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After the majestic backdrops and palatial sets of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, Florian Habicht's Woodenhead is a very different movie from New Zealand. It's a seedy adult fairy tale, which unfolds like a Brothers Grimm story degenerating into a sequel to Wes Craven's cult classic The Hills Have Eyes. A junkyard worker named Gert is entrusted by his boss to deliver his daughter Plum to her wedding. It's more than a heroic task for the simple-minded Gert as he leads her into a forest crawling with carnival freaks driven wild at the sight of Plum. With an eerie original score and scenes of clouds whisping over New Zealand's rugged hills and waves crashing in to shore, the movie takes surreal turns as Gert and Plum often communicate in mute thoughts. Once in the wild, even their own primal urges bubble up and betray them and one can only wonder how the meek survive the wicked. Woodenhead is one of three foreign films showing at Zeitgeist this week. Iron Island is a story from Iran about homeless people who have decided to live on an abandoned oil tanker. Mongolian Ping Pong is a story about a rural family discovering the modern world beyond their home. Tickets $7, $6 members. -- Will Coviello

9:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu., Sat.-Sun., Aug. 15-17, 19-20 Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 525-2767;


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