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The only prominent veteran of the silent-cinema era who’s still working today, 90-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira continues to make provocative, visually striking films. His latest, 1998’s Anxiety, is set in Portugal and Spain and comprises three stories linked by the themes of death and immortality. In the film’s first episode, an old man and his son discuss suicide as an alternative to senility with an unexpected result; in the second, set in the ’30s demimonde, a courtesan undergoes a dangerous operation in an attempt to conquer death; the last chapter, which features veteran actress Irene Papas as a witch, is a fable about a woman who finds that she has fingers made of gold. At 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th & Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)