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Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 4:30 PM (B4)

Salt of This Sea

DIRECTOR: Annemarie Jacir - Palestine

Soraya, a young Palestinian-American woman, travels to her family's native Palestine for the first time.  Arriving at the airport in Tel Aviv, she comes face to face with a humiliating interrogation.  Shaken, she sets of for Ramallah where she intends to reclaim her grandfather's modest legacy from a Palestinian bank account dating back to 1948, the year of the partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel.  When she learns that all of the bank's accounts were emptied after partition and that nothing now exists, Soraya decides to rob the bank.  She joins forces with local waiter...

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Wed, Feb 11, 2009
at 6 PM (WH)

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 8 PM (WH)

Séraphine

DIRECTOR: Martin Provost - France

The year is 1912. Wilhelm, a German art critic and collector, moves to a small village north of Paris and rents an apartment from Madame Duphot.  Séraphine, Madame Duphot's maid, paints in her spare time, using everything she can find that is free: wine, mud, fruit and flowers.  The locals don't take Séraphine or her paintings seriously, but when Wilhelm, an enthusiastic advocate of modern and "primitive" artists, comes across one of her paintings, he's mesmerized.  It is the beginning of a nurturing relationship that allows her to invisible career to blossom.  Based on the little-known story of one of...

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Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 6 PM (WH)

Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 6 PM (WH)

Shall We Kiss?

DIRECTOR: Emmanuel Mouret - France

Woody Allen meets Eric Rohmer in writer-director-actor Emmanuel Mouret's delicately droll romantic comedy.  After a chance encounter on the streets of Nantes, Gabriel and Emilie sense romance in the air, though alas, they are both involved with other people. When Gabriel proposes "a kiss with no consequences," Emilie--knowing there is no such thing--pauses to tell a story.  Through flashbacks, we learn the story of her friends Nicolas and Judith and the brief, seemingly innocent kiss they once shared--which led to the transformation of their entire lives.  Far from a simple kiss-and-tell tale, Mouret's ingenious interweaving of characters and courtship explores...

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

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

Sikumi (on the Ice)

DIRECTOR: Andrew Okepeaha MacLean - Short Cuts I: International Ties (United States)

A troubling tale about a conflict between members of an Eskimo tribe in a remote, visually spectacular locale.

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 5:30 PM (B2)

Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 8 PM (B2)

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 1:15 PM (B3)

Snow

DIRECTOR: Aida Begic - Bosnia

The year is 1997, and the village of Slavno, recovering from war, is occupied by a mere handful of mostly female residents.  Some are widows.  Many of their children have been executed by the nearby Bosnian Serbs, their bodies never found.  Trying to keep themselves alive by keeping their memories, they have made a dreamland out of their village without even realizing it.  When two businessmen unexpectedly arrive and offer to buy the residents out, the villagers face a choice between survival and the preservation of their souls.  Winner of the Critics' Week Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival and...

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Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 6:45 PM (B2)

Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 6 PM (B3)

The Song of Sparrows

DIRECTOR: Majid Majidi - Iran

In this sentimental and sometimes humorous story, a hardworking rural ostrich farmer, Karim (Reza Naji, awarded best actor at the Berlin International Film Festival), is fired from his job and must move his family to Tehran to look for work.  Due to a case of mistaken identity, he finds opportunity behind the wheel of a gypsy taxi.  The sudden exposure to more affluent people and their material preoccupations starts to transform Karim's generous and honest nature, much to the distress of his wife and daughters.  It is up to those closest to him to help him remember the values he...

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

Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 2:15 PM (WH)

Sugar

DIRECTOR: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck - United States

Every year, hundreds of aspiring baseball talents from the Dominican Republic are drafted into minor teams in the U.S. Sugar follows Miguel Santos, a player struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull his family out of poverty.  Traveling from his tight-knit community to a small town in Iowa, Miguel struggles to make his living in a language he doesn't speak, and as the dream of making it to the majors starts to fade, he must question his choices.  What starts out as a classic rags-to-riches sports story turns into a much more complex and realistic examination of...

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