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Posted on: Friday, April 14, 2006

Mixed bag of indies at Doris Duke Theatre

Advertiser Staff

Daniel Johnston is a manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist in "The Devil and Daniel Johnston," one of many independent films showing at the Doris Duke Theatre this spring.

Jeff Feuerzeig

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Jeremie Renier is Bruno, Jeremie Segard is Steve in "L'Enfant (The Child)," screening in May at the Doris Duke Theatre.

Sony Pictures Classics

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Willem Dafoe is featured in Lars von Trier's "Manderlay," a film about slavery set in the 1930s.

IFC Films

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The Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts has been a fount of independent films that never make it to Honolulu multiplexes. The theater's schedule through May includes martial-arts classics, documentaries, award-winning dramas and the gay-themed Rainbow Film Festival.

Tickets are $7 general, $6 seniors, students and military, $5 museum members. 532-8768, www.honoluluacademy.org.

MARTIAL ARTS

The series "Heroic Grace: The Chinese Martial Arts Film, Part II" continues through Sunday. The films all unrated and subtitled are:

  • "The New One-Armed Swordsman (Xin Dubi Daowang)" (directed by Zhang Che; Hong Kong, 1971, 94 minutes)

    David Jiang plays a warrior whose comeback is prompted by the death of his comrade.

    7:30 p.m. today

  • "The Five Venoms (Wu Du)" (directed by Zhang Che; Hong Kong, 1978, 97 minutes)

    The last disciple of Venoms House is on a quest to bring to justice his five formidable predecessors, all of whom have become criminals.

    4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

  • "Legendary Weapons of China (Shiba Ban Wuyi)" (directed by Lau Kar-leung, 1982, 101 minutes)

    Eighteen weaponry and combat styles are showcased in what some consider one of the greatest martial-arts dramas.

    7:30 p.m. Sunday

    OTHER FILMS

  • "We Jam Econo The Story of the Minutemen" (directed by Tim Irwin; USA, 2005, 90 minutes, unrated)

    Underground documentary follows the 1980s punk-rock band The Minutemen.

    Continuing at 1 and 4 p.m. today, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday

  • "Manderlay" (directed by Lars von Trier; Denmark, 2005, 139 minutes, unrated) See review on Page 39. Preceded by the short "A Team Like No Other," from King Kekaulike High School, about healthcare workers.

    7:30 p.m. Monday; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; and 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. April 21

  • "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" (directed by Marc Rothemund; Germany, 2005, 117 minutes, unrated, subtitles)

    Based on the true story of Germany's anti-Nazi heroine Scholl, who was captured and interrogated by the Gestapo.

    1 p.m. April 22; 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. April 23; 7:30 p.m. April 24; 1 and 7:30 p.m. April 25-27

  • "The Boys of the Baraka" (directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; USA, 2005, 84 minutes, unrated)

    Documentary follows a program that takes 12-year-old boys from Baltimore's most violent ghettos to an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya.

    1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. April 28; 1 and 4 p.m. April 29; 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. April 30; 7:30 p.m. May 1; 1 and 7:30 p.m. May 2

  • "L'Enfant (The Child)" (directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; 2005, Belgium, 100 minutes, unrated, subtitled)

    A small-time crook decides to sell his infant son, then decides he wants him back. Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

    1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 3-4; 4 and 7:30 p.m. May 5-7

  • "Darwin's Nightmare" (directed by Hubert Sauper; France/Austria/Belgium, 2004, 107 minutes, unrated, subtitled)

    A local disaster, a globalization lesson. In the 1960s, the enormous Nile perch was introduced into central Africa's Lake Victoria. It wiped out nearly all other species but is a bonanza for multinational corporations that traded fish for weapons. 2006 Oscar nominee. This film made its Honolulu debut in September as part of the University of Hawai'i's Cinema Series.

    1 p.m. May 5-7

  • "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" (directed by Jeff Feuerzeig; USA, 2005, 110 minutes, rated PG-13)

    A portrait of the manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist.

    7:30 p.m. May 8; 1 and 7:30 p.m. May 9-11; 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. May 12

  • "Somersault" (directed by Cate Shortland; Australia, 2006, 106 minutes, unrated)

    Heidi, 16, comes to understand the true meaning of love in this coming-of-age story.

    1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. May 13; 4 and 7:30 p.m. May 14; 7:30 p.m. May 15; 1 and 7:30 p.m. May 16-18

  • "The Notorious Bettie Page" (directed by Mary Harron; USA, 2005, 100 minutes, rated R)

    Gretchon Mol stars as the 1950s pin-up girl whose erotic poses led to a Senate investigation in to pornography.

    1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. May 21; 1 p.m. May 22; 1 and 7:30 p.m. May 23-24, 1 p.m. May 25; 1 and 7:30 p.m. May 30-31

  • 17th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, co-presented by the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation. Details to be announced. www.hglcf.org.

    May 25-28