THE NEW Cinema From Serbia and Montenegro Prism 2005 festival, which started Tuesday, continues through this weekend, presenting more than a dozen short and feature-length films from the former Yugoslavia.
On Friday at 7, the festival will present "Skyhook," Ljubisa Samardzic's ensemble drama set in Belgrade in 1999. It follows how a former basketball hero and his friends cope in different ways with the Kosovo war and daily NATO bombings.
At 9, "Goose Feather" will unspool; Samardzic's romantic melodrama is set in 1914 Vojvodina, where a star-crossed couple's fate is irrevocably affected by World War I.
Prism 2005 will show a number of documentaries this weekend as well as a comedy Sunday called "Thunderbirds," in which three school friends reunite one evening in Belgrade. The festival wraps up Sunday at 8 with a screening of "South by Southeast" -- part "Flightplan," part political thriller -- in which a former Serbian celebrity returns to Belgrade for a visit and then panics when her daughter is kidnapped -- if her daughter even exists.
All screenings are at the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $9.50. Call 202-966-6000 or visit www.theavalon.org. "Prism 2005" is presented by the Avalon in cooperation with the Serbian National Federation and the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro.
The American Film Institute continues its "French Cinema Under the Occupation" series at its Silver Theatre on Saturday and Monday with screenings of "It Happened at the Inn," Jacques Becker's 1943 film in which a murder in a rural community inflames a clan's chauvinistic paranoia.
"It Happened at the Inn" will screen Saturday at 2:50 and Monday at 6:30. Admission is $9.25 ($7.50 for seniors, students and AFI members). The Silver Theatre is at 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Call 301-495-6700 or visit www.afi.com/silver.
-- Ann Hornaday