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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 4 PM (B1)

Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 1:45 PM (B1)

The Necessities of Life

DIRECTOR: Benoît Pilon - Canada

Inuit hunter Tivii, stricken with tuberculosis, leaves his northernhome and family in 1952 to recuperate in a sanitarium near Quebec City. Uprooted, unable to speak French, and faced with a completely alien world, Tivii becomes despondent.  His fading will to live is suddenly reinvigorated when his nurse arranges for a young Inuit to be transferred to the same hospital.  The boy, and orphan named Kaki, manages to help Tivii adjust.  In exchange for his kindness, Tivii educates his newfound friend about the ways of the land and the Inuit people, and rediscovers hope through his plan to adopt Kaki and...

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

Nickel and Dimin' It With Buddy

DIRECTOR: Tomas Soderberg - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

Buddy, a homeless man in Portland, makes his living returning cans and bottles.

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Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 8:30 PM (WH)

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 2 PM (WH)


DIRECTOR: Peter Greenaway - Netherlands

Rembrandt's painting "The Night Watch" was considered to be a radical political statement in its day, brimming with political and aesthetic allusions.  It provides the inspiration for Greenaway's masterful tale of aristocratic intrigue and art.  In 1642, at the absolute height of his career, Rembrandt is commissioned to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia.  He soon learns of the seedy conspiracies within the soldiers' ranks and resolves to expose their hypocrisies through the portrait itself.  Greenaway tells the story as a theatrical suspense thriller, employing his characteristic visual invention and splendor to cinematically realize the fabrics, metals, light, and exquisite details...

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

Nous Deux Encore

DIRECTOR: Heather Harlow - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

Maxie Leoussis recalls the love of her life, her departed husband Yiannis.  "The most horrible thing he did to me was to die."

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

November Light

DIRECTOR: Cheryl Lohrmann - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

This elegiac poem to a least-favorite time of year reminds us that summer will always end.  Forever.

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