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Film Festival opens with 'Roan Inish' Baltimore Film Festival


The Baltimore Film Forum begins its 26th annual Baltimore International Film Festival today with a gala premiere of John Sayles' well-reviewed Celtic fantasy, "The Secret of Roan Inish" at the Senator Theatre.

The festival, which runs through April 29, boasts 22 films representing more than 15 countries.

"The Secret of Roan Inish" follows an Irish fishing family as it comes to terms with the legend of the Selkies, half-human and half-seal. The 8 p.m. screening is preceded by a 7:30 p.m. champagne reception and will be followed by complimentary desserts provided by Spike & Charlie's.

All other films in the festival will be screened at the Baltimore Museum of Art.


Here is the schedule:

*"The Sum of Us," (Australia, 1994) Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

*"L.627," (France, 1992) Friday, 7:30 p.m.

*"I Am My Own Woman," (Germany, 1992) Saturday, 7 p.m.

*"Picture Bride," (U.S., 1994) Saturday, 9 p.m.

*"The Buddha of Suburbia," (Great Britain, 1992) Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

*"Darkness in Tallinn (City Unplugged)," (Estonia/Finland/Sweden/U.S., 1993) April 13, 7:30 p.m.

*"Exotica," (Canada, 1994) April 14, 7:30 p.m.

*"City on Fire," (Hong Kong, 1987) April 14, 9:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.

*"Le Petit Musee De Velasquez," (Canada, 1994) April 15, 7:30 p.m.

*"Flesh Suitcase," (U.S., 1995) April 15, 9 p.m.

*"My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud," (France, 1993) April 16, 7:30 p.m.

*"Woyczeck," (Hungary, 1994) April 20, 7:30 p.m.

*"The Cow," (Czech Republic, 1993) April 21, 7:30 p.m.

*"Half the World," (Austria, 1993) April 21, 9:30 p.m.

*"Jupiter's Wife," (U.S., 1994) April 22, 7:30 p.m.

*"Frank Zappa," (Great Britain, 1993) April 22, 9:30 p.m.

*Selected Winners from the 1995 Black Maria Film and Video Festival, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

*"The Land of the Deaf," (France, 1992) April 27, 7:30 p.m.

*"The Forbidden Quest," (Netherlands, 1993) April 28, 7:30 p.m.

*"Rhythm Thief," (U.S., 1994) April 28, 9:30 p.m.

*Festival Closing Night, Maryland Winners from the 1995 Independent Film and Video Makers' Competition, April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for tonight's gala are $12; $10 for BFF members, BMA members, seniors and students. They can be bought from the Baltimore Film Forum or in person at the Senator box office. Call (410) 889-1993 or 323-1989.

Tickets for all other festival screenings are $6; $5 for BFF members, BMA members, seniors and students. They can be bought from the Film Forum or at the BMA box office. Call (410) 889-1993 or 235-0100 for information. Tickets can be bought at the BMA box office on show nights starting one hour before show time.

For other ticket options, call (410) 889-1993.

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