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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 8 PM (B4)

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 12:45 PM (B2)

Tue, Feb 17, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B2)

Cape No. 7

DIRECTOR: Te-Sheng Wei - Taiwan

In a uniquely Taiwanese style, Wei exquisitely portrays a hidden love from the 1940s Japanese-occupied Taiwan.  Starring popular singers from Taiwan and Japan, Cape No. 7 took the Grand Prize at the Taipei Film Festival with its heartwarming tale of music and longing.  After running dry in Taipei, failed rock singer Aga returns to his picturesque coastal hometown of Hengchun and joins a band thrown together by Japanese concert promoter Tomoko.  With members ranging in age from 10 to 80, there is more bumbling than rocking for the ragtag band, but a new love song awaits when Aga and Tomoko...

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Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 9 PM (B2)

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 2:45 PM (B2)

Wed, Feb 11, 2009
at 9 PM (B4)

Captain Abu Raed

DIRECTOR: Amin Matalqa - Jordan

Winner of the World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Matalqa's touching drama presents a multilayered look at contemporary life in Amman, with a fine performance from veteran actor Nadim Sawalha.  A widower and airport custodian, Abu Raed (Sawalha) is content to blend into the background and mind his own business.  Finding a pilot's cap in the garbage one day, he wears it home on a whim, and the children in his neighborhood decide he's a world traveler.  As "Captain Abu" obliges, telling the children stories about his journeys far and wide, he becomes increasingly involved in their...

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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 2:30 PM (WH)


DIRECTOR: Dennis Tupicoff - Short Cuts III: International Ties (Australia)

Chainsaws, bullfighters, cowboys, husbands, wives.

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Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 9:30 PM (B1)

Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 1:15 PM (B1)

The Chaser

DIRECTOR: Hong-jin Na - South Korea

A box office sensation in South Korea, this unconventional, sometimes violently graphic thriller focuses on cop-turned-pimp Joong-ho's probe into the recent disappearances of his prostitutes.  As Joong-ho is searching for one of his missing girls, Mi-jin, he spots and chases down a man he suspects may be holding Mi-jin captive, but they both wind up at the police station.  Onve there, he realizes that the man, Young-min, is a deranged killer and that he has only hours to find Mi-jin before the police, lacking evidence, must let Young-min go.  Hong-jin Na's execution of the plot is unpredictable, and he reveals...

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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 3 PM (WH)

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 5 PM (WH)

Cherry Blossoms

DIRECTOR: Doris Dörrie - Germany

Dörrie draws from Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu's classic Tokyo Story for this emotional tale of love and renewal.  Middle-aged couple Trudi and Rudi lead a routine life in a sleepy German town.  When Trudi learns that Rudi is terminally ill, she will not tell him, but she wants him to see his children one last time.  They go to Berlin to visit two of their grown children, who have little time for or interest in them, but their plans to travel to Tokyo to see their other child are unexpectedly disrupted when Trudi herself dies.  Left with Trudi's suitcase, which...

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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 4 PM (B3)

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 5:15 PM (B3)

The Chicken, the Fish and the King Crab

DIRECTOR: José Luis López-Linares - Spain

Founded by legendary chef Paul Bocuse, the Bocuse d'Or competition is pretty much the Olympics of haut cuisine, bringing 24 virtuoso chefs from around the world to Lyon every other year for a competition in which they have five and a half hours to prepare 12 portions of two complete meals.  The chefs represent not only themselves, but also their nations and national cuisines.  Spain's 20-year victory drought is something of a thumb in the eye, especially since San Sebastian boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants per square kilometer than any other place in the world.  López-Linares' mouth-watering film follows master chef...

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

Children of Shadows

DIRECTOR: Naoyuki Tsuji - Short Cuts IV: Sketched in Time (Japan)

Black-and-white drawings with lingering shadows of children set the stage for this dark and mysterious animated film.  In a sparse and haunting soundtrack, teardrops mingle and mutate into fields of daises and slow drips turn to bunnies hopping down a woman's legs.

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Thu, Feb 5, 2009
at 7 PM (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)


DIRECTOR: Henry Selick - United States

Coraline tells the story of a young girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) who unlocks a mysterious door in her new home and enters a parallel reality. On the surface, this other world eerily mimics her own life, though it is much more fantastical. It is inhabited by such off-kilter characters as the morbidly funny Miss Forcible and Miss Spank (Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders), as well as an “other mother” (Teri Hatcher) who attempts to keep her. Ultimately, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to get back home. Coraline, produced over the last three years by animators, artisans and puppet...

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 2:30 PM (B2)

Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 9 PM (B1)

The Country Teacher

DIRECTOR: Bohdan Sláma - Czech Republic

Sláma's touching film explores the search for affection and the plight of those who long for love but are somehow too afraid to seek it out or give in to it.  Leaving behind a promising career and a lover in Prague, a young teacher escapes to the countryside to work in a village school.  His own difficulties in accepting his sexual identity as a gay man are reinforced by the conservative social climate of the small community.  He befriends a local widow who soon wants to take the relationship further.  But the teacher, unable to tell the truth about himself,...

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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 6 PM (B2)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 1 PM (B4)


DIRECTOR: Tae-Kyung Kim - South Korea

Although living in extreme poverty in North Korea, Yong-su and his family find contentment and comfort just being together.  When his pregnant wife becomes ill, Yong-su secretly crosses the border to China to find medicine to cure her. There, he's arrested as an illegal worker and events quickly spiral out of his control.  He finds himself a pawn of the "North Korea Liberation Coalition," and is ultimately sent to South Korea.  Meanwhile, his wife's situation turns dire, and his son Jun is taken to a labor camp in Mongolia.  Undeterred by their circumstances, father and son keep faith that they...

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