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Films & Schedules - Thursday, February 24, 2011

CIRCO

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 3:30 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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REVOLUCIÓN

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 3:30 PM (WH)
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REVOLUCIÓN

DIRECTOR: Various - MEXICO

Showcasing a diverse range of perspectives, this omnibus film commemorates the centenary of the Mexican Revolution, an event that transformed Mexican society and impacted social change throughout Latin America in the 20th century. Ten of Mexico’s brightest young directors contributed a short to the project, organized and co-produced by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Ranging from Patricia Riggen’s delightful Beautiful and Beloved to Carlos Reygadas’s explosive This Is My Kingdom, Revolución is an intriguing collection of responses to the Revolution’s legacy and a fascinating panorama of views on contemporary Mexico. (105 mins.)

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MARTHA

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 4 PM (B3)
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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 8:45 PM (B3)
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MARTHA

DIRECTOR: Marcelino Islas Hernández - MEXICO

After 30 years as an archivist at a small Mexico City insurance company, life is suddenly turned upside down for prim 75-year-old Martha (Magda Vizaino) when a computer is brought in to replace her. Once she is fired, life loses all meaning for her. With no one she can trust and nothing else to live for, Martha decides to end her life. With the help of Eva, the young woman hired to transfer the files to the computer, her journey towards death surprisingly leads her back to life. Marrying socially conscious neo-realist instincts with touches of black humor and religious...

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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6 PM (B2)
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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B2)
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BLACK BREAD

DIRECTOR: Agustí Villaronga - SPAIN

Adapted from a novel by Emil Teixidor, Black Bread is set in the harsh years of post-war rural Catalonia. Andreu, a 10-year-old boy, comes across the bodies of a man and his son in the woods. Leaning over the dying boy, Andreu hears him whisper “Pitorliu”—the name of a monster supposedly haunting the village. When the local Fascist authorities want to pin the blame on Andreu’s father, a carefully watched Republican sympathizer, the boy sets out to find the real killers and brings to light long-hidden secrets. Black Bread is a moving plunge into the world of a child making...

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SAWAKO DECIDES

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6 PM (CM)
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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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BROTHER AND SISTER

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6:15 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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CHICOGRANDE

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6:30 PM (WH)
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CHICOGRANDE

DIRECTOR: Felipe Cazals - MEXICO

Chicogrande is set during Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa’s failed 1916 invasion of Columbus, New Mexico. Routed at Columbus and injured, Villa flees into the mountains, with a cavalry of American soldiers in hot pursuit. Villa’s only lifeline and link with the outside world is Chico Grande, Villa’s loyal supporter and a man who would gladly put his life on the line to save the “Northern Centaur.” As the American troops, scenting blood, close in, Chico Grande’s courage and dedication are put to the ultimate test. With acknowledgements due to John Ford and the Western, Chicogrande is still uncompromisingly a...

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THE WOODS

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6:30 PM (C21)
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THE WOODS

DIRECTOR: Matthew Lessner - UNITED STATES

“We were promised change, but it never came. Our cities crumbled around us. We agreed to take action into our own hands. We preset our DVRs and ventured out of the city limits united. In the woods, we will be safe. In the woods, we will start anew. This satirical attack on young, modern, globally conscious citizens tells the story of eight grown-up American children creating utopian society as best they can. With gorgeous super-16 footage and an eclectic soundtrack featuring Dirty Projectors, Sun Araw, and Lucky Dragons, filmmaker Matthew Lessner playfully subverts counter-culture films of the ’70s while questioning...

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THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B1)
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THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN

DIRECTOR: Carlos César Arbeláez - COLOMBIA

Arbeláez takes the perspective of children to contrast a world of their innocent playfulness with the absurd, violent world of adults. Manuel and Julian, best friends who live in a small community in the Colombian mountains, accidentally kick their prized soccer ball into a minefield. Their effort to get their precious ball back, an essential part of their everyday lives and dreams, becomes a symbol of colliding worlds, as purity clashes with harshness. Arbaláez cast non-professional actors from the Antioquia region where the film was shot, lending the film a charming authenticity. “Moving, funny, poignant, and insightful...a powerful debut!”—Screen International....

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CRAB TRAP

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 7 PM (B4)
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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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THE ROBBER

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 8:45 PM (CM)
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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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CARANCHO

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 9 PM (C21)
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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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HERMANO

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 9 PM (B1)
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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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EVEN THE RAIN

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 9:15 PM (WH)
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EVEN THE RAIN

DIRECTOR: Icíar Bollaín - SPAIN

A huge wooden cross is carried by helicopter over the highlands of Bolivia. Close behind is a film crew, led by producer Costa and director Sebastian (Gael García Bernal), there to make a new film about Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. A call for native extras leads to a veritable flood of candidates, as the local population is desperate for work. But the drama of conquest and opposition about to be enacted for the movie is soon dwarfed by the real-life struggle of these extras and many others against the government’s efforts to take control of the local water supply....

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LOPE

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 9:15 PM (B4)
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LOPE

DIRECTOR: Andrucha Washington - SPAIN

“Returning from a stint as a soldier abroad, the young Lope de Vega (newcomer Alberto Ammann) decides to at least temporarily hang up his sword and try his hand at writing. He demonstrates a talent for improving the work of others to theater owner Jeronimo Vazquez (Juan Diego) and eventually gets to author his own plays. His growing reputation attracts the attention of wealthy merchant Tomas de Perrenot (Miguel Angel Muñoz), who hires him to write love poems for his beloved, Isabel (Leonor Watling)—who happens to be the love of Lope’s youth. The life of Spain’s greatest playwright is brought...

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