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CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 5 PM (B3)
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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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CARANCHO

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 9 PM (C21)
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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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CERTIFIED COPY

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 3 PM (WH)
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Mon, Feb 14, 2011
at 8:45 PM (WH)
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CERTIFIED COPY

DIRECTOR: Abbas Kiarostami - FRANCE

This beguiling exploration of art and relationships, his first feature film made outside of Iran, sees Kiarostami producing his most accessible work to date. When an author (played by British opera singer William Shimell) comes to Tuscany to promote his book about the value of copied art, he encounters and spends a day with an antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche, Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival). As they walk, talk, and drive through the beautiful landscape, it at first appears as though they’ve never met. But as time progresses, mystery intrudes. Are they strangers playing the part of a couple, or are...

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CHEKHOV FOR CHILDREN

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 2:30 PM (WH)
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CHEKHOV FOR CHILDREN

DIRECTOR: Sasha Waters Freyer - UNITED STATES

Chekhov for Children tells the inspiring, charming story of the 1979 Broadway staging of “Uncle Vanya,” a heartbreaking play about middle-aged longing—by New York City fifth and sixth graders, under the direction of celebrated New York writer Phillip Lopate. Using a wealth of often amusing student-made films and videos from the time, mixed with contemporary interviews with some of the now middle-aged participants, Freyer, himself one of the students, explores the interplay between art and life for a dozen friends across three decades. “It is childhood which animates our adult lives, and it is through the arts that we all...

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CHICOGRANDE

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

Mon, Feb 14, 2011
at 8:45 PM (B1)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 5:45 PM (B1)
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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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COLD WEATHER

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 6:30 PM (C21)
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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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THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B1)
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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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COME UNDONE

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 9 PM (B2)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2:45 PM (B2)
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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6 PM (CM)
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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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THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)

THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

A children’s fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life, and the test of a mother’s love. (6 mins.)

See SHORT CUTS II: INTERNATIONAL TIES to purchase tickets.

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CRAB TRAP

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6:30 PM (B2)
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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 7 PM (B4)
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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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CRY WHEN IT HAPPENS

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

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.)

See SHORT CUTS VI: EVERYWHERE WAS THE SAME to purchase tickets.

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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.)

See SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN PORTLAND to purchase tickets.

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