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There are always gems among the less-feted titles. Each year offers solid work by filmmakers who rarely receive widespread U.S. distribution (I’m thinking mainly of Czech writer-director Jan Hrebejk, who has an observant social portrait in the festival almost every year), as well as first or second features that have been well-received on the festival circuit (such as Ulrich Köhler’s African-set diptych Sleeping Sickness). Many of the selections, however, arrive with little fanfare besides the summaries in the Film Center gazette. I’d recommend checking out a few of these, as they tend to offer greater insight into various European cultures than one gets from American news (I always learn something from the Bulgarian selections, for example, even when the movies themselves aren’t very good). And when the overall programming is this strong, one can safely go into something he hasn’t heard of with a fair amount of confidence.