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LA PIVELLINA

Mon, Feb 14, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B3)
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Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 9:15 PM (B3)
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Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 8:45 PM (B3)
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LA PIVELLINA

DIRECTOR: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel - AUSTRIA

In a muddy trailer park on the outskirts of Rome, Patty and husband Walter, performers in a poor traveling circus, wait out the dreary winter. One day at a nearby park, Patty finds a two-year-old girl standing alone in the rain. She brings little Asia home to dry her off and discovers a note in her pocket saying the girl will be picked up in due course by her troubled mother. As the days turn into weeks with no sign of the mother, a new family is formed that offers unexpected joy to everyone in the itinerant community. Bringing a...

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THE LAST CIRCUS

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 8:45 PM (WH)
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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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LAST REPORT ON ANNA

Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 9:15 PM (B2)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 9 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 4 PM (B4)
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LAST REPORT ON ANNA

DIRECTOR: Márta Mészáros - HUNGARY

A vivid political drama based on true events, Last Report on Anna is set in the 1970s and tells the story of Anna Kéthly, a minister in the government of Imre Nagy who went into exile following the failure of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. A stalwart who railed against both Fascist and Communist dictatorships, Kéthly was one of the few politicians to oppose Hungary’s discriminatory measures against Jews. Living in Belgium but continuing to fight for the ideals of the revolution from afar, Kéthly is visited by Péter, the nephew of an old lover who had been unable to leave...

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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM (WH)

LET’S POLLUTE

DIRECTOR: Geefwee Boedoe - UNITED STATES

In the spirit of ’50s and ’60s educational films, Let’s Pollute is a modern social satire on pollution as an economic driving force and as our collective cultural heritage. (7 mins.)

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THE LIGHT THIEF

Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B3)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (B1)
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THE LIGHT THIEF

DIRECTOR: Aktan Arym Kubat - KYRGYZSTAN

When a small village in remote southern Kyrgyzstan is targeted by a greedy development scheme and impending Chinese domination, somebody has to stand up. Director-star Kubat plays the highly affable Svet-ake, a.k.a. “Mr. Light,” who makes his living ingeniously illuminating homes and businesses in the community. In order for Svet-ake to realize his dreams of having a son (he already has four girls) and bringing affordable energy to his community (his vision is to harness wind power), he must thwart those who have more sinister money-making plans. Treating his characters with humanity and tenderness, Kubat fashions an entertaining portrait of...

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LIPSETT DIARIES

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
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LIPSETT DIARIES

DIRECTOR: Theodore Ushev - CANADA

Deconstructing a visionary in experimental cinema, Ushev’s animated documentary presents the incredible creativity and emotional tumult that defined filmmaker Arthur Lipsett’s life. (15 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

LITTLE CHILDREN, BIG WORDS

DIRECTOR: Lisa James Larsson - SWEDEN

When it’s Alex’s turn to tell his seven-year-old classmates what he wants to be when he grows up, an uncomfortable discussion begins about the meaning of an unknown but loaded word. (12 mins.)

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

LONG SHADOWS

DIRECTOR: Joshua Bonnetta - CANADA/US

Animating the frames of long-lost, decaying home movies of the 1950s in watercolor, Long Shadows re-constructs these moments and gestures into haunted sequences, dreaming back through the seasons of a childhood spent on a northern lake. (12 mins.)

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LOPE

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 9:15 PM (B4)
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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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THE LOST THING

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

THE LOST THING

DIRECTOR: Shaun Tan, Andrew Ruhemann - AUSTRALIA

A boy finds a strange creature on a beach and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to. (15 mins.)

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LOUDER THAN A BOMB

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:30 PM (B1)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 5 PM (WH)
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LOUDER THAN A BOMB

DIRECTOR: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel - UNITED STATES

Chicago’s “Louder than a Bomb” (LTAB) draws more than 600 high school students from 60 schools from all over the city’s diverse neighborhoods to compete in what is now the largest youth poetry slam competition in the world. Rather than emphasizing individual performances, however, LTAB is unique in judging teams, not individuals, forcing participants to work collaboratively with their peers. For many kids, being a part of such an environment is life-changing. In the tradition of Spellbound and Wordplay, this irresistibly gripping film gives us an inside look at four teams (and their star “slammers”) as they compete for the...

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OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 9 PM (C21)
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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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