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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 6:15 PM (WH)

Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 8:30 PM (B1)


DIRECTOR: Bent Hamer - Norway

In examining the choices faced by Odd Horten (Bård Owe), writer-director Hamer deploys bone-dry Scandinavian humor and an entertaining absurdist perspective.  O'Horten is a shy, willfully withdrawn man whose life has been organized around the rigidities of his career as a train conductor.  When he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 67, he is robbed fo his accustomed routines, and sees chaos and death, in forms alternately poignant and slyly humorous, around every corner.  Hamer dramatizes his hero's perplexity wit a cool precision while Owe gives O'Horten a disarming, compassionate dignity.  As O'Horten finds himself in new fixes and akes...

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Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 9 PM (B3)

Wed, Feb 18, 2009
at 6:15 PM (B4)

Wed, Feb 18, 2009
at 9:30 PM (B3)

Opium War

DIRECTOR: Siddiq Barmak - Afghanistan

High in the Taliban-controlled mountains of Afghanistan, two American officers are lost in the desert after their helicopter crashes. Of different minds about what to do, they are nonetheless dependent on each other for survival. Mixing ultra-realism with a good dose of absurdity--both comic and tragic--Barmak relates their complex interactions and their surprising encounter with an opium-producing Afghan family living in a Russian armored personnel carrier. Winner of the Best Film Prize at the Rome International Film Festival, and this year's Afghan submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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

Oscillating Fan

DIRECTOR: Rob Tyler - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

A quiet symphony of circulating air.

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