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Those whose taste in films runs far from Hollywood blockbusters are bound to find much to spark their interest within the program of the exground filmfest, opening Nov. 11 and running through Nov. 20 in Wiesbaden, Germany. One of the country’s most important film festivals for international independent productions, many directors who enjoyed later fame experienced their European debuts here. Around 200 short and feature-length films from 32 countries will be shown as part of the 29th edition of the festival. Audiences can take in some 47 German, European and international premieres. The six sections in which films vie for top honors include Made in Germany; International; Focus Iran; Short Films, Extra and American Independents: the latter’s offerings include indie director Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and “Gimme Danger.” “Dallas” is a surreal fiction and documentary mash-up about the recruitment of Patrick Duffy to star in a bizarre Romanian version of the 1980s hit series. Also on the program is Youth Days, featuring films showing young people trying to find their ways in various parts of the world. Most, but not all, of the films to be shown are either in English or have English subtitles. Off-screen happenings in connection with the festival include the chance to interact with some 100 invited guests, including directors and actors, or a Karaoke evening. Iran is this year’s guest country; check out a performance by Iranian indie rock band Langtunes or an exhibition of work by Iranian video artists. Film showings and the cultural program take place at the Caligari FilmBuehne, Murnau Filmtheater and Kulturpalast. Tickets to most showings go for 7 euros ($7.75); a special 50-euro ticket lets a visitor catch ten shows; those under the age of 20 pay 3.50 euros to watch films making up part of Youth Days. Tickets can be booked at the Tourist Info point at Marktplatz 1, at the Caligari box office 30 minutes before the film starts, or online. Get details at www.exground.com.


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