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A Sundance success that may not be headed to a multiplex near you, Starting Out in the Evening is a well-regarded drama that distributors fear is too old-fashioned for today’s audiences. For one thing, the protagonist is a somber 70-year-old novelist—not a gangster, spy, or skateboarder. Leonard Schiller (Frank Langella in fine form) is a forgotten author whose latest book is 10 years in the making and still unfinished. Then he meets pretty graduate student Heather Wolfe (Lauren Ambrose), who’s looking for a mentor but just might serve as a muse. Adapted by director Andrew Wagner and screenwriter Fred Parnes from Brian Morton’s novel, the film has been compared to Venus, in which a veteran actor played by Peter O’Toole is inspired by a young woman who knows nothing of his world. Intellectually, Schiller and Wolfe are better matched, but that doesn’t mean that their relationship will be easy. The film shows at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington District of Columbia’s Jewish Community Center, 1519 16th St. NW. $10. (202) 777-3250.