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MAY 10 & 11
Romanian director Liviu Ciulei has directed plays at Arena Stage for 23 years; currently, he’s previewing Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts. While in town, Ciulei will take the opportunity to introduce his lesser-known career as a film director. He will appear at AFI screenings to discuss two films he made in the mid-’60s: Forest of the Hanged is an anti-war drama set on World War I’s Eastern Front, where a Romanian is forced by the Austro-Hungarian army to fight against his countrymen (with Ciulei, pictured, Saturday); The Danube Waves transpires during the final days of World War II, and stars the director as a bargeman trying to chart a safe course between the retreating German Army and the newly emboldened partisans (Sunday). At 8:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 828-4090. (Mark Jenkins)