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Afi Film Fest: The Final Week

March 22, 1987|LEONARD KLADY

T he following are capsule reviews of this week's screenings at the AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles. Screenings take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, except where noted. Tickets and information: (213) 520-2000 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY

"Black Tanner" (Switzerland, 1986, 12:30 p.m.). In a remote Swiss mountain village during World War II, Kasper Tanner, a stern patriarch, defies government authorities who insist he augment his dairy production by planting crops on the hillside. Is Tanner a hero or a fool? Writer-director Xavier Koller never decides, but the device of maintaining a steadfast ambivalence toward him reaps rich dramatic rewards despite an unsatisfying conclusion. The film was Switzerland's foreign-language Oscar entry this year. Recommended.

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