Just in case you were off getting culture elsewhere, Arts Desk went ahead and picked out the best of the rest of Filmfest D.C. If you waited until the last second, this is it! Here are the final films of the final weekend, assembled for your enjoyment.
Friday, April 15th
If you’d like to start the weekend with a moment of peaceful reflection, consider Tessa Moran’s pick, Himalaya: A Path to the Sky. The filmis the in-depth look at a child monk named Kenrap.
He has a simple life: prayer, lessons, and meals among an all-male crew of monks young and old. It’s a life he chose at just five years old. Director Marianne Chaud focuses her study almost exclusively on Kenrap in her 65-minute documentary, giving him the type of agency we rarely see in stories about children. Chaud’s camera follows Kenrap intently as he makes the difficult trek to visit his family in a rural village. 7 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut.
Saturday, April 16th
Or maybe you’re looking for something more salacious. Maybe something like a political whore. In that case, check out The Names of Love, reviewed by Tricia Olszewski.
Flighty yet fierce in her convictions—and looking like a brunette Heather Graham—Baya [Sara Forestier] easily wins over Arthur (Jacques Gamblin), a conservative veterinarian who’s somewhat put off by her looseness but is too enchanted to leave things as a one-night stand. Their ensuing relationship is rocky for them (Baya continues to sleep with other men, and their political debates get nasty) but delightful for the viewer, with director and co-writer Michel Leclerc packing his film with rapid-fire dialogue that’s both funny and intelligent. 7 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre.
Sunday, April 17 (Closing night)
And before the good people of Filmfest part for another year, it looks like they plan to leave us with a heaping spoonful of irony. According to this synopsis, Sound of Noise builds musical numbers alongside the story of Amadeus Warnebring, a tone-deaf policeman of an otherwise distinguished musical family. Amadeus is hunting down a group of drive-by drummers whose “public performances are terrorizing the city.” Each piece is promised to “correspond to an avant-garde score with four hilariously titled movements.” 4 p.m. at Regal Cinemas Gallery Place.