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Learning from Light: The Vision of I.M. Pei follows the architect’s development of The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.
Architecture fiends, get excited: Tonight’s offerings include a stellar documentary about I.M. Pei. And if you missed Quiet Chaos, the subtle Italian drama about one man’s way of dealing with grief, you have another chance to catch it tonight. Meanwhile, the Colombian film Wind Journeys will bore even the most ardent music lover.
See it:Learning from Light: The Vision of I.M. Pei This documentary follows 92-year-old architect I.M. Pei as he creates his latest project, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. The Chinese-born American is responsible for numerous iconic structures throughout the world, including the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and the National Gallery East Building here in D.C. But he’d never built in the Middle East, and in order to get a better sense of the culture he read The Life of Muhammad. “The vivid, gorgeously lit images of Pei’s work makes this doc drool-worthy,” writes Tricia Olszewski, ” not only for architecture enthusiasts but for anyone who can appreciate beauty.” 6:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut
Quiet Chaos After Pietro’s wife dies in a tragic accident, he becomes immersed in grief. Suddenly he never wants to be away from his 10-year-old daughter, Claudia, becoming a neighborhood fixture as he spends his days waiting on a park bench until she gets out of school. From his perch, he encounters family members and random characters from his past and begins to let go of his grief. 6:30 at Avalon Theatre
Skip it: The Wind Journeys In this Colombian film, Ignacio, an accordion virtuoso who has just lost his wife, treks across the continent to the Caribbean coast in order to return his instrument to his teacher. A teenage boy eager to become a musician himself joins Ignacio along the way, and the two bond while competing in musical duels. Though “it’s a beautifully shot film with a certain allure,” according to Aaron Wiener, “the music won’t sustain interest beyond the halfway mark.” 8:45 p.m. at E Street Cinema
Elvis’ Last Song Greek college student Illektra is writing her senior thesis on rock ’n’ roll when she leaves her notes on a chair. Markos discovers them, falls in love with her thoughts, and makes it his mission to woo her by fastidiously studying music himself, only to realize he and Illektra might not be such a perfect match after all. The film features “poor lighting and shoddy camerawork,” according to Maura Judkis, as well as “a lackluster script and lack of chemistry between the leads.” 8:45 p.m. at E Street Cinema
I Killed My Mother Writer-director Xavier Dolan also stars as 16-year-old Hubert, who alternately hurls insults and showers love upon his mother. “It’s one-note and increasingly unbearable,” writes Tricia Olszewski. “No amount of Gus Van Sant stylization can keep you from wanting to tell Hubert to shut the hell up already.” 6:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema
Also playing: Women Without Men 6:30 at Regal Gallery Place
The Swimsuit Issue 8:30 at Avalon Theatre
Beyond Ipanema 9:00 at Goethe-Institut
Pandora’s Box 9:00 at Regal Gallery Place
Cooking With Stella 6:30 at Embassy of Canada
Puccini and the Girl 9:00 at Avalon Theatre
Saviors in the Night 6:30 at Avalon Theatre
The Army of Crime 8:45 at Regal Gallery Place
The House of Branching Love 6:30 at E Street Cinema