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A famed Canadian film festival brings the outdoors inside at the Allen.

Punk-rock skiers, a wolf-chasing world champ, and one annoyed cartoon critter star in some of the 16 high-altitude movies for this weekend's Banff Mountain Film Festival at Playhouse Square. Touted as Canada's "extreme Sundance" film fest, the 32nd annual movie marathon is now being simultaneously screened in more than 480 theaters on every continent. The fest spotlights snow-sports epics like Ain't Got No Friends on a Powder Day. Couch potatoes can channel their adventurous sides with quirky outdoor romps like Cross-Country With the Snakes. And in Searching for the Coast Wolves, ex-long-distance runner Gudrun Pflueger spends six years researching British Columbia's mysterious canines. "This is a chance to see films you won't be able to watch anywhere else," says Christine Russell, the tour's organizer. "It's pretty awesome stuff — from faraway places shot with stunning photography to cutting-edge sports like unicycling and speed-flying." The film fest starts at 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $25 to $40. Call 216-556-0016 or visit
April 12-13, 6 p.m., 2008

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