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Films & Schedules - Sunday, February 20, 2011

HOW TO DIE IN OREGON

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 9:30 AM (B1)
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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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ANGRY MAN

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

ANGRY MAN

DIRECTOR: Anita Killi - NORWAY

“One day I hope to be like Daddy—my big, kind daddy! I’ll be good, and quiet, and hope the day will turn out fine.” (20 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

DAY TRIP

DIRECTOR: Zoe McIntosh - NEW ZEALAND

A gang member in need of a day off takes an excursion to discover the land he calls home. (11 mins.)

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THE LOST THING

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

THE LOST THING

DIRECTOR: Shaun Tan, Andrew Ruhemann - AUSTRALIA

A boy finds a strange creature on a beach and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to. (15 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

ORMIE

DIRECTOR: Rob Silvestri - CANADA

Ormie tries to get his hands on the cookies that are just out of reach on top of the refrigerator. (4 mins.)

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SENSOLOGY

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

SENSOLOGY

DIRECTOR: Michel Gagné - CANADA

An intense synesthetic animation inspired by the music of Paul Plimley. (6 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)
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SHORT CUTS IV: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

Includes Ormie, Angry Man, Tussilago, Day Trip, The Lost Thing (Oscar nominee), Urs, and Sensology.

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TUSSILAGO

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

TUSSILAGO

DIRECTOR: Jonas Odell - SWEDEN

The ex-girlfriend of West German terrorist Norbert Krocher tells her story. (14 mins.)

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URS

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

URS

DIRECTOR: Moritz Mayerhofer - GERMANY

Urs has taken care of his aging mother for years. Now he plans to take her on a dangerous journey to a better place for both of them. (10 mins.)

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THE WHISTLEBLOWER

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (B3)
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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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7 DAYS IN SLOW MOTION

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12:15 PM (B1)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 3:45 PM (B2)
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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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HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 1 PM (B2)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 5 PM (B1)
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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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KATALIN VARGA

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 1:30 PM (B4)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 6:30 PM (B4)
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KATALIN VARGA

DIRECTOR: Peter Strickland - HUNGARY

When her husband discovers that their 11-year-old son Orbán is not his, he banishes his wife Katalin and the boy, sending them to Katalin’s home village in Transylvania, intent on wreaking vengeance on the real father. Equal parts road movie, character drama, and revenge thriller, Strickland’s film is ultimately a rumination on the nature of forgiveness and justice. Though contemporary in setting, the primitive, seemingly medieval conditions in the country, combined with Katalin’s single-minded pursuit of revenge, imbue the story with a timeless, mythic quality. (84 mins.)

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BUDRUS

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:15 PM (WH)
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BUDRUS

DIRECTOR: Julia Bacha - UNITED STATES

As Israeli-Palestinian tensions continue to escalate, Bacha’s inspiring film about the Palestinian village of Budrus (population 1,500) and its unlikely hero reveals the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary change. When a new Israeli-built wall threatened to lop off part of the border town, Ayed Morrar—a simple family man—was inspired to act. Soon rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists, and even groups of Israelis were united peaceably behind Morrar and the citizens of Budrus, providing a galvanizing glimpse into the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for justice in one of the most war-torn parts...

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FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:30 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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LOUDER THAN A BOMB

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:30 PM (B1)
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LOUDER THAN A BOMB

DIRECTOR: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel - UNITED STATES

Chicago’s “Louder than a Bomb” (LTAB) draws more than 600 high school students from 60 schools from all over the city’s diverse neighborhoods to compete in what is now the largest youth poetry slam competition in the world. Rather than emphasizing individual performances, however, LTAB is unique in judging teams, not individuals, forcing participants to work collaboratively with their peers. For many kids, being a part of such an environment is life-changing. In the tradition of Spellbound and Wordplay, this irresistibly gripping film gives us an inside look at four teams (and their star “slammers”) as they compete for the...

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THE FOUR TIMES (LE QUATTRO VOLTE)

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:45 PM (B3)
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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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LAST REPORT ON ANNA

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 4 PM (B4)
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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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IN A BETTER WORLD

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 4:45 PM (CM)
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IN A BETTER WORLD

DIRECTOR: Susanne Bier - DENMARK

Anton commutes between his home in an idyllic Danish town and his work at a Kenyan refugee camp tending to the victims of tribal war. Anton and his wife Marianne, who lives in Denmark, are separated. Their eldest son, ten-year-old Elias, is being bullied at school, until Christian, newly arrived from London and troubled by the recent death of his mother, defends him. The boys quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, lives are put in danger. Anton, seeing life from the perspective of living with violence...

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PASSIONE: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 5 PM (WH)
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PASSIONE: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

DIRECTOR: John Turturro - UNITED STATES

“Napoli is one of those places where after fresh air, food, and shelter, music is an essential ingredient for the survival of the people. There are places that do something to you, deep down in your unconscious, in your soul. Naples is that for me, as it has been for so many other people in the arts—poets, writers, painters, and musicians throughout the ages. We journey through one of the biggest of jukeboxes in the world, a treasure chest of songs, from 1200 to now, conjuring distant stories and myths that still live, a repertoire that speaks of love, sex,...

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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 5:15 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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MY JOY

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B2)
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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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THE MAN WHO WILL COME

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 7:30 PM (CM)
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THE MAN WHO WILL COME

DIRECTOR: Giorgio Diritti - ITALY

Winner of the Jury Prize at the Rome Film Festival and this year’s David de Donatello (Italian Oscar) Award for Best Film, Diritti’s film is a moving anti-war parable. In the fall of 1944, the German army committed an atrocity of Italian genocide known as the Massacre of Marzabotto—slaughtering almost 800 Italian peasants near Bologna, many women, children, and the elderly. Diritti explores the events that led to this act through the eyes of an eight-year-old peasant girl and her family, including the fateful decision by their community to aid the partisans fighting the occupying Fascist forces. Diritti, who worked...

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SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 7:30 PM (WH)
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SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

DIRECTOR: Matt McCormick - UNITED STATES

“Delicately weaving together the lives of three lonely strangers, the story explores the elusiveness of personal fulfillment as McCormick’s characters bump up against the discarded—from a kind-eyed shelter dog to the ownerless urn of a little girl’s ashes—and are forced to confront their own impermanence and need for human connection. Subtle, convincing performances by musicians James Mercer (The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) and lyrical cinematography reveal McCormick’s finely-tuned directorial eye. As a silent main character, the city of Portland is the common thread—a reminder that, as bleak as things may seem, in small, unexpected moments around unlikely corners, the...

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PINK SARIS

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 7:45 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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THE ARBOR

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 8 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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