Two years ago, Juanma Baja Ulloa's "Butterfly Wings" won the prize for best first film at the Seattle International Film Festival, then vanished. An elegant, mordant Spanish drama, it's the story of a 6-year-old and her obsessed mother, who find themselves locked in an unhealthy relationship that continues well into the girl's adulthood.

This month "Butterfly Wings" resurfaces on video tape, along with one of the runners-up for that award, Jaime Osorio Gomez's "Confessing to Laura," a Spanish-language production about the impact of a political assassination in Colombia in the late 1940s. Both are available from Facets Multimedia (312-281-9075), as is Andre Klotzel's Brazilian melodrama, "Savage Capitalism," which was shown two months ago at the Seattle festival.Christian de Chalonge's "Dr. Petiot," which played the 1991 Seattle festival and promptly disappeared, has been released on tape thanks to the impact of "Schind-ler's List." Promoted as a reverse-Schindler story by World Artists Home Video (213-933-7057), the fact-based film stars Michel Serrault as a French physician who lured desperate Jews into his private crematorium under the pretense of smuggling them to freedom.

Another festival-circuit movie, Myron Meisel and Bill Krohn's reconstruction of Orson Welles' unfinished film, "It's All True," played a few theaters last fall. The filmmakers won a National Society of Film Critics' citation "for their historic work in assembling the footage from Orson Welles' `lost' 1942 Brazilian documentary." The movie not only restores the long-unseen work Welles did during World War II; it firmly contradicts damaging Hollywood myths about Welles' personality and career. Paramount Home Video has it.

Vidmark's new release, "The River Pirates," which won a special jury prize five years ago at the Houston Film Festival, is based on the Willie Morris coming-of-age novel, "Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood." Richard Farnsworth plays the 12-year-old Willie's grandfather, and the cast includes Maureen O'Sullivan and the late Anne Ramsey.

The oldest movie on this month's straight-to-video list is "Fort Saganne" (Connoisseur Video Collection), which opened in France 10 years ago and played a few American festivals. Somehow enjoyable despite its desert-epic cliches and three-hour length, it's a French Foreign Legion story with Gerard Depardieu and Philippe Noiret doing variations on "Beau Geste." The credits, listing the "exceptional participation of Catherine Deneuve" (which means she plays a thankless cameo role), suggest the irrational charms of this silly potboiler.

Also bypassing theaters:

- "Street Wars." Writer-director Jamma Fanaka drew praise from Variety and the Hollywood Reporter for this street-wise tale of teenagers working their way out of South Central Los Angeles. Variety's critic wrote that "Fanaka's militant pic(ture) is one step beyond Spike Lee and John Singleton."

- "New Eden." Futuristic thriller starring Stephen Baldwin as a non-violent engineer who is forced to defend himself.

- "Tango: Our Dance." Argentinian director Jorge Zanada made this documentary about the tango, which features an appearance by Robert Duvall.

- "A Brilliant Disguise." Melodrama starring Corbin Bernsen as a psychiatrist who tries to calm a disturbed young woman (Lysette Anthony).

- "Criminal Passion." Donna Deitch, who directed the 1985 lesbian drama, "Desert Hearts," made this thriller about ex-lovers (Joan Severance, Anthony John Denison) who investigate the murder of a ballerina.

- "Rule No. 3." Martial-arts film about a professional con artist (Mitchell Cox) and his partner (Marcia Swayze).

- "Unveiled." Set in Morocco, this mystery-suspense film stars Lisa Zane as a woman investigating a friend's death in Marrakesh. Whip Hubley is the government official who helps her.

- "Endangered." Thriller about drug runners, set in the Northwest and starring Martin Kove, Tim Quill, Renee Estevez and Sandra Hess.

- "Shoot to Kill." Carlos Azpurua's Venezuelan thriller about an innocent man murdered during a routine police roundup.

- "Alias, La Gringa." Alberto Durant's Peruvian political drama about a likable criminal with a talent for getting out of jail.

- "Cyber Ninja." Low-budget "Star Wars" imitation about a civil war involving a warrior-princess and her kidnappers.

- "Raw Justice." David Keith plays a maverick ex-cop in this crime thriller about the murder of the daughter of a powerful Southern mayor (Charles Napier). Robert Hays is the prime suspect.

- "Animal Instincts 2." Voyeuristic thriller starring Shannon Whirry, Woody Brown and Al Sapienza.

- "Dark Angel: The Ascent." Fantasy from the creators of the "Puppet Master" series, about an idealist who leaves one kind of hell for a more Earthly variety. Written by Matthew Bright ("Guncrazy").

- "Streets of Rage." Martial-arts showcase for Mimi Lesseos, this time playing an ex-special forces commando who lives in Los Angeles as a journalist.