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Thu, Feb 19, 2009
at 8:15 PM (B3)

Tehran Has No More Pomegranates

DIRECTOR: Massoud Bakhshi - Iran

"In this beautiful and sometimes mischievous homage to the weird and wonderful city of Tehran, the curious contradictions of Iranian history are playfully exposed.  Bakhshi constructs a century-spanning postmodern portrait of a metropolis turning megalopolis, increasingly an unsustainable urban mess of pollution, inadequate infrastructure and overcrowding.  Using an energetic mix of archival footage, unconventional photography and sometimes asynchronous music and sound, Bakhshi considers the aesthetic and cultural values that have shaped old and new Tehran.  The chaotic impulse of the film's construction is a fitting parallel to the development of a city that has haphazardly survived oppressors, wars and internal...

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Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 9:30 PM (B4)

Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 3:15 PM (B4)

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 7:15 PM (B1)

Terra Nova

DIRECTOR: Aleksandr Melnik - Russia

It is 2013.  The entire world has abolished capital punishment.  Prisons are over-crowded with formerly condemned men.  The international community decides to launch a risky experiment called "Terra Nova": a trial group of hardened convicts is sent away to a deserted Northern island, far from civilization, to see if they can start a new life.  There, free from the control of wardens and guards, the convicts begin a fierce struggle for survival and coexistence.  One of the most expensive Russian productions ever made, Melnik's anti-utopian meditation is part savage action film and part intellectual thriller, and despite its grim "Lord...

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

These Pancakes are Small

DIRECTOR: Matthew Seely - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

Two average brothers trade f-bomb insults over breakfast in this animated slice of life.

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Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 3 PM (B3)

Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 7 PM (B3)

Of Time and the City

DIRECTOR: Terence Davies - Great Britain

Of Time and the City was commimssioned to celebrate Liverpool, which won England's bid to become the European Union's Capital of Culture for 2008.  The idea was to commission a straightforward tribute film, but writer-director Davies had something else in mind, and crafted a very personal, poetic meditation--alternately angry, funny and moving--on his birthplace.  The film seamlessly fuses his distinct voice and wry humor with rich archival footage and half-forgotten bits of nostalgia.  Davies reflects on the feeling of timelessness and a lost sense of place, fashioning a love song and personal eulogy that invites one to "come closer.  See...

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

To Remember That our Skies are the Same Skies

DIRECTOR: Chris Lael Larson - Short Cuts II: Oregon Made (Oregon)

Exquisite, state-of-the-art motion graphics poetically render the universality of humanity.

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Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 7:15 PM (B1)

Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 6:15 PM (B3)

Tokyo Sonata

DIRECTOR: Kiyoshi Kurosawa - Japan

Based on a story by Australian writer Max Mannix, Tokyo Sonata follows the unraveling of a Japanese family riddled with deception and alienation.  Father Ryuhei is too proud to tell his family his job has been outsourced to China; oldest son Takashi is devising secret plans; young Kenji is secretly taking piano lessons against his father's wishes; and mother Megumi feels cut off from everyone.  Masterfully pitched between comedy, tragedy and surreal irrationality, Kurosawa's fable perfectly captures the impact of the upheavals of uncertainty in an age of globalization.

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

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

Toyland

DIRECTOR: Jochen Alexander Freydank - Short Cuts I: International Ties (Germany)

When a young boy's mother, responding to her son's question about the whereabouts of his best friend whose family has been sent to a concentration camp, tells her son that his friend has been sent to Toyland, the boy sneaks off to join him.

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Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 9:15 PM (B2)

Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 8:30 PM (B2)

Treeless Mountain

DIRECTOR: So Yong Kim - United States

Inspired by childhood events, Treeless Mountain has been described by So Yong Kim as a letter to her mother.  The film tells a poignant emotional story of growing up in the Korean countryside and the joys, worries, and hurts of early childhood.  Sent by their impoverished mother in Seoul to live with an aunt in a small village, six-year-old Jin and her younger sister Bin find themselves at the mercy of their selfish, alcoholic "Big Aunt."  Reduced to selling fried grasshoppers to earn money, their misery is compounded when their mother writes to say that she cannot take them back...

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 7:45 PM (B4)

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 4:45 PM (B4)

Wed, Feb 11, 2009
at 9:15 PM (B1)

Tricks

DIRECTOR: Andrzej Jakimowski - Poland

Jakimowski's warm, quirky drama follows the daily lives of Stefek, a precocious six-year-old boy, and his teenage sister Elka during one magical summer in their small provincial mining town.  A loner, young Stefek wanders the streets of his seemingly dull neighborhood in search of connection.  Sincehis father, a man he barely knew, left his mother for another woman, Stefek has been trying to figure out how to reconcile them and trick fate into bringing him back.  Sister Elka--preoccupied with her auto mechanic boyfriend Jerzy and jer job prospects at a big Italian firm--takes turns ignoring and helping him, assuring him...

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Fri, Feb 20, 2009
at 6 PM (WH)

Tulpan

DIRECTOR: Sergei Dvortsevoy - Kazakhstan

Dvortsevoy's charming tale centers on Asa, a Kazakh sailor who returns home dreaming of a life as a shepherd on the windswept and remote plains of the Kazakh steppe.  Asa's stoic brother-in-law holds back on giving him his own flock until Asa finds a wife, but there is only one girl (Tulpan) of marrying age, and she rejects him.  Her dreams are of the big city, not settling down with the boastful seaman whose ears are too big.  Filled with simple grandeur of the land and its animals, Dvortsevoy's film is a humorous and thoroughly engaging portrait of life in...

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Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 12 PM (WH)

Tusalava

DIRECTOR: Len Lye - Short Cuts IV: Sketched in Time (New Zealand)

Lye created this film about the beginnings of organic life in 1929, inspired by the totem of a tribe which believes that grubs are ancestors of humans.

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