it merged with Darryl F. Zanuck's Twentieth Century Pictures to form 20th Century-Fox.

The hyphen was dropped from the name after Rupert Murdoch's News Corp became the studio's majority owner in 1985 and, after more than 30 years of explosive growth into broadcast television and cable news and sports, the film studio was sold to Walt Disney Pictures in 2019.

日本一本道a不卡免费 Fox's name has lived on much longer than his tenure with the studio, and this series celebrates the great films made across the entire era of the Fox Film Corporation and 20th Century-Fox.

March 21–April 19

FULL SCHEDULE OF 14 FILMS COMING SOON

AFI Silver is proud to partner with the Library of Congress' Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) on this showcase of recently preserved titles from the Library's vast collection of films, the largest in the world. The lineup includes many rarities from the silent and early sound eras, with nearly all of the programs to be screened from 35mm prints. The series will screen at both the AFI Silver Theatre and the Library's Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia. Visit loc.gov/avconservation/theater for information on the schedule.

Special thanks to the staff of the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center for their dedication to film preservation and for making this series possible.

March 5–19

See every film with the all-access pass, on sale now! With the pass, you have priority access to every screening — no tickets needed! The pass grants you admission for one to every screening in the 2020 New African Film Festival, including Opening Night. All-access pass: $150 General Admission/$130 AFI Members.

Click "Gifts & Passes" at the top of this page to purchase.

Now in its 16th year, the New African Film Festival is presented by AFI, Africa World Now Project and afrikafé, and brings the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent and across the diaspora to the Washington, DC, area.

日本一本道a不卡免费Opening with acclaimed historical drama ENCHAINED, winner of the Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress prizes at Ethiopia's 2019 Leza Awards, this year's festival includes 39 films from 25 countries — 40% are directed by women and 12 are North American or U.S. premieres. Highlights include Burkinabé filmmaker Apolline Traoré's DESRANCES, featuring Haitian American superstar Jimmy Jean-Louis; MY FRIEND FELA, a documentary about Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, which won the Paul Robeson Prize at last year's FESPACO Film Festival; and Urbanworld Jury Prize winner THE GHOST AND THE HOUSE OF TRUTH, produced by Nollywood mogul Ego Boyo. The festival closes with a new restoration of Tunisian director Férid Boughedir's landmark survey of African cinema, CAMÉRA D'AFRIQUE, which was first screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.

Feb. 13-April 5, 2020

日本一本道a不卡免费AFI presents an exciting selection of stage performances presented by the National Theatre, captured on camera and presented on the big screen.

March 28-April 23, 2020

日本一本道a不卡免费Korean writer-director Bong Joon Ho made history this year with PARASITE, the first South Korean film to receive an Academy Award® in any category and the first film not in the English language to win the coveted Oscar® for Best Picture (in addition to winning Best Director, Best International Feature and Best Original Screenplay). But Bong's magical mix of pitch-black comedy, sharp social satire, deep compassion and unnerving honesty has been there from the beginning, applied unsparingly across a spectrum of genres and within works that always defy easy definition. Covering everything from small-town police procedurals to sci-fi eco-satires, Bong's body of work transcends genre. Like PARASITE, his earlier features — all included in this retrospective — are spectacular to look at, provocative and poignant, carrying profound observations about the state of humanity, tempered by moments of absurdity, laughter and sheer delight. Jump in, and welcome to the Bong Hive.