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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 AM (WH)

Forty Men for the Yukon

DIRECTOR: Tony Massil - Short Cuts I: International Ties (Canada)

This postcard from the isolated wilds of the Yukon introduces us to a couple of old codgers who have lived the rough life for decades.

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 AM (WH)

Friends Forever

DIRECTOR: Marçal Forés - Short Cuts I: International Ties (Great Britain)

Returning to school following the death of his closest friend, young George is bedeviled by his friend's ghost who seems to follow him everywhere.  But who is following whom?

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 AM (WH)

Toyland

DIRECTOR: Jochen Alexander Freydank - Short Cuts I: International Ties (Germany)

When a young boy's mother, responding to her son's question about the whereabouts of his best friend whose family has been sent to a concentration camp, tells her son that his friend has been sent to Toyland, the boy sneaks off to join him.

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 AM (WH)

The Wednesdays

DIRECTOR: Conor Ferguson - Short Cuts I: International Ties (Ireland)

An elderly couple utilize an illicit substance to inject some zing back into their marriage.

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 12:15 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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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 2:15 PM (WH)

Pressure Cooker

DIRECTOR: Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker - United States

Fighting to overcome the challenges of broken homes, abusive relationships and financial burdens, three inner-city seniors and Philadelphia's Frankford High School find an unlikely champion in Wilma Stephenson, cooking instructor.  A legend in the school system, Mrs. Stephenson is a force to be reckoned with, and her boot camp method of teaching the culinary arts is not for the faint of heart.  Under her fierce direction, the usual distractions of high school--the cheerleading practices, football games, and school dances---are swept aside as the students prepare for a citywide cooking competition to win scholarships to some of the country's top culinary...

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 2:15 PM (WH)

Sugar

DIRECTOR: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck - United States

Every year, hundreds of aspiring baseball talents from the Dominican Republic are drafted into minor teams in the U.S. Sugar follows Miguel Santos, a player struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull his family out of poverty.  Traveling from his tight-knit community to a small town in Iowa, Miguel struggles to make his living in a language he doesn't speak, and as the dream of making it to the majors starts to fade, he must question his choices.  What starts out as a classic rags-to-riches sports story turns into a much more complex and realistic examination of...

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 3 PM (B1)

The Great Buck Howard

DIRECTOR: Sean McGinley - United States

Troy, a young law school dropout, answers an ad for a "personal assistant to a celebrity performer," hoping it will catapult him into a glamorous career in the entertainment industry.  Little does he know that the performer is a "mentalist" prima donna infamous for his 61 performances on the Tonight Show.  John Malkovich revels in his over-the-top performance as Howard, who is counting on the debut of an astounding new trick to trigger a comeback.  In an inspired bit of casting, Tom Hanks plays Troy's father, who ironically disapproves of show business, and Emily Blunt is the fiery publicist hired...

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 5 PM (WH)

All Around Us

DIRECTOR: Ryosuke Hashiguchi - Japan

"This wise and deliciously witty film chronicles eight years of a marriage.  In 1992, shoe repairman Kanao ties the knot with Shoko, who works in publishing, because he's got her pregnant.  Apart from liking each other, they don't have too much in common.  She's a bit of a control freak, and he's, well, loose and easy-going.  Kanao takes over a TV news job as a courtroom sketch-artist and he soon finds himself exposed to--and drawing--some of the most disturbed people in Japan, from child murderers to a member of the Aum sect which gas-attacked the Tokyo subway.  Meanwhile Shoko, traumatized...

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 5:30 PM (B1)

The Friend

DIRECTOR: Micha Lewinsky - Switzerland

As quirky and humorous as it is heartbreaking, this gentle coming-of-age tale proves that losing someone can sometimes help you find yourself.  When Larissa asks awkward college student Emil to pretend to be her "boyfriend," he readily agrees.  Even if it is a ruse for her parents, it's a dream come true for Emil. But before he's even gotten to know Larissa, she dies unexpectedly.  Taken as her real boyfriend, Emil is asked to meet the family and help plan the funeral.  Swept up by the easy acceptance of Larissa's parents and sister, Emil is transformed from a wallflower into...

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 7:45 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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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 PM (WH)

6.5 Minutes in Tel Aviv

DIRECTOR: Mirev Brantz - Short Cuts I: International Ties (Israel)

A Tel Aviv bus station is the setting for an unexpected confrontation brought on by fear and panic.  In this part of the world, it only takes a minute for the landscape to become completely unrecognizable.

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 PM (WH)

Manon on the Asphalt

DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Marre, Oliver Pont - Short Cuts I: International Ties (France)

After a bicycle accident, Manon has an out-of-body experience that gives her a new, birds-eye perspective of her life.

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 PM (WH)

Portrait of a Woman

DIRECTOR: Margot Quan Knight - Short Cuts I: International Ties (United States)

A woman, well-documented by home snapshots (Kodachrome to digital), ages before our eyes.

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 PM (WH)

Procrastination

DIRECTOR: Johnny Kelly - Short Cuts I: International Ties (Great Britain)

An amusing animated meditation on the subject of inertia.

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Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 PM (WH)

Sikumi (on the Ice)

DIRECTOR: Andrew Okepeaha MacLean - Short Cuts I: International Ties (United States)

A troubling tale about a conflict between members of an Eskimo tribe in a remote, visually spectacular locale.

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