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   from the issue of March 27, 2008

'City of Men,' 'Band's Visit' open March 28 at the Ross

"City of Men," a film about Brazilian youth rushed into adulthood, opens March 28 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Producer Fernando Meirelles ("The Constant Gardener") returns to the Brazilian favelas of his Academy Award-nominated film, "City of God." Growing up in a culture of violence and street gangs, teenagers Acerola (Douglas Silva) and Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) have become close as brothers. With their 18th birthdays approaching, Laranjinha sets out to find his father he has never met, and Acerola struggles to raise his own young son.

But, when the two find themselves on opposite sides of a gang war, the lifelong friends must confront a secret from their past.

Also opening March 28 is "The Band's Visit."

When the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra flies from Egypt to Israel to perform at the opening of an Arab culture center, they are left stranded at the airport. Tired, hungry, and confused, they find shelter at a restaurant run by Dina (Ronit Elkabetz). It's clear that Dina is bored with her lonely life, so she talks Tewfiq into letting the band stay over for the night - he and Khaled will stay with her, and the others will be put up at the home of Itzik (Rubi Moscovich). Over the course of the night, Tewfiq and Dina bond, Khaled helps a hapless local discover his inner Romeo, and the other band members find themselves caught up in a domestic situation.

"The Band's Visit" (rated PG-13) and "City of Men" (rated R) play to April 10 at the Ross.

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