New and Noteworthy
Senior Cinema Thursday
When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Ind., a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their own conflicted emotions.
Polina is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level. Diverting from her plan, shemoves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (Juliette Binoche) but is quickly forced to grapple with the realization that determination and hard work don’t always lead to success.
Wed, Sep 20 at 8PM
Bérénice Bejo (star of 2012 Best Picture Oscar Winner THE ARTIST) stars in this 2016 Cannes Film Festival selection about the emotional and financial complexities of a separation and the end of a long love story. After fifteen years together, Marie (Bejo) and Boris (Cédric Kahn) have to decided to separate. However, cash-strapped Boris refuses to move out of the family home that Marie shares with their 8-year old twin daughters.
Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the working-class Boston man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing captured the hearts of the world. STRONGER is the deeply personal account of the heroic journey that came after that photo – defining a man’s inner courage, a community’s pride, a family’s bond and an unexpectedly tenacious love.
Wed, Sep 27 at 7:30PM
DC’s Nordic Film Week opens with this charming Cannes Film Festival winner based on real-life Finnish boxer Olli Mäki. When he becomes a Featherweight title contender, Maki’s small town life is transformed as he is deemed a symbol of his country. There’s only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside the ring, it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance are unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention.
Thu, Sep 28 at 8PM
Part of Nordic Film Week, Sep 27 – Oct 1. Internationally acclaimed actor Stellan Skarsgård (BREAKING THE WAVES, MAMMA MIA!) stars as Nils, a hard-working snow plough driver who has just been named citizen of the year when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. He begins a covert search for the boy’s alleged murderers that puts him at the center of an escalating underworld gang war.
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts.
Sat, Sep 30 at 10AM
Part of Nordic Film Week, Sep 27 – Oct 1. Ticketing is not yet available for this event. As part of DC’s Nordic Film Week, the Avalon presents a selection of delightful animated short films from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. This...
Sat, Oct 7 at 10AM
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose solitude is suddenly shattered by fairy tale characters who were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home—not to mention his—Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret.
Wed, Oct 11 at 8PM
Post-film Q&A w/ screenwriter Tomáš Končinský. Julis Schmitke, a wind turbine engineer of few words, travels to a small mysterious town in the Ore Mountains of the Czech Republic to repair a seemingly unrecoverable windmill. When his friend goes missing, he must deal with the seemingly benevolent village inhabitants as well as the mysterious creatures within the woods.
The world’s first fully-painted animated feature film, brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings is his passionate, ill-fated life and mysterious death. In this biopic painted in Vincent van Gogh’s signature style, Armand Roulin (voiced by Douglas Booth), who sat for van Gogh, sets out to investigate why the artist committed suicide. The voice cast also includes Chris O’Dowd and Saoirse Ronan.
Sat, Oct 14 at 10AM
You and your child are invited to join in the wild rompus in this fun, interactive musical experience with Imagination Stage! In this workshop, an Early Childhood Teaching Artist accompanied by a live percussionist guides you through a musical exploration of the classic children’s story Where the Wild Things Are.
Wed, Oct 25 at 8PM
Nominated for a record-tying 12 Israeli Academy Awards (and winner of 2), this visceral thriller follows a morally conflicted nightclub bouncer with frustrated dreams of becoming a father who finds himself entangled in the Israeli underworld. A tough but honorable man, Ovadia Rachmim works as a doorman at a Tel Aviv nightspot. Life at home with wife is strained by their efforts to conceive a child. Desperate to save his marriage, the cash-strapped Ovadia goes to work for a small-time mobster as a way to pay for his wife’s expensive fertility treatments.
Sat, Oct 28 at 10AM
For the thirteenth year, John Henry brings his playful musical style to the Avalon for our annual Halloween concert party. Children are encouraged to come in costume (adults too!) and sing and dance along during the show! Treats will be distributed afterwards.
Wed, Dec 13 at 8:00PM
A record-breaking smash in the Czech Republic, nominated for two Czech Lion Awards, ANGEL OF THE LORD 2 is the sequel to the popular Czech fairy tale about the angel Petronel who works at Heaven’s door, but is convinced that he deserves a better job. His eternal tempter, devil Uriah, provokes Petronel by saying, “Just pick an apple from the tree of knowledge and you will know what only God knows and the way to well-deserved recognition.” In the skirmish, the rare fruit rolls off to the Earth and the scatterbrained angel and his nemesis must go find the apple in the world of people.