San Diego County Arts Writer

Some of the latest in international cinematic comedy, tragedy, documentary and animation will be presented during a weeklong film festival that begins today. All showings will be at the Fine Arts Theatre, 1818 Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach.

Here is a schedule. Tickets are $5 a night, or $32 for a block of eight programs, and are available at the Fine Arts Theatre and the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The festival was described in Wednesday’s Calendar section.


“Utu,” 1983, New Zealand. Drama set during the 19th-Century Maori Wars between the British colonial troops and Maori rebels. Features actor Anzac Wallace. Directed by Geoff Murphy. 7 p.m.


“The Unheard Music,” 1985, United States. Documentary on X, the Los Angeles cult band. Directed by W.T. Morgan. 9:30 p.m.


“The King and Mr. Bird,” 1980, France. Animated children’s film by Paul Grimault, who worked for three decades on this project. A fable about tyranny and freedom, based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 11 a.m.

“The Plague Dogs,” 1983, United States. Animated adult film on vivisection. Based on the Richard Adams novel and directed by Martin Rosen, who is expected to be present. The film features two dogs in the lead roles. 1 p.m.

Budd Boetticher tribute, with an appearance by this cult director of American Westerns. One of his films will be shown. 3 p.m.

“Anijam,” 1985, United States. Animated short in which 22 animators try their hands at the same subject. 7 p.m.

“Desert Hearts,” 1985, United States. Directorial debut of Donna Deitch, after Jane Rule’s novel, “Desert of the Heart.” A study of a lesbian affair amid 1950s mores, set in Reno, Nev. Follows “Anijam.”


“Frankenweenie,” 1984, United States. Disney comic short by director Tim Burton (“Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”). 9:30 p.m.

“Uforia,” 1981, United States. Science fiction comedy, set in a small desert town, by director John Binder, who is expected to attend. Follows “Frankenweenie.”


“Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter,” 1984, Sweden. Children’s tale by director Tag Danielsson. 1 p.m.

Gabriel Figueroa tribute, with an appearance by the noted Mexican cinematographer and a showing of his film clips and two movies, “The Pearl” (1946) and “Macario” (1959)--both Mexican. 3 p.m.

“The Holy Innocents,” 1984, Spain. An adaptation by Mario Camus and others of the Miguel Delibes novel, about the relationship between peasants and aristocrats under the Franco regime. 7 p.m.

“Sugarbaby,” 1984, West Germany. Acclaimed director Percy Adlon (“Celeste”) brings his stylish technique to bear in a story rich in humor of two outsiders, a subway train driver and a chubby mortuary employee, off on a lark. Adlon will be present. 9:30 p.m.



“Louise the Rebel,” 1984, France. American premiere of Charlotte Silvera’s coming of age story about a French girl. 7 p.m.

“The Bay Boy,” 1984, Canada. Liv Ullman is featured in Daniel Petrie’s film about a boy who witnesses a murder. 9:30 p.m.


“In Love at His Own Choice,” 1983, Soviet Union. Sergei Mikaelyan’s tale about a drunk and a woman who falls in love with him. 7 p.m.

“Snowdrop Festival,” 1983, Czechoslovakia. Whimsical allegory about Czechs, told with deadpan humor by director Jiri Menzel (“Closely Watched Trains”). 9:30 p.m.


“The Horse,” 1983, Turkey. Ali Ozgenturk’s exquisitely photographed, fable-like drama of a peasant father and his desire that his son have a horse and an education. 7 p.m.

“Prenom: Carmen,” 1983, France. Jean-Luc Godard’s interpretive spin on the tale of the famed operatic temptress. 9:30 p.m.



“Marlene, a Feature on Dietrich,” 1984, United States. Documentary by Maximilian Schell. 7 p.m.

“Steaming,” 1985, Great Britain. Joseph Losey’s final film, based on Nell Dunn’s play about women talking in a Turkish bath. 9:30 p.m.