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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 1:30 PM (WH)

Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 PM (WH)

Manon on the Asphalt

DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Marre, Oliver Pont - Short Cuts I: International Ties (France)

After a bicycle accident, Manon has an out-of-body experience that gives her a new, birds-eye perspective of her life.

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Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 6:15 PM (B3)

Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 6 PM (B1)


DIRECTOR: Anna Melikyan - Russia

An urban fairytale set in contemporary Moscow, Mermaid centers on Alisa, a quiet girl who can control the weather and make wishes come true.  When you Alisa is denied the opportunity to take ballet lessons, she makes a ten-year vow of silence and is sent to a special school, where she begins to recognize her unique talents.  Upon turning 17, she moves from her small seaside town to Moscow, only to fall immediately in love with a troubled young man named Sasha, who does not return her affection, despite the fact that he benefits from her magic.  Eventually, as the...

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Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 4:15 PM (B3)

Thu, Feb 19, 2009
at 6 PM (B3)

Milking the Rhino

DIRECTOR: David E. Simpson - United States

Dispelling the prevailing western myth of Africa as a sort of wilderness theme park populated by people who despoil the land and slaughter endangered species, Milking the Rhino tells the inside story of Africa's environmental revolution and community-based conservation efforts.  Director Simpson follows members of two tribes, the Masai of Kenya and the Himba of Namibia, through fledgling plans to balance their ancient cattle-based economies with new initiatives for a lucrative eco-tourism industry.  The triumphs and the perils of this risky endeavor play out against the backdrop of some of the most sumptuously beautiful footage of Africa ever put on...

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

The Mixtress

DIRECTOR: Peter Hermes - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

This quick documentary profiles a woman with a passion for sharing music; she has created an international phenomenon by leaving mixed CDs for others to discover.

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 4 PM (WH)

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 5:30 PM (B3)

Modern Life

DIRECTOR: Raymond Depardon - France

Depardon's beautiful film is a moving portrait of the changing face of life in rural France.  In the Haut-Garonne, the octogenarian Privat brothers struggle with age and declining health; an elderly couple see their dairy herd dwindle to just one cow; a middle-aged man resents his responsibility for the family farm; and an enthusiastic young woman finds herself faced with insurmountable obstacles as she attempts to acquire her own place.  Depardon approaches all of them--people not necessarily at ease with talking about themselves or their situations--with great empathy and affection, and the quiet beauty of the landscape has a voice...

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Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 6:45 PM (B2)

Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B3)

Moscow, Belgium

DIRECTOR: Christophe Van Rompaey - Belgium

Moscow, Belgium is a charming romantic comedy about two misfits faced with each other's messed-up lives and irresistibly drawn together.  In the small, middle-class section of Ghent known as Moscow, Matty struggles with three kids and ex-husband Werner, who dumped her for a young art school student. One day she meets Johnny, by ramming into his truck in a parking lot.  After their initial fight, he takes a liking to her. She spurns his dogged advances--he's much younger and working class--but little by little, she ceases to yearn for Werner and gives in to Johnny's charms.  Naturally, that's precisely when...

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