Local Screenings

October 21, 2005

NINE LIVES -- Writer-director Rodri go Garcia's Nine Lives, a series of nine fictional vignettes focusing on wom en at an emotional crossroads, will have its Baltimore premiere Wednes day night at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. The film's impres sive cast includes Glenn Close, Amy Brenneman, Dakota Fanning, Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn, Elpidia Carrillo, Holly Hunter and Lisa Gay Hamilton. Garcia will be at the 7:30 p.m. screening, along with producer Julie Lynn and cast member Kathy Baker. Tickets for the showing, spon sored by the Maryland Film Festival, are $10, $8 for students and seniors, and free for Friends of the Festival. Information: 410-752-8083.

ALSO FROM THE FESTIVAL -- The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt, a documentary examination of the kidnapping of a Colombian presiden tial candidate - Betancourt ended up spending election day 2002 in the Colombian jungle, in a country where kidnapping has become part of the political currency - will be shown Monday night at the Mary land Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Direc tors Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes will introduce the film and answer questions. The 7:30 p.m. screening is sponsored by the MFF as part of its Women/Film/Gender series. Admis sion is $10, $8 for students and sen iors, and free for Friends of the Festi val and those with a MICA ID. Infor mation: 410-752-8083.

THE SERVANT -- Newly anointed Nobel laureate Harold Pinter penned the screenplay for 1963's big-screen adaptation of novelist Robin Maug ham's The Servant, being shown to night at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Part of the museum's London After Dark film se ries, the movie examines Britain's caste system by focusing on the mas ter-servant relationship between an aimless, rich playboy (James Fox) and the man he hires to run his house (Dirk Bogarde). Showtime is 8 p.m.; tickets are $7, and free for BMA members. The London After Dark se ries is being shown in conjunction with the museum's exhibit, Monet's London: Artists' Reflections on the Thames, 1859-1914. Information: artbma.org or 410-396-6001.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES -- Transgender prison inmates - men who live as women, but serve their time in men's prisons - are the sub ject of Cruel and Unusual, a docu mentary being shown Thursday night as part of the Creative Alli ance's Views of Justice, a film series sponsored by the Open Society Insti tute-Baltimore and spread out over the next two years. Director Dan Hunt will be on hand after the 8 p.m. screening at the alliance, 3134 East ern Ave., to participate in a panel dis cussion that will include Dana Beyer of the National Center for Transgend er Equality. Information: creativealli ance.org or 410-276-1651.

FRIGHTS AT THE CHARLES -- Georges Franju's 1959 Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux sans visage), the dis turbingly macabre tale of a deranged surgeon who kidnaps young girls and removes their faces, in the hope he can transplant one onto his disfig ured daughter, will be this weekend's revival offering at the Charles The atre, 1711 N. Charles St. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encore show ings at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $6. Informa tion: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

CINEMA SUNDAYS -- Writer-direc tor Ira Sachs' Forty Shades of Blue, the story of a Russian woman living in Memphis, Tenn., with a rock leg end and his estranged son, is this week's Cinema Sundays offering. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St.; tickets are $15. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for coffee and bagels. Informa tion: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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