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Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 3:30 PM (B4)

Tue, Feb 17, 2009
at 8:15 PM (B1)

Wed, Feb 18, 2009
at 8:30 PM (B4)

Karamazovs

DIRECTOR: Petr Zelenka - Czech Republic

A drama company from Prague arrives in Krakow to present a stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" at the city's alternative theater festival. The production is to be staged in an unusual venue: the local steelworks.  During rehearsals, the drama on stage spills over into the lives of the actors.  Dostoyevsky's themes of faith, immortality, and salvation cross borders as the film moves between its alternating perspectives.  Focusing on the trial scenes, this provocative film examines the subject of patricide and the complicity of the three younger Karamozovs and Smerdyakov. Hailed as the Czech film of the year, Karamazovs...

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Wed, Feb 18, 2009
at 6 PM (B1)

Thu, Feb 19, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B1)

Katyn

DIRECTOR: Andrzej Wajda - Poland

Following the Soviet Union's invasion of Poland in 1939, nearly 15,000 Polish army officers, police, gendarmes, and civilians were taken prisoner by the Red Army and executed at three different sites, the most famous of which was Katyn Forest.  In 1943, the Germans announced the discovery of the Katyn graves, but the Soviets denied the killings, fabricating evidence that implicated the Germans.  In Communist Poland, asserting the truth about Katyn resulted in persecution by the Secret Police.  Katyn does not tell the story of the massacre, but rather of the families that had to live with both the pain of...

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Wed, Feb 11, 2009
at 6:15 PM (B2)

Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 6 PM (B1)

Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 9:15 PM (B2)

King of Ping Pong

DIRECTOR: Jens Jonsson - Sweden

Winner of the Cinematography and Grand Jury Prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, King of Ping Pong is a shrewd, chilly and offbeat observation of one boy's struggle to find happiness despite grim circumstances.  Overweight teen Rille is already dealing with his divorced parents, harassment from bullies, unrequited love, and his little brother's excessive popularity when his long-absent father drops back into his life.  The one place where Rille rules all is ping pong.  "The film is about how the past has an unpleasant tendency of bouncing back at you.  Like some damn ping-pong ball. I wanted to make a...

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Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B1)

Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 5:45 PM (B4)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 4:45 PM (B1)

Kisses

DIRECTOR: Lance Daly - Ireland

On Christmas day, Dylan, a sullen, asthmatic 11-year-old boy living in a Dublin slum, flees his father's drunken violence with Kylie, the neglected but determined girl next door.  Hoping to find Dylan's older brother, who ran away from home two years earlier, the two head for downtown Dublin, embarking on an adventure in which they will encounter both wonders and dangers greater than any they've faced before.  Along the way they discover, to their surprise, how deeply they love each other, and how much they love a world both magical and sordid.  Winner, Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film...

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