“Quartet”Friday- Saturday. Lifelong friends Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), together with former colleague Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins), are residents of Beecham House. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), a former grand dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie’s ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone’s surprise, the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel. Shows nightly at 7:30 p.m. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $7/adults, $6/seniors and students. (208) 263-9191.
“Silver Circle” It is a time when it has become illegal to transact in silver and inflation is at a point that causes great suffering throughout the land. This animated movie brings issues about money and the Federal Reserve system to a younger audience. Rated PG-13. Friday, 7 p.m., Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave. $10. (509) 209-2383.
SFCC International Film FestivalTuesday, “Aftershock” (China) – The film begins with the Tangshan earthquake in 1976, which lasted 23 seconds, leveled the city and resulted in a death toll of more than 240,000. The special effects of the earthquake are on par with Hollywood. The story begins as a mother is forced to decide between the lives of her son and her daughter; it then leaps forward to see how the survivors lead their lives, still haunted by the day of the quake, right up to the present day, 32 years later. Behind the backdrop of landmark events such as Chairman Mao’s death and another more recent quake, the film captures the permanent injuries and lasting emotional effects of natural disasters, and it leaves people to ponder the meaning of human existence. May 14: “Yossi” (Israel) – In Israel, gays may not always be out of the closet, but that macho country has no problems with gays in the army. The film is a character study of a closeted doctor, Yossi, who crosses paths with a group of soldiers. One of the soldiers, Tom, helps Yossi be comfortable with who he is. Presented by Barbara Williamson, SFCC Alliance Club adviser. May 21: “Even the Rain” (Spain/Mexico) – As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, they encounter local people rising up against plans to privatize the water supply. 7:15 p.m. Garland Theatre, 924 W. Garland Ave. $4.50. (509) 533-3222.