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The first annual Silver Images Film Festival, "celebrating images of aging on film," presented by Terra Nova Films, a Chicago-based production and distribution company specializing in films and videos of this nature, runs Friday through Sunday, May 19 through 22, at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information call 881-8491.

FRIDAY, MAY 20

Salut, Victor!

Anne Claire Poirier's 1988 Canadian feature about the friendship that grows between two older gay men in a nursing home. (7:00)

Roulez jeunesse

A 1992 French feature by Jacques Fansten that concerns an encounter between residents of an old folks' home in southern France and two teenage thieves who briefly hold them hostage. The twist here is that the teenagers are caught and sent to prison, but the residents want them set free. (9:00)

SATURDAY, MAY 21

The Last Winter

A 1990 Canadian feature about the warm relationship between a grandfather (Gerard Parkes) and an eight-year-old boy. Parkes and writer-director Aaron Kim Johnston are scheduled to appear at the screening. (1:00)

Short Videos, program one

Three videos about women and aging: Rose Shoshana's Women of the Georgian Hotel (1992), Ken Kerbs's Butterflies (1993), and Cecelia Condit's Not a Jealous Bone (1989). (1:00)

Short Films, program one

Owen Renfroe's Miriam and Leonard (1992), Sue Marks and Pamela Conn's Oscar-winning documentary Young at Heart (1988), and Nicole Mitchell's Australian Spring Ball (1993). (3:00)

The Wash

A 1990 feature about a 65-year-old Japanese American woman who ends her unhappy marriage and becomes involved with a recent widower; directed by Michael Toshiyuki Uno. (5:15)

Strangers in Good Company

A first feature by Canadian director Cynthia Scott about the adventures and interactions that ensue when seven elderly women find themselves stranded in the Quebec countryside after their bus breaks down. Largely improvised by the nonprofessional cast, this is mainly quirky and good-natured fun with occasional cute interludes (1990). (7:30)

SUNDAY, MAY 22

Short Films, program two

Three films about women and aging: Suzanne Lacy and Kathleen Laughlin's Whisper, the Waves, the Wind (1987), which documents a performance piece; Michal Aviad's nearly hour-long documentary Acting Our Age (1988); and Nicole Mitchell's brief Australian narrative Egg (1991). (1:00)

For Better or for Worse

Recently nominated for an Oscar, this hour-long 1993 documentary by David Collier focuses on five couples who've been together for more than 50 years. On the same program, a collectively made short, Fast Eddie and the Boys (1992), about a group of 70- to 80-year-olds who play handball. To be shown on video. (3:00)

The Work I've Done

Kenneth Fink's 1984 documentary about blue-collar workers faced with retirement. On the same program, Lisanne Skyler and Joseph Todd Walker's Oldtimers (1993), about some regular customers at an Irish bar. Both films are in black and white. (3:00)

Lillian

The title heroine and narrator of this appealing first feature by Virginia independent David Williams is Lillian Folley, an extraordinary middle-aged black woman who devotes her life to being a foster parent while caring for three elderly adults in the same house. A somewhat fictionalized documentary showing a day in the life of this woman, it succeeds mainly as a rich character study of a strong individual with a mind and will of her own; the plot seems strictly secondary (1993). (5:00)

A Foreign Field

The Chicago premiere of a 1993 English feature directed by Charles Sturridge (A Handful of Dust, Where Angels Fear to Tread) from a script by Roy Clarke, about two British veterans of World War II who return to Normandy to visit the grave of a friend and look up a wartime heartthrob. The cast is impressive: Alec Guinness, Jeanne Moreau, Lauren Bacall, Leo McKern, Edward Herrmann, John Randolph, and Geraldine Chaplin. (7:00 and 9:00)

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