Local Screenings

April 07, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENNACH | CHRIS KALTENNACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

CINEMA SUNDAYS -- Joyeux Noel, a drama based on an impromptu cease-fire that broke out on a World War I battlefield on Christmas Eve 1914, is this weekend's scheduled feature for Cinema Sundays at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. The French film, which was nominated for the 2005 best foreign language film Oscar (it lost to South Africa's Tsotsi), dramatizes an incident in which French, German and British troops, acting on their own and without orders, stopped firing at each other long enough to celebrate Christmas 1914 together - an incident of spontaneous peacemaking that has been celebrated in numerous movies and literary works over the years. The movie, written and directed by Christian Carion, stars Benno Furmann, Diane Kruger, Guillaume Canet and Ian Richardson. Showtime Sunday is 10:35 a.m., preceded by 45 minutes of free coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

SPIRIT WINNER IN COLUMBIA -- Another foreign film Oscar nominee, Paradise Now, winner of the 2005 Independent Spirit Award for best foreign film, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Public Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The Palestinian film, directed and co-written by Hany Abu-Assad, is the story of two childhood friends recruited to become suicide bombers in the conflict with Israel, and what happens when they are captured before their plans can be carried out. The screening begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, as are the popcorn and soda. Information: 410-313-7717.

CELESTINE PROPHECY -- The Celestine Prophecy: The Movie, a film adaptation of James Redfield's best-seller about a man's search for an ancient manuscript in the South American rain forest, will be shown at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday in Centennial Hall of the Bryn Mawr School, 109 W. Melrose Ave. Tickets are $12. For more information, or to purchase tickets: 410-356-2169, 410-581-9022 or e-mail spiritualpath@mind spring.com.

FILM NOIR CLASS -- A class on film noir, those dark, spiritually bereft films with femmes fatale lurking around every corner, will be taught on four consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 19 at the Park School, 2425 Old Court Road. The class will be taught by Peter Warren, who teaches film at the school. Classes will meet from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will concentrate on four films: Double Indemnity, Lady From Shanghai, Touch of Evil and Chinatown. Tuition is $165. Information: parkschool.net/parkplus or 410-339-7070, ext. 4448.

THE END OF OZUFEST -- The Charles Theatre's exhaustive retrospective of the films of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu concludes this weekend with 1956's Early Spring (Soshun), the tale of a man who neglects his wife in favor of his business, and what happens when she decides she's had enough. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encore showings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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