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27th Annual Filmfest DC to Feature more than 80 International Films

Oscar nominee Julian Assange biopic and more to air during 11-day festival.

Since the first event in 1987, Filmfest DC has shown more than 1,000 feature-length and short films from more than 55 countries, with celebrity guests including Morgan Freeman, Charlize Theron, Sydney Pollack, Salman Rushdie and Amitabh Bachchan.

The 27th installment of the annual event runs from April 11-21, and will kick-off with a screening of Underground, a film portraying the young life of Julian Assange, the infamous founder of WikiLeaks. The film will air at 7 p.m. at Regal Cinemas Gallery Place and feature a live telephone interview with Assange himself immediately following the screening.

The festival features more than 80 films from around the globe, including a number of espionage/thrillers, comedies and social justice-themed films.

Highlights include:

  • Kon-Tiki - a Norwegian film bringing “a remarkable visual and narrative fidelity” to Thor Heyerdahl’s 1950 Oscar-winning documentary about his journey across the Pacific Ocean. The film has made the final five in the Academy Award’s Best Foreign Language Film category.
  • Midnight’s Children - An adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel by Academy-Award nominated director Deepa Mehta.
  • Laurence Anyways - A Canadian film by Xavier Dolan exploring “impossible love that once experienced can never be fully relinquished” and features a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Ward Winner.

Films will be shown at nine different locations around northwest Washington, DC.

Advance ticket sales are $12 per ticket, and available on the MissionTix website.

For more information about the 2013 Filmfest DC, visit the website.

Beth April 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM
The film festival is always a good time!

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