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The European Film Festival celebrates the best of cinema from Austria to England. Opening night features Illegal, a 2010 Oscar selection from Belgium, which tells the story of a mother and her young son struggling to avoid deportation. It’s showing at the AFI Silver Theatre. On select nights, there’ll be happy-hour specials with European drinks and appetizers at the theater’s cafe. For a complete list of movies and showtimes, and to buy tickets ($10), click here.  

Gallaudet University (800 Florida Ave., NE) is hosting the WorldDeaf Cinema Festival. There are works by both deaf and non-deaf directors, and the films revolve around hearing-impaired issues. The comedies, dramas, and documentaries hope to educate viewers about the diversity of the deaf and hearing-impaired community. For a complete list and schedule of films, as well as ticket packages ($10 to $120), click here.

Alexandria’s annual tribute to cinema features new and limited-release films in a variety of genres. This year’s offerings at the Alexandria Film Festival include Leading Ladies, a tale of mothers and daughters on the stage, and Faubourg Treme, a documentary about jazz in New Orleans, as well as 37 others. Tonight, there’s an opening reception at Torpedo Factory Arts Center with a winetasting and a screening of all the film’s trailers. The opening night party is 6 to 9 and free. For a schedule and to buy tickets ($9), click here.

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