Cannes prize winner opens Film Festival

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The 24th annual Baltimore Film Festival opens tonight at the Senator with the grand-prize winner of the Cannes Film Festival, "Il Ladro di Bambini" ("The Stolen Children") by director Gianni Amelio.

An opening night reception begins at 7:30 p.m., and the film will be screened at 8 p.m.

Over the next four weekends, the Film Festival will show 26 features from 17 different cultures. Among the highlights are the new work, "Simple Men," by the American independent filmmaker Hal Hartley; "Cousin Bobby," a documentary by Academy Award-winner Jonathan ("Silence of the Lambs") Demme; an evening of films with gay themes, including "Rock Hudson's Home Movies"; and the Japanese animated feature "Macross II: Lovers Again."

After tonight, the event will move to the Baltimore Museum of Art for subsequent screenings. For information, call the Baltimore Film Forum, (410) 889-1993. Tickets are also available at the Senator.

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