A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.

By Matt Prigge
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Gershman Y

$10-$12. 401 S. Broad St. www.pjff.org

Aviva My Love (2006) (Shown on film): Having all but swept the Israeli Academy Awards, Shemi Zarhin's drama descends upon Philadelphia, bringing its tale of one woman's rocky road to becoming a novelist. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Feb. 9, 8pm; Sun., Feb. 10, 2pm; Mon., Feb. 11, 7pm.

International House

Various prices. 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.ihousephilly.org

Building a Broken Mousetrap (2006) (Shown on video): As the Republican Convention descended upon New York in September of 2004, so too did anarchist Dutch punkers the Ex--a simple twist of fate that makes an already propulsive concert doc that much more gripping. Directed by longtime music filmmaker Jem Cohen (best known for the Fugazi film Instrument), Mousetrap cozies up to the aging band as they bust out an hour of post-punk glory, complete with that most punk of instruments: a standup bass. Peppered throughout are shots of the outside world and the city overrun by squeaky-clean right-wingers and Reagan stickers, all while a band that once recorded a song called "Stupid Americans" thrashes inside. Copresented with Small Change, the screening will also feature Cohen's film on Patty Smith's unique cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit." B Thurs., Feb. 7, 7pm. $5-$7.

Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924) (Shown on video): For Russia's first sci-fi film, Aelita: Queen of Mars spends a lot of time not being particularly sci-fi. The angular sets and bizarre costumes of this relic's Martian society influenced everything from the absurdly lavish Flash Gordon serials to Guy Maddin, but Aelita remains perversely pragmatic. Haunted by mysterious radio signals, our hero eventually hops in a spaceship to bring socialism to capitalist Mars, where a tyrant keeps unused workers refrigerated. (Not so red after all, are ya?) But first he has to deal with the realities of Russia in 1921, like actually designing a spaceship and dealing with a cheating wife. Serviceable when on Earth, mind-blowing when on Mars, but always fascinating as Soviet propaganda, Aelita will be accompanied by a live score written by Philadelphia composer Gene Coleman, whose piece involves an ensemble fitted with a theremin. B Sat., Feb. 9, 8pm. $12-$15.


Little Theater

$5. 7141 Germantown Ave. 215.247.3020. www.mtairyvideolibrary.com

2 Days in Paris (2007) (Shown on DVD): What does a movie featuring Julie Delpy and an American paramour in a European metropolis look like without Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater? Brittle, neurotic and mordantly funny, at least as evidenced by Delpy's second directorial effort, in which her expat photographer drags boyfriend Adam Goldberg to her old haunt to meet the (insane) parents, as well as many ex-boyfriends. In a perfect world, Delpy's real-life/on-screen father Albert--a smutty artist who likes to key imperfectly parked cars--would be an Oscar lock. B- Fri., Feb. 8-Sat., Feb. 9, 8pm; and Sun., Feb. 10, 7pm.

Reelblack Presents

$5-$7. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.reelblackpresents.com

Darius Goes West (2007) (Shown on DVD): An antidote to that Bucket List thingie, Logan Smalley's doc follows one Darius Weems, a 15-year-old Georgia resident born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which also claimed the life of his older brother. Confined to a wheelchair and fretting over what little time he has left, Weems and friends high-tail it to California hoping Pimp My Ride will pimp his wheelchair. Along the way they take in America, survey the country's wheelchair accessibility and generally hang. (Not reviewed.) Tues., Feb. 12, 7pm.

Trocadero

$3. 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE. www.thetroc.com

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