Indies and Arties: In the Tank for Arnold

February 3, 2010

BRITISH FILMAKER ANDREA ARNOLD won an Oscar for her short, “Wasp,” and the Cannes Jury award for each of her features, “Red Road” and this year’s “Fish Tank.” Young actress Katie Jarvis caused a stir with her debut performance in “Fish Tank” as an angry, unfocused teenager drawn to her mother’s new boyfriend, who’s … it’s hard to say. Kind? Creepy? Attentive? Too attentive? Michael Fassbinder of “Hunger” plays the mysterious Connor in this transfixing study of burgeoning sexuality and adult responsibility.

» Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; opens Fri. Feb. 5; 202-452-7672. (Metro Center)

Get Your Shorts On
Attention span too gnat-like to sit through the whole D.C. Shorts Film Festival? See what you missed — or at least the best of it — when “Best of the Fest” comes to the Burke Theater at the United States Navy Memorial. The films on Friday and Saturday’s slate include the juried award winners and audience award winners from 2009′s festival, and indicate that there’s a metric ton of filmmaking talent far from Hollywood. You’ll see a tense courtroom drama, an acrobatic circus mouse, a pharmaceutical grifter and even a particularly pernicious fridgefull of leftovers.

» U.S. Navy Memorial, 710 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Fri. Feb. 5 & Sat. Feb. 6, 7-10 p.m. $15 per show; 202-362-1444. (Archives-Navy Memorial)

Photo courtesy IFC Films

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Greg Barber · February 3, 2010