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THURSDAY

The central character of Ana y los Otros (Ana and the Others) seems a bit otherly herself. The tracking shots that open writer-director Celina Murga’s 2003 short feature document Ana’s trip from Buenos Aires to her old hometown, Parana, for a Christmas vacation that also involves winding up a real-estate matter. The camera generally keeps its distance from Ana, stalking her as—it turns out—she stalks someone else. While catching up with old friends, the apparently unattached Ana becomes interested in her ex, Mariano, who splits his time between Parana and another town—and also between two women. Like Lucrecia Martel, director of 2004’s The Holy Girl, Murga rejects Argentine cinema’s old standbys—magical realism, macho poesy, and the big city—for something more elusive, provincial, and (maybe) feminine. The result is a tale that lacks the comforts of certainty but creates a mood that lingers evocatively. The film, presented by Cinema Tropical, shows at 9:35 p.m. (see Showtimes for other times) at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6720. (Mark Jenkins)