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OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 9
These six films from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s range from that perpetual concern of the Soviet cinema—the noble war against the Nazis—to less propagandistic and more personal subjects. Irina Evteeva’s Elixir, for example, combines animation, live action, and other techniques for a hallucinatory treatment of a tale by German fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman (Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.), while Kira Muratova’s The Asthenic Syndrome (pictured, top) depicts both a woman and a society losing their grip (Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m.). Two films by Larisa Shepitko address World War II: In Wings, a female fighter pilot has trouble adapting to postwar life (Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.); in The Ascent, partisans face both physical and spiritual hurdles as they battle the Germans (Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.). Also included are Dinara Asanova’s Teenagers, a fictionalized account of an actual home for juvenile troublemakers, and Niyole Adomenaite’s House Built on Sand (pictured bottom), in which a woman fits awkwardly into the social circle of a wealthier childhood pal (shown together, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.). After the screening of Elixir, five Russian filmmakers will discuss the current Russian cinema. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)