"Song of the Dunes," a new documentary about the difficult lives of the "untouchable" caste musicians in India's Rajasthan state, screens Thursday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Leo S. Bing Theater. A Q&A with director-producer Paula Fouce and members of her team follow.
The acclaimed Italian film "Vincere," directed by veteran Marco Bellocchio, has a preview Saturday at LACMA. It chronicles the story of Mussolini's first wife. It opens theatrically in March. www.lacma.org.
The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival arrives Thursday at the Egyptian. The festival, which continues through Sunday, opens with the premiere of "National Security" and the U.S. premiere of "Hotel Atlantico."www.hbrfest.com.
Nights with Hiller
The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre welcomes Oscar-nominated director Arthur Hiller for a two-day tribute beginning Thursday with a double bill of two of his popular comedies: 1979's "The In-Laws" and 1976's "Silver Streak." The laughs continue Friday with screenings of 1970's "The Out of Towners" and 1971's "Plaza Suite," both of which were written by Neil Simon. Hiller will appear both nights.
The Aero is also celebrating the 50th anniversary Wednesday of the classic film "Inherit the Wind," directed by Stanley Kramer. Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly headline this historical drama based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of the 1920s. Tracy received a lead actor Oscar nomination. Rounding out the Kramer-Tracy double bill is 1967's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," which marked Tracy's last Oscar nod and final screen role. His longtime companion and frequent costar, Katharine Hepburn, won a lead actress Oscar for that film. Sidney Poitier also stars. www .aerotheatre.com.