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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 19, 2011

THE ACCORDION

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

THE ACCORDION

DIRECTOR: Jafar Panahi - IRAN

When their accordion is taken from them, two young street musicians in Tehran provide a metaphor for a new generation that, led by understanding, prefer solidarity to conflict. (9 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

FLAWED

DIRECTOR: Andrea Dorfman - CANADA

Dorfman’s drawings burst colorfully into life as she animates the story of her long-distance relationship with a man whose profession, plastic surgery, gives her plenty of fodder for creative imagery. (12 mins.)

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INCIDENT BY A BANK

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

INCIDENT BY A BANK

DIRECTOR: Ruben Ostlund - SWEDEN

Shot in a single take, this detailed and humorous account of a failed bank robbery reveals how people react to unusual circumstances. (10 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

THE KISS

DIRECTOR: Ashlee Page - AUSTRALIA

On a hot summer’s night, two girls, fueled by hormones and alcohol, take a leap that will change their lives. (15 mins.)

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THE LIGHT THIEF

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (B1)
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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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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

LITTLE CHILDREN, BIG WORDS

DIRECTOR: Lisa James Larsson - SWEDEN

When it’s Alex’s turn to tell his seven-year-old classmates what he wants to be when he grows up, an uncomfortable discussion begins about the meaning of an unknown but loaded word. (12 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)
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SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

Includes Incident by a Bank, The Accordion, The Wonder Hospital, The Kiss, Flawed, The Six Dollar Fifty Man, and Little Children, Big Words.

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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

THE SIX DOLLAR FIFTY MAN

DIRECTOR: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland - NEW ZEALAND

Andy lives in a make-believe superhero world, circa 1970s New Zealand. Retreating into his imagination allows him to deal with playground bullies, but the real world—and his only friend Mary—needs Andy to count on himself instead. (15 mins.)

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THE WONDER HOSPITAL

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

THE WONDER HOSPITAL

DIRECTOR: Beomsik Shimbe Shim - US/SOUTH KOREA

An animated look at the illusion of beauty, told through symbolism and amazing 3D, CGI, and hand puppetry. (12 mins.)

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7 DAYS IN SLOW MOTION

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 1:45 PM (CM)
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7 DAYS IN SLOW MOTION

DIRECTOR: Umakanth Thumrugoti - INDIA

Set in middle-class India, where the pressure of examinations is the most defining aspect of a parent and child’s lives during school years, 7 Days in Slow Motion follows Ravi, a young boy who lives his life by the pie chart his mother creates and defines for him–60 percent education and only 2.9 percent for fun! When he and his friends chance upon the camera of a visiting American tourist, they decide to make their own Bollywood film. The seven days they allot for the production turn out to be a comic experience, but also one in which Ravi accidentally...

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SAWAKO DECIDES

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2 PM (B4)
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SAWAKO DECIDES

DIRECTOR: Ishii Yuya - JAPAN

Sawako has been in Tokyo for five years and is currently on her fifth temp job and her fifth boyfriend. When her dad becomes ill, she returns to her hometown and takes over his freshwater clam-packing business—everyone’s dream job. An insanely deadpan ode to misfits and female empowerment, Yuya celebrates people who are pulled in unexpected directions and make the most of it. “Straight outta Japan and right into your frozen seafood section, Sawako is the most cracked coming-of-age tale you’ll ever see, complete with a rollicking company anthem celebrating the ‘lower-middle’ of society and advocating the overthrow of the...

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THE ARBOR

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2:15 PM (B1)
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THE ARBOR

DIRECTOR: Clio Barnard - GREAT BRITAIN

British playwright Andrea Dunbar made a name for herself in 1980 with the raw semi-autobiographical play (later a film) “Rita, Sue and Bob Too.” The plot is set in The Arbor, a poor housing project in the English town of Bradford and a hotbed of domestic squabbles, eternally drunk and vulgar fathers, frustrated mothers, and children in trouble with the law. Dunbar had a similarly hard life, dying at age 29 and leaving behind three young children by three different fathers. Over a two-year period, Barnard made recordings of conversations she had with members and acquaintances of the Dunbar family,...

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POETRY

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2:30 PM (WH)
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POETRY

DIRECTOR: Lee Chang-dong - SOUTH KOREA

A sharp critique of Korean society’s inability to grapple with deep social problems, Poetry tells the story of a woman trying to find the poetry of her own life. Mija, a quiet woman in her sixties, works as caregiver for an elderly disabled man. In the early stages of dementia, she leads a simple existence centered on watching over her troubled grandson. When the boy’s behavior leads to horrible tragedy, the crisis sends her into an existential downward spiral, and she turns to her newfound interest in writing poetry for solace and guidance. As in Lee’s previous works, Poetry explores...

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COME UNDONE

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2:45 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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THE DOUBLE HOUR

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 4 PM (CM)
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THE DOUBLE HOUR

DIRECTOR: Giuseppe Capotondi - ITALY

Filippo Timi (Vincere) and Kseniya Rappoport, winner of the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival for her role, star in this ever-changing thriller. She’s a maid, he’s an ex-cop; they meet via a speed-dating service, and for a while their relationship has real promise. But then a mysterious murder happens, and nothing is what it appeared to be. Is she a dangerous femme fatale or just a woman with terrible luck? Combining elements of film noir, melodrama, and finely-tuned suspense, The Double Hour keeps viewers on edge throughout its final moments. (95 mins.)

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RUSSIAN LESSONS

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 4 PM (B3)
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RUSSIAN LESSONS

DIRECTOR: Andrei Nekrasov, Olga Konskaya - NORWAY

Nekrasov and Konskaya, familiar with Russia’s ease in spreading misinformation, suspected that the official version of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia—which painted Georgia as the aggressor—was far from true. With Russian Lessons, they set out to prove it. Examining the damage and interviewing witnesses, the truth soon surfaces—not only the truth about which country was to blame, but about how the Russians were so successful in spinning their version in the press and in the court of world opinion. A damning indictment of the Putin government and the laxity of Western media, this fascinating film is a cautionary...

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HOW TO DIE IN OREGON

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 5:30 PM (WH)
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HOW TO DIE IN OREGON

DIRECTOR: Peter D. Richardson - UNITED STATES

“From its opening scene, where a terminally ill cancer patient takes a lethal dose of Seconal and literally dies on camera, it becomes shockingly clear that this is a special film. In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether—and...

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CIRCO

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 5:45 PM (B1)
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CIRCO

DIRECTOR: Aaron Schock - MEXICO

Filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico, this cinematic road movie enters the luminous world of a small traveling circus while examining the universal themes of family bonds, filial responsibility, and the weight of cultural inheritance. An enchanting, insiders’ tale of family life under the big top, it documents an almost extinct way of life. To be a member of the Ponce family is to participate in La Gran Circo de Mexico, family-owned and operated since the 19th century. But as declining audiences threaten the circus’ viability, the ties that bind the family fray and loosen, and the future...

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FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 6:30 PM (CM)
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FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO

DIRECTOR: Carlos Saura - SPAIN

Fifteen years after Flamenco, his landmark film on the history of Spanish music and dance, Saura re-teams with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and music director Isidro Muñoz to introduce an exciting new generation of flamenco singers, musicians, and dancers. “There is a new and incredibly powerful flamenco being created by young talents who have so much to offer—both in orthodox flamenco and in fusion flamenco, blending in other music styles. The new work cannot be conveyed without giving the context of the great Spanish masters. So, our first mission was to start ‘placing’ the different artists we already know in the...

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PINK SARIS

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B3)
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PINK SARIS

DIRECTOR: Kim Longinotto - GREAT BRITAIN

“Pink Saris” refers to the hot-colored garments worn by the Gulabi Gang, women who resist the traditionalist view of Indian society, including the ostracization of so-called “untouchables,” the taboos surrounding inter-caste marriages, the routine physical abuse of “disobedient” wives, and the marrying-off of girls before they’ve entered puberty. Longinotto, whose past films have celebrated strong-willed women fighting for justice, follows Sampat Pal Devi, leader of the “Pink Gang,” a group of female activists from the Dalit caste who crusade to help battle practices that have kept Indian women subservient for centuries. As Longinotto tracks the remarkable Sampat’s effective conflict resolution...

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ILLEGAL

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 7:15 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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MY JOY

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 8 PM (B1)
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MY JOY

DIRECTOR: Sergei Loznitsa - UKRAINE

A road movie through the dark side of rural Russia, My Joy posits a violence-filled former Soviet Union absent the most basic humanity. Georg leaves his hometown with a truckload of goods for the market. A wrong turn leads him down back roads where brutal local police, mysterious passengers, hostile locals, and a teenage prostitute he picks up at an endless traffic jam all offer their own picture of a surreal and oddly timeless hidden society. Here, the scars of the past are ever in the present. As Georg descends into the wilds, it seems a matter of time before...

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BOY

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 8:15 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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THE FOUR TIMES (LE QUATTRO VOLTE)

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 8:30 PM (WH)
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THE FOUR TIMES (LE QUATTRO VOLTE)

DIRECTOR: Michelangelo Frammartino - ITALY

Vivid and colorful, Frammartino’s four-part meditation on man and nature traces the cycle of life through the humble daily rituals of rural existence in the southern Italian region of Calabria. “An elderly shepherd ingests the dust from a church floor to treat his cough; a baby goat from his flock tentatively ventures out to pasture; a majestic fir tree is felled and repurposed as the centerpiece of a village celebration; finally, its logs are transformed into wood charcoal through the ancient methods of the local workers. Connecting the dots among animal, vegetable, mineral, and dust, the film is both concrete...

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THE HOUSEMAID

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 8:45 PM (CM)
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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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LAST REPORT ON ANNA

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 9 PM (B3)
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LAST REPORT ON ANNA

DIRECTOR: Márta Mészáros - HUNGARY

A vivid political drama based on true events, Last Report on Anna is set in the 1970s and tells the story of Anna Kéthly, a minister in the government of Imre Nagy who went into exile following the failure of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. A stalwart who railed against both Fascist and Communist dictatorships, Kéthly was one of the few politicians to oppose Hungary’s discriminatory measures against Jews. Living in Belgium but continuing to fight for the ideals of the revolution from afar, Kéthly is visited by Péter, the nephew of an old lover who had been unable to leave...

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OUTRAGE

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 11:30 PM (HW)
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OUTRAGE

DIRECTOR: Takeshi Kitano - JAPAN

“Takeshi Kitano is back in top form with this ruthless and violent yakuza thriller! Kitano stars as Otomo, a stoic mid-level yakuza boss. When two top mob bosses form an alliance, the entire yakuza world is in danger of erupting into war, and Otomo is instructed to keep the criminal families in balance by any means necessary. What follows is an intricate web of betrayal filled with sudden bursts of realistic violence. This modern Japanese Godfather is masterfully directed by Kitano, proving himself once again to be one of the great Japanese directors of our time.”—Dan Halsted. “Humor as mean...

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