Irish eyes are smiling over the City of Angels as the first Irish Film Festival of Los Angeles opens this evening at the Clarity Theater in Beverly Hills with "Eden," the latest movie from the producers of "Once." Directed by Declan Recks, the drama revolves around a couple on the cusp of their 10th anniversary.
Other films in the festival, which continues through Sunday, are "Kings," the first Irish-language film submitted for the Academy Awards' best foreign-language film category; the comedy "Dick Dickman P.I."; and a rare screening of the poetic 1964 drama "The Luck of Ginger Coffey" starring Robert Shaw and his wife, Mary Ure, and directed by Irvin Kershner of "Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back." www.lairishfilm.com
Socially conscious filmmakers will screen their cause-related films at the fifth annual Artivist Film Festival commencing this evening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Forty films from 35 countries will screen during the four-day event. The opening presentation is the world premiere of "Zeitgeist Addendum" by Peter Joseph. www.artivists.org
John Huston, one of the titans of 20th century cinema, is being celebrated at the Aero Theatre with a retrospective that features several of his best works. Screening Friday is Huston's 1948 seminal study of greed, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," for which he won Oscars for directing and adapted screenplay, while his father Walter earned a supporting actor Academy Award as an eccentric old prospector. Filling out the bill will be his underrated 1972 boxing drama "Fat City." On tap for Saturday is Huston's delightful 1951 romantic adventure "The African Queen" -- starring Humphrey Bogart, in his Oscar-winning performance, and Katharine Hepburn -- and his 1985 comeback film, the dark comedy "Prizzi's Honor," for which daughter Anjelica Huston received the supporting actress Oscar. "The Misfits," his 1961 drama penned by Arthur Miller and starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in their final screen appearances, is set for Sunday evening, along with "Moulin Rouge," Huston's stunningly beautiful biopic about painter Toulouse-Lautrec, starring Jose Ferrer. www.americancinematheque.com
Brad Bird, the director of the Oscar-winning animated films "Ratatouille" and "The Incredibles," as well as the acclaimed "Iron Giant," will screen David Lean's 1965 classic romance "Doctor Zhivago" Friday at the Skirball Cultural Center. Preceding the screening, Bird will talk about how "Zhivago" influenced his art. www.skirball.org