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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 5:15 PM (B4)

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 8 PM (B2)

Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 6:45 PM (B2)


DIRECTOR: Bouli Lanners - Belgium

A droll and idiosyncratic addition to the Belgian noir tradition, Eldorado stars director Lanners as Yvan, a world-wise, quick-tempered vintage car dealer. When he surprises the young and inept Elie trying to burglarize him, he doesn't call the police. Instead, he winds up developing a strange affection for the guy and agrees to drive him home so that he can visit his parents. It's the start of an absurdist, odd-couple road trip in a '79 Chevy though a magnificent, but nonetheless whacked-out, country.  Stylishly directed and driven by a savvy soundtrack, Eldorado is "a small but damn-near perfectly formed serio-comedy...never...

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

Ema/Emaki 2

DIRECTOR: Takashi Ishida - Short Cuts IV: Sketched in Time (Japan)

An experiment in parallel forms that converge and overlap, Ema/Emaki 2 reconsiders the basic ways in which sound and image are synthesized through perception.

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 3 PM (B4)

Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 9:30 PM (B4)

Wed, Feb 11, 2009
at 6:30 PM (B4)

Empty Nest

DIRECTOR: Daniel Burman - Argentina

Both comic and nostalgic, Burman's film ponders reality itself while offering a careful consideration of memories and how they are created. Leonardo is a successful playwright married to Martha.  Now that their children are grown--and indifferent to their parents--Leonardo is forced to deal with the strange realities of their monotonous life together.  On the romantic streets of Buenos Aires he struggles to find joy in the mundane as he looks for new meaning in his life.  As Leonardo and Martha neurotically struggle to find value in the mysteries of marriage and infidelity, the film remains both playful and profound as...

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 3:45 PM (B3)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 4:15 PM (WH)

The English Surgeon

DIRECTOR: Geoffrey Smith - Great Britain

London neurosurgeon Henry Marsh spends his vacation time donating his professional skills at a hospital in Kiev, where the patients are desperate for care and the doctors are frustrated with their rudimentary medical equipment.  For Marion, a poor young Ukrainian man diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, the arrival of Marsh ay be an answered prayer.  Before Marion's complicated surgery, Marsh makes a poignant journey to seek out the mother of a patient he failed to save several years earlier, in an attempt to let go of the memory that haunts him.  Featuring an original score written by Nick Cave...

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Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 4:30 PM (WH)

Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 7 PM (WH)

Everlasting Moments

DIRECTOR: Jan Troell - Sweden

Maria, a working-class woman in the village of Malmö, wins a Contessa camera in a lottery.  It is 1907. Over the span of a decade, as Maria struggles to keep her home and growing family together in the face of the Great War, a workers' strike, unemployment, and a chronically philandering and abusive husband, the camera records a gallery of "everlasting moments."  Tentative at first, under the tutelage of the kindly village photographer who counsels that "not everyone has the gift of seeing," Maria discovers her talent, and her newfound skill thrusts her on a journey that changes her entire...

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