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Films & Schedules - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A BAREFOOT DREAM

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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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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THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 6 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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THE ROBBER

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B4)
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THE ROBBER

DIRECTOR: Benjamin Heisenberg - AUSTRIA

“Adapted from a novel that was in turn based on the real-life case of a champion marathoner who led a double life holding up banks in 1980s Austria, Benjamin Heisenberg’s sleek and intelligent genre exercise is at once an action thriller, a love story, a character study, and an existential parable. Its protagonist, Johann (Andreas Lust, Revanche), is defined almost exclusively by his twin obsessions. He runs and he robs, therefore he is. Alternating between endorphin-rush kineticism and stretches of quiet tension, The Robber is as precise and single-minded as its hero. At the film’s center is a brilliantly calibrated...

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OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 7 PM (B3)
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OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW

DIRECTOR: Sophie Fiennes - GREAT BRITAIN

German sculptor Anselm Kiefer’s manufactured landscapes and monumental installations are informed by one of the most provocative and rigorous minds in contemporary art. Fiennes’ striking film takes us into his singular world in exhilarating fashion, in the process creating a work as intriguing as its subject. Shot at Kiefer’s La Ribitte, his sprawling studio/estate in Barjac, France, which was once a silk factory, process and product find equal fascination. Here, Kiefer has worked on a series of elaborate installations and paintings—above and below ground—constructing and devising with earth, ash, gold, acid, glass, concrete, and lead; wielding blowtorches, brooms, and bulldozers...

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UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 8:45 PM (WH)
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UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul - THAILAND

The winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Uncle Boonmee examines the final days of the title character, who is suffering from acute kidney failure. As hallucinatory—he is visited by the ghosts of his wife and son—and magical visions of his past lives begin to take over, Boonmee leaves his country retreat and sets out on a jungle journey with his family to find the cave in which his first life was born. This hypnotic yet playful film is an enchanting blend of dreamy spiritual imagery and tender human drama that confronts the largest of questions—what...

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YOUNG GOETHE!

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 8:45 PM (B1)
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YOUNG GOETHE!

DIRECTOR: Philipp Stölzl - GERMANY

Before Germany’s most famous literary genius wrote the hugely influential The Sorrows of Young Werther, the book that launched a thousand broken-hearted suicides, he lived its story of love lost. In Stölzl’s engaging historical drama, Alexander Fehling plays Goethe, who, having failed his law exams in 1772, takes a job clerking for Judge Kester (Moritz Bleibtreu). Bored, he continues to defy his father’s wishes by persisting in his writing, and one day he meets the lovely Lotte. Sparks fly, a courtship blossoms, love blooms—but Lotte is betrothed to another. “Sparkling cinematography, gorgeous costumes and sets, and a story of star-crossed...

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COME UNDONE

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 9 PM (B2)
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COME UNDONE

DIRECTOR: Silvio Soldini - ITALY

Anna, an accountant in Milan, has a happy enough life with her partner Alessandro, but in the humdrum of the daily grind, something is missing. By chance she meets Domenico, a married waiter, and after a brief flirtation, desire overwhelms. The two fall into a heated affair punctuated by sordid erotic encounters, constantly juggling schedules, arguments, and complicated lies. Anna’s secret life goes unnoticed by an oblivious Alessandro, but Domenico’s wife soon catches on that something is amiss. As passion turns to obsession, they face wrenching, life-changing choices neither is prepared to consider. By turns sexy and soberly insightful, Soldini...

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LA PIVELLINA

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 9:15 PM (B3)
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LA PIVELLINA

DIRECTOR: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel - AUSTRIA

In a muddy trailer park on the outskirts of Rome, Patty and husband Walter, performers in a poor traveling circus, wait out the dreary winter. One day at a nearby park, Patty finds a two-year-old girl standing alone in the rain. She brings little Asia home to dry her off and discovers a note in her pocket saying the girl will be picked up in due course by her troubled mother. As the days turn into weeks with no sign of the mother, a new family is formed that offers unexpected joy to everyone in the itinerant community. Bringing a...

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