Thanks to its recent Oscar win for best picture, “La La Land” will be expanding … oh, wait. Sorry. Yeah, “Moonlight” has expanded and extended its run at local theaters. Screens all over the area are now showing the powerful, important film about a young man (played at three different stages of his life by three different actors) coming to terms with his sexuality as he grows up in the housing projects of Miami. Mahershala Ali also took home the best supporting actor award for his role as Juan, a character whose presence is felt long after Ali has left the screen. “Moonlight” is available for home viewing as well, but, as always, the big screen is better.
History Film Forum
If you viewed history class as a great chance to nap, the History Film Forum will smack some sense into you. A collaboration between the Smithsonian and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the four-day festival uses fiction and documentary films — as well as appearances with filmmakers and historians — to examine how movies shed new light on history. Highlights include “The Loving Story,” the 2011 HBO documentary that inspired last year’s “Loving”; “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive,” which will premiere on PBS later this year; and a screening and discussion of “Jazz Ambassadors,” followed by a performance by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW; Thu.-Sun., times vary, free but registration encouraged.
Celebrating the 7th Art
The Alliance Francaise is spending the middle of March as it should be spent — fighting allergies by hiding in a movie theater. The Francophile organization kicks off its Celebrating the 7th Art series with 2014’s “Corn Island,” a story of a man and his granddaughter living in Georgia (the country, not the state). The two other films in the series are Xavier Dolan’s early work “Les Amours Imaginaires” (aka “Heartbeats”), a story of romance and heartbreak out of Quebec, and “The Color of Pomegranates,” a Russian-made 1969 visual tone poem about an 18th-century Armenian poet.
Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW; Sat. through March 22, times, dates and prices vary; go to francophonie-dc.org for details.