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Films & Schedules - Friday, February 25, 2011

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 3:15 PM (WH)
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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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REVOLUCIÓN

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 3:30 PM (B1)
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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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A WAR IN HOLLYWOOD

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 3:45 PM (B3)
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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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THE MAN NEXT DOOR

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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THE MAN NEXT DOOR

DIRECTOR: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat - ARGENTINA

“The star of this dry and wicked black comedy is a building: the Curutchet House in La Plata, south of Buenos Aires—the only residence designed by Le Corbusier in the Americas. In this Argentine satire about class, love of beautiful things, and violent urges, the landmark structure plays the fictional home of world-famous interior designer Leonardo, his wife, and his daughter. All cherish the privileged status conferred by living in the house. Then horror strikes: a neighbor who wants more sun puts a window in the wall facing the family’s courtyard! Suddenly, aesthetic symmetry is destroyed, and the neighbor—too friendly,...

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MY LIFE WITH CARLOS

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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MY LIFE WITH CARLOS

DIRECTOR: Germán Berger - CHILE

Through photos, recordings, archival material, and the memories of his brothers and mother (renowned human rights lawyer Carmen Hertz), Germán Berger lovingly assembles the puzzle of who his father was and the searing impact his father’s disappearance under the Pinochet regime had on the life of his family. Germán was only a child when his father disappeared, and in the process of making the film, his own silhouetted memories are made more vivid as his relationship to his father takes on a new complexity. This intensely personal, engaging, and elegantly crafted journey is paced like a thriller, with gorgeous cinematography...

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COLD WEATHER

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 6:30 PM (C21)
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COLD WEATHER

DIRECTOR: Aaron Katz - UNITED STATES

Just short of graduating from college, Doug decides to put his forensic science studies on hold and try the beautiful grey skies of Portland for a spell. Moving in with his sedate sister Gail, he gets a no-brain job at an ice factory and falls in with several other not-particularly-motivated 20-somethings. An obsessive Sherlock Holmes fan, fictional musing turns to real-life mystery when his ex-girlfriend Rachael disappears, leaving him with troubling questions. The search for Rachael becomes a mysterious sleuthing adventure, which ultimately turns out to be the catalyst to unite the two siblings adrift in a world neither of...

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NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B3)
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NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

DIRECTOR: Patricio Guzmán - CHILE

In Chile’s high Atacama Desert, astronomers peer through skies so clear that they can see to the boundaries of the known universe. Meanwhile, at the foot of the observatory, women dig through the soil in search of the earthly—the “disappeared” victims of Augusto Pinochet’s regime, their remains mummified by the hot, dry climate. Famed for his political films, Guzmán once again exhumes Chile’s past in a poetic and visually stunning meditation that draws parallels between the nature of time, perception, and memory. “When astronomers look at the heavens, they peer directly into the past, this idea extrapolated to everything people...

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CHICOGRANDE

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 8:45 PM (B1)
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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 LAST CIRCUS

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 8:45 PM (WH)
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THE LAST CIRCUS

DIRECTOR: Alex de la Iglesia - SPAIN

In 1937 Spain, a circus troupe is conscripted by the Republican army to battle the National front. The circus’ silly clown carries out a bloodbath with a machete while still dressed in costume. When his young son Javier attempts to help him escape from service, a heartless colonel leaves Javier an orphan. Decades later, an adult Javier joins a circus as the sad clown. The silly clown, Sergio, is a cruel thug, terrorizing co-workers and abusing his girlfriend Natalia, with whom Javier falls in love. The Last Circus offers a bold metaphor for the Spanish Civil War—the clownish extremes of...

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THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 9 PM (B3)
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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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OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 9 PM (C21)
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OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS

DIRECTOR: Hilda Hidalgo - COSTA RICA

Based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez, this dreamlike tale of desire and faith is set in colonial Colombia. Sierva, 13, lives a well-cared-for existence as the daughter of a nobleman in a seaside town. Her idyll abruptly ends with a bite from a rabid dog. Falling ill, the town’s bishop, convinced she is possessed by demons, sends her to a young priest for routine exorcism. Suspecting that her sickness is more psychological than demonological, he and the dogmatic bishop clash in scientific-religious debate, complicated by his concern for the girl turning into tormented love. Hidalgo suffuses her erotically...

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MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 11:30 PM (C21)
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MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD

DIRECTOR: Tak Sakaguchi, Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura - JAPAN

“Rin’s normal high school life dramatically changes on her 16th birthday when her father reveals that he is a mutant, and she has inherited his mutant gene. Moments later, government special forces break into her home and blow both of her parents to bits. Suddenly, Rin’s dormant mutant abilities are awakened, and her arm transforms into a sharp, knife-encrusted claw! Fleeing and fighting her way, she joins a group of girls also born as mutants: one can transform her arms into swords, one can grow tentacles from her fingertips, and another can grow a chainsaw out of her body. Their...

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