BEGINNING Thursday and running through May 24, the Goethe-Institut will host FangFilmFest, a mini-festival featuring screenings of such vampire films as F.W. Murnau's 1922 classic, "Nosferatu" (May 24 at 6:30), and its 2000 spawn, "Shadow of the Vampire" (May 24 at 8:30), a making-of fantasia by Elias Merhige that speculates that Murnau's star, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe), may not have been an actor but an actual bloodsucker.
Other films in the series include Roman Polanski's "The Fearless Vampire Killers," Paul Morrissey's "Blood for Dracula," Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu the Vampyre," Tony Scott's "The Hunger" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula." The films accompany "Vladracul," a concurrent Goethe-Institut exhibition of allegorical vampire-themed photographs arranged into a kind of cinematic narrative by German artist Johnny de Brest. "Vladracul," which will remain on view through Aug. 27, and the FangFilmFest both take place at 812 Seventh St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the box office or at www.boxofficetickets.com. For information and film schedules, call 202-289-1200 or visit www.goethe.de/washington.
FOCUS ON MAORIS
On Tuesday at 6:30, the National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW (Metro: Farragut North), will host an evening of New Zealand Maori film, including a screening of Taika Waititi's award-winning short, "Two Cars, One Night," and a compilation of clips from the work of actor Cliff Curtis ("Whale Rider") and director Merata Mita ("Hotere"), both of whom will participate in a question-and-answer session after the screenings. Free. Reservations required. Call 202-857-7700.
Filmmaker Pearl Gluck, director of "Divan" (see capsule review in the Summer Movie Guide) will answer questions after Saturday's 9:15 screening and after Sunday's 5:30 and 7:25 screenings of her documentary at Visions Bar Noir, 1927 Florida Ave. NW (Metro: Dupont Circle). Call 202-667-0090.
-- Michael O'Sullivan