‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’
We can only hope to ever be half as cool as Grace Jones. The new documentary “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” profiles the legendary model, singer and actress, starting with her childhood in Jamaica and running through her eccentric, illustrious career. Concert, backstage and family footage all combine to give audiences a deeper view of one of contemporary music’s most powerful icons. Literally powerful. She could probably break you if she wanted.
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; Fri. through May 17, $10-$12.50.
‘Godard Mon Amour’
Jean-Luc Godard is one of those names you drop to prove you know something about REAL film (just make sure you leave the last “d” off his name because he’s French and that’s what they do). In the new comedy “Godard Mon Amour,” writer-director Michel Hazanavicius (2011 Oscar winner “The Artist”) charts the relationship of Godard (Louis Garrel) and his second wife, actress Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin), as well as his influence on the cinema of the French New Wave and the rest of the world.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, opens Thu., $10-$13.
This year’s fest starts with “An Open Door,” a documentary about 1,200 Jews who fled the Nazi threat in Europe for the Philippines, only to find themselves in the Eastern front of the war. The three-day festival mainly screens short films, including two docs by local students. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, there is a block of films Saturday focusing on mental health and substance abuse, along with live comedy and music; concert proceeds go to hurricane relief in Houston and Puerto Rico.
U.S. Navy Memorial, Burke Theatre, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Fri.-Sun., $10 per block, concert: $50; festival pass: $65-$99.