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OPENS JAN. 20
No ’70s radicals this year, but regular patrons of this German-language-cinema showcase will recognize some recurrent themes, including immigration, the idea of Europe, and of course soccer. The opening One Day in Europe (at 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20) divides the issue of European unions into four comic vignettes, each set on the same day and involving parallel plots: As soccer teams from Spain and Turkey play a championship match in Moscow, travelers arrive in that city, the teams’ hometowns, and—since this is a German movie—Berlin. Similar issues and strategies arise in Oktoberfest (at 4:15 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22), a dark farce in which Italian, British, and Japanese visitors descend on Munich for beer, sex, and mayhem; Kebab Connection (at 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26), a German/Turkish Romeo and Juliet with lots of food and kung fu gags; and Welcome Home (pictured; at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25), in which a racist Austrian immigration cop finds himself trapped in Ghana. The darkest, and most intriguing, films are Willenbrock (at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22), in which a philandering used-car salesman’s confidence takes a beating, and Let the Cat out of the Bag (at 9:40 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, and 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23), a curious erotic triangle involving a brooding drifter, a surveillance-systems expert, and an exhibitionist waitress. The series opens Friday, Jan. 20, and runs through Thursday, Jan. 26 (see Showtimes for a full schedule), at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $9.50. (Mark Jenkins)