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Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 11:45 AM (WH)

Across the Sound

DIRECTOR: Brian Libby - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

Shot on a ferry from Seattle to Victoria, this moody and minimalistic visual poem floats to the music of French electronica artist Colleen.

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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 7:45 PM (B1)

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 14, 2009
at 12 PM (WH)

The Apology Line

DIRECTOR: James Lee Director - Short Cuts III: International Ties (Great Britain)

What happens when the desire for redemption meets an answering machine?

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Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 2:15 PM (B4)

Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 7 PM (B4)

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 4:45 PM (B1)

As Simple As That

DIRECTOR: Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi - Iran

A nuanced portrait of a religious housewife in distress, As Simple As That offers a rare, realistic depiction of a middle class Iranian woman.  Put-upon Tanareh has a problem common to all sorts of women world-wide: she's suffering form a stressful routine so centered on husband, kids and home that she's completely lost any sense of herself, and has fallen into a deep depression.  Her self-absorbed husband is an engineer who is so busy that he doesn't bother to tell her that he's changed the number of their joint bank account; their two materialistic children are hurtfully unappreciative of her...

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Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 12 PM (WH)

At the Heart of a Sparrow

DIRECTOR: Barry Doupe - Short Cuts IV: Sketched in Time (Canada)

A series of episodic narratives, role reversals and associations that highlight the rift between mind and body.

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