The 2007 Johns Hopkins Film Fest opens Thursday with Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9, a largely dialogue-free film that investigates the relationship between creativity and restraint.
The film, set upon a Japanese fishing vessel, stars Barney and singer Bjork (who wrote the soundtrack) as Occidental guests on the ship, preparing for a Shinto wedding ritual. Meanwhile, the crew members are busy on deck, creating a sculpture using 25 tons of petroleum jelly.
"Visually spellbinding," wrote New York Times film critic Stephen Holden, who praised the film for its "depiction of life as a series of passages in a relentless cycle of creation and destruction."
Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday in Shriver Hall, on Hopkins' Homewood campus.
April 13's offerings include Witchdoctors: A Day In the Other Africa (6:30 p.m.) and Zardoz (8 p.m.). The festival continues from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. April 14 and 4 p.m.-9 p.m. April 15.
Tickets are $5 per film, $10 for an all-day pass, $20 for an all-festival pass; JHU students, faculty and staff get in for free. Information and a full schedule: hopkinsfilmfest.com.
Start your engines
Director Dominic Sena's car-theft extravaganza, 2000's Gone In 60 Seconds, will be shown tomorrow at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, as part of the theater's Mustang Mania celebration. At 1:30 p.m., there will be a screening of the car-chase sequence from the 1969 film Bullitt (starring Steve McQueen, directed by Peter Yates), and the showing of Gone In 60 Seconds, starring Nicolas Cage as a legendary car thief who must steal 50 cars in a single night to save his brother's life. Angelina Jolie and Robert Duvall also star. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Senator. Information: 410-435-8338 or senator.com.
'Wolf' at Charles
Hour of the Wolf, with Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann as an artist and his wife who are visited by phantoms after moving to a remote island, is this weekend's entry in the Charles Theatre's retrospective of the works of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Showtime for the 1968 film is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727- FILM or thecharles.com.
'Silent Sounds' series
The Creative Alliance's "Silent Sounds" series, in which silent films are shown with live, modern musical accompaniment, concludes tonight with Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), an animated film based on stories from The Arabian Nights. Music will be provided by Yeveto, a four-piece instrumental group that formed in 2004 to write a score for another silent film and has since kept at it. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $12, $10 for alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.