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    A scene from Laurent Cantet’s “The Workshop.”
    A scene from Laurent Cantet’s “The Workshop.”

    Fans of short films get a chance to see the work of up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers when Iceland’s premier short film festival returns to the Brattle Theatre on March 11 at 1 p.m. Aptly dubbed “Shortfish,” this free event is a 90-minute program of six short films. These include Eyþór Jóvinsson’s “Arnbjörn,” about a genealogist who knows all of Iceland’s families but who’s never had a family of his own; Guðný Rós Þórhallsdóttir’s “C-Vítamín,” the winner of the Shortfish contest, about two young girls who collect things for a raffle that they claim supports sick children; “In the Dark Room,” Anna María Helgadóttir’s tale of a woman bored with her life; “Kalí’s Solitude,” directed by Guðjón Ragnarsson, about a young girl in a future far away who struggles with loneliness and pollution; “That’s What Friends Are For,” director Brynhildur Þórarinsdottir’s “ode to girls, blood, nail polish and sex toys”; and “VAKA,” directed by Teitur Magnússon, about a young woman’s struggle to redeem something she once lost.

    For more information go to www.brattlefilm.org.

    Global eye

    Belmont World Film’s 17th annual International Film Series, titled “Bound by Beliefs,” kicks off March 18 at the Studio Cinema in Belmont with the New England premiere of “The Workshop,” from French director Laurent Cantet (“The Class”). A thriller that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, the film is set in the once-bustling port town of La Ciotat on the Mediterranean and concerns a diverse group of young writers collectively penning a thriller that explores the town’s current rundown state. The hostility of one workshop participant soon alarms his peers as well as the instructor, a famous Parisian mystery writer. The series, which runs through May 14 and features many area premieres, includes “The Wound” (March 26) directed by John Trengrove. It’s about a lonely factory worker who joins other men from South Africa’s Xhosa community for an annual two-week journey in the mountains to initiate a group of adolescent boys into manhood.

    For more information go to www.belmontworldfilm.org.

    Fresh takes

    Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” is threatening to upset the best picture race when the Oscars air on Sunday night. Whether or not that happens, “Get Out” has caused a stir in Hollywood for its deft blending of horror thriller and incisive commentary on race. The Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen “Get Out” as a fitting launch for Wide Lens, its new series of films that deal with topical subjects followed by discussions, on March 21 at 7 p.m. Following the screening, Boston University’s Raul Fernandez will lead a discussion on race and micro-aggressions with Globe Spotlight editor Patricia Wen, who oversaw the recent series on race in Boston, and Hardin Coleman, vice-chair of the Boston School Committee. Wide Lens continues on April 25 with a screening of 2007’s “The Visitor,” directed by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), followed by a discussion on undocumented immigration.

    For more information go to www.coolidge.org.

    Loren King can be reached at loren.king@comcast.net.