There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
This monthlong celebration, including a European Union Film Showcase sub-fest, includes revivals (Werner Herzog’s opera-in-the-Amazon epic, Fitzcarraldo, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.), first looks at films that will open here soon (Lars Von Trier’s Cannes hit, Breaking the Waves, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., pictured), and films that will probably never open here commercially (Claude Chabrol’s latest bloody assault on the bourgeoisie, La Ceremonie, Nov. 15 & 16 at 6:30 p.m). Herzog, who’s in town to direct Il Guarany at the Washington Opera, will repeat his live translation of The Transformation of the World Into Music, his documentary about Wagnerian opera. (The director talked his way through this unsubtitled film last February at the National Gallery.) This is an opportunity to see the latest films by such estimable directors as Aki Kaurismaki (Drifting Clouds, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., Nov. 13 at 9 p.m.) and Raul Ruiz (Three Lives and Only One Death, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m., Nov. 17 at 8:15 p.m.), as well as to take a chance on some that are unknown in the U.S. At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute. $6.50. (202) 828-4000. (Mark Jenkins)