Thurs., Sept. 29
We Were Here, David Weissman's landmark documentary on the early days of AIDS in San Francisco, is due to close at the Sunset 5 and Playhouse after tonight's shows. Also on the cusp of leaving town: the teen lesbians in Tehran melodrama Circumstance.
Fri., Sept. 30
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It's one of those Sophie's Choice days for L.A. cinephiles, with three sterling rep events competing for your attention. Michelangelo Antonioni's Le Amiche — whose LACMA run was one of the top film events of last summer — kicks off Il Cinema Ritrovato: Rediscovered Film, a nine-hour marathon of restorations from Cineteca di Bologna at LMU's Mayer Theater. The program also includes Vittorio De Seta's feature Bandits of Orgosolo, preceded by two of the filmmaker's nonfiction shorts; a program of Charlie Chaplin's Keystone shorts; and the 1973 Senegalese gangster flick Touki Bouki.
If you missed Lu Chuan's harrowing Rape of Nanking film City of Life and Death during its brief local run earlier this year, catch it tonight at the New Beverly, as the first half of a double feature of Horror of War epics, including Elem Klimov's 1985 gut-churner Come and See. Be forewarned, ye of sensitive stomachs: Both films, while masterful, are graphically violent and highly rapey.
Finally, as part of its ongoing Visions of Childhood series, Cinefamily will screen restored prints of Indian master Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy over the next two nights. Ray's debut, Pather Panchali, plays at 7:30 tonight followed by Aparajito at 9:45 and The World of Apu at 7:15 tomorrow.