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Films & Schedules - Friday, February 20, 2009

Fri, Feb 20, 2009
at 6 PM (WH)


DIRECTOR: Sergei Dvortsevoy - Kazakhstan

Dvortsevoy's charming tale centers on Asa, a Kazakh sailor who returns home dreaming of a life as a shepherd on the windswept and remote plains of the Kazakh steppe.  Asa's stoic brother-in-law holds back on giving him his own flock until Asa finds a wife, but there is only one girl (Tulpan) of marrying age, and she rejects him.  Her dreams are of the big city, not settling down with the boastful seaman whose ears are too big.  Filled with simple grandeur of the land and its animals, Dvortsevoy's film is a humorous and thoroughly engaging portrait of life in...

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Fri, Feb 20, 2009
at 6:15 PM (B1)

The Beaches of Agnès

DIRECTOR: Agnès Varda - France

Since the 1960s Agnès Varda has been making her idiosyncratic and beautiful films, and is honored as "the grandmother of the French New Wave."  In The Beaches of Agnès, which she declares is her last film, Varda turns her camera on herself, returning to the beaches which have played such a significant part in her life and her films.  "If you opened people up, you would find landscapes; if you opened me up, you would find beaches. Many old people wish to tell their life.  As an old filmmaker, with the enthusiasm and energy of my youth, I tried to...

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Fri, Feb 20, 2009
at 8:30 PM (WH)

Worlds Apart

DIRECTOR: Niels Arden Oplev - Denmark

Based on a newspaper story Oplev read about a girl expelled from the Jehovah's Witness Church, Worlds Apart tells the story of Sara, a pretty, sheltered 17-year-old who goes from door to door with her community members to preach about judgment day and eternal salvation.  But when Sara meets and falls in love with the worldly Teis--not a Jehovah's Witness--she is confronted with the most difficult choice of her life.  Torn between her conscience, faith and passion, she is forced to choose between her own desires and those of her family.  As Sara, Rosalinde Mynster gives a magical, sensitive portrayal...

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Fri, Feb 20, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B1)

Lion's Den

DIRECTOR: Pablo Trapero - Argentina

Director-screenwriter Pablo Trapero's redemptive story of a young pregnant woman trying to survive in prison offers a poetic and moving take on the women-behind-bars film. Julia (Marina Gusman), convicted of killing her lover, gives birth to a son, Tomas, in prison.  With the help of her fellow prisoner Marta, Julia is allowed to raise Tomas in a ward for mothers.  Motherhood brings her a new maturity, and a determination to obtain a retrial that could allow her son to lead a normal life. But when Julia's mother angles to gain custody, a wrenching struggle is set in motion that will...

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