Local Screenings

November 04, 2005

OLEANNA -- David Mamet's Oleanna, with William H. Macy as a college professor facing sexual harassment charges from one of his students (Debra Eisenstadt) after a long discussion (she's failing his class and was looking for extra help), kicks off Towson University's monthlong series of films adapted from successful stage plays. The movie will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the university's Van Bokkelen Hall auditorium, with a post-film discussion led by faculty member Diane Sadak-Smith. Admission is free. Towson University is at 8000 York Road. Information: 410-704-2787 or towson.edu.

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE -- Writer-director Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale stars Jeff Daniels as a teacher who insists he was once a great novelist and Laura Linney as his wife, who has just recently been published herself, much to her husband's unstated frustration. The film watches as tensions grow in their marriage and rub off on their two sons. The film, already generating good word-of-mouth for Daniels' performance, is this weekend's Cinema Sundays at the Charles offering. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $15, which includes a coffee-and-bagel breakfast. Doors open at 9:45. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

FELLINI AT THE CHARLES -- Over the next several weeks, the Charles Theatre's weekly revival series will feature a run of movies directed by some of the greatest filmmakers of the non-English-speaking world. Where better to start than the films of Federico Fellini, a filmmaker so distinctive that his name has become an adjective (felliniesque, a sort of dreamlike, poetic caricature). His 1965 Juliet of the Spirits, showing at noon tomorrow (with repeat showings at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday), stars Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina, as a middle-aged woman drawing on every resource she can - mysticism, inner visions, dim memory - for the strength to leave her indifferent husband. The theater is at 1711 N. Charles St. Admission is $6. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL -- The third-annual Annapolis Film Festival opens Nov. 11 with Alchemy, writer-director Evan Oppenheimer's romantic comedy about a computer science professor whose reputation rests on making a woman fall in love with his latest invention, a computer with emotions. Tom Kavanaugh (TV's Ed) and Sarah Chalke (TV's Scrubs) star. Tickets for the opening-night screening, set for 8 p.m. next Friday, are $35, and include a post-film reception; both events take place at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. The festival, showcasing 13 narrative features, 10 documentaries and a selection of animated and live-action shorts, continues through Sunday, at Maryland Hall and at the Crown Annapolis Harbour Center, 2474 Solomons Island Road. Information: 410-263-2388 or annapolisfilmfestival.com.

EUROPEAN UNION FILMS -- The 18th-annual European Union film showcase hits Washington beginning Tuesday, with films representing all 25 EU members unspooling at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The festival opens at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with British director Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Gillian Anderson, Jeremy Northam and Stephen Fry in a film about making a film adaptation of Laurence Strene's unfilmable 19th-century novel Tristram Shandy. Festival films continue through Nov. 22 at the Silver. Information: afi.com/silver or 301-495-6700.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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