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Films & Schedules - Friday, February 18, 2011

ALL THAT I LOVE

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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ALL THAT I LOVE

DIRECTOR: Jacek Borcuch - POLAND

Eighteen-year-old Janek has a dream familiar to many kids his age: start a band with your best friends, write provocative music, hang out with your girlfriend, lose your virginity. However, in 1981 Communist Poland, those dreams can lead to nightmares: martial law is threatened as the Solidarity movement gains increasing momentum, and Janek begins to realize that his band’s anti-establishment message could well lead to trouble for his friends and family. With a naval officer father and a girlfriend whose own father is under investigation by the state, Janek’s coming-of-age is fraught with conflict between his ideals and his desire...

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BOY

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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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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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B3)
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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

DIRECTOR: Granaz Moussavi - IRAN

Filmed in secret, renowned poet Moussavi’s bold first feature crafts a timely story of a generation living double lives in their own country. Marzieh, a young actress in Tehran, chafes under the pressure of government authorities who want to suppress her theater work. When she meets Saman at an underground rave, the Iranian-born Australian citizen offers her a way out of Iran and the possibility of a livelihood without fear. Set against the backdrop of Tehran’s thriving underground art, music, and theater scene and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, Moussavi acutely registers the trials of...

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THE WHISTLEBLOWER

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6:15 PM (CM)
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THE WHISTLEBLOWER

DIRECTOR: Larysa Kondracki - CANADA

Set in 1999, The Whistleblower is a harrowing political thriller chronicling the true story of a former Nebraska police officer named Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) as she tackles a job as a peacekeeper working for the United Nations in Sarajevo. Arriving in post-war Bosnia expecting a well-organized international effort, she instead finds chaos and cynicism. Working for the UN’s Gender Office, which is assigned to investigate sexual assaults, she quickly stumbles into the grim realities of sex trafficking, discovering that the very people supposedly helping battle injustice and human rights abuse are, in fact, their facilitators. As she works to...

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ILLEGAL

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B2)
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ILLEGAL

DIRECTOR: Olivier Masset-Depasse - BELGIUM

Tania (Anne Coesens), a Russian immigrant residing illegally in Belgium with her teenage son, lives in constant terror. Willing to do whatever it takes to survive and prevent their deportation, the fear of being caught becomes reality when she’s stopped in a routine police check, arrested, and sent to a detention center. Unable to be with her still free son and witness to the persecutions of other illegals from many countries struggling to stay in Belgium, things soon spiral out of control when she claims a false name and finds herself in the limbo of complex deportation policies. This year’s...

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THE ROBBER

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 7 PM (B4)
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Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 9:30 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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THE HOUSEMAID

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 8:15 PM (B1)
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THE HOUSEMAID

DIRECTOR: Im Sang-soo - SOUTH KOREA

Lust, cruelty, and revenge reign in this riveting erotic thriller about a naïve young housemaid whose arrival wreaks havoc on an ultra-rich Korean family. Eun-yi is the servant who passively ignites the desire and jealousy of those around her: the virile husband, the scorned pregnant wife, the scheming mother-in-law, and the bitter older housemaid, each played to creepy perfection. Transgressions give way to an escalating war of mental abuse, in which guilt and innocence quickly become irrelevant. Visually spectacular, the film’s pristine contemporary interiors and coldly beautiful cinematography stand in stark contrast to the fevered manipulations of its cast of...

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THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 8:15 PM (WH)
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THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER

DIRECTOR: Bertrand Tavernier - FRANCE

When the ravishing Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry) is betrothed to the Prince of Montpensier (Lambert Wilson), a fateful chain reaction commences. Whisked away to the Montpensiers’ castle, she is entrusted to the Count of Chabannes, the prince’s confidante and a tormented deserter, whose task is to educate her on everything from penmanship to astronomy. But as she struggles to adjust to her new life, she becomes ensnared in a passionate struggle of jealousies and desires between her husband’s suspicions, the still-burning ardor of her beloved Duke of Guise, and the flirtations of the roguish Duke of Anjou. Set against...

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THE LIGHT THIEF

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B3)
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THE LIGHT THIEF

DIRECTOR: Aktan Arym Kubat - KYRGYZSTAN

When a small village in remote southern Kyrgyzstan is targeted by a greedy development scheme and impending Chinese domination, somebody has to stand up. Director-star Kubat plays the highly affable Svet-ake, a.k.a. “Mr. Light,” who makes his living ingeniously illuminating homes and businesses in the community. In order for Svet-ake to realize his dreams of having a son (he already has four girls) and bringing affordable energy to his community (his vision is to harness wind power), he must thwart those who have more sinister money-making plans. Treating his characters with humanity and tenderness, Kubat fashions an entertaining portrait of...

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UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 9 PM (CM)
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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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HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 9:15 PM (B2)
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HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER

DIRECTOR: Alexei Popogrebsky - RUSSIA

Just out of school, young Pavel arrives at a remote meteorological research station in the frozen Russian Arctic. It’s to be a summer of learning and adventure under the tutelage of the wise and crusty Sergei, whose multi-year tour of duty is coming to an end. Misplaced confidence and youthful immaturity lead to a string of potentially deadly deceptions. The deliberate pace of life in the Arctic, combined with the disorienting round-the-clock sunlight, sets the stage for a thriller infused with equal parts psychological trauma and physical endurance. A meditation on man’s ability to cope with harsh nature and extreme...

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RUBBER

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 11:30 PM (HW)
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RUBBER

DIRECTOR: Quentin Dupieux - FRANCE

“In the California desert, the adventures of a telepathic killer tire, mysteriously attracted by a very pretty girl, as witnessed by incredulous onlookers. Why? No reason. ‘No reason’ will never make more sense than after you have survived a screening of Rubber. Straddling art film and horror, it has the most outrageous premise of any film this year. (Or ever?) An audience gathers in the desert to watch a story unfold: a tire comes to life, rolls along, discovers it has the ability to make people’s heads explode, and so on. But it’s not just a film about a telekinetic...

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