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A serious drama

Mexican-born movie maker Vicky Funari was the co-director of "Live Nude Girls Unite!," hardly your average multiplex feature. So it makes sense that "Paulina," which Funari co-directed with Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, is also unusual. It's based on the real-life experiences of Paulina Suarez, the former Funari family housekeeper. A bloody fall by 8-year-old Paulina convinced the village she had been raped by the town boss. Ostracized, Paulina was traded to him for land rights, and he abused her on a regular basis. "Paulina" is a rough story of survival. "Teeth are a weapon given to you by God," she tells us in a voiceover. In Spanish with subtitles, the film will be screened in Hallwalls at 8 p.m. tonight. Questions? Call 835-7362.

A comic drama

"Celestial Clockwork," featured by the University at Buffalo's International Women's Film Festival, is adventurous and funny. Directed by Fina Torres, the movie stars Ariadna Gil (who starred in the Oscar-winning "Belle Epoque") as a Venezuelan girl who jilts her fiance at the altar and flies to Paris to become an opera singer. Her life becomes a whirlwind of oddball roommates and screwball situations as she works her way, improbably, toward starring in Rossini's "Cinderella." The movie features music by Schubert, Schumann and Rossini, and also salsa numbers by Brazilian star Alma Rosa, who also turns up in the film. In French and Spanish with subtitles, "Celestial Clockwork" will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Market Arcade. Admission is $6.50; for info, call 855-3022.

Short subjects

What movie was that again? A bulletin sent to The News announces, "The title for the upcoming film from Twentieth Century Fox, "Animal Husbandry," has been changed. The new film title is "Someone Like You." . . . At the Screening Room in Northtown Plaza at 9 tonight: "A Boy and His Dog," the cult sci-fi tale starring Don Johnson. The Screening Room explains: "In the post-apocalyptic future, punk Johnson roams the world looking for food and females with his telepathic dog, and is eventually lured into an underground civilization." Admission is $3; call 837-0376.

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