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Spring is in the air and that means another outstanding showcase of world cinema from Pac-Arts Movement.

I've yet to watch one film Pac-Arts is screening this year and like a schmuck, am willfully submitting to Pain and Gain tonight. Oy, Bay, do I suck!

Here, direct from the pen of festival programmer Brian Hu, are insights into this year's Spring Showcase:

"We've got the new Kim Ki-duk film Pieta which won Venice last year. We've got the US premiere of The Last Supper, by Lu Chuan who made City of Life and Death and others. It played Toronto last fall. We've got Kai Po Che, fresh from Berlin, though it did receive a brief run on the Hindi circuit here in SD last month. We've got Wolf Children, widely considered the best animated film of 2012, unlike that bogus Oscar business we had to sit through last month. We've got Abigail Harm, the latest by Lee Isaac Chung, whose Munyurangabo played Cannes, won AFI Fest, etc. We've got Key of Life, a Japanese screwball comedy that played Toronto and won the Hawaii International Film Festival last fall. We've got Harana, a gentle musical documentary by a Filipino director who happens to live in Chula Vista. We've got Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a North Korean film that's not a documentary about poverty but a bubbly inspirational comedy for all ages! You'd hate it if it were from anywhere other than North Korea. But it's by and for North Koreans so it's bizarre as sh-t. Oh and I booked an experimental video essay called United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part 1) and plan to play it three times. Because I can."

You're damn right you can, Brian. (I love this kid!) Thanks for the Cliff's Notes and the wealth of knowledge and passion you bring to Pac-Arts!

The Spring Showcase runs from April 18 - 25. The opening night screening takes place at the Birch North Park. All other films will play at the Digiplex Mission Valley. General admission is $11.50, $8.00 for Pac-Arts members. Tickets and discount passes are available online or at the Digiplex Mission Valley box office. Click for showtimes and more info.

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