With the tagline, "For people who love movies!" it would seem the 26th Annual Washington, DC Film Festival, which begins today and runs through April 22, is not messing around. And if you don't believe those words, perhaps knowing 79 films from all around the world will be screened eight area venues will convince you that this festival means business. While you're welcome to purchase a pass for all the films for $600, fitting roughly 160 hours of movies in your schedule could prove a little difficult. In its place, we scoured through the pack and picked out five that are more than worth the $11 ticket.

The Sandman
Friday, April 13, 9:15 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 5 p.m.
Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

An absurdist tale that chronicles the life of a man whose body leaks sand that has the ability to make people fall asleep, this film has won multiple awards since it was released last year. In Swiss German with English subtitles.



Blood in the Mobile
Wednesday, April 18, 8:45 p.m.
Landmark E Street
555 11th St., NW
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Friday April 20, 6:30 p.m.
Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Although not as controversial as Mike Daisey’s work The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, there’s no reason why this documentary about the life of Congolese miners of cassiterite, a mineral needed to make your iPhone operate, shouldn’t be just as popular. In Danish and English with English subtitles.



Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Wednesday, April 18, 8:45 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 9 p.m.
Avalon Theater
5621 Connecticut Ave., NW
This violent tale from Brazil touches on power, corruption and all kinds of other scandal in an intensely realistic way—a rarity when it comes to most action movies. Prepare the edge of your seat ‘cause that’s where you’ll be sitting. In Portuguese with English subtitles.



Ace Attorney
Friday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 9 p.m.
E Street Cinema
555 11th St., NW
Brought to you by the same director that brought you Audition, Dead or Alive and a bunch of other movies that could safely be called “totally f@#ked up,” Takashi Miike weaves a lighter, dreamier tale in Ace Attorney, which is based on a video game. In Japanese with English subtitles.



The Intouchables
Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW
The second most popular film from France ever, The Intouchables is a big deal. Filled with a healthy dose of smart comedy, this film dissects the friendship between a paralyzed white millionaire and his Sengalese caretaker. Tickets for this film, which screens on the festivals closing day, are $20. In French with English subtitles.