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Film Festival highlights 

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho will be screened by NOLA Drive-In on the roof of the former Schwegmann's at 300 N. Broad Street at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. It's an outdoor event featuring a large screen and there will be food and drink vendors. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The festival presents a 75th anniversary screening of the restored 1937 classic Grand Illusion, the first foreign film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Jean Renoir's film is considered a masterpiece of French cinema. During World War I, two French soldiers plan to escape from a German prison, and ultimately the film asks if war thwarts the benefits of a more unified Europe. Prints of the film were denounced and confiscated by the Nazis, later confiscated by the Soviet Union and returned to France in the 1960s (noon Sun., Oct. 14; noon Tue., Oct. 16.; Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St.).

Quartet is Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut. The comedy features retired opera singers who can't get along as they try to organize a benefit concert around Giuseppe Verdi's birthday (4:45 p.m. Sun. Oct. 14; Prytania Theatre).

There are several music-related films of note. Andrew Bird: Fever Year follows the former Squirrel Nut Zipper over the course of a year on tour (2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14; NOMA, City Park). The Girls in the Band documents female jazz and big band musicians from the 1930s to the present (8 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14; NOMA). True Family profiles New Orleans chanteuse Meschiya Lake and other local musicians. It screens outdoors at the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Ave., 7:30 p.m. Mon. Oct. 15).

Some of the major studio releases in the festival were shot in Louisiana, including The Paperboy and The Iceman. Other notable films include Bayou Blue, about a serial killer who preyed upon men in impoverished Southeastern Louisiana communities (5:45 p.m. Sat. Oct. 13, CAC, 900 Camp St.; 1:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 15, Prytania Theatre). Herman's House is about Herman Wallace, who had been incarcerated in solitary confinement at the Louisiana Penitentiary at Angola for decades when art student Jackie Sumell asked him to describe his dream home (5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14, CAC; 3:15 p.m. Mon., Oct. 15, Prytania Theatre). In 2010, filmmakers challenged New Orleans artists and musicians to improvise instruments out of found objects. Liquid Land captures their efforts (7:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 16, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.). Director Conni Castille profiles horse culture in Acadiana, from Creole cowboys to the Courir du Mardi Gras in T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (1:45 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14, CAC; 3:45 p.m. Wed., Oct. 17, Prytania Theatre). And there is a screening of drag queen Varla Jean Merman's mockumentary Varla Jean and the Mushroom Heads (8:15 p.m. Mon, Oct. 15, CAC).


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