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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM (WH)

GLENN OWEN DODDS

DIRECTOR: Frazer Bailey - AUSTRALIA

En route to his bus stop one day, Michael is intrigued by a line of people in front of an alley door painted red. Thus begins a chance meeting with both the girl of his dreams and God. (16 mins.)

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THE GOLD MINE

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
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THE GOLD MINE

DIRECTOR: Jacques Bonnavent - MEXICO

Betina, a lonely spinster, meets what appears to be the man of her dreams online. But after making an arduous trip to be with him, what awaits her is a wholly unexpected fate. (10 mins.)

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THE GRUFFALO

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
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THE GRUFFALO

DIRECTOR: Max Lang, Jakob Schuh - GREAT BRITAIN

Helena Bonham-Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Wilkinson, and John Hurt lend their voices to this animated fable about a mouse who wanders into the woods in search of nuts and nearly ends up being served in a soup instead. (27 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM (WH)

LET’S POLLUTE

DIRECTOR: Geefwee Boedoe - UNITED STATES

In the spirit of ’50s and ’60s educational films, Let’s Pollute is a modern social satire on pollution as an economic driving force and as our collective cultural heritage. (7 mins.)

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SEEDS OF THE FALL

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
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SEEDS OF THE FALL

DIRECTOR: Patrik Eklund - SWEDEN

When a middle-aged married couple’s bedtime is interrupted by a tractor sailing through their bedroom wall and the sudden arrival of neighbors with a very unorthdox proposition, all bets are off. (17 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
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SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

Includes The Gold Mine, The Silence Beneath the Bark, Glen Owen Dodds, Let's Pollute (Oscar nominee), The Gruffalo (Oscar nominee), and Seeds of the Fall.

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THE SILENCE BENEATH THE BARK

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
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THE SILENCE BENEATH THE BARK

DIRECTOR: Joanna Lurie - FRANCE

Two creatures are wakened from their sleep beneath layers of snow and earth by the falling of a tree. Lurie’s painterly yet graphic film follows them as they explore the surface and its mysteries. (11 mins.)

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BARBERSHOP PUNK

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 1 PM (B3)
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BARBERSHOP PUNK

DIRECTOR: Georgia Sugimura Archer, Kristin Armfield - UNITED STATES

While trying to share his collection of rare, turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet recordings over the internet (legally), a software engineer named Robb Tolposki living in Hillsboro, Oregon, found that his uploads were being secretly blocked by his service provider, Comcast. His response soon made him the unlikeliest of heroes in the “net neutrality” debate, compelling the Federal Communications Commission to focus on Comcast’s—and other large media corporations’—efforts to control free expression and, of course, internet profits. Filmmakers Archer and Armfield expertly interweave Tolposki’s—self-described as a “social liberal, fiscal conservative, Republican Libertarian”—inspiring personal battle against censorship with opinions on both sides of...

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PEEPLI LIVE

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 2 PM (B2)
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PEEPLI LIVE

DIRECTOR: Anusha Rizvi - INDIA

A satire of the real-life epidemic of farmer suicides that have plagued India for the past decade, Rizvi infuses humor and buoyancy into his depiction of this tragic predicament. In the village of Peepli, two poor farmers, Natha and Budhia, face losing their land over an unpaid government loan. Desperate, they seek help from an apathetic local politician, who suggests they commit suicide to benefit from a government program that aids the families of indebted deceased farmers. When a journalist overhears Budhia urge Natha to “do what needs to be done” for the sake of their families, a media frenzy...

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CERTIFIED COPY

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 3 PM (WH)
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CERTIFIED COPY

DIRECTOR: Abbas Kiarostami - FRANCE

This beguiling exploration of art and relationships, his first feature film made outside of Iran, sees Kiarostami producing his most accessible work to date. When an author (played by British opera singer William Shimell) comes to Tuscany to promote his book about the value of copied art, he encounters and spends a day with an antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche, Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival). As they walk, talk, and drive through the beautiful landscape, it at first appears as though they’ve never met. But as time progresses, mystery intrudes. Are they strangers playing the part of a couple, or are...

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A FAMILY

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 3:15 PM (B1)
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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
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A FAMILY

DIRECTOR: Pernille Fischer Christensen - DENMARK

Rikard Rheinwald is the last in a line of five generations of prosperous Copenhagen bakers (“purveyors to the Royal Court!”). Diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, the proud man decides that his daughter Ditte should take over the family business. But Ditte has her hands full with her successful art gallery, a dream job offer in New York, and difficulties with her boyfriend. The conflicting demands of family and tradition, an aging father and a determined daughter, are given powerful dramatic treatment in a film that deftly explores the universal with no pat answers, just resonating recognition and understanding. (102 mins.)

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GOOD MORNING TO THE WORLD

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 3:30 PM (B3)
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GOOD MORNING TO THE WORLD

DIRECTOR: Hirohara Satoru - JAPAN

High school boy Takahashi Yuta is effectively bringing himself up alone. His father is long gone, and his mother is constantly off on trips, leaving him notes and modest amounts of cash to keep himself fed. Not surprisingly, he’s a bit of a loner at school. But he’s fascinated by (identifies with?) the vagrant man who sleeps in a road tunnel near his home, and when that man is killed—apparently by a gang of local delinquents—he sets off on a quest to find the dead man’s family and friends, following clues in the man’s bag. “This debut feature from Hirohara...

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BEHIND BLUE SKIES

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 5 PM (B4)
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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 7:45 PM (B4)
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BEHIND BLUE SKIES

DIRECTOR: Hannes Holm - SWEDEN

Martin, a 17-year-old growing up in mid-1970s Sweden, is a good-hearted boy with a troubled home life. When he’s given the opportunity to live and work at a resort on the Stockholm archipelago for the summer, he leaps at the chance. There he is taken under the wing of restaurant manager Gösta who seems to appreciate Martin’s innocence, even as he recruits him for work in illegal sidelines ranging from hookers to drugs to worse. “Holm’s clever coming-of-age comedy has real heart and soul, with young Bill Skarsgård (son of Stellan Skarsgård) delivering a star-making turn as Martin and Josefin...

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IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 5:15 PM (B2)
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IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE

DIRECTOR: Florin Serban - ROMANIA

Winner of the Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival and this year’s Romanian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Serban’s film is a penetrating character study of misguided youth. Silviu has spent several years in a juvenile detention center after being arrested for theft, but just days before his release, he receives the dismaying news that his mother, who abandoned him and his younger brother years before, has returned. What’s more, she intends to take his brother, whom Silviu raised like his own son, to Italy. Devastated, resentful, and filled with an overpowering sense of betrayal, Silviu...

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A BAREFOOT DREAM

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
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A BAREFOOT DREAM

DIRECTOR: Kim Tae-Kyun - SOUTH KOREA

This year’s Korean submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, based on a true story, is a feel-good family film that will delight anyone who loves soccer. Kim Won-Kang, a former player for Korea’s national soccer team, hits the skids after he’s too old to play. Traveling through Southeast Asia, he lurches from one get-rich-quick scheme to another until he lands in war-torn East Timor. There, he finds children playing soccer in bare feet because their families don’t have money for shoes, and in their devotion to the game, he finally finds purpose. Kim Tae-Kyun dwells on the excitement...

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HIS & HERS

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 5:45 PM (B1)
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HIS & HERS

DIRECTOR: Ken Wardrop - IRELAND

Inspired by his own mother’s life, Wardrop has crafted a charming cinematic mosaic that tells a 90-year-old love story through the collective voice of 70 Irish ladies at different stages of their lives. The hallways, living rooms, and kitchens of the Irish Midlands become the canvas for the film’s rich portrayal of female characters. Unfolding sequentially from young to old, their unabashed and unique stories of life and love with the men closest to them—whether it be fathers, boyfriends, husbands, or sons—offer a delightful and sometimes heartbreaking array of personal ruminations. His & Hers celebrates the spectrum of ordinary moments...

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THE WHITE MEADOWS

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 6 PM (B3)
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THE WHITE MEADOWS

DIRECTOR: Mohammad Rasoulof - IRAN

Rasoulof’s enigmatic feature tells the story of Rahmat, an elderly man who collects the tears of souls in pain in a tiny pitcher—remaining all the while a nonjudgmental witness to the absurd havoc wreaked by the powers that be. Traveling by boat to scenes of sorrow through a seascape dotted with salty white islands and cliffs, he encounters a woman consigned to the sea for rejecting an unwanted marriage, an artist punished for his choice of colors, a young virgin drowned as a sacrifice to the gods in hopes of rain, and other unfortunates. An allegory for government persecution of...

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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 8 PM (B2)
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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

DIRECTOR: Eran Riklis - ISRAEL

Riklis’ comic and ultimately moving film starts in Jerusalem, when the unclaimed body of a woman killed by a suicide bomber turns out to be that of a foreign worker at a prominent local bakery. Worried that all the press coverage might damage the reputation of her business, the owner theatrically insists on memorializing the woman and instructs her personnel officer to escort the body back to Romania for a dignified funeral. But who was this woman, and why was she in Jerusalem? As a surreal journey to the backwaters of Romania unfolds, the personnel officer soon learns more than...

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OF GODS AND MEN

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 8:15 PM (WH)
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OF GODS AND MEN

DIRECTOR: Xavier Beauvois - FRANCE

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, Beauvois’ film explores the mysteries and consequences of faith as it tells the harrowing true story of a brotherhood of French monks in North Africa who find themselves threatened by Islamic extremists during the Algerian Civil War of the 1990s. Given to providing medical care and support to their Muslim neighbors and tending their garden, their life of service is one of peace and harmony until armed insurgents arrive, and they find themselves faced with an impossible decision: to flee or to stand their ground and fulfill their spiritual mission. Fundamentalism meets...

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SON OF BABYLON

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B3)
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SON OF BABYLON

DIRECTOR: Mohamed Al-Daradji - IRAQ

A son’s search for his father and a mother’s search for her son form the centerpiece for an exploration of the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Set in 2003, just after Hussein’s downfall, young Ahmed and his determined grandmother journey across Iraq in search of his father, Ibrahim, a soldier missing in action since 1991. Focusing on forgiveness and people’s ability to overcome rather than on the many atrocities of the regime, Son of Babylon offers a poignant, eye-opening take on post-war Iraq, telling the story of two as the story of many. “Chases a poetic answer for the crimes...

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