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Films & Schedules - Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

BREATHE, RUMMEL, BREATHE

DIRECTOR: Kyle Eaton - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

Hospitalized after a swimming accident, Rummel drifts in and out of consciousness, recounting his youth and the memories of his late parents. (11 mins.)

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CARANCHO

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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CARANCHO

DIRECTOR: Pablo Trapero - ARGENTINA

Trapero explores an Argentine underworld of seedy lawyers, ambulance chasers, and insurance fraudsters. Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes) ekes out a living as a “carancho” (vulture)—an ambulance-chasing personal injury lawyer, skimming insurance payments from some clients and faking accidents for others. In the hospital he meets emergency room doctor Martina Gusman (Lion’s Den), who is serious-minded and hard-working but maintains a secret drug habit. Despite initial misgivings, she’s drawn to Darin. When the two plot to double-cross Darin’s crooked employers, what begins as mere larceny accelerates, in true film noir fashion, to something more deadly. “Darin and Gusman,...

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THE CURIO

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

THE CURIO

DIRECTOR: Dicky Dahl - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

A recent divorcé moves to Portland and struggles to re-invent himself amidst the comparatively young social scene—to the point of becoming, at least by his own perception, an object of curiosity. (22 mins.)

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EYE LINER

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

EYE LINER

DIRECTOR: Joanna Priestley - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

This second installment in a trilogy of abstract films inspired by botany and organic patterns examines two-dimensional patterns and archetypes of the human face. (4 mins.)

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MOTOR AWAY

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

MOTOR AWAY

DIRECTOR: Shawn Sullivan - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

Gretchen Corbett stars in this portrait of exhausted love set in an RV beside the Columbia River. (7 mins.)

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PEEVED

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

PEEVED

DIRECTOR: Ellen Glines, Noah Dorsey - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

This amusing rant takes up the pet irritant of breaches of escalator etiquette. (2 mins.)

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THE POODLE TRAINER

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

THE POODLE TRAINER

DIRECTOR: Vance Malone - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

A Russian poodle trainer reveals her transcendent relationship with her dogs and the welcome isolation behind the red velvet curtains of the circus. (7 mins.)

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN PORTLAND

SHORT CUTS

Includes Vanity, Motor Away, Eye Liner, Stage Two, The Curio, Peeved, Summer Snapshot, Breathe, Rummel, Breathe, Stumble Then Rise on Some Akward Morning, and The Poodle Trainer.

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

STAGE TWO

DIRECTOR: Lara Jean Gallagher - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

In addition to the usual teenage traumas, mop-topped Max deals with his mother’s hair loss, her illness, and making a buck or two selling her meds. (16 mins.)

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
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STUMBLE THEN RISE ON SOME AWKWARD MORNING

DIRECTOR: Kurtis Hough - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

This organic, dreamlike journey spirals from life to death. (6 mins.)

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SUMMER SNAPSHOT

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
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SUMMER SNAPSHOT

DIRECTOR: Ian McCluskey - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

The blurred line between memory and actual events is explored through the tropes of 1970s home movies. (11 mins.)

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

VANITY

DIRECTOR: Jim Blashfield - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

With his cinematic scalpel in hand, Blashfield has his frolicsome way with some archival footage. (4 mins.)

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HONEY

Wed, Feb 23, 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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THE MAN WHO WILL COME

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6:15 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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A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B2)
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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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HERMANO

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 7:15 PM (B4)
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HERMANO

DIRECTOR: Marcel Rasquin - VENEZUELA

This year’s Venezuelan submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar tells the bittersweet tale of a brother’s love and loyalty put to the test. Two brothers, who have grown up playing soccer together in the dirt fields of their barrio, have their prayers answered when a scout gives them the opportunity to try out with the Caracas Football Club. Daniel dreams of being a professional player, but Julio’s more pragmatic goals of providing for the family lead him down a darker path. As the details of their lives unfold through simple everyday events like the baking of a cake,...

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A WAR IN HOLLYWOOD

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B1)
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A WAR IN HOLLYWOOD

DIRECTOR: Oriol Porta - SPAIN

The Spanish Civil War, perhaps Hollywood’s first cause célèbre, saw famous actors, directors, and screenwriters joining together to denounce Fascism in Spain. The subject of more than 50 Hollywood films, including such classics as For Whom the Bell Tolls and Spanish Earth, the defeat of democracy in Spain left an open wound in the hearts of many, who used their affection for democracy as a potent symbol of the romantic spirit of many of their screen characters. Porta offers a fascinating approach to the relationship between filmmaking and politics, focusing on the personal story of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alvah Bessie (Object...

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WHEN WE LEAVE

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 8:30 PM (WH)
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WHEN WE LEAVE

DIRECTOR: Feo Aladag - GERMANY

Confronting the realities of female oppression and the identity conflicts of many second-generation immigrants, When We Leave tells a tragic, all-too-common story. Umay (Sibel Kekilli) is an ethnically Turkish German citizen living with her husband and his family in the Istanbul suburbs. Suffering horrible abuse at the hands of her husband, she escapes with her young son and flees to her family in Berlin, who, instead of comforting her, are horrified and shamed at her actions. If she won’t return, their only choice is to send her son back to his father, salvaging at least some of their reputation. Aladag’s...

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BROTHER AND SISTER

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 8:45 PM (B3)
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BROTHER AND SISTER

DIRECTOR: Daniel Burman - ARGENTINA

The love-hate relationship between two 60-something siblings provides for both wryly amusing and heart-warming drama. When their mother falls ill and dies, scheming Susana (Graciela Borges) and timid, altruistic Marcos (Antonio Gasalla) are thrown back into each other’s lives after a long period of separation. They need each other but, unable to heal old wounds, also despise each other. When dominant Susana sells their mother’s apartment—Marcos’s home too—it’s a less-than-kind attempt to undermine his happiness. Marcos’s decision to finally start living his own life catalyzes when his sister forces him to leave Buenos Aires for Uruguay for a dubious real-estate...

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EASTERN PLAYS

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 9 PM (CM)
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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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THE DOUBLE HOUR

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 9:15 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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