Now in its 18th year, Film Neu has become one of the area’s most captivating and unpredictable cinematic mainstays. Organized annually by the Goethe-Institut, the Embassy of Switzerland, and the Austrian Cultural Forum, the minifestival once again invades E Street Cinema for seven nights of programming both anticipated and obscure. Two of last year’s selections, Jerichow and Revanche, went on to mild stateside acclaim, the latter garnering an Oscar nomination for best foreign-language film. Though this year’s lineup won’t offer its attendees Oscar-party bragging rights (“Hey, I saw that one!”), most of the screenings are East Coast or U.S. premieres. What to see: Let’s make MONEY, a polemic against the worldwide financial system, Bollywood by way of Switzerland in Tandoori Love, the Day for Night–inspired comedy Whiskey with Vodka, and The Architect, a somber familial chamber drama. What would a German film festival be without one?

THE FESTIVAL RUNS FROM JAN. 22 to 28 AT LANDMARK’S E STREET CINEMA, 555 11TH ST. NW. $7.50-$25 (202) 452-7672.