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Last updated on August 12, 2016.




The Light Between Oceans

Tues, August 16 - 7pm - Note Start Time
Regal Gallery Place
701 7th Street, NW

We have admissions for up to 80 members & guests via online pass. To get your pass(es), go to the link in your e-mail. You MUST print and bring the pass for scanning and admittance.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.



The Light Between Oceans is a heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realized. Starring Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, the film is based on the acclaimed novel. In the years following World War I, Tom Sherbourne, a young veteran still numb from his years in combat, takes a job as lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. As the island's sole inhabitant, he finds comfort in the monotony of the chores and the solitude of his surroundings. When he meets the daughter of the school's headmaster, Isabel Graysmark, in the local town of Partageuse on the mainland, Tom is immediately captivated by her beauty, wit and passion, and they are soon married and living on the island. As their love flourishes, he begins to feel again, their happiness marred only by their inability to start a family, so when a rowboat with a dead man and infant girl mysteriously washes ashore, Isabel believes their prayers may have finally been answered. As a man of principle, Tom is torn between reporting the lost child and pleasing the woman he loves, and against his better judgment he agrees to let Isabel raise the child as their own, making a choice with devastating consequences. DreamWorks Pictures. Opens Sept 2.

CAST: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson

DIR/WRITER: Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines)



Hands of Stone

Tues, August 23 - 7:30pm
Regal Gallery Place
701 7th Street, NW

We'll have admissions for up to 80 members & guests via online pass. To get your pass(es), go to the link in your e-mail. You MUST print and bring the pass for scanning and admittance.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.



HANDS OF STONE follows the life of Roberto Duran, the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year-old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words "no mas" (no more). The Weinstein Company. Opens August 26.

CAST: Edgar Ramirez, Robert De Niro, Usher Raymond IV, Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro, Oscar Jaenada, Ana de Armas

DIR: Jonathan Jakubowicz


General Screening Information

WHAT IS A PREVIEW? Before movies open, local ad agencies generate publicity with advance screenings. Washington, DC Film Society members are a popular target audience for previews, since we create good "word of mouth" for a film. Sometimes we have an entire theater to ourselves, but most of the time we share a theater with an audience holding passes that the ad agencies have distributed through radio stations, newspapers, an local establishments. In the past, the Film Society has hosted numerous special events as well.

AM I GUARANTEED A SEAT? No! Seating for previews is always on a first-come, first-served basis. Why? First of all, sometimes more members than we have passes to give out will show up at a particular screening. Also, the ad agencies always give out more passes than there are seats in the theater. The theater is always overbooked because at least 20% of pass holders don't show up. If everyone shows up, the theater could be full before you get in. Even if we have an RSVP screening (see below), arrive early to ensure a seat.

WHAT ABOUT RSVP SCREENINGS? When we have very few passes, we still want to offer the screening to as many members as possible, yet want to avoid turning many people away. When this happens (30 passes for two or less), we will sometimes have an RSVP system set up. Please follow instructions in the e-mail for RSVP screenings.

WHEN YOU GET TO THE THEATER: Each member must bring a valid membership card to the screening and show it to the Film Society staff person at the theater to receive a free pass.


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