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Nov. 16-22

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A biannual event based in Montreal, the International Festival of Films on Art presents new movies about all the arts, as well as ones that themselves qualify as art. Many of the entries are documentaries, but also included are such works as Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers (pictured), in which percussionists stage a home invasion and proceed to beat with and on everything from toilet brushes to decorative knickknacks. This one-bedroom-apartment gamelan is part of the first program (at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16), which also includes A Life in Poetry—Ingrid Jonker, an account of the brief existence and lasting influence of the anti-apartheid Afrikaner poet, who killed herself at age 31 in 1965; In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, a dance piece involving David Byrne; and David Hockney: Secret Knowledge. The second lineup (at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21) features Dickens, a Peter Ackroyd-scripted and -narrated BBC biography that mixes documentary, docudrama, and clips from the network’s dramatizations of Charles Dickens’ novels; screening with it is Four Passions of the Soothsayer Poet. The final program (at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22) comprises When She Died…, an opera about Princess Diana’s demise; Ralph Ellison: An American Journey; and Glenn Gould: The Russian Journey. The latter is a fascinating look at the eccentric young Canadian pianist’s 1956 concert tour of the Soviet Union, where he brilliantly played music by the “almost banned” Bach and left the impression “that he was from Mars.” The series opens Sunday, Nov. 16, in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. (Mark Jenkins)