CIRCLE THEATERS will host Seven From Greece, an offering of recent productions from that country, at their West End complex Friday through Thursday. The festival incorporates such highly touted films as Costas Ferris' Rembetiko and the Nikos Perakis comedy Of Colonels & Camouflage, which is sort of a political "Stripes" set on the eve of Greece's military dictatorship in 1967-1968.
Of particular interest is a 48-minute documentary on Greek-owned coffee shops in Manhattan, One on Every Corner, by local filmmakers Doreen Moses and Andrea Hull. It will screen before the scheduled feature this Sunday and Monday at 12:45. One cautionary note: even though the festival features two different films each day, they are not being sold as a double feature: The theater will be cleared after each show and separate admissions charged. Call 331-7471 for more details.
The local chapter of Women in Film and Video, in cooperation with The Production Center at Arthur Young, is presenting a two- part seminar, The Business of Film & Video, Saturday from 9 to 5 at the center's offices, 1950 Roland Clarke Place in Reston. Part one is "Getting the Money: Film and Video Financing," and will feature a panel including theatrical attorney Elliot Blair and independent producers Arthur Cantor and Bonnie Nelson Schwartz. Part two, "Getting It Out: Distribution," will highlight Circle Releasing's Chris Zarpas and Ginny Durrin of Washington's Dirrin Films Inc. Cost for the day-long seminar, including lunch, is $65 for WIF members and $75 for non-members. To sign up, call Anne Polley at 703/620-4490.
The National Film Board of Canada's Acid Rain: Requiem or Recovery? will be shown at the Bethesda Co-op, 7945 MacArthur Boulevard, Sunday at 7:30. The screening is free; call 320-2530.
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service has unveiled a new exhibit. "French Posters, 1924-1939: The Art of Jean A. Mercier" will begin a two-year tour of the United States, Sunday in the seventh floor gallery of the Woodward and Lothrop store at 11th an F streets NW. The exhibit will run through November 16, and will be complemented beginning November 1 with a package of French films for which Mercier created posters.
The first Mercier restrospective outside of France, the collection -- featuring artwork for films by Jean Epstein, Rene Clair, Jean Renoir and others -- will be introduced by the 86- year-old artist, who will sign exhibition posters at the gallery between noon and 2, Tuesday through Thursday. The film series will be announced shortly by The American Film Institute, where the movies will be shown. For more information, call 357-2700.
Stargazers will want to be at the Library of Congress'Jefferson Building (10 First Street SE) Tuesday at around 7 to watch the stars arrive for a dinner celebrating "Read More About It," the joint reading-promotion project involving the library's Center for the Book and the CBS Television Network. Expected to attend are many of the TV and movie stars who have participated in the project since its inception in 1979, including Linda Gray, James Farentino, Barry Bostwick, Gary Frank, Richard Crenna, David Hemmings, Marsha Mason, Helen Hayes, Lance Kerwin, Susan Blakely, Chris Sarandon, Michelle Lee and Jean Stapleton. Some regular old Washington folk will be there, too, including Chief Justice Warren Burger and Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige.
The film series on ballet and modern dance continues at Martin Luther King Memorial Library with a Tuesday screening of the 1964 Soviet documentary Plisetskaya Dances, a 70-minute movie about the Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. Featuring the dancer at leisure and at work on "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty," the film will begin at 7 in Room A-5 of the library, 901 G Street NW. Call 727-1186 or 727-1271.