Secret Sunshine, a prizewinner at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, directed by Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong (Poetry), screens tonight at the Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 — a one-night stand in lieu of a local theatrical engagement. If you have any interest in contemporary Korean art cinema, this should be your must-see of the week. (Note: This screening originally was scheduled for last week, but was moved to Thursday after our previous issue went to press.)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives plays one more week at the Royal Theater in West Los Angeles. If any film released theatrically in Los Angeles so far this year deserves a big-screen viewing, it's this one.
LACMA's Catherine Deneuve series concludes with screenings of Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Donkey Skin (Friday, 7:30 and 9:15 p.m.) and Francois Truffaut's The Last Metro (Saturday at 7:30).
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The second installment of the Film Journeys series at Echo Park Film Center showcases Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Millennium Mambo (2001). Hou's most accessible film, it's an ideal starting point for anyone looking to explore Taiwanese cinema.
One of the UCLA Film and Television Archive's Festival of Preservation's finest moments arrives on Sunday at 2 p.m.: Samuel Beckett's rarely shown masterpiece of modernist cinema, Film (1965), featuring Buster Keaton. Film screens with a 1961 TV adaptation of Waiting for Godot directed by frequent Beckett collaborator Alan Schneider.
Later, FilmForum presents Images of Nature, or The Nature of the Image: Canadian Artists at Work (7:30 p.m.), a program of Canadian experimental landscape films. The highlight is Daicho Saito's Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (2009), a bold trio for light, montage and violin.