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TO SEPTEMBER 26
With 19 films in 11 days, this program of recent movies made somewhere between the Rio Grande and Tierra del Fuego is a bit overwhelming. Understandably, the range is wide, from a three-hour epic about the 1897 civil war that helped define the new Brazilian republic (The Battle of Canudos, Sept. 24 at 8:15 p.m. and Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.) to a comedy about an elderly Mexican quintet that breaks out of a nursing home to play a gig accompanying strippers (If I Never See You Again, pictured, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. & Sept. 27 at 2:45 p.m.). The distinctive cultural elements include futbol, in the low-key Chilean anthology film Football Stories (Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 3:45 p.m.); Marxism, in the overly whimsical study of Ecuadoran political disillusionment Between Marx and a Naked Woman (Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.); and magic realism, in a mystery about the teenage daughter of a lighthouse keeper who finds—or imagines—a new companion, The Oyster and the Wind (Sept. 19 at 5:45 p.m.). Two directors are scheduled to attend: Mexico’s Rafael Montero Garcia will introduce his Recipes to Stay Together, in which a filmmaker makes a documentary about perfect couples while her own romance falters (Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.); and Colombia’s Victor Gaviria will introduce his The Rose Seller, in which events catch up with a 13-year-old Medellin girl and her drug-dealer boyfriend (Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.). At the American Film Institute Theater, Kennedy Center. $6.50. (202) 416-7815. (Mark Jenkins)