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Like filmmakers in other former Warsaw Pact countries, Hungarian directors have had to adjust to life without the reliable funding—and the routine censorship—of a government film studio. This program presents five 2001 or 2002 films from the new generation that has risen to the challenges of post-Communist film production, as well as the 1969 debut feature by these young directors’ mentor, Simo Sandor, who died last year. The series opens with Gyorgy Palfi’s Hukkle (pictured, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16), a dialogue-free account of life (and death) in a rural village; it’s a masterly telling of commonplace interrelationships, set almost entirely to the found music of bees, bicycle wheels, and an old man’s hiccups. The film is double-billed with Bence Miklauzic’s Sleepwalkers, whose edgier, more urban web of circumstances connects the lives of three hapless Budapest workers. Also featured are Gyula Gulyas’ Light Falls on Your Face (at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17), adapted from a story by Transylvanian writer Laszlo Kiraly, in which a couple travels through war-torn countryside; Sandor’s Those Who Wear Glasses (at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23), the tale of an architect whose attempt to design his own home is bedeviled by complications; and the double feature of Ferenc Torok’s Moscow Square (at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24), a coming-of-age story set in the year the Soviet Bloc unraveled, and Szabolcs Hajdu’s Sticky Business, in which a group of youths prepares for a performance in a bleak urban environment. The series runs to Sunday, Nov. 24, at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. (Mark Jenkins)