Some highlights of the festival: what and when

April 03, 1994|By Scott Timberg | Scott Timberg,Contributing Writer

Tickets to the 25th Annual Baltimore Film Festival may be bought by phone (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) through the Baltimore Museum of Art box office. The box office, at (410) 235-0100, is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

After the opening night showing of "The Scent of Green Papaya" on Wednesday, festival films show every Wednesday through Sunday until April 30. All showings are at the Baltimore Museum of Art at 10 Art Museum Drive. For more information, call the Baltimore Film Forum at (410) 889-1993.

Tickets for all showings besides opening night -- which are $12 for the public and $10 for members, seniors or students -- are $6 general admission or $5 for members, seniors or students.

Festival highlights include:

* "Sunday's Children," Friday, 9:30 p.m. Written by Ingmar Bergman and directed by his son Daniel, the film is set in the pastoral Swedish countryside of the 1920s and explores a family's rending.

* "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl," Sunday, April 10, 7 p.m. Dubbed by Premiere's J. Hoberman "the 'Sunset Boulevard' of the Third Reich," the film looks at the triumphs and missteps of Ms. Riefenstahl, whose "Triumph of the Will" was Hitler's favorite movie.

* "The Best of the International Tournee of Animation," Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. Seventeen animated films from six countries are showcased, including the original pilot of "The Ren and Stimpy Show" and six Academy Award winners.

* "The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg," Sunday, April 17, 7 p.m. One of four documentaries in the series, this film follows beat poet Ginsberg and includes readings from "Howl" and "Kaddish," interviews with Norman Mailer, Joan Baez, Ken Kesey and Mr. Ginsberg's appearance on William F. Buckley Jr.'s "Firing Line."

* "La Strada," Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. Widely regarded as one of the great films of all time, Fellini's circus fable and first unapologetically surreal feature is presented here in restored form. The screening is a tribute to Fellini, who died last year.

* "Between the Teeth: In Concert With David Byrne," Saturday, April 23, 11:15 p.m.

Baltimore native and eccentric Byrne is caught in concert performing both solo material and songs by his old band Talking Heads.

* "Warrior Marks," Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. Produced by and featuring Alice Walker, "Warrior Marks" documents the African practice of female genital mutilation, a tradition to which 100 million women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East are subject.

The festival is co-sponsored by City Paper, WBJC 91.5 FM, Tremont Suite Hotels, and Donna's Coffee Bar and Restaurant, and the documentary series was founded in part by the Maryland Humanities Council.

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