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The 17th Polish Film Festival in America continues Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 20, with features screening in 35-millimeter at the Copernicus Center through Sunday, November 13, and short documentaries screening by video projection thereafter at Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $8-$10; a festival pass good for five screenings is available for $45. Films listed below are in Polish with English subtitles; other programs are unsubtitled. For more information call 773-486-9612; for a full festival schedule visit www.pffamerica.com.

Among the weekend features is Wojciech Smarzowski's A Wedding (2004, 101 min.), in which a small-town gardener overextends himself to pay for his daughter's nuptials and winds up running afoul of a local gangster (Sat 11/12, 7 PM). In Andrzej Maleszka's The Magic Tree (81 min.), screening as a children's matinee, a boy who's forced to give away his husky discovers that the dog's sled has magical powers (Sun 11/13, noon). Leszek Wosiewicz's The Cross-Way Cafe (112 min.) is about a group of ambitious young friends from the country who decide to improve their lot through crime (Sun 11/13, 5 PM). And Krzysztof Krauze's My Nikifor (2004, 100 min.) is a biopic starring 85-year-old Krystyna Feldmann as the Polish primitive painter Nikifor; critic Ronnie Scheib praised Feldman's work as "the most extraordinary cross-dressing performance since Linda Hunt's in The Year of Living Dangerously" (Sun 11/13, 7:30 PM).

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