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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 26, 2011

LOPE

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 12 PM (C21)
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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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REVOLUCIÓN

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 12 PM (B3)
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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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CRAB TRAP

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 12:15 PM (B1)
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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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NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 12:45 PM (WH)
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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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OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 2:30 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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MY LIFE WITH CARLOS

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 2:30 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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CARANCHO

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 2:45 PM (B3)
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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

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 3 PM (WH)
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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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THE LAST CIRCUS

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 5:15 PM (B3)
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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 MAN NEXT DOOR

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 5:30 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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MARTHA

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 5:30 PM (B1)
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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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THE WOODS

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 5:30 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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BROTHER AND SISTER

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 7:45 PM (B1)
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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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COLD WEATHER

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 8 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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EVEN THE RAIN

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 8 PM (B3)
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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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WHEN WE LEAVE

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 8 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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THE REVENANT

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 11:30 PM (C21)
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THE REVENANT

DIRECTOR: D. Kerry Prior - UNITED STATES

“When Joey’s best friend Bart is killed in action in Iraq, Joey is unsettled at the funeral, but not nearly as much as when Bart shows up the next night undead on his doorstep. Not knowing how he has come back to life, the two friends discover that Bart is a ‘Revenant,’ somewhere between a zombie and a vampire, and needs blood to survive. To keep him ‘alive,’ they start preying on the dregs of society and inadvertently start cleaning up the neighborhood, becoming modern vigilantes. This is all well and good until the criminals and drug dealers they’ve killed...

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