If you enjoyed the impossibly handsome (and really talented) Armie Hammer in “Call Me by Your Name,” perhaps you should check out “Final Portrait.” Written and directed by Stanley Tucci, it’s based on a true story from the life of artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), who wants to paint a portrait of his friend, writer James Lord (Hammer). Giacometti says it will take a day, maybe two or three. It ends up taking longer. And longer. And then longer than that.
Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; opens Fri., $8-$14.50.
Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW; opens Fri., $9.25-$12.50.
“Lives Well Lived”
Never be dismayed at getting old; many are denied the privilege. Plus, it doesn’t always suck. The documentary “Lives Well Lived” features interviews with 40 people ranging in age from 75 to over 100 who have lived through basically every crappy thing the 20th century had to throw at them (the Great Depression, World War II, the internment of Japanese-Americans, segregation) and still came out thinking the world is a pretty OK place. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pick your jaw up off the floor after seeing just how bendy 80-something yoga practitioner Emmy Cleaves is.
Cinema Arts Theatre, 9650 Main St., Fairfax; opens Fri., $6.50-$12.
Bethesda Film Fest
It’s not often that you can knock out an entire film festival in one sitting. The sixth annual Bethesda Film Fest makes it possible. Five short documentaries, all by local filmmakers, cover a range of subjects, among them an artist from Landover, Md.; the bidet’s surprising popularity in Japan; and why Dr. Derrick Bell, the first black tenured professor at Harvard Law School, opposed the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. Each screening includes all five films and a subsequent Q&A session with the filmmakers.
Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda; Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 6 & 8:30 p.m., $10.