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TO MAY 31
Amos (Kadosh) Gitai may be the only Israeli director with an international reputation, but the country’s lively cinematic scene has produced plenty of contenders. The seven 2000-2003 films in this program range from light entertainment to heavy critiques of Israeli society. The two previewable entries suggest the range: In Dan Wolman’s Foreign Sister (Sunday, May 25, at 3:45 p.m., and Wednesday, May 28, at 8:30 p.m.), burned-out Naomia Tel Aviv banker, wife, and supermomhires a housekeeper who’s an Ethiopian Christian. Rather than the relaxation her husband prescribes for her, the new arrangement plunges Naomi into the harrowing existence of illegal immigrants. Tzahi Grad’s Giraffes (Saturday, May 24, at 9:10 p.m., and Sunday, May 25, at 1:15 p.m.) is a wildly overcomplicated thriller about three women whose lives intertwine after one accidentally goes off with another’s blind date. With its playfully tangled plot, kinky sex, and meta-narrative payoff, this is a tease of a moviebut an amusing one for viewers who aren’t sticklers for plausibility. The other films are Blind Date (Tuesday, May 27, at 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m.), in which anonymous postcards lead to a possible romance; Provence United (Monday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m), the tale of a hapless small-town soccer team; and two family sagas, Broken Wings (Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 31, at 9 p.m.) and Desperado Square (Sunday, May 25, at 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m.). The series runs to Saturday, May 31, at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Mark Jenkins)