- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The 20th anniversary renewal of Filmfest DC, the annual Washington International Film Festival, has begun. A full slate of programs starts today. The principal screening sites are the AMC Loews Wisconsin Avenue, the Avalon, the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, the Landmark E Street Cinema and Regal Gallery Place. About 70 features and shorts will be showcased during the festival, which ends April 30. Highly recommended: the graceful Brazilian documentary memoir This Is Bossa Nova, plentiful in both recollections and musical interludes, scheduled for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Regal Gallery Place. Admission for most programs is $9. Advance tickets available through Tickets.com, at Olsson’s Books and Records and CD Game Exchange stores. For information, call 202/628-FILM or see www.filmfestdc.org.

India and Rumer Godden novels had a seductive impact on color cinematography in the years after World War II. “Black Narcissus,” released in 1947, was filmed by Michael Powell, with Jack Cardiff as the principal cameraman; “The River,” released in 1951, was filmed by Jean Renoir, with his nephew Claude Renoir in charge of the camera crew. Starting Saturday, The River will be revived for a week in a new 35mm print at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre. An account of an English family living in Bengal, the movie also led to a friendship between the director and an aspiring Bengali filmmaker named Satyajit Ray, who began shooting scenes for “Pather Panchali” about a year later. Tickets are $7.50 to $9.25. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6720.

— Gary Arnold

Local artist Jody Mussoff hasn’t shown in Washington recently, but her show Hair of the Dog: Drawings by Jody Mussoff, at the Parker Gallery, is worth the wait. Working with both humor and psychological probing, Miss Mussoff offers large, colored pencil drawings of books, dogs, fish and women. The meticulously drawn images appear ironically funny at first glance but become uncomfortably puzzling on closer examination. At the William W. Parker Gallery at Mickelson’s Fine Art Framing, 629 New York Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday through April 29. Free.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

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