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Films & Schedules - Sunday, February 13, 2011

ALL FLOWERS IN TIME

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)

ALL FLOWERS IN TIME

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Caouette - UNITED STATES

Chloë Sevigny stars in a mysterious and fantastical world where a television signal possesses young viewers, making them believe they can transform into other people or monsters. (13 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)

AQUARIUM

DIRECTOR: Bård Røssevold - NORWAY

If living your life is like living in a fish bowl, are you the fish looking out or the observer looking in? (17 mins.)

Adult audiences.

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ARMADILLO

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (B3)
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ARMADILLO

DIRECTOR: Janus Metz - DENMARK

Armadillo is the name of a heavily fortified UK-Danish army base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In 2009, Metz and crew followed a group of young Danish recruits as they adjusted to the grim realities of conflict, inside and outside their secure camp. The result is one of the most harrowing reports on the war and a vivid portrait of the impact of boredom and battle on mind and body. Venturing off the base, the voices of Afghan citizens, caught in the complexities of the coalition and Taliban crossfire, reveal the daunting challenge of finding a stable peace. Whether capturing the...

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THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)

THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

A children’s fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life, and the test of a mother’s love. (6 mins.)

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LIPSETT DIARIES

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
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LIPSETT DIARIES

DIRECTOR: Theodore Ushev - CANADA

Deconstructing a visionary in experimental cinema, Ushev’s animated documentary presents the incredible creativity and emotional tumult that defined filmmaker Arthur Lipsett’s life. (15 mins.)

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OFF SEASON

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)

OFF SEASON

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Van Tulleken - CANADA

Stealing from summer cottages during the brutal off-season winter months, a transient and his faithful dog make a tragic discovery. (13 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
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SHORT CUTS II: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

Includes The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger, Aquarium, Lipsett Diaries, All Flowers in Time, Off Season, and Wish 143 (Oscar nominee),

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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)

WISH 143

DIRECTOR: Ian Barnes - GREAT BRITAIN

A young man, desperate to come of age before time runs out, has nothing to lose but his virginity. (23 mins.)

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PEEPLI LIVE

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:45 PM (B2)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 5:45 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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BEHIND BLUE SKIES

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 1:30 PM (B1)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 8:30 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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BOY

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 1:45 PM (B4)
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BOY

DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi - NEW ZEALAND

Lightly blending quirky comedy and gentle naturalism, Waititi’s heart-tugging story explores the elusive moment when a boy starts to make the choices that determine the man he will become. Inspired by Waititi’s Oscar-nominated short, Two Cars, One Night (PIFF 31), this coming-of-age tale is set in 1984. “Michael Jackson is king—even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy’s father, Alamein (Waititi), appears out of the blue. Having...

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HIS & HERS

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 2:30 PM (WH)
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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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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 2:45 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 5:15 PM (B3)
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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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KAWASAKI’S ROSE

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 3:30 PM (B2)
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KAWASAKI’S ROSE

DIRECTOR: Jan Hrebejk - CZECH REPUBLIC

Lacing a vivid family drama with light comedic flourishes, Hrebejk offers a poetic and political rumination on contemporary Czech life that reminds us that the present can never outrun the past. Pavel is an esteemed psychiatrist whose dissident activism during the days of Communist rule is about to be honored with a national award. Most everyone is pleased. But unfortunately the film crew documenting Pavel’s accomplishments includes his erratic, resentful son-in-law, Ludek, who is convinced Pavel’s righteous arrogance conceals a darker truth. When research reveals that Pavel had a sordid past with the Czech secret police, Ludek uncovers a shocking...

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INCENDIES

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
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INCENDIES

DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve - CANADA

Shifting between present-day Montreal and the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s, the story starts at the reading of twin brother and sister Simon and Jeanne’s mother’s will. It is revealed that they have a brother whom they never knew about and a father who is still alive. Their mother, Nawal, gives them the task of finding the two and delivering them her sealed letters. As the film cuts between the twins’ search and flashbacks to Nawal’s difficult past, Simon and Jeanne learn about their mother’s heart-breaking story and discover surprises about themselves. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed stage play,...

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SILENT SOULS

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
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SILENT SOULS

DIRECTOR: Aleksei Fedorchenko - RUSSIA

The rites and rituals of the Merja people, an ethnic minority in a former Finnish enclave that became part of Russia under Ivan the Terrible, form the backbone of this lyrical, dreamlike movie about love and loss. After his beloved wife Tanja dies, Miron, the head of a paper factory in the town of Myra, calls on his best friend, Aist, to aid him on a journey to take Tanja to her final ritual farewell. As their road trip unfolds, it becomes apparent that Aist and Tanja were once more than friends. Along the way, the Merja myths and traditions...

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HEARTBEATS

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 6 PM (B4)
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HEARTBEATS

DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan - CANADA

Part quirky farce, part serious meditation on the insanity of unrequited love and desire, Heartbeats centers on best friends Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri). One evening they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a striking young man from the country who has recently arrived in town. His boyish charm and classic good looks set off bells in both of them that neither can shut off. The threesome begins to spend more and more time together. But the closer the three seem to get, the more remote and unattainable Nico becomes—is he straight or gay, or just wanting to be friends?—sending...

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AFTERSHOCK

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 7 PM (WH)
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AFTERSHOCK

DIRECTOR: Feng Xiaogang - CHINA

This year’s Chinese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar also reigns as the most popular film in Chinese box office history. Feng Xiaogang tells the epic story of the survivors of one of China’s greatest natural disasters, the Tangshan Earthquake of 1976, which killed nearly 250,000 people. What starts as a disaster movie of Titanic proportions—with impressive special effects—moves to a deeply moving family melodrama that has wrung billions of tears from Chinese audiences. When the earthquake strikes, father Daqing is killed, and mother Yuanni (Xu Fan) is forced to make an impossible choice involving her two children...

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THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 7:30 PM (B1)
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THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING

DIRECTOR: Paolo Virzì - ITALY

Mixing warm comedy and nostalgic drama, Virzì tells the story of a misanthropic son named Bruno returning to his hometown to see his dying mother. When Bruno was eight, his sister Anna was roped into a beauty contest in their hometown of Liverno and, as a great beauty, easily won. His father, enraged by the leering attention she attracted, abandoned the family, setting in motion a life that led his spirited mother to do whatever was necessary to support Bruno and Anna. Always embarrassed by her ways, Bruno found a life as far away from Liverno as possible. When he...

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GOOD MORNING TO THE WORLD

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 7:45 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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SON OF BABYLON

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 8:15 PM (B2)
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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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