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

The Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

DIRECTOR: Byrd McDonald - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

From a cloudy, perhaps psychotic, point of view, the story of an unsettled mother unfolds.

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Wed, Feb 18, 2009
at 6:45 PM (B2)

Wed, Feb 18, 2009
at 9:15 PM (B2)

Lake Tahoe

DIRECTOR: Fernando Eimbcke - Mexico

In an attempt to escape from a home where sorrow reigns, 16-year-old Juan crashes his family's car into a pole on the outskirts of town.  He sets off in search of spare parts and help, but in this sleepy Yucatan town his options are limited.  His encounters with the few people he does manage to find are gently comic, and only after considerable time has passed do we learn that Juan's father has recently died, his grief-stricken mother isn't coping, and his younger brother has been left to fend for himself.  Minimalist and understated, Lake Tahoe has echoes of Aki...

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Tue, Feb 17, 2009
at 7:15 PM (B4)

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

Lemon Tree

DIRECTOR: Eran Riklis - Israel

Lemon Tree turns a minor political skirmish into an affecting parable of a region relentlessly divided.  Salma, a Palestinian widow, finds her beloved lemon grove--a family legacy--threatened when a stubborn Israeli defense minister moves in next door and declares the trees, which straddle the Israel/West Bank border, a security threat.  Salma takes her seemingly hopeless case all the way to the Israeli High Court with the help of a young Palestinian attorney. The legal battle stirs the compassion of the minister's wife, a woman left unhappy and marginalized by her husband's blossoming career, and she forms a surprising solidarity with...

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Fri, Feb 20, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B1)

Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 7:45 PM (B1)

Lion's Den

DIRECTOR: Pablo Trapero - Argentina

Director-screenwriter Pablo Trapero's redemptive story of a young pregnant woman trying to survive in prison offers a poetic and moving take on the women-behind-bars film. Julia (Marina Gusman), convicted of killing her lover, gives birth to a son, Tomas, in prison.  With the help of her fellow prisoner Marta, Julia is allowed to raise Tomas in a ward for mothers.  Motherhood brings her a new maturity, and a determination to obtain a retrial that could allow her son to lead a normal life. But when Julia's mother angles to gain custody, a wrenching struggle is set in motion that will...

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

Little Pleasures

DIRECTOR: Jamie Marie Waelhcli - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

This maddening and excruciating piece demonstrates how self-destructive behaviors can stem from rituals intended to bring comfort.

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Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 6:15 PM (B4)

Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B2)

Wed, Feb 11, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B2)

Loose Rope

DIRECTOR: Mehrshad Karkhani - Iran

Two young men from an Iranian village who work in an animal market are given a seemingly simple task: to deliver a large, wounded cow to Tehran.  As we follow the struggling pair on their panoramic cross-country journey, Karkhani shows the divide between rural and urban life in modern day Iran, while finding moments of gentle humor and stinging truth.  Rather than dwelling on the overtly political, Loose Rope tells a wonderfully human tale of two wandering souls experiencing the wide-eyed wonder of the big city and the simple pleasures of smiling girls, overly officious traffic wardens and bemused crowds...

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Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 6 PM (WH)

Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 12:15 PM (B1)

Lorna's Silence

DIRECTOR: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne - Belgium

Winner of the Best Screenplay Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lorna's Silence continues the Dardenne brothers' examination of the dark side of European immigrant life. Desperate to stay in the Belgian city of Lièg and make a better life, Lorna, a young Albanian woman, is seduced into a dark immigration scheme by Fabio, an unscrupulous gangster.  She is to marry Claudy, a weak-willed junky, in order to earn her Belgian citizenship.  That done, the plan is to leave him, without arousing the suspicion of the authorities, so that she chan marry a Russian Mafioso who will pay handsomely to...

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Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 7:45 PM (B2)

Tue, Feb 17, 2009
at 6 PM (B1)

Thu, Feb 19, 2009
at 7 PM (B2)


DIRECTOR: Maris Martinsons - Lithuania

Inspired by Six Degrees of Separation and a  line from Dostoyevsky about "the tears of that one tortured child," Loss tells of a tangled web of lineage, adoption and deception.  This brooding drama delves into the harsh lives of six people whose destinies are intertwined after a tragic accident more than two decades before.  The story unfolds as a priest in Ireland meets a woman, Valda, from his native Lithuania, and dark secrets from his past emerge.  Valda herself is locked in a desperate struggle to honor a promise she made to her son: to return to him.  "Gints Berzins'...

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Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 6:30 PM (B2)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 7:15 PM (B4)

Love of Siam

DIRECTOR: Chookiat Sakveerakul - Thailand

Love of Siam is part domestic drama and part a sensitive and honest exploration of teenage sexuality.  Childhood friends Mew and Tong are living peacefully with their families in Bangkok when their lives are disrupted by the mysterious disappearance of Tong's older sister.  Tong's shattered family moves away, separating the boys for years, until they encounter each other again in their late teens. Mew is now the leader of an aspiring boy band whose managing assistant bears a striking resemblance to the lost sister.  As they reestablish family and social connections, lingering feelings from their youth become an emotional attachment...

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