Local Screenings

December 02, 2005|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

CINEMA SUNDAYS -- Baltimore's almost-weekly showcase of things new and cutting-edge in the world of cinema ends its fall season Sunday with Mrs. Henderson Presents. Starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, the film tells the story of a British woman who, forced to choose between using a recent inheritance for charitable purposes or for her own enjoyment, picks the latter. She purchases an aging music hall, which she soon reopens (under the guidance of a new manager) as a dance hall specializing in dancers who perform au naturel. Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, Dirty Pretty Things) directs. Tickets are $15, and include prefilm coffee and bagels. Doors open at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., at 9:45 a.m. Sunday; showtime is 10:30. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

RENOIR AT THE CHARLES -- The River, Jean Renoir's paean to life along India's Ganges River - it was filmed after Renoir's sojourn in Hollywood had ended, but before he returned to his native France - is this weekend's presentation in the Charles Theatre's continuing revival series. The teen-girl-coming-of-age drama, released in 1951 as Renoir's first color film, is set among the residents of a small British community in post-war India. "It may be minor Renoir in the end," writes Michael Atkinson of the Village Voice, "but all considerations wither in the shadow of (Renoir's) optimistic humanism, an indomitable sensibility dedicated to the warm bounce and emotional intercourse of love-born relationships." Showtime is noon Saturday, with an encore showing at 7 p.m. Monday; there is no Thursday show next week. Tickets are $6. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL -- The 16th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival, a celebration of Jewish films and Jewish filmmakers from throughout the world, runs through Dec. 11 at various theaters in the D.C. area. Among this week's offerings are Live & Become, a French-Israeli co-production, set among the Ethiopian Jews, or Falashas, in which a desperate mother tries to place her son with a group heading for Israel (1 p.m. today at the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. N.W.); La Petite Jerusalem, a complicated romance set among the Tunisian-Jewish community of Paris (7:20 p.m. tomorrow at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring); and Last Mitterand, in which a young Jewish journalist interviews French President Francois Mitterand during his waning days in office, asking the departing politician pointed questions about his actions during the Vichy period of World War II (9:20 p.m. tomorrow at the Silver, 8:15 p.m. Monday at the Goldman). For more information and a full schedule: wjff.org.chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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