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Films & Schedules - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

ATLANTIQUES

DIRECTOR: Mati Diop - SENEGAL/FRANCE

Chronicling the odyssey of Senegalese friends who attempt a life-threatening boat crossing, this melancholic and mysterious film urgently addresses the perils of illegal migration. (15 mins.)

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COME UNDONE

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
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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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CRY WHEN IT HAPPENS

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
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CRY WHEN IT HAPPENS

DIRECTOR: Laida Lertxundi - SPAIN/US

An allegory wrapped in themes of discovery, longing and looking, and positive upward movement, with heavy-metal themes of molten transformation at its core. (14 mins.)

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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
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EVERYWHERE WAS THE SAME

DIRECTOR: Basma Al Sharif - PALESTINE/US

Innocence lost, a city mired and mutilated. With slideshow images of abandoned homes and an apocalyptic tale inspired by a massacre in Gaza in 2006. (12 mins.)

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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
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LONG SHADOWS

DIRECTOR: Joshua Bonnetta - CANADA/US

Animating the frames of long-lost, decaying home movies of the 1950s in watercolor, Long Shadows re-constructs these moments and gestures into haunted sequences, dreaming back through the seasons of a childhood spent on a northern lake. (12 mins.)

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MAMORI

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
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MAMORI

DIRECTOR: Karl Lemieux - BRAZIL/CANADA

Its title taken from a site in the Amazon Rainforest, Mamori captures the textures of tropical vegetation and its various transformations according to the phenomena of light. (8 mins.)

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MY WHITE BABY

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
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MY WHITE BABY

DIRECTOR: Akosua Adoma Owusu - GHANA/US

“Owusu begins with a portrait of hairdressing salons in Accra, weaves in audio from Oprah Winfrey’s mission to distribute black dolls in Africa, and then transitions to her sister’s story of encountering white children for the first time after their family moved to the US.”—Ed Halter. (22 mins.)

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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
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SHORT CUTS VI: EVERYWHERE WAS THE SAME

SHORT CUTS

A program of short avant-garde work presented by Cinema Project and the Northwest Film Center.

Includes My White Baby, Atlantiques, Everywhere was the Same, Long Shadows, Mamori, April Snow, and Cry When it Happens.

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A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN

DIRECTOR: Hans Petter Moland - NORWAY

Released from prison after doing time for murder, laconic Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgård) struggles to stay on the straight and narrow in a world that won’t believe he has changed. His ex mob boss, a quirky ex-wife, staccato-speaking garage owner/boss, an estranged son, a crazily libidinous landlady—trouble lurks at nearly every turn. An oddball mix of eccentric characters, bawdy behavior, and Nordic minimalism, the sensibility of Moland’s off-kilter tragicomedy has been compared to that of the Coen Brothers and Aki Kaurismaki—dark in tone but light in spirit. “A Somewhat Gentle Man is a film about our painful shortcomings, a tribute to...

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HONEY

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B3)
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HONEY

DIRECTOR: Semih Kaplanoglu - TURKEY

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Kaplanoglu’s film orbits around the fragile early childhood of the autobiographical central character, Yusuf, and his relationship with his father. Seen through the child’s eyes, the father—a wild-honey collector living in an isolated mountain region—is an adored presence who helps unlock the secrets of the forest. Yusuf’s dreamy, interior world is threatened by the reality of school (he suddenly develops a stutter) and his father’s dangerous work. Soulful and visually ravishing, this lyrical film is imbued with a hazy timelessness that slowly unravels along with the boy’s cocooned way of life....

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CRAB TRAP

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6:30 PM (B2)
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CRAB TRAP

DIRECTOR: Oscar Ruiz Navia - COLOMBIA

New and old worlds collide in this atmospheric story set in an almost inaccessible jungle village named La Barra on the Colombian Pacific coast. A mysterious man named Daniel arrives, looking to get a boat and leave the country—and perhaps leave behind some tragedy from his past. Forced to wait until the fishermen return, Daniel gets caught up in the local dramas, including a love-triangle-fueled feud between nightclub proprietor Paisa, the only other white man there; the village’s de facto mayor, Cerebro; and local beauty Jazmin. Exploring the nuances of social, racial, and economic relations with striking visual flair and...

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KATALIN VARGA

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 7 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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OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 8:15 PM (WH)
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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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CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B1)
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CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

DIRECTOR: Craig McCall - UNITED STATES

Over his 70-year career, Jack Cardiff shot some of the most visually dazzling films in screen history, working for great directors like John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, and Michael Powell and earning equal praise from his leading men (John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston) and his leading ladies (Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn). Craig McCall’s accomplished documentary illuminates the cinematographer’s art and provides a rare insight into the workings of the movie world. With a wealth of interviews and glorious Technicolor film clips—including Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, The African Queen, and even Rambo—this passionate tribute and rich film history...

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THE DOUBLE HOUR

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 8:45 PM (B2)
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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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EASTERN PLAYS

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 9 PM (B3)
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EASTERN PLAYS

DIRECTOR: Kamen Kalev - BULGARIA

The challenges of life for youth in Bulgaria and many Eastern European countries in the post-Soviet era—high unemployment, lack of direction and opportunity, and rising nationalism—movingly surface in Kalev’s debut film. Disaffected and impressionable teen Georgi falls in with a gang of skinheads in Sofia. When the gang hassles a Turkish family on the street, the man who comes to their aid turns out to be Georgi’s estranged older brother Christo, nicknamed Itso. An artist and recovering drug addict, Itso is surprised to discover newfound motivation after this incident, reconnecting with his brother and bonding with the beautiful Isil (Saadet...

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ILLEGAL

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 9 PM (CM)
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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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