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TO SEPT. 28

It wouldn’t be a Latin American film festival without a movie in which a mysterious stranger arrives in a oppressed provincial town and works miracles for the aggrieved locals. This year’s 29-feature showcase—the sixth annual fest and the first to use both American Film Institute venues—includes at least one such film: The Archangel’s Feather (at 6:40 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Kennedy Center’s AFI National Film Theater) is a Venezuelan fable in which the new telegraph operator just might be the angel Gabriel. Some of the other films, however, visit less familiar territory: Window to the Soul (at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at AFI Silver; at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Kennedy Center) is a poetic Brazilian documentary about human vision whose seeing heads include Wim Wenders, Oliver Sacks, Agnès Varda, and José Saramago. Mercano, the Martian (at 6:50 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at AFI Silver; at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Kennedy Center) is a gory adult cartoon featuring a stereotypical little green man and an anti-corporate message grounded in Argentina’s recent economic crisis. The gangster flick takes an intriguing left turn in Taxi for Three (pictured; at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at AFI Silver; at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Kennedy Center), a Chilean film in which a cabbie gradually becomes more than a getaway driver for a pair of thugs. Brazilian director Suzana Amaral, who made the Bresson-like Hour of the Star, tells another story of a simple, awkward young woman in A Hidden Life (at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Kennedy Center; at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at AFI Silver). The festival runs to Sunday, Sept. 28, at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, and at the Kennedy Center’s AFI National Film Theater (see Showtimes for a full schedule). $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Mark Jenkins)