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LAist Film Calendar: Hola Mexico, South East European & LA Harbor Film Festivals!

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Film festival season approacheth! Since this isn't Phoenixist, we can start with the Hola Mexico Film Festival. The festival opens Thursday at the Arclight with gritty crime drama Bitten Bullet (if you habla Espanol, Edward James Olmos introduces the film in this clip) and, for aficionados, the Opening Night Fiesta featuring Bostich & Fussible of Nortec Collective. Other films playing the fest include child labor documentary The Inheritors, colorful rock comedy Kitch is Cool, quirky romance The Half of the World, and campy sex-crime flick Murder Seriously. Across the pond lies the South East European Film Festival, featuring Serbian graffiti/wasted youth documentary Rapresent, Hungarian romantic dramedy I Am Not Your Friend, and Greco-Turkish music documentary What Your Grandfather Left Is Safe Here, amongst many others. Lastly, the LA Harbor International Film Festival drops anchor back on our shores, delivering precious cargo of Rudyard Kipling adventure-adaptation Captain Courageous, Italian comedy Baaria, and Hurricane Katrina/pet ownership doc Mine to the Warner Grand.

If you haven't time for a full festival, how about a trilogy? The Egyptian Theatre boasts all of Back to the Future, and if that's too lively, the Echo Park Film Center's Girls 'N Ghouls program features feminist zombie trilogy The Dead Walk in Brooklyn. If that's still too great a commitment, Cinefamily has two fantastic screwball comedies, It Happened One Night and Platinum Blonde. The New Beverly has two more: My Man Godfrey and Easy Living. If you're more interested in difficult living, the Downtown Independent has Girls on the Wall, which follows a group of young women staging a musical. In prison.

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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All Week
The 5th South East European Film Festival (Goethe-Institut)
The City of Your Final Destination (2007) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Dancing Across Borders (2010) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Dirty Hands (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Ghost Writer (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) (Nuart Theatre)
The Good Heart (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Harry Brown (2009) (The Landmark)
Hola Mexico Film Festival (Arclight Hollywood)
House Full (2010) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
La Mission (2009) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
L.A. Harbor International Film Festival (Warner Grand Theatre)
No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
North Face (2008) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Please Give (2010) (The Landmark)
A Prophet (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Timer (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)

Thursday 4/29
At Close Range (1986) / Dream Lover (1993) (w/ Nicholas Kazan) (Aero Theatre)
Burden of Dreams (1982) / Fitzcarraldo (1982) (w/ Les Blank) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Making-Ofs Series)
The Children's Hour (1961) / Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Dead Walk in Brooklyn zombie film trilogy (w/ live musical accompaniment by PioneerShips & filmmaker Molly Rydzel) (Echo Park Film Center)
Kick Ass (2010) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
The Losers (2010) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
Perfect Life (2008) (free event) (Melnitz Movies)
Planet of the Apes (1968) / Escape From Planet of the Apes (1971) (w/ art director Bill Creber) (Egyptian Theatre) (A Wrinkle in Time: The Best of Time-Travel Films)

Friday 4/30
Dick Turpin (1925) (Old Town Music Hall)
Eggshells (1968) (midnight drive-in screening) (Steve Allen Theater)
Girls on the Wall (2009) (w/ director and special guests at 8:30pm show) (Downtown Independent)
It Happened One Night (1934) / Platinum Blonde (1931) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Rise of Frank Capra)
The Last Dragon (1985) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Fridays)
The Last Wave (1977) (w/ Richard Chamberlain) (Aero Theatre) (Man of Many Mediums: A Richard Chamberlain Tribute)
La Mission (2009) (w/ filmmakers at 7pm show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
My Man Godfrey (1936) / Easy Living (1937) (New Beverly Cinema)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) (midnight show) (New Beverly Cinema)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996) / Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) (Egyptian Theatre) (A Wrinkle in Time: The Best of Time-Travel Films)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Timer (2009) (w/ writer/director Jac Schaeffer at 7:10pm show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Triple X SelectsóThe Best Of Lezsploitation (2007) / Just the Two of Us (1975) (w/ filmmaker Michelle Johnson) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (The Legacy Project Screening Series)
Voyage to Italy (1953) / On Dangerous Ground (1952) (LACMA) (Tribute to Manny Farber)

Saturday 5/1
Back to the Future (1985) / Back to the Future Part II (1989) / Back to the Future Part III (1990) (w/ Claudia Wells between Parts I and II) (Egyptian Theatre) (A Wrinkle in Time: The Best of Time-Travel Films)
Desperado (1995) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
The Devil is a Woman (1935) / The Girlfriend Experience (2009) (w/ Steven Soderbergh and Curtis Hanson) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (From Nitrate to Digital: New Technologies and the Art of Cinema)
Dick Turpin (1925) (Old Town Music Hall)
Dublab Labrat Matinee 8: Pupils Dilate (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Girls on the Wall (2009) (w/ director and special guests at 7:15pm show) (Downtown Independent)
Mid-August Lunch (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Multinauts (2010) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
My Man Godfrey (1936) / Easy Living (1937) (New Beverly Cinema)
Petulia (1968) / The Music Lovers (1970) (w/ Richard Chamberlain and Neil LaBute) (Aero Theatre) (Man of Many Mediums: A Richard Chamberlain Tribute)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Timeless DVD release party w/ special guests, DJ, etc. (Downtown Independent)

Sunday 5/2
Dick Turpin (1925) (Old Town Music Hall)
Girls on the Wall (2009) (w/ director and special guests at 6pm & 7:15pm shows) (Downtown Independent)
Lust for Life (1956) (w/ Norman Corwin) (Aero Theatre)
Mid-August Lunch (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Rain or Shine (1930) (w/ Janet Bergstrom, UCLA Department of Theater, Film and Television & Rita Belda, Asset Management and Film Restoration, Sony Pictures) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (From Nitrate to Digital: New Technologies and the Art of Cinema)
The Time Machine (1960) / Beyond the Time Barrier (1960) (Egyptian Theatre) (A Wrinkle in Time: The Best of Time-Travel Films)
Tootsie (1982) (w/ Jon Hamm) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Comedy Death-Ray Series)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) (The Bay Theatre)

That's all for this week. I wish I had the tolerance to attend both Kick-Ass & The Losers 21+ screenings!

Compiled, as always, by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins (and family!)