On April 17, Filmfest DC will kick off its 28th (and what could be its final) festival, an 11-day event with screenings of 71 feature-length films, most of which are D.C. premieres. There’s some star power in the line-up (Oscar-winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Omar Sharif, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon) and three series of shorts for micronarrative lovers or those with stunted attention spans.

Read the full slate after the jump, and look out for our full preview package in print and online on day one of the fest.

Circle Award Nominees (the festival’s top picks)

  • Bad Hair (Venezuela)
  • Half of a Yellow Sun (Nigeria)
  • Ilo Ilo (Singapore)
  • Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (Hong Kong)
  • Rock the Casbah (France/Morocco)
  • The Verdict (Belgium)

First Feature Award Nominees (notable first films)

  • Harmony Lessons (Kazakhstan)
  • King Ordinary (Germany)
  • Of Horses and Men (Iceland)
  • Remote Control (Mongolia)
  • Viktoria (Bulgaria)
  • We are the Nobles (Mexico)

Feast Your Eyes (food films)

  • Le Chef (France)
  • Eden (Germany)
  • Love and Lemons (Sweden)
  • Paulette (France)
  • Romantic Brasserie (Belgium)
  • Zone Pro Site: A Moveable Feast (Taiwan)

Justice Matters (global social issues)

  • Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine (U.S.A)
  • Beyond the Walls (U.S.A)
  • The Golden Dream (Mexico)
  • Lakshmi (India)
  • Return to Homs (Germany/Syria)

Global Rhythms (films on music)

  • Bajarí: Gypsy Barcelona  (Spain)
  • Giselle (New Zealand)
  • Waltz for Monica (Sweden)

Trust No One (espionage, crime, and thrillers)

  • 11.6 (France)
  • Act Zero (India)
  • Cold Eyes (Taiwan)
  • From Tehran to Heaven (Iran)
  • The German Doctor (Argentina)
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes (Denmark)
  • The Mercury Factor (Italy)
  • Traffic Department (Poland)
  • The Verdict (Belgium)

The Lighter Side (comedies)

  • The Bachelor Weekend (Ireland)
  • Excuse My French (Egypt)
  • Family United (Spain)
  • The Grand Seduction (Canada)
  • Hunting Elephants (Israel)
  • King Ordinary (Germany)
  • Life’s a Breeze (Ireland)
  • Lion’s Heart (Argentina)
  • Lovely Louise (Switzerland)
  • The Mafia Bookkeeper (Italy)
  • My Sweet Pepper Land (France)
  • Viva la Liberta (Italy)
  • We are the Nobles (Mexico)
  • When Jews Were Funny (Canada)

World View (everything else)

  • Belle (U.K.)
  • Cairo Drive (Egypt/U.S.A)
  • The Double (U.K.)
  • Everything We Loved (New Zealand)
  • A Five Star Life (Italy)
  • The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (U.S.A./Ecuador/Germany/Norway)
  • Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (U.S.A.)
  • The Great Passage (Japan)
  • He Who Gets Slapped (U.S.A.)
  • Helsinki, Forever (Finland)
  • Ladder to Damascus (Syria/Lebanon/Qatar)
  • The Last of Robin Hood (U.S.A.)
  • Monk With a Camera (U.S.A./France/India/Italy)
  • Mood Indigo (France/Belgium)
  • Rock the Casbah (France/Morocco)
  • The Rooftops (Algeria/France)
  • Siddarth (Canada/India)
  • Something Necessary (Kenya)
  • Still Life (U.K./Italy)
  • Tenderness (Belgium/France/Germany)
  • Wetlands (Germany)
  • White Lies (New Zealand)