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Films & Schedules - B

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 7:30 PM (WH)

Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 7 PM (B3)

The Baader Meinhof Complex

DIRECTOR: Uli Edel - Germany

Edel's riveting thriller chronicles the rise and fall of the left-wing militant group the Red Army Faction (RAF), which carried out an international terrorist campaign in the 1970s opposing American imperialism and the West German establishment.  Based on Stefan Aust's definitive book about the group, Edel's film mixes tense action sequences with character studies, deftly exploring the contradictory mentality of a croup that murdered over 30 public figures to thwart what they perceived as a new fascist state.  An exceptional cast of young German actors, along with screen legend Bruno Ganz (portraying the head of the German police force charged...

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

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 14, 2009
at 12 PM (WH)

Because There are Things You Never Forget

DIRECTOR: Lucas M. Figueroa - Short Cuts III: International Ties (Spain)

Napes, Italy, 1950.  Four friends are playing soccer when their ball is accidentally kicked into the evil old lady's yard.  They'll never play with their ball again… and for that the revenge will be deadly.

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Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B3)

Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 6:45 PM (B1)

The Black Balloon

DIRECTOR: Elissa Down - Australia

A witty, insightful drama, The Black Balloon is a story about fitting in, discovering love and accepting family.  When Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and he starts at a new school, all he wants is to fit in.  As if first love and being the new boy aren't enough to worry about, Thomas must also control and confine the behavior of his autistic brother, Charlie.  With his mother (Toni Collette) about to give birth, and his father taking on a new job, it's left to Thomas to keep an eye on the brother he...

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 6:15 PM (B1)

Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 8:30 PM (WH)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 3 PM (B2)

Blind Sunflowers

DIRECTOR: José Luis Cuerda - Spain

Filmography: El Bosque Animado (87), La Marrana (92), Butterfly Tongues (99).

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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 12 PM (WH)

Boar Attack

DIRECTOR: Jay White - Short Cuts III: International Ties (Canada)

A young man fears the worst while waiting for his father's safe return from a walk in the woods.

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

Box Office

DIRECTOR: Jenny Perlin - Short Cuts IV: Sketched in Time (United States)

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker compared the war in Iraq to a three or five-reel movie, depending on where one is living.  So begins this hand-drawn meditation. 

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Wed, Feb 11, 2009
at 7 PM (B1)

Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 8:15 PM (B4)

Burned Hearts

DIRECTOR: Ahmed El Maanouni - Morocco

The contradictions of Moroccan society--culturally vibrant and playful, yet stiflingly traditional and patriarchal--are viewed with bemusement in writer-director Ahmed El Maanouni's unique take on the melancholy truism, "You can't go home again."  Having escaped the tumult and tension of his birthplace a decade ago, young architect Amin hesitantly returns to Fez when he learns that his overbearing uncle is on his deathbed.  Long-dormant resentments surface, and Amin must reconcile his family ties with the hard-won independence of adulthood.  Shot in luminous black and white and scored with evocative Moroccan folk music, Burned Hearts--like the Sufi philosopher whose ruminations bookend the...

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