In Pedro Almodovar‘s twisty, passionate latest film, “Broken Embraces,” Penelope Cruz shimmers through embodiments of screen goddesses past. She plays an actress who attracts the obsessive interest of a filmmaker (Lluis Homar). The fictional director unspools his history with the equine beauty, eventually revealing the incident that led to his isolation and remorse. There’s more to “Broken Embraces” than a man obsessed with a woman — just ask Alfred Hitchcock how far that story can take an auteur — but we won’t spoil it here. It closes after Thursday, so scurry.

» E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; 202-452-7672. (Metro Center)
» Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-7273. (Bethesda)

The process of making art gets a close, curatorial look with two films screening this weekend at the National Gallery of Art. On Saturday, “Process in Time: Shorts by Richard Serra” (2 p.m.) offers five silent films by the artist exploring his interest in strength and structure. On Sunday, “15 Days of Dance: The Making of ‘Ghost Light’: Day 3, Morning” (4:30 p.m.) tracks the American Ballet Theater and choreographer Brian Reeder as they eke a ballet out of sweat, long hours and imagination.
» National Gallery of Art, 400 Constitution Ave. NW; free; 202-
842-6799k. (Archives-Navy Memorial)

Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Classics