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The 2014 FIFA World Cup may be ending this weekend, but it doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the rest of the world.

This week’s free movie scene in the D.C.-Baltimore area has an international flavor.

It starts Saturday with a foreign film that hit it big in the States a few years back: “Bend It Like Beckham” with a then-little-known Keira Knightley.

On Monday (Bastille Day in France) there’s a chance to watch the Tour de France live on the big screen, and later on that night, a truly bizarre film based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade. Definitely not for the kids.

Later in the week a key film from the French New Wave plays at the French embassy in D.C., a surprise hit from Mexico plays outdoors in Arlington, and the 19th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival begins at the Smithsonian Freer Gallery with a visually stunning family drama.

If foreign isn’t your thing, though, there are plenty of classic and more current Hollywood movies playing at no charge, too.

Here’s the full list for the week starting Saturday, July 12th:

Saturday:

  • 11am: “Out of the Basement.” A documentary short about a D.C. native who tries to turn his life around through professional boxing. Filmmakers Natalie Avery and Kyle Centers will lead a discussion of their film at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 1pm: “Bend It Like Beckham” (2002). A Sikh teen defies her parents and follows her dream of playing soccer. Part of the Foreign Film series at Montgomery County’s Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
  • 2pm: “Ender’s Game” (2013). A young boy is recruited to save the world from aliens. Playing at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
  • 2:30pm: A number of short films from Canyon Cinema will play at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 3:15pm: “14-18: The Noise and the Fury” (2008). An epic documentary about how the troops survived in the trenches in World War I. Part of the series “Cinema and the Great War” at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
  • 4pm: World Cup games on the big screen at National Harbor, Md.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica”: “Black Market,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Belle” (2013). The mixed-race daughter of a British sea captain helps to end slavery in the UK. Part of Filmfest DC’s Summer Series at TheARC Theatre, 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE.
  • 7:30pm: “Ghostbusters” (1984). Three eccentric scientists start a paranormal extermination business. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986). Woody Allen’s story of mixed-up love in a mixed-up family. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Inception” (2010). A thief steals corporate secrets by invading his subjects’ dreams. Summer Movies @ Penrose Square, 2501 9th Rd. S., Arlington, Va.
  • 9pm: “Moonstruck” (1987). Cher stars as a woman who falls in love with the brother of the man she’s about to marry. Summer Movies at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 9pm: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). A trip through a cyclone to a magical land shows a Kansas farm girl that there’s no place like home. Playing at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, 101 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md.
  • Sunset: “Monsters University” (2013). How a truly scary friendship began. Cinema Under the Stars at Loudoun Station, 43805 Central Station Dr., Ashburn, Va.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: Hitchcock in July at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 2pm: The final games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be shown free on the big screen at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
  • 3pm: The World Cup final will also play on the big screen at the plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 4pm: A series of films dedicated to Sweet California. Part of the series “From Vault to Screen: Canyon Cinema 16 mm” at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). Playing again as part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor, Md.
  • 7pm: “Freaky Friday” (2003). A mother and daughter with nothing in common suddenly find themselves in each other’s bodies. Part of Cinema Under the Stars at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
  • 8:03pm: “The Breakfast Club” (1985). Teens from different cliques find they have more in common after a weekend together in detention. Part of the Lake Anne Summer Film Festival, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Birds” (1963). Alfred Hitchcock’s fowl tale plays at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Monday:

  • 10am: “Ernest & Celestine” (2012). A mouse strikes up an unlikely friendship with a bear. The final entry in Filmfest DC’s Summer Series at TheARC Theatre, 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE.
  • 11am: Monday matinee at Potomac Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, Va. Call (703) 792-8330 for details.
  • 1pm: “Frozen” (2013). Disney’s instant classic about sisters and snow. Lots and lots of show. Monday Movie Madness at Baltimore’s Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.
  • 2pm: Marvelous Movie Mondays at D.C.’s Chevy Chase Library. Movie repeats at 6:30. 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 5pm: “Frozen” (2013). A second screening at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
  • 6pm: “Roman Holiday” (1953). Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her portrayal of a princess who lets her hair down in the Eternal City. Part of the series “Audrey: Her Life in Film” at the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “Out of the Basement.” A repeat screening at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “The Third Man” (1949). Murder mystery set in Vienna, based on the novel by Graham Greene. Read the Book First! Book Club and Film series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: A Tour de France viewing party at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va. A $5 donation to PeopleForBikes is recommended.
  • 8pm: “Marquis” (1989). A truly bizarre film based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade. All the actors wear animal masks. Much of the action is NSFW. A screening for Bastille Day, hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8pm: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002). The boy wizard and his friends stumble upon an unseen corner of Hogwarts. Muggle Mondays at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010). A pipsqueak Viking discovers the fire-breathing threat to his village is just misunderstood. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “High Sierra” (1941). A crime boss recruits an old crony fresh out of jail to lead a new heist in the California desert. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). A young inventor’s machine populates an island with monsters made of food. Part of Movies on the Beach at 27th St., Ocean City, Md.
  • Sunset: “Up in the Air” (2009). A man who fires people for a living finds his lifestyle threatened by love. Part of Crystal Screen’s “In Flight” series, 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.

Tuesday:

  • 6pm: “Mary Poppins” (1964). Julie Andrews’s screen debut as the practically perfect, magical nanny. Playing at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: The cult classics series continues at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Email Megan McNitt for details.
  • 6:30pm: “The Three Musketeers” (1948). The Golden Age adaptation of the classic novel, starring Gene Kelly. Playing at Howard County’s Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
  • 7pm: “Oral Histories from the Gold Coast” (2013). A short documentary about D.C.’s upper 16th Street corridor. Playing at Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Play It Again, Sam” (1972). Woody Allen’s neurotic schlub gets back in the dating game after a breakup, inspired by his alter ego, Humphrey Bogart. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday:

  • 12pm: A couple of films for children about two American artists. “Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt” (2008), followed at 1:00 by “Degas and the Dancer” (1999). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “Life of Pi” (2012). A young man survives a shipwreck with just a Bengal tiger to keep him company. A teen movie at Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, Md.
  • 5:30pm: “Stardust” (2007). A young man makes a promise to his beloved to retrieve a fallen star for her. Parent/Child Book and Movie Club at Waldorf West Library, 10405 O’Donnell Pl., Waldorf, Md.
  • 6:30pm: “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” (2013). A documentary about many Americans’ first exposure to the subversive art of Europe. Playing at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Sts., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012). Two high school seniors take a shy freshman under their wing. Part of NoMa Summer Screen, 2nd and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Last Year at Marienbad” (1961). Part of the series “Reminiscence: Alain Resnais” at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, D.C. Reserve a seat here.
  • 7pm: “Life of a King” (2013). Cuba Gooding, Jr., stars in this true story of a man determined to bring chess to inner-city kids in Washington. Part of the GatewayDC Summer Film Series, 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Emma” (1996). Gwyneth Paltrow as Jane Austen’s matchmaker. The start of the Austen Film Fest at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “The Natural” (1984). Robert Redford stars as an impossibly talented baseball player. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “The Nut Job” (2014). A wily squirrel helps his brethren survive by raiding a nut store. Part of Movies on the Beach at the Carousel, 116th St., Ocean City, Md.
  • Sunset: “Talk to Me” (2007). Don Cheadle plays D.C. radio legend Petey Greene. Part of the U Street Movie Series at Harrison Field, 1330 V St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Gru helps to fight a new supervillain Movie Night at Town Green, 43055 Center St., South Riding, Va.

Thursday:

  • Movie Madness at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • A horror movie at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-1288 for details.
  • 3pm: “Almost Famous” (2000). Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical story follows a young reporter assigned to cover an up-and-coming band. Movies That Rock at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: “Out of the Basement.” A repeat screening at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “Monuments Men” (2014). The true story of aging soldiers recruited to save priceless art from the Nazis. Playing at Alexandria’s Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd.
  • 6:30pm: “North by Northwest” (1959). Cary Grant is mistaken for a spy in this Hitchcock masterpiece. A Third Thursday Thriller at Deale Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale, Md.
  • 6:30pm: Classic Cinema Night at D.C.’s Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE. Email Faith Kelley for details.
  • 6:30pm: “The Muppets Treasure Island” (1996). Kermit, Piggy and the rest play pirate. A Summer Singalong at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: July Movie Night at West End Library, 2522 Virginia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 724-8707 for details.
  • 6:30pm: Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: “Planes” (2013). Disney’s world of Cars goes up in the air. Playing the night before the sequel comes out at Linthicum Library, 400 Shipley Rd., Linthicum, Md.
  • 7pm: “The Lady in the Morgue” (1938). A detective looks for a girl’s missing body. Playing at Bull Run Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “Linda” (1929). A young woman is forced to marry a much older man. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Gravity” (2013). A rookie astronaut must survive a harrowing disaster. Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “A Shot in the Dark” (1964). The first “Pink Panther” sequel. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “No se Aceptan Devoluciones / Instructions Not Included” (2013). A man makes a life for a baby left on his doorstep. Then, six years later, the mother returns. Part of Movies @ The Mill at Arlington Mill, 2611 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Lone Ranger” (2013). The movie that have us Johnny Depp as Tonto. Part of Movies on the Beach at Princess Royale, 91st St., Ocean City, Md.
  • 9pm: “Hugo” (2011). An orphan who lives at a train station follows the trail of a mystery involving his father and the mechanical man he built. Part of the American Visionary Art Museum’s Flicks on the Hill at Baltimore’s Federal Hill. Rain location: inside the museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore, Md.
  • Sunset: “Space Jam” (1996). Michael Jordan plays basketball with the Looney Toons characters. Part of Canal Park Thursday Movies: “It’s a Whole New Ballgame,” 200 M St., SE, Washington, D.C.

Friday:

  • 11am: A family film at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-5012 for details.
  • 11am: H.O.P.E. Theater: Helping Our People Engage, at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd., SE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 715-7707 or -7708 for details.
  • 12pm: “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns” episode 8, “Risk,” leads into the Cold War period, when bebop reflected the tensions of the times. Part of Jazz at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “Gravity” (2013). Part of the Oscar Movie Series at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park, Md.
  • 2pm: “The Iron Giant” (1999). A boy befriends an outsized alien robot. A family movie at Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall, Md.
  • 3pm: Science Friday. Two episodes of “Bill Nye The Science Guy” will play at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 3pm: Science at the Cinema at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-0232 for details.
  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 5pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013) kicks off the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, 1A Prince St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 6:30pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Also playing at Outdoor Movies at Shamrock Park, 39 N. Hackery Ave., Bel Air, Md.
  • 7pm: Ten Forward Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”: “The Naked Now,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Aberdeen” (2014). An imaginative family drama kicks off the 19th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Na Kupu Mana’olana: Seeds of Hope” (2013). A documentary about issues surrounding Hawaii’s food industry. A Q&A with the film’s executive producer and director will follow at the American Indian Museum’s Rasmuson Theater, 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Design for Living” (1933). Torn between two lovers, a gorgeous woman decides to live with both of them platonically. Part of the series “Tough Dames in Satin Slips: Films from Pre-Code Hollywood” at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “JOBS” (2013). Ashton Kutcher stars as the mercurial Apple founder. Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “The Good Bad Man” (1916). An outlaw takes a break from his evil ways to help some kids. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days” (2003). A man who’s convinced he can make any woman fall in love with him meets his match in a magazine columnist. Part of the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Thor: The Dark World” (2013). The God of Thunder battles an ancient enemy bent on destroying the universe. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008). A man travels to Hawaii to get over a breakup, only to find his ex there with her new boyfriend. The kickoff of the Summer Escapes drive-in movie series at Union Market, 1309 5th St., NE, Washington, D.C. Walkups are free, but parking costs $10.
  • 8:30pm: “The Sting” (1973). An aging con man teaches a new guy the ropes. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 9pm: “Gladiator” (2000). A Roman general seeks revenge against a conniving emperor’s son by entering the ring. Cinema al Fresco in Baltimore’s Little Italy, High and Stiles Sts.
  • Sunset: “The Nut Job” (2014). Playing again at Friday Flicks Outdoor Movies at Granville Gude Park and Lakehouse, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel, Md.
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