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Call it the “Southern”: A movie featuring isolated villages, dusty expanses, and probably a meandering backroads trip. Latin America contains some of the world’s largest cities, but you won’t see much of them in the first full week of this overview, which features over 30 films. Characteristic are Two Sons of Francisco (at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25), a hit Brazilian biopic about rural siblings who became country-music stars, and Cinema, Aspirin, and Vultures (at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26), in which a German salesman, working small-town Brazil in 1942, makes a solid income introducing the new medicine—until Brazil declares war on Germany and his only official choices are deportation or imprisonment. The recurrent theme of leaving home for economic opportunity gets three variations in On the Other Side (at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 24), which tells parallel stories of prepubescent kids from Mexico, Cuba, and Morocco who go searching for their absent fathers. Among the urban entries is one from the vaults: Love in the Time of Hysteria (at 9:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23) is the 1991 debut of director Alfonso Cuarón, who later made Y Tu Mamá También (as well as the artiest Harry Potter flick). The movie starts as a Mexican version of a British sex farce but turns darker when its philandering protagonist gets a notice that he’s HIV-positive. “The XVII Washington Latin American Film Festival” runs to Sunday, Oct. 8, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6700. (Mark Jenkins)