A quartet of progressive flicks

September 21, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

Four avant-garde film offerings for the price of one! Cinematic provocateurs need look no further this weekend than Highlandtown's Creative Alliance for the perfect Saturday night, courtesy of the arts collective's Noise In the Basement series. Onscreen beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow will be Electroma, the debut film from Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christos, which follows a group of robotic "semi-men" on a trek across the American landscape; LYNCH, a 30-minute preview of a documentary on the two years that David Lynch spent making Inland Empire; Eric Cheevers' Las Historias Mas Sexy Del Mundo! No. 2, billed as "re-creating God-awful early-'70s Mexican sexploitation flicks" (sounds promising!) and MicroCineFest founder Skizz Cyzyk's music video for the Moaners' "Brainwash." The Creative Alliance is in the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $7, $5 for alliance members and students. Information: creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.

Boaters in `Deep Water'

Deep Water, from documentary filmmakers Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell, chronicles a treacherous 1968 round-the-world yacht race. The 2006 film is this weekend's scheduled feature at Cinema Sundays, set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

The hidden language of film

Sophie Fiennes' The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, a 2 1/2 -hour investigation into the hidden language of film with Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek as guide, will be shown Tuesday in Falvey Hall at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10; free for Friends of the Festival and MICA students, faculty and staff. Information: 410-752-8083 or md-filmfest.com.

Latin American Film Festival

The 18th annual Washington Latin American Film Festival continues through Oct. 7 at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Among this weekend's offerings are Argentine director Marcelo Pavan's Devil's Point (La punta del Diablo), about a doctor who, diagnosed with a brain tumor, leaves Buenos Aires and settles in a small coastal town, where he is reluctantly drawn into an uncomfortable love triangle (1 p.m. tomorrow and 9:45 p.m. Wednesday); Bolivian director Juan Carlos Valdivia's 2005 American Visa, about a retired professor, who, denied a visa, tries to enter the U.S. through illegal channels but has second thoughts after his encounter with a kind prostitute played by Kate del Castillo (6 tonight, 3 p.m. tomorrow); and Brazilian writer-director Kirill Mikhanovsky's 2006 Fish Dreams, centering on a budding romance in an impoverished Brazilian fishing village (7:15 p.m. tomorrow). More information: afi.com or 301-495-6720.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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