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April 16, 2006|By LORI SEARS

Filmfest DC

Film fans can enjoy 12 days of cinematic entertainment at Filmfest DC, taking place at various theaters, museums and venues in Washington. The 20th annual festival, which begins Wednesday and runs through April 30, offers more than 70 films of various genres from countries around the globe, panel discussions, talks by directors (including Sydney Pollack at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the National Gallery of Art), appearances by film stars (including singer Martha Reeves, who will perform and speak at the screening of Dance Party: The Teenarama Story at 9 p.m. April 28 at Regal Cinemas) and more.

Opening night of the festival features a screening of the film Wah-Wah and an appearance by actor Gabriel Byrne, who stars in the film. Byrne will be introduced by Pollack. Wah-Wah will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University. After the showing, there will be a gala reception. Tickets are $40 for the evening's events.

For a full schedule of events with times, locations and addresses, go to filmfestdc.org. To purchase tickets, which for most films cost $9 each, call 800-955-5566.

[LORI SEARS]

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