If you’re not excited by the name of Northwest Film Forum’s latest mini-festival—Jan Svankmajer: The Surreal Puppet Poet—that’s because you’re not familiar with Svankmajer’s work. And there’s only one cure for that tragic ailment: You need to see Little Otik as soon as possible. Svankmajer’s entertaining dark comedy is an adaptation of an Eastern European folktale, in which a childless couple fashion a baby out of a gnarled tree root. Soon enough, the “baby” has come to life through the magic of Svankmajer’s delightful stop-motion animation, and it’s hungry for something more insidious than milk. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, www.nwfilmforum.org, 8 pm, $10)