Two major Buffalo film festivals begin next week -- the second Women's International Film Festival at the University at Buffalo on Tuesday (see Monday's Life & Arts section for details), and the 13th annual Jewish International Film Festival, beginning next Saturday in the Amherst Theater (see next week's Gusto for details).
Both festivals this year feature Buffalo premieres and, in the case of the women's festival, a national premiere, courtesy of Miramax Films.
The Buffalo premiere of Lawrence Brose's film about gay sexuality, "De Profundis," will be presented in person by Brose at 8 p.m. next Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Hallwalls Gallery, 2495 Main St.
The Flix Superplex Theater, 4901 Transit Road, Depew, will begin showing free children's movies at 11 a.m. every Saturday with this morning's free screening of the cartoon "An American Tail." Other free children's films to be shown in the theater's "Customer Appreciation Days" are "Casper" on Oct. 25, "The Land Before Time" on Nov. 1, "Harriet the Spy" on Nov. 8, "Turbo Power Rangers" on Nov. 15, "The Indian in the Cupboard" on Nov. 22, "A Simple Wish" on Nov. 29, "Zeus and Roxanne" on Dec. 6, "Hercules" on Dec. 13 and "The Swan Princess" on Dec. 20.
A free showing of the all-time John Huston classic "The Maltese Falcon" with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Sidney Greenstreet will begin the Shea's Buffalo free classic film series next Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Shea's box office and Media Play stores.
Commercial films opening in area theaters next week are "A Life Less Ordinary," from the same Scottish team that made "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting," the sci-fi movie "Gattaca" and "Fairy Tale -- A True Story," featuring Harvey Keitel and Peter O'Toole in large cameo roles.