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The French Riviera and the Colorado Rockies can’t be moved, but in a sense the film festivals set in such distinctive spots are becoming increasingly mobile. Take, for example, this sampler of five entries from this year’s Telluride Film Festival, which arrives barely two months after that fest closed. Included are four acclaimed new European films and a program of vintage silent comedies, “Gravy Over Steamboat,” which sets Max Davidson’s Pass the Gravy and Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. (pictured) to live music by the Alloy Orchestra (Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.). Two of the films are also in this month’s New York Film Festival: Ma Vie en Rose is the tale of a young Belgian boy who feels pretty in pink (Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.), while Russian director Alexander Sokurov’s Mother and Son is a hushed, dreamlike parable of an adult son caring for his dying mother (Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.). Also included are Lea, in which a Slovak woman, rendered mute by a childhood trauma, is transformed by her relationship with a violent German soldier (Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.), and Unmade Beds, British TV veteran Nicholas Barker’s black comedy about New York singles on the prowl (Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.). At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $7-10. (202) 785-4601. (Mark Jenkins)