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Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 7 PM (B4)

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 1:30 PM (B1)

Wed, Feb 11, 2009
at 7:15 PM (B3)

The Rest is Silence

DIRECTOR: Nae Caranfil - Romania

"The biggest production in Romanian cinema, Caranfil's exuberant moviemaking comedy reimagines the creation of The War of Independence (1912), his country's first feature film.  As Grig, that film's director, embarks upon his inspired, remarkably ambitious project, he finds himself at odds with the financiers.  Soon, Grig's vision--one that he envisioned uniting his country--has been hijacked.  Caranfil sprinkles the film with droll insider jokes about moviemaking then and now, packing romance, tragedy and even an animated interlude onto the movie's already bountiful bill of fare.  In outlining the framework in which Romanian cinema was born, he suggests that the conflict between...

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 8:30 PM (B3)

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 5:15 PM (B2)

Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 9 PM (WH)


DIRECTOR: Götz Spielmann - Austria

"The ex-con Alex and his immigrant prostitute girlfriend Tamara are desperate to escape the dangerous brothel where they work.  Robert is a police officer happily married to Ursula, the two enjoying the serene splendor of a farmhouse they've designed and built themselves.  A botched robbery and a bullet fired astray set these characters on a collision course.  What begins as a grim, melodramatic thriller soon spins into completely unexpected emotional territory as writer-director Götz Spielmann reveals the characters' wounded psyches and traces their uneven arcs of redemption.  With its long, carefully composed medium shots, the film ventures into rich, temporal...

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