DC Labor FilmFest
Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute and the American Film Institute, the 2010 DC Labor FilmFest boasts an array of new films and beloved classics about work and workers, from the American office to the far-flung factories of the global economy. For more information, visit dclaborfilmfest.org.
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all films in the DC Labor FilmFest, unless otherwise noted.
Union members: show your union card at the box office for discounts on regularly-priced shows!
Times are tough, and the women working in a provincial toy factory are given new smocks to assure them of their company's stability. But they show up the next day to find the factory empty, its machinery and management nowhere to be found. They decide to pool their compensation money toward a common goal, suggested by Louise: hire a hitman to kill the company's owner. Enter Michel, a paranoid security manager at a trailer park. Partners in crime, Louise and Michel work their way up the corporate food chain behind the factory closure. Aptly dedicated to 19th-century French anarchist Louise Michel. (Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival)
DIR/SCR Gustave de Kervern, Benoit Delépine; PROD Benoît Jaubert, Mathieu Kassovitz. France, 2008, color, 94 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Fri, Oct 15, 7:00; Mon, Oct 18, 9:15
Jara is a thirty-something supermarket security guard in a Montevideo suburb who passes the time during the graveyard shift by watching videos, listening to music and doing crossword puzzles. But when Julia, a young cleaning woman, starts work at the supermarket, he discovers a new favorite pastime: watching her on the security camera monitors. Jara's interest in watching Julia doesn't stop at the end of their workday--he begins to follow her home and around town. Writer/director Adrián Biniez lends a surprisingly light touch to this story of obsession. Winner of the Silver Bear, Best Debut Film and Alfred Bauer prizes, 2009 Berlin Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Adrián Biniez; PROD Fernando Epstein. Uruguay/Argentina/Germany/Spain, 2009, color, 84 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Fri, Oct 15, 9:00; Sun, Oct 17, 9:15; Tues, Oct 19, 10:00
FAST FOOD NATION
Loosely based on Eric Schlosser's 2001 nonfiction bestseller, indie filmmaker Richard Linklater takes a dramatic approach to examining the fast food industry's health risks and environmental and social consequences. Greg Kinnear stars as a hamburger chain marketing director whose investigation into allegations of fecal matter in the burgers takes him on an unsavory and eye-opening trip behind the scenes of the industry. Supporting roles and surprise cameos by Bruce Willis, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Dano, Patricia Arquette, Luis Guzman, Wilmer Valderrama and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
DIR/SCR Richard Linklater; SCR Eric Schlosser, based on his book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal; PROD Malcolm McLaren, Jeremy Thomas. UK/US, 2006, color, 116 min. RATED R
Sat, Oct 16, 5:30
This darkly comic film from Steven Soderbergh stars Matt Damon as real-life whistleblower Mark Whitacre, who exposed the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the mid-1990s, which led to the first successful prosecution of an international cartel by the U.S. Department of Justice in more than 40 years. Whitacre thought it would make him a hero; what went wrong? Soderbergh brilliantly explores a complex web of truth and deception, trust and betrayal, raising complex questions about speaking truth to power--particularly, when the one speaking the truth happens to be a pathological liar.
DIR Steven Soderbergh; SCR Scott Z. Burns, based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald; PROD Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Jennifer Fox, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Jaffe. US, 2009, color, 108 min. RATED R
Sat, Oct 16, 8:00; Mon, Oct 18, 7:00
"Ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too..." A perennial DC Labor FilmFest favorite, the outrageously funny cult hit returns to the big screen. Director Mike Judge's theatrical debut, the film was largely ignored upon release but has become a veritable ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW for cube-farmers everywhere; starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, Stephen Root and Gary Cole.
DIR/SCR/PROD Mike Judge; PROD Daniel Rappaport, Michael Rotenberg. US, 1999, color, 89 min. RATED R
Sat, Oct 16, 10:30
After 23 years working as a housemaid in an upper-class Santiago, Chile, household, Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) is as much a part of the Valdez family as the wife, husband and kids she lives with and looks after. But the years of servitude have taken their toll, and the sullen, withdrawn maid is plagued by migraines, dizziness and a discomfort about her role. Lucy (Mariana Loyola), a cheerful new maid, begins to transform lonely and jealous Raquel as their trust and affection grows, and for the first time in her life Raquel feels what it's like to be treated as a true equal. A deeply satisfying glimpse into the lives of those who are usually seen but never heard.
DIR/SCR Sebastián Silva; SCR Pedro Peirano; PROD Gregorio González. Chile/Mexico, 2009, color, 95 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Sun, Oct 17, 5:00
The movie that inspired NBC's new series!
Telemarketer Todd (Josh Hamilton) sells cheap novelty products over the phone from Seattle, until his entire Order Fulfillment Department is outsourced to India. Todd keeps his job by agreeing to train his replacements in Mumbai. There he meets young people as mystified by the American desire for hot dog grilling machines and Swiss cheese-shaped hats as he is by the cow that just wandered in from outside.
DIR/SCR John Jeffcoat; SCR George Wing; PROD Tom Gorai. US, 2006, color, 98 min. RATED PG-13
Sun, Oct 17, 7:00
Closing Night Presentation!
In Person: Director Doug Liman, Valerie Plame-Wilson and Ambassador Joe Wilson!
Washington, DC, area premiere!
Director Doug Liman (THE BOURNE IDENTITY, MR. & MRS. SMITH) weaves the real-life twists and turns of the Valerie Plame case into an intriguing political thriller. After Plame's husband, former US ambassador Joe Wilson, published an op-ed piece critical of the Bush administration's WMD intelligence, Plame was outed as an undercover CIA operative in a Robert Novak column (thanks to a leak from the White House), effectively ending her career. As Plame, Naomi Watts finds the subtle shadings within her dual suburban mom/professional spy identity, while Sean Penn delivers a note-perfect portrayal of the ever-determined Joe Wilson. Official Selection, 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
DIR/PROD Doug Liman; SCR/PROD Jez Butterworth; SCR John-Henry Butterworth, based on The Politics of Truth by Joseph Wilson and Fair Game by Valerie Plame; PROD Akiva Goldsman, Janet Zucker, Jerry Zucker. US, 2010, color, 104 min. RATED PG-13
Tues, Oct 19, 7:00
Tickets $20/$15 AFI Members and card-carrying Union Members
No passes accepted.