Highlights from Filmfest D.C. 2011

Filmfest D.C. opens Thursday with a screening of “Potiche,” Francois Ozon’s feminist comedy of manners starring Catherine Deneuve (and opening in Washington later this month).

Here are a few highlights from the more than 70 features that will screen at the 25th edition of the festival:

“Hawi,” a contemporary ensemble drama set in Alexandria, Egypt, will make its U.S. premiere at the festival, along with the documentary “Scientology: The Truth About a Lie,” in which filmmaker Jean-Charles Deniau traces a French criminal case against the organization founded by L. Ron Hubbard.

Other documentaries to look out for are “The Green Wave,” a film about political unrest in Iran in 2009, using cellphone footage and animation; “We Were Here,” about San Francisco’s gay community on the eve of the AIDS epidemic; and “Crime After Crime,” about a woman accused of killing her abusive boyfriend and her efforts to win release from prison.

Fiction features not to miss include “A Cat in Paris,” an animated family film from France about a sly cat on the prowl in the City of Light; and “Nuummioq,” the first feature film to be produced in Greenland, about a young man who meets the woman of his dreams just as he receives unsettling news about his future.

Filmfest D.C. continues through April 17. For more information call 202-234-3456 or visit www.filmfestdc.org.

Ann Hornaday is The Post's movie critic.
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