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Brazil, 2002

Documentary

A look at looking, featuring commentary on the nature of sight by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, director Wim Wenders, blind French-Slovak photographer Evgen Bavcar, neurologist Oliver Sacks and blind councilor Arnaldo Godoy. The film explores the physiological properties of the eye; glasses and their effect on identity; and the meaning of blindness and sight in our modern, image-saturated society. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 5 p.m.)

Faith in Shorts

A selection of short films about people who have endured tragedy and grown from it. Includes Jennifer Campbell's Nine, about a group of breast-cancer survivors preparing for a two-day rowing event. (Orange County Museum of Art, 5 p.m.)

Six Degrees of Shorts

A sampling of shorts including The Honor System, about a group of awkward kids enduring the hellish ordeal that is a game of dodge ball. (Lido Theater, 5:30 p.m.)

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

United States, 2002

Comedy

Former A-lister Steve Gutenberg returns from Hollywood limbo to direct and star in this dark comedy about a hapless actor who catches a burglar in his apartment on New Year's Eve and decides to hold him hostage. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 6:30 p.m.)

Town Diary

United States, 2002

World Premiere

Drama

A TV documentary producer comes back to the town where he grew up, intending to produce a folksy reality-TV show called Town Diary. But his plans are knocked off course when a local conspiracy buff convinces him that a cheerleader who died some years back was in fact murdered. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 6:30 p.m.)

No Distance Too Far

United States, 2002

Documentary

A look at the 2001 California AIDS Ride, an event in which a group of more than 2,000 cyclists left San Francisco for Los Angeles to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS and raise money for groups that serve those with the disease. (Orange County Museum of Art, 6:30 p.m.)

My Kingdom

United Kingdom, 2002

Drama

The late, great Richard Harris is featured in one of his last roles in this modern-day retelling of King Lear. An aged crime lord decides to turn his empire over to his three daughters, only to learn that his favorite daughter wants no part of it. His other daughters scheme to seize power, while the family patriarch descends into madness. (Lido Theater, 8 p.m.)

Hip Hop Hope

United States, 2002

West Coast Premiere

Documentary

Artists in New York's underground hip-hop community are profiled in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center disaster. (Orange County Museum of Art, 8 p.m.)

La Collezione Invisible (The Invisible Collection)

Italy, 2002

Drama

Three women plot to acquire a quarrelsome 70-year-old landlord's priceless collection of 16th century architectural renderings. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 8:30 p.m.)

. . . And Your Little Shorts Too!

An assortment of shorts featuring Rusty Nelson's VIRUS³, about a guy getting revenge on a hacker who sent him a computer virus that destroyed his life. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 8:30 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9

The Road to Reconciliation

United States, 2002

Documentary

A look at Northern Ireland's fragile peace following decades of bloody strife, how the country got where it is, and where it might go from here. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 11 a.m.)

Crazy About Our Shorts!

See listing for Friday, April 4. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 11 a.m.)

Melvin Goes to Dinner

United States, 2002

Southern California Premiere

Drama

Melvin is a sad soul who gave up his medical career to work for his sister and sleep in his office. But his joyless existence takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally speed-dials an old pal and winds up with a dinner invitation that will leave him a changed man. (Lido Theater, 11:30 a.m.)

Children of the Crocodile

Australia/East Timor, 2001

Documentary

The story of two Timorese-Australian women, Cidalia Pires and Elizabeth Exposto, who came to Australia when they were babies but have devoted their lives to the Timorese struggle--Cidalia as a theatrical performer and Elizabeth as a human rights worker. Their dreams are at last fulfilled when East Timor achieves independence, but this raises some awkward questions about their futures, where they will settle and what they will do from here. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 12:30 p.m.)

Butterfly Man

United Kingdom/Thailand, 2002

U.S. Premiere

Drama

With lots of beauty shots of Thailand's nightlife and frequent narration from an endearingly dorky English lead with an accent that's as thick as mud, this soon turns into something far stranger and more interesting as our hero's journey abroad goes spectacularly wrong in nearly every way possible. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 1:30 p.m.)

Pursuit of Happiness

United States, 2002

Romance

Ad executive Alan Oliver is knocked off the fast track when his boss takes him off his main account at the request of celebrity spokesman/baseball star Chad Harmon. Then Alan's live-in girlfriend deserts him, fleeing into the arms of Chad. Abandoned and bereft, Alan looks around him and suddenly begins to see his childhood pal Marissa in a whole new light. (Lido Theater, 1:30 p.m.)

In Smog and Thunder

United States, 2002

Comedy/Mockumentary

The long-simmering tensions between Los Angeles and those smug hippie bastards up in 'Frisco finally boils over into civil war in this mockumentary account set in a vaguely defined, recent past. They think they're so great, with their Golden Gate and their fancy lattes and their solar-powered cars made of hemp. We'll give 'em what for! (Orange County Museum of Art, 2 p.m.)

Dreamin' of Shorts
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