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Movies of the Week:
Polish Film Festival
The 10th-annual Los Angeles-area event that kicked off April 22 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood includes three days of programming at Regency’s South Coast Village Theatre across from South Coast Plaza. All films are presented with English subtitles, and some screenings include appearances by directors and other people associated with the films. The lineup:
Friday: Ameryka czesc druga(America Part Two) by Agnieszka Lipiec-Wroblewska, who will be present along with Robert Wieckiewicz, 5 p.m.; Wszystko bedzie dobrze(All Will Be Well) by Tomasz Wiszniewski, 7 p.m.; Niezawodny system(The Reliable System) by Izabela Szylko, 9 p.m.
Saturday: O prawo glosu (For the Right to Speak Up) by Janusz Petelski and featuring an appearance by Adam Ferency, 1 p.m.; 33 Sceny z zycia (33 Scenes From Life) by Malgorzata Szumowska, 3 p.m.; Jak zyc(How to Live?) by Szymon Jakubowski and featuring an appearance by Krzysztof Globisz, 5 p.m.; Sztuczki (Tricks) by Andrzej Jakimowski, who appears, 7 p.m.; Boisko bezdomnych(The Offsiders) by Kasia Adamik, 9 p.m.
Sunday: Wroclawska Golgota by Jan Komasa and featuring an appearance by Adam Ferency, 2 p.m.; Lekcje pana Kuki(Mr. Kuka’s Advice) by Dariusz Gajewski, 4 p.m.; Ogrod Luizy(Louise’s Garden) by Maciej Wojtyszko, 6 p.m.; Serce na dloni(A Warm Heart) by Krzysztof Zanussi, 8 p.m. Polish Film Festival at South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (818) 982-8827; polishfilmLA.org. Fri.-Sun. $8-$10.
Battle In Seattle
The second Etnies “The Cinema” series screening features Stewart Townsend’s 2007 dramatization of the World Trade Organization demonstrations that rocked the streets of Seattle for five days in November 1999. Townsend, who appears to answer your questions afterward, strives to present the unique stories of protesters (played by Andre Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Michelle Rodriguez and Martin Henderson), the city’s beleaguered mayor (Ray Liotta), and a riot cop on the streets (Woody Harrelson) and his pregnant wife (Charlize Theron). An after-party follows the screening nearby. Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana; koos.org/yosttheatre. Fri., 8 p.m. Free. All ages.
Black Devil Doll
A buxom teen vixen playing a simple child’s game unwittingly conjures the spirit of an executed black, militant, death-row inmate who possesses a ventriloquist doll with a righteous ’fro. Much Caucasian blood is spilled trying to stop the carnage after the evil, jive-ass-talking dummy rapes, abuses and tortures five naive young women. Mondo Celluloid kicks off the 2007 Peabody Award winner with a performance by the “Original Dirty Rapper,” Blowfly, and follows the film with a Q&A featuring director Jonathan Lewis, writer Shawn Lewis and the Black Devil Doll himself. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 428-5435; www.mondocelluloid.com. Fri., 11:55 p.m. $13.
College Film and Music Festival
To be announced films from Cal State Fullerton screen and Your Majesty, Alive, Oliver Jane and Sublime Tribute LBC are among the bands playing this Fox Theatre fund-raiser, which also includes tours of the historic moviehouse and the goods of local vendors. Fox Theatre, Harbor Blvd. & Chapman Ave., Fullerton, (714) 870-0069; goldstar.com; foxfullerton.org; myspace.com/foxfullerton. Thurs., April 30, 6 p.m. $10.
The Country Teacher
The monthly Independent Film Series presents this 2008 Czech/German/French production from director Bohdan Slama (Something Like Happiness, Wild Bees). A young teacher takes a job at a grammar school in the country, where he befriends a woman and her troubled 14-year-old son. Their happiness unravels when the woman’s ex-boyfriend arrives to jealously out the teacher as gay and allege he is attracted to the boy. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6334; fullertonlibrary.org. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free.
The beauty and marvels of Japan are revealed in this one-hour documentary. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Fri., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
The Long, Long Trailer
Newleyweds Nicky (Desi Arnaz, or Ricky from the classic TV comedy I Love Lucy) and Tracy (Lucille Ball, or Lucy from the same) spend their honeymoon on the road towing a long, long trailer that creates all kinds of havoc. It seems like a long, long time before the end credits roll. Cinema Fusion at Anaheim’s GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 399-0300; www.cinemafusionanaheim.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $7.50.
Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa
Still stranded in Madagascar since the end of the first film, Central Park Zoo animals Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo manage to leave the island only to land in the wilderness of Africa. There, Alex meets the rest of his family. San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 493-1752. Sat., 11 a.m. Free admission and popcorn.
If you missed Gus Van Sant’s biopic featuring the most recent Oscar-winning Best Actor performance by Sean Penn, now you can see it for a measly $2, which supports the library’s efforts to bring more programming like this. New Yorker Harvey Milk moved to San Francisco, became the city’s first openly gay public official and, the following year, was shot to death along with Mayor George Moscone by former city supervisor Dan White (Josh Brolin) of “Twinkie defense” fame. San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 493-1752. Fri., 7 p.m. $2 donation suggested.
Pigs must be flying, hell must’ve frozen over and monkeys have to be shooting out of my butt because, according to Regency, Baz Luhrmann’s nonsensical musical of 2001 is now a classic. South Coast Village Theatre, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $7.
My Life As a Dog
Spring semester “Industry Insider” Martha Coolidge presents Lasse Hallström’s 1985 Swedish gem about a little boy named Ingemar, who lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother and frets about Laika, the Russian dog sent into space. Ingemar gets sent to stay with relatives for the summer, when he meets various strange characters who forever change his life. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Thurs., May 7, 7 p.m. Free.
Newport Beach Film Festival
The 10th-anniversary run ends Thursday, April 30, with several shorts and feature-length films, some of which played previously during the festival. One that did not is the official closing-night picture, Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in an odd love story. Edwards Island Cinema, 999 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach; and Regency Lido, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (949) 253-2880; www.newportbeachfilmfest.com. Thurs., April 30. See the website for specific titles, times and ticket prices. Most are $8-$12, but parties cost extra.
The Prince and Me
“Industry Insider” Martha Coolidge presents her 2004 rom-com about a farmer’s daughter (Julia Stiles) at a Wisconsin university pursuing her possible true love, an unusual Danish exchange student (Luke Mably) who is also a prince. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Thurs., April 30, 7 p.m. Free.
Rats Is a Four-Letter Word
Santa Ana film maker/impresario Bob Pece returns with a mini-festival of hilarious, twisted and educational shorts from the Rat Powered Films’ vault. Many were created by Santa Ana-based filmmakers, chronicle Santa Ana subjects or were shot in the fair city. Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana; koos.org/yosttheatre. Thurs., April 30, 7 p.m. Free.
Senior Thesis Screenings
Projects from the graduating class are screened for the whole world to see. Up this week are: Michael Malaki Rempen (La Nina del Desierto); Erika Cohn (When the Voices Fade); Tyson Hauff (Publicity); Nathan Whitcomb (The Time Traveller); Heba Mouradi (All I Never Wanted); Kyle Shea (Roulette); and Eric Medina, David Streit and Derek Doneen (Low End Theory). A brief reception follows the screenings. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Sat., 7 p.m. Free.
Three strangers strive to connect, break technological boundaries and unseal their fates in a militarized, near-future world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network. Director Alex Rivera is on hand to explain it all about his sci-fi thriller that won awards at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. This Film and Video Center presentation—which is co-sponsored by UC Irvine’s Humanities Center, International Center for Writing and Translation, Department of Film Studies, Department of Chicano/Latino Studies, and UCI Department of Spanish and Portuguese—is the latest Cosecha Latina/Latin Harvest showcase of new work by Chicana/o, Latina/o and Latin American media artists based in the U.S. in a variety of genres and formats, from narrative feature-length films to documentary to experimental film and video and digital art. The periodic series strives to recognize and support the talent and ideas of these artists, “while opening the opportunity for the campus community to engage with Latina/o visions as they emerge, like California flora, in any season,” says curator Catherine Benamou, an associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., May 7. Reception, 6:30 p.m.;0 screening, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
UCI’s Film and Video Center presents a new print of Billy Wilder’s noir-comic classic about a struggling Hollywood screenwriter-turned-kept man (William Holden) trying to escape the clutches of an aging starlet (Gloria Swanson). He sort of succeeds. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., April 30, 7 p.m. $2.
Blake Edwards’ 1979 comedy stars Dudley Moore as a Hollywood songwriter going through a midlife crisis and infatuation with a knockout newlywed blonde (Bo Derek, who would breifly become the next Farrah Fawcett before graduating to GOP spokesmodel). Bay Theater, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988; www.baytheatre.com. Sun., 6 p.m.; Mon. & Wed., 8 p.m. $5-$8.
De zaak Alzheimer(Memory of a Killer)
When Antwerp police detectives Vincke (Koen De Bouw) and Verstuyft (Werner De Smedt) are confronted with the disappearance of a top official and the murder of two prostitutes, the trail leads to almost-retired assassin Angelo Ledda (Jan Decleir), who is showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Erik Van Looy’s 2005 thriller picked up a ton of awards in Belgium. Irvine Heritage Park Library, 14361 Yale Ave., Irvine, (949) 936-4040. Sat., 11 a.m. Free.
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