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Films & Schedules - Comedy

BOY

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 1:45 PM (B4)
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Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B2)
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Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 8:15 PM (B4)
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Sun, Feb 27, 2011
at 10:30 AM (WH)
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BOY

DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi - NEW ZEALAND

Lightly blending quirky comedy and gentle naturalism, Waititi’s heart-tugging story explores the elusive moment when a boy starts to make the choices that determine the man he will become. Inspired by Waititi’s Oscar-nominated short, Two Cars, One Night (PIFF 31), this coming-of-age tale is set in 1984. “Michael Jackson is king—even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy’s father, Alamein (Waititi), appears out of the blue. Having...

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BROTHER AND SISTER

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 8:45 PM (B3)
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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B3)
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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

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 FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 8:45 PM (B2)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 7:30 PM (B1)
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Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING

DIRECTOR: Paolo Virzì - ITALY

Mixing warm comedy and nostalgic drama, Virzì tells the story of a misanthropic son named Bruno returning to his hometown to see his dying mother. When Bruno was eight, his sister Anna was roped into a beauty contest in their hometown of Liverno and, as a great beauty, easily won. His father, enraged by the leering attention she attracted, abandoned the family, setting in motion a life that led his spirited mother to do whatever was necessary to support Bruno and Anna. Always embarrassed by her ways, Bruno found a life as far away from Liverno as possible. When he...

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HEARTBEATS

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 8:15 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 6 PM (B4)
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Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B2)
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HEARTBEATS

DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan - CANADA

Part quirky farce, part serious meditation on the insanity of unrequited love and desire, Heartbeats centers on best friends Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri). One evening they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a striking young man from the country who has recently arrived in town. His boyish charm and classic good looks set off bells in both of them that neither can shut off. The threesome begins to spend more and more time together. But the closer the three seem to get, the more remote and unattainable Nico becomes—is he straight or gay, or just wanting to be friends?—sending...

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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 8 PM (B2)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 2:45 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 5:15 PM (B3)
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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

DIRECTOR: Eran Riklis - ISRAEL

Riklis’ comic and ultimately moving film starts in Jerusalem, when the unclaimed body of a woman killed by a suicide bomber turns out to be that of a foreign worker at a prominent local bakery. Worried that all the press coverage might damage the reputation of her business, the owner theatrically insists on memorializing the woman and instructs her personnel officer to escort the body back to Romania for a dignified funeral. But who was this woman, and why was she in Jerusalem? As a surreal journey to the backwaters of Romania unfolds, the personnel officer soon learns more than...

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KAWASAKI’S ROSE

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 3:30 PM (B2)
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Mon, Feb 14, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B2)
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KAWASAKI’S ROSE

DIRECTOR: Jan Hrebejk - CZECH REPUBLIC

Lacing a vivid family drama with light comedic flourishes, Hrebejk offers a poetic and political rumination on contemporary Czech life that reminds us that the present can never outrun the past. Pavel is an esteemed psychiatrist whose dissident activism during the days of Communist rule is about to be honored with a national award. Most everyone is pleased. But unfortunately the film crew documenting Pavel’s accomplishments includes his erratic, resentful son-in-law, Ludek, who is convinced Pavel’s righteous arrogance conceals a darker truth. When research reveals that Pavel had a sordid past with the Czech secret police, Ludek uncovers a shocking...

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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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RUBBER

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 11:30 PM (HW)
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RUBBER

DIRECTOR: Quentin Dupieux - FRANCE

“In the California desert, the adventures of a telepathic killer tire, mysteriously attracted by a very pretty girl, as witnessed by incredulous onlookers. Why? No reason. ‘No reason’ will never make more sense than after you have survived a screening of Rubber. Straddling art film and horror, it has the most outrageous premise of any film this year. (Or ever?) An audience gathers in the desert to watch a story unfold: a tire comes to life, rolls along, discovers it has the ability to make people’s heads explode, and so on. But it’s not just a film about a telekinetic...

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A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 2:15 PM (B3)
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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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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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