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Enjoy Off-Center Cinema Sundays

Special to The Union

Off-Center Cinema will be showing films at 5 and 7:30 p.m. every Sunday at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. All seats for all shows just $5!

For information, call The Center at 274-8384.

Oct. 24-25, Everlasting Moments. Rated PG with English subtitles. From five-time Academy Award-winning director Jan Troell comes this austere but beautiful drama based on a true story. Set in early 20th Century Sweden, it stars Maria Heiskanen as a young woman who — like most women of her generation — looked forward to marriage and family as the culmination of all her dreams.

Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Edgar Allen Poe’s Spirits of the Dead as envisioned by Roger Vadim, Louis Malle and Federico Fellini. Rated R with English subtitles. What better film to celebrate Halloween weekend than this stylishly perverse homage to the master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe, by three of Europe’s most acclaimed directors?

Nov. 8, The Age of Stupid, unrated. Deftly combining science-fiction, animation and documentary, The Age of Stupid forcefully asks the perennial question: “How can human beings act so damned crazy?!”

Nov. 15, The Valley (Obscured by Clouds), unrated with English subtitles. On the way home to Melbourne, a French diplomat’s wife stops in New Guinea to buy some native Mapuga craftsworks. There she meets some free-spirited hippies who collect the beautiful feathers of a rare bird, and are going to journey deep into the island’s uncharted interior in search of a fabled Eden-like valley enshrouded in a veil of mist.

Nov. 22, K-20: The Legend of the Mask, unrated with English subtitles. Imagine V for Vendetta crossed with Batman, with a little Robin Hood and Phantom of the Opera tossed in for good measure, and you have an idea of K-20, the most audacious and entertaining Japanese adventure film in years.

Nov. 29, Peter Brooks’ Adaptation of G.I. Gurdjieff’s Meetings with Remarkable Men, unrated. In 1920, a man appeared in Western Europe who had spent 20 years searching through the Middle East and Central Asia to the mountains of the Hindu Kush for answers to his questions about the meaning of human existence. That man was the Russian mystic Gurdjieff, and this film (based on his memoirs) is the story of that search.

Dec. 6, Latcho Drom, unrated with English subtitles. This crowd-pleasing documentary, the second of director Tony Gatlif’s “Gypsy Trilogy,” is a colorful celebration of the Romany people’s nomadic culture and their centuries-old traditions of song and dance.

Dec. 13, The Life of Buddha, unrated. Five centuries before the birth of Christ, an extraordinary man emerged from northern India whose profound spiritual teachings would help transform the world. His name was Gautama Siddhartha, and this meticulously-researched documentary follows his odyssey from pampered prince to restless seeker/explorer and, finally, to his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree which revealed to him the essential truths of human existence.

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