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Weekly Movie Picks: Silverlake Film Fest, Bestiality, Cockfighting & More!

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Silverlake Film Festival
The 2007 Silverlake Film Festival heads into its second and final week. Highlights include…

El Benny - A biopic based on the life of Benny Moré, considered by many to be the greatest Cuban singer of all time. The film concentrates on a period in the early 1950s when Moré left the orchestra of Duany and founded his own "Banda Gigante."

The King of Kong - Washington resident Steve Wiebe decides that he is going to beat the high score record for Donkey Kong, which was set in 1982 by Florida resident Billy Mitchell. A cross-country battle of epic proportions ensues.

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Lakshya - Directed by Farhan Akhtar, this Bollywood film stars Roshan Seth (Krrish) as a slacker (or "lakshya") who enrolls in the Indian Military Academy, after his girlfriend announces he needs to find a goal in life.

The Last Western - Welcome to Pioneertown, California, the Old West town that Hollywood built and then forgot. Built in 1946 on the edge of the Mojave Desert to serve as a backdrop for Hollywood westerns, only a decade later the town was already a decaying outpost.

Red Without Blue - A documentary about two identical twins, Mark and Alexander Farley, who were born minutes apart in 1983 in Montana. By the time they were 14, their parents had divorced, they had come out as gay, and a joint suicide attempt precipitated a forced separation of Mark and Alex for two and half years. Today, Mark is attending art school in San Francisco, and Alex is living as a woman named Clair in New York.

WHEN: Wed., May 2 - Sat., May 12
WHERE: various locations including The Los Feliz 3, The Vista, King King, EchoPlex, Jensen Rec Center, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre and more.

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Based on the true story of Kenneth Pinyan, this film is described as a sensitive, dramatic account of a zoophile who died from internal injuries caused by the repetitive thrusting of a stallion's penis into his anus. Really. And you thought it was impossible to hear about man-on-equine love without snickering.

WHEN: Fri., May 4 - Thurs., May 10
WHERE: Nuart Theater: 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Sawtelle Blvd. in West LA)


The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu
Hard-drinking, cat-loving Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Ficsuteanu) is whisked from overcrowded hospital to overcrowded hospital by a persistent ambulance driver, as he faces wrong diagnoses, ambivalence, annoyance and consternation -- until he finally dies. Directed by Cristi Puiu, this Romanian film won the 2005 Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes and overwhelming critical acclaim for its mix of human drama and black comedy.

WHEN: Fri., May 11-Sun. May 13
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Egyptian Theater: 6712 Hollywood Blvd., (1 block East of Highland Ave. in Hollywood)