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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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DIRECTOR: Spencer Alexander - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A dumpster diver (Andy Copeland) has no difficulty holding up both ends of a conversation with his new friend in Oregon’s “Best Picture” winner of the 2011 48-Hour Film Project. (7 mins.)

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ABU, SON OF ADAM

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
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ABU, SON OF ADAM

DIRECTOR: Salim Ahmed - INDIA

This year’s Indian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a quiet, contemplative film in which one man’s sincerity and virtue shine through. Aging Abu and his wife share the lifelong dream of devout Muslims to go on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca before they die. They register their names with a travel agent but soon realize that their ambition will require severe sacrifices. They sell everything they have of any value, including the jackfruit tree in front of their house. Although the tree is found to be hollow and the timber merchant is willing to take the...

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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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AGLAEE

DIRECTOR: Rudi Rosenberg - FRANCE

Aglaée isn’t interested when Benoit asks her out, but upon discovering it was a cruel playground joke, the tables begin to turn. (19 mins.)

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ALMANYA—WELCOME TO GERMANY

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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ALMANYA—WELCOME TO GERMANY

DIRECTOR: Yasemin Samdereli - GERMANY

Winner of the Audience Award at the Chicago Film Festival and German Film Prizes for Best Film and Best Screenplay, Almanya is a breezy culture clash comedy centering on multiple generations of a German-Turkish clan. After working for 45 years in Germany as a Turkish “gastarbeiter” or guest worker, Hüseyin Yilmaz, now in his 70s and a citizen, announces to his family that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants everyone to go back with him to renovate it. After some convincing, the family is Anatolia-bound. Cross-cutting between Hüseyin and his young family’s migration to Germany (Almanya) in...

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AMADOR

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
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AMADOR

DIRECTOR: Fernando León de Aranoa - SPAIN

Marcela is a young Bolivian immigrant woman living in Spain. Her sweetness and sensitivity are instantly perceptible, yet when she learns she is pregnant with the child of her flower-thief boyfriend, the terrified Marcela is forced to find a way to support herself and her extravagant husband. Taking a job caring for the ill and elderly Amador, Marcela’s kind nature enables her to make friends with the lonely old man. They quickly share an understanding for one another, revealing the unhappiness in their pasts. But when Amador suddenly dies, Marcela is forced to go to great lengths to pretend he...

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ATTENBERG

Mon, Feb 13, 2012
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Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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ATTENBERG

DIRECTOR: Athina Rachel Tsangari - GREECE

Attenberg is about Marina, a young woman living in a small coastal town who is infatuated with synth-pop band Suicide and the mammal documentaries of David Attenborough. Her other primary cultural influence is Monty Python, prompting her and her one friend Bella to adopt some Silly Walks. Despite help from her dying father, a visionary architect, and Bella, she struggles to understand the rituals of human interactions, attempting to make sense of her relationships with sex and death with the same detached manner demonstrated by her favorite naturalist. Given the oddities of human nature, will the virginal Marina ever overcome...

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AURORA

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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Wed, Feb 22, 2012
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AURORA

DIRECTOR: Cristi Puiu - ROMANIA

Following his spellbinding Romanian hospital odyssey The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Aurora is Puiu’s second film in his planned series “Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest.” Here, the tightly wound coldness of middle-aged metallurgical engineer Viorel—played by Puiu himself with inscrutable intensity—slowly metastasizes into a discreet, inaccessible unraveling. Elliptically observing the day-to-day life of a seemingly normal guy who will eventually commit violent acts, Puiu invites the audience to puzzle over his motives. We watch him from a distance as simmering anger and disconnection take hold. “For all the viewer’s constant immersion in the specifics of Viorel’s activity, there’s...

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BEYOND THE ROAD

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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BEYOND THE ROAD

DIRECTOR: Charly Braun - BRAZIL

On the ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, twenty-something Argentine banker Santiago meets Juliette, a free-spirited Belgian tourist. He is headed to claim some inherited property, she to meet up with her boyfriend at a hippie commune. The materialist opposites impulsively decide to road trip together up the Uruguayan coast—falling in love with it and each other along the way. Braun captures the airy restlessness of youth in his beguiling road movie, as well as gorgeous panoramic coastal vistas and backcountry punctuated with an agglomeration of whimsical roadside attractions and quirky Uruguayan locals. “Like all good road movies, this one...

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BIG BANG BIG BOOM

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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BIG BANG BIG BOOM

DIRECTOR: Silvia Siberini - ITALY

An ingenious animation that uses the city as its canvas to tell a short, unscientific story about evolution and its possible consequences. (10 mins.)

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A BITTER TASTE OF FREEDOM

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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A BITTER TASTE OF FREEDOM

DIRECTOR: Marina Goldovskaya - UNITED STATES

In her fearless quest to uncover the wrongdoings of the Russian state, Anna Politkovskaya inspired awe in some and fear in countless others. An investigative journalist for Moscow’s liberal Novaya Gazeta, she was often the only spokesperson for victims of the Russian government. Her scalding criticism of Russia’s government-sanctioned war in Chechnya, A Dirty War, infuriated many in power. In 2006, at age 48, she was assassinated for simply doing her job. The murder remains unsolved, but for many that fact does not eliminate Vladimir Putin himself from suspicion. Drawing on unique footage of Anna’s conversations with filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya,...

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BONSAI

Wed, Feb 15, 2012
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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BONSAI

DIRECTOR: Cristián Jiménez - CHILE

Reading Flaubert and Proust with your girlfriend after passionate lovemaking—what more could a young intellectual want? Adapting the award-winning novel by Alejandro Zambra, Jiménez’s effortlessly shimmering, sensually Latin story chronicles the lengthy love affair between two college students, Julio and Emilia. The two initially meet after a class in which Julio lies about reading Proust; fast-forwarding eight years into the future, Julio is still spinning tales about his literary prowess to his latest lover, Blanca, while staying up each night writing a novel about his love affair with Emilia. With a structure that revolves loosely around Proust’s Remembrance of...

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BREATHING

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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BREATHING

DIRECTOR: Karl Markovics - AUSTRIA

Nineteen-year-old Roman Kogler lives in a grim juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Vienna for having accidentally killed a minor. After a series of disastrous job tryouts, his compassionate parole officer finds him a place driving a truck for the city morgue, working on the team that collects cadavers—a job that gives Roman a sense of purpose for the first time in his life. After a surprising turn of events on the job, Roman is compelled to seek out the birth mother who abandoned him as a child. Perhaps the years of holding his breath for life to start...

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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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BUKOWSKI

DIRECTOR: Derk Jan Warrink - NETHERLANDS

A precocious 12-year-old makes a drolly indelible impression at an Amsterdam hotel. (8 mins.)

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BULLHEAD

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
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BULLHEAD

DIRECTOR: Michael R. Roskam - BELGIUM

In an unlikely setting for organized crime—the farmlands of Flanders—Bullhead plunges us into the corrupt underbelly of a mafia-run meat industry, where illegal use of growth hormones on cattle runs rampant. After a detective is murdered, Jacky, a grotesquely muscular man supped up on steroids, becomes suspicious of a potential partnership with a rival manufacturer. Compounding his weariness is the presence of Diederik. Flashbacks into Jacky’s childhood soon reveal the two men are linked by a physically traumatic, life-altering tragedy. A fascinating genre mash-up—a gritty, gonzo crime thriller with quirky humor, harrowing suspense, and elements of Frankenstein and Dr....

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BY FOOT-CANDLE LIGHT

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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BY FOOT-CANDLE LIGHT

DIRECTOR: Mary Helena Clark - UNITED STATES

“Scenes from the proscenium wings. A film imagined and recounted by foot-candle light. You close your eyes and suddenly it is dark.”—Mary Helena Clark (9 mins.)

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CAFÉ DE FLORE

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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CAFÉ DE FLORE

DIRECTOR: Jean-Marc Vallée - CANADA

Blending smooth electro beats with the retro sounds of big band strings and horns, the music sets the tone for a story about love in its many forms. The film opens in present-day Montreal, where Antoine, a successful DJ in his early ’40s, has not only a dream job and home but also two beautiful young daughters and the love of his life, Rose, by his side. Life is not as rosy for the occasionally foul-mouthed, working-class Frenchwoman Jacqueline who is raising her mentally challenged seven-year-old son alone in 1967 Paris. These two stories unspool side by side, bound together...

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CAIRO EXIT

CAIRO EXIT

DIRECTOR: Hesham Issawi - EGYPT

Issawi’s powerful story is set in contemporary Cairo, where the struggles of a pair of star-crossed lovers reflect on the many social and cultural taboos that complicate survival. Amal is an 18-year-old Coptic girl living in the slums. Her Muslim boyfriend Tarek is planning to leave on an illegal boat crossing to Italy. Amal tells Tarek she is pregnant, but he gives her an ultimatum—come with him or have an abortion. Despite her love for him, she rejects both choices. She cannot bear to consider the future she faces as a poor woman in Egypt, reflected in the lives of...

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A CAT IN PARIS

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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A CAT IN PARIS

DIRECTOR: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol - FRANCE

An enchanting fable about looking past appearances and cultivating unlikely loyalties in times of need, A Cat in Paris turns the streets of Paris into a delicately animated watercolor study. Dino, a cat, lives a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, whose mother is a police detective; by night he sneaks out the window to work with Nico, a slinky cat burglar. Dino’s two worlds collide when he has to team up with Nico to save Zoe from a team of bumbling thieves plotting to steal the so-called Colossus of Nairobi. A humorous love letter to classic noir...

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CIRKUS COLUMBIA

Mon, Feb 13, 2012
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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CIRKUS COLUMBIA

DIRECTOR: Danis Tanovic - BOSNIA

After living in exile in Germany for 20 years, Ditko returns to his hometown in Communist-free (1991) Yugoslavia to start a new life. He comes back in style: sexy girlfriend Azra, new Mercedes, loads of cash, and a precious cat named Bonny. But he also has revenge on his mind: his primary target is wife Lucija who failed to follow him to Germany when he was forced to flee. He kicks her out of her/their house while trying to reconnect with his now 20-year-old son, Martin, who is far more interested in Azra than in him. But soon war reaches...

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CLOWN: THE MOVIE

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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CLOWN: THE MOVIE

DIRECTOR: Mikkel Nørgaard - DENMARK

Frank and Casper have a plan. A canoe trip—with tents and minimal personal hygiene—that the women won’t possibly want to go on. The trip’s agenda can then be to find as much sex as possible. But when Frank discovers that his girlfriend is pregnant and, doubting his capabilities as a father, hasn’t told him, he brilliantly takes her young nephew on the trip to bond and prove his parental capabilities. Based on a popular Danish television comedy, Clown was a massive commercial and critical hit in Denmark, a sort of ribald fusion of The Office and The Hangover. “This is...

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COLD BLOOD

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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COLD BLOOD

DIRECTOR: Martin Thibaudeau - CANADA

A mother brings her reluctant son to the hospital for an ambiguous procedure. (4 mins.)

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CORPO CELESTE

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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CORPO CELESTE

DIRECTOR: Alice Rohrwacher - ITALY

After a decade in Switzerland, 13-year-old Marta moves back to her family’s impoverished hometown in Calabria in southern Italy. Although Marta was born there, the local customs seem strange to her, a feeling of dislocation and confusion that only increases after she enrolls in her local church’s confirmation class. Rohrwacher’s sensitive and perceptive debut feature ironically pits a young girl’s crisis of faith and adolescence against a community struggling for survival and the ancient traditions of the Catholic Church facing waning influence. “In Italy nowadays, there’s a feeling that people don’t ask themselves questions, and the idea of community is...

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DARLING COMPANION

Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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DARLING COMPANION

DIRECTOR: Lawrence Kasdan - UNITED STATES

In Darling Companion, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved doctor husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, a distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a spiritual search for her new canine soul mate. Each member of the search party is affected by...

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DARWIN

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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DARWIN

DIRECTOR: Nick Brandestini - SWITZERLAND

In its glory years, Darwin, Calif., was a thriving mining town in Death Valley. Today, just 35 hard scrabble survivors hold on in a near ghost town with no jobs, government, or much connection to the modern outside world. Survival depends on a fragile waterline running down the mountain from a secret weapons test range. Brandestini’s evocative film interviews the town’s citizens, each of them driven to their solitary Mojave Desert outpost by poignant circumstances. Capturing his subjects with empathy and the place’s atmospheric tone with uncanny sensitivity, a compelling portrait emerges of a uniquely American place. “Darwin is a...

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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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DAS TUB

DIRECTOR: James Cunningham - NEW ZEALAND

A witty homage to submarine action films. (4 mins.)

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THE DAY HE ARRIVES

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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THE DAY HE ARRIVES

DIRECTOR: Hong Sang-Soo - SOUTH KOREA

Sungjoon, a film professor, arrives to visit an old filmmaker friend in wintry Seoul and encounters various acquaintances and strangers. Over the next several days, the same rendezvous occur with different results—is he living a repetitive life or re-living the same day again and again? Like the intoxicated reveries of his aimless characters, Hong’s storytelling transforms casual, everyday occurrences into a mysterious meditation on human behavior. Mixing romantic allure and cool detachment, Hong’s ability to capture ordinary characters doing ordinary things—wandering, drinking, conversing—within a fascinating narrative structure of repetitions and parallels, makes for a signature narrative style. “A clever and...

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DEAR PETER, GOATS

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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DEAR PETER, GOATS

DIRECTOR: Orland Nutt - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Nutt successfully documents the normal goats of Glacier National Park for his friend, the unreliable videographer Peter. (2 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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DEAR PETER, YAKS

DIRECTOR: Orland Nutt - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

In this video letter to Peter, filmmaker Nutt confesses that yaks confuse him and ice should fear him. (2 mins.)

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DECLARATION OF WAR

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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DECLARATION OF WAR

DIRECTOR: Valérie Donzelli - FRANCE

Romeo and Juliette face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is critically ill. Gathering friends and family, they confront the dark challenges as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music, and heartbreaking performances that result in an unexpected film about a contemporary couple who surprise even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other. “A joy to watch. ... Few viewers will fail to be moved and charmed by this tale of a parent’s worst nightmare...

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DEVICE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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DEVICE

DIRECTOR: Lawrence Johnson - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A middle-aged man and his young female student take an awkward trip through America’s Southwest. (7 mins.)

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DIK

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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DIK

DIRECTOR: Christopher Stollerby - AUSTRALIA

A child’s drawing is the inadvertent catalyst in this spirited domestic comedy about sexuality and secrets. (10 mins.)

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THE EAGLEMAN STAG

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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THE EAGLEMAN STAG

DIRECTOR: Michael Please - GREAT BRITAIN

Repeat the word “fly” long enough and it sounds like “life.” But this doesn’t help Peter, the cranky protagonist of this darkly comic tale. (9 mins.)

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EL SICARIO, ROOM 164

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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EL SICARIO, ROOM 164

DIRECTOR: Gianfranco Rosi, Charles Bowden - UNITED STATES

The lone voice and sole subject of Rosi’s harrowing film is a nameless former Mexican narco hitman (or sicario) who spent 20 years executing male kidnapping victims, raping and strangling helpless women, setting thieves on fire, and otherwise following the bloody orders of whichever esteemed drug cartel he worked for. His face obscured in a claustrophobic Juárez hotel room, he describes his “career” and the rampant corruption of the Mexican political and law enforcement establishments in matter-of-fact tones salted with machismo. All the while, he illustrates his tales with primitive drawings on a notepad and sometimes reenacts the roles of...

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ELENA

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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ELENA

DIRECTOR: Andrei Zvyagintsev - RUSSIA

Elena dotes on her selfish, wealthy husband Vladimir and lives a lonely life surrounded by luxury in a sterile, ultra-modern penthouse. But when the aging Vladimir informs Elena that he is altering his will to leave his money to his spoiled, boozy daughter from a previous marriage, she makes a decision to speed Vladimir’s journey to the grave before the will can be changed. Zvyagintsev conjures an uncompromising vision of a Russia in moral disarray in this tautly restrained domestic drama. A literate and chilling take on contemporary class warfare, Elena paints a riveting portrait of decadence and the emptying...

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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ENTERING THE ATMOSPHERE

DIRECTOR: Brian Libby - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

This catchy edit of the filmmakers’ home movies and astronomic images compares the concepts of birth and arrival. (4 mins.)

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ETERNITY

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
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ETERNITY

DIRECTOR: Sivaroj Kongsakul - THAILAND

A middle-aged man rides his motorcycle through the silent landscape. He is a ghost who has returned to “walk the footsteps” of his youth. His name is Wit, and he died three days ago. Soon the silence gives way to the sound of a young woman’s laughter. It is now the past and this memory recalls the days when Wit fell in love with Koi, his future wife. He has brought her home to meet his parents, and though she is at first wary of rural life, she soon accepts that this will be her future. Finally the past fades...

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THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE

DIRECTOR: Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange - FRANCE

The magical Georges Méliès, one of the celebrated heroes of Martin Scorsese’s new movie Hugo, was the creator of one of the most unforgettable images in cinema—the Man in the Moon being poked in the eye by a rocket ship. Now, thanks to one of the most technically sophisticated restorations in film history, the original A Trip to the Moon can thrill audiences once again. This fascinating documentary charts the film’s voyage from production in 1902 to the astonishing rediscovery of a color nitrate print in 2003 and its premiere at Cannes in 2011. (60 mins.)

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EXTRATERRESTRIAL

Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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EXTRATERRESTRIAL

DIRECTOR: Nacho Vigalondo - SPAIN

“Nacho Vigalondo’s second feature solidifies his status as one of the most creative and exciting young filmmakers around. His first feature Timecrimes told the story of a man who stumbles into a time machine and the improbable events that followed. Vigalondo’s new film takes a similarly high concept premise but veers into wildly different territory. Extraterrestrial begins by announcing the arrival of massive alien spaceships above modern-day Madrid. But instead of a sci-fi space opera, we are treated to a fanciful romantic comedy. The alien invasion is only the catalyst for human deception, betrayal, and suspicion on an intergalactic scale....

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THE FAIRY

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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THE FAIRY

DIRECTOR: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy - FRANCE

Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial seaport of Le Havre. One night, a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona. She tells Dom she is a fairy and grants him three wishes. Off on a whirlwind romp around the town, two wishes come true, but then Fiona mysteriously disappears. Dom, now hopelessly in love, searches for her everywhere. “This delightfully off-kilter comedy seems to have been born without a cynical bone in its body. The Tati-inspired physical comedy and charming dance numbers abet an ingenious, whimsical tale. ... The...

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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS

DIRECTOR: William Joyce - UNITED STATES

This lyrical love letter to books celebrates the transformative powers of storytelling. (17 mins.)

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FIRST POSITION

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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FIRST POSITION

DIRECTOR: Bess Kargman - UNITED STATES

Just as Spellbound certified that spelling bees are akin to gladiatorial combat, Kargman proves that ballet is not for the faint of heart either. The film follows six ballet students, aged 9-19, as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, a top competition at which the world’s leading dance companies and schools prospect for new talent. Some of the delightful youngsters featured include Michaela DePrince, an orphan from Sierra Leone nurtured by her American mom; Aran Bell, a boy dance wonder from a US military family; and Joan Sebastian Zamora, a Colombian youth with aspirations for a career with...

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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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THE FLYING HOUSE

DIRECTOR: Winsor McCay, Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

A “re-imagining” of Winsor McCay’s classic 1921 short Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House, hand-colored by Plympton using reprints of Winsor’s color comics as a guide. (7.5 mins.)

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FOOTNOTE

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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FOOTNOTE

DIRECTOR: Joseph Cedar - ISRAEL

This wry, painfully funny, intellectual tragicomedy was the winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes and is this year’s Israeli submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Thanks to a clerical error, Eliezer, a respected, if little-known Talmudic scholar, is informed that he’s won the coveted Israel Prize; in truth, the prize was meant for his son, Uriel, a much more respected, widely-read Talmudist. The prize committee implores Uriel to help them rectify the sticky situation, but Uriel argues that his father deserves the honor for his years of work. To take it back would kill him. Meanwhile,...

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FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD

DIRECTOR: Joshua Marston - ALBANIA

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, Forgiveness of Blood is set in a small Albanian town where the old and the new are never far apart. Heading to his job, Mark takes a shortcut across a neighbor’s property. In a place known for its centuries-old blood feuds, the transgression results in murder. Ancient Balkan code of law allows for retribution, forcing Mark into hiding, while his teenage son Nik—more interested in motorcycles, the internet, and his girlfriend than in old rivalries—must confine himself at home to escape the avenging family. It is then...

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FOUND MEMORIES

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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FOUND MEMORIES

DIRECTOR: Julia Murat - BRAZIL

Invested with elements of magic realism, Found Memories (“Stories only exist when remembered”) is a fable set in a forgotten town steeped in a forgotten time. Every morning, Madalena makes bread for Antonio’s old coffee shop, crosses the railways where no trains have passed for years, cleans the cemetery gate, and listens to the priest’s sermon before sharing lunch with the other old villagers. Clinging to the image of her dead husband and living in her memories, Madalena is awakened by the arrival of Rita, a young photographer attracted to a ghost village where time seems to have stopped. They...

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FREE MEN

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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FREE MEN

DIRECTOR: Ismaël Ferroukhi - FRANCE

The little-known stories of Muslim freedom fighters and a Paris mosque that sheltered Jews during World War II are woven into a gripping wartime espionage drama inspired by actual events. Younes, a young, unemployed Algerian immigrant, survives Nazi-occupied France by hawking black market goods. Arrested by police, the apolitical and unaware Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Grand Mosque and its shrewd imam who is suspected of providing Jews with false identification papers while feigning cordialities with a Gestapo major. A dangerous cat-and-mouse game ensues when Younes befriends a charismatic cabaret singer with a secret identity, prompting an awakening...

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THE FRONT LINE

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE FRONT LINE

DIRECTOR: Jang Hun - SOUTH KOREA

The Front Line offers a classically hellish picture of frontline warfare but turns several of the clichés of war movies inside out. Most of the film is set on one (fictional) hill which has been captured and recaptured by both sides during the Korean War, with considerable loss of life each time. A young officer sent to investigate a possible spy and what looks like a sinister case of ‘friendly fire’ has surprises awaiting him, including a reunion with an old friend believed to be dead, run-ins with a crack North Korean sniper, rife indiscipline and insubordination, and a surprising...

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GERHARD RICHTER

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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GERHARD RICHTER

DIRECTOR: Corinna Belz - GERMANY

“Corinna Belz’s documentary is an unprecedented and oddly dangerous journey into the studios of Gerhard Richter, widely considered to be among the world’s most important living painters. Famously cranky and iconoclastic, Richter is an ideal subject to illuminate the deep fissures in the contemporary art world. His career has been a high-wire balancing act between eye-popping, colorful abstractions—seen in construction throughout much of the film—and enormously famous photorealist portraiture. He has also been an influential essayist on art-making and its place in the world. Though we see the 79-year-old artist talking with his legendary gallerist Marian Goodman, being feted at...

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GOODBYE

Sun, Feb 26, 2012
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GOODBYE

DIRECTOR: Mohammad Rasoulof - IRAN

Goodbye is the story of Noora (Leyla Zareh), a Tehran lawyer in search of a visa to leave the country. Recently disbarred for participating in activist campaigns against the government, Noora is pregnant and alone, her husband exiled because of his role as a political journalist. But Noora’s problems are compounded by her gender: women are not allowed to drive, cannot get medical procedures or check into a hotel without a male family member’s consent, and cannot take charge of simple transactions, like getting a security deposit back, without being harassed or cheated. Fed up, she decides to leave the...

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GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

DIRECTOR: Mia Hansen-Løve - FRANCE

Mia Hansen-Løve shows her talent for capturing the agony and the ecstasy of adolescence in this perceptive, delicate portrait of a bright young woman in the wake of her first romance. Fifteen-year-old Camille (Lola Créton) is a serious, intensely focused girl who has joyously fallen in love with cheerful Sullivan, an older boy who reciprocates her feelings, mostly, but wants to be free to explore the world. When he leaves her to travel through South America, she is totally devastated. But over the next eight years, she develops into a more fully formed woman with new interests and a new...

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GOODBYE MANDIMA

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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GOODBYE MANDIMA

DIRECTOR: Robert Jean Lancomb - SWITZERLAND

Drawing on home movies from his African childhood, Lancomb reflects on a pivotal moment: the day friendships, culture, and identity changed forever. (10 mins.)

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GRANDMA, A THOUSAND TIMES

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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GRANDMA, A THOUSAND TIMES

DIRECTOR: Mahmoud Kaabour - LEBANON

Grandma, A Thousand Times is filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour’s poetic cinematic tribute to his feisty, larger-than-life grandmother. Teta Kaabour is an 83-year-old family matriarch and sharp-witted queen bee of an old Beiruti quarter. In the apartment where she raised six children and 13 grandchildren, she now spends her days smoking Argileh and drinking endless cups of coffee, alone with memories of her beloved violinist husband (who’s been dead for 20 years). Bearing his grandfather’s name as well as his likeness, the filmmaker is clearly his grandmother’s favorite. This affection allows for an intimate portrait comprised of recollections, revelations of closely guarded...

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HABANASTATION

Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 10 AM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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HABANASTATION

DIRECTOR: Ian Padrón - CUBA

Cuban director Ian Padrón presents his first feature-length film as “a fictional story about reality.” Tracing the lives of two Cuban classmates with contrasting lives, Padrón follows Mayito, a young boy whose wealthy jazz pianist father showers him with privilege, who gets lost and wanders blindly into the dangers of Carlos’ West Havana neighborhood, La Timba. What follows is a heartwarming journey of friendship and inspirational discovery as the selfish Mayito learns there are other joys than having the latest PlayStation. Featuring members of the internationally renowned children’s theater company La Colmenita, Padrón’s stylish film offers a telling portrait of...

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HABEMUS PAPAM

Wed, Feb 15, 2012
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Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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HABEMUS PAPAM

DIRECTOR: Nanni Moretti - ITALY

Moretti’s new film (translated as “We Have a Pope”) is a gentle satire centered around papal succession in the Catholic Church: what if a newly elected pontiff got cold feet, in the time between the Conclave of Cardinals’ election (declaring him infallible) and the announcement of “Habemus Papam” to the public in St. Peter’s Square, ensnaring the clergy in a doctrinal loophole of suspended succession? Call a shrink, of course. The result is a winning blend of witty farce (emphatically not anti-clerical and filmed at the Vatican) with a deeply affecting portrait of a man elected to an office that...

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HEADHUNTERS

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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HEADHUNTERS

DIRECTOR: Morten Tyldum - NORWAY

Roger Brown is Norway’s most successful headhunter, recruiting personnel for powerful corporations. But as successful as he is, it’s not enough to keep up with what he thinks his wife needs. So to keep things afloat, he uses his job to find wealthy people he can steal art from. When the master conman sets his sights on a priceless painting, its owner turns out to be a former mercenary with a terrible secret, and Roger is in for much more than he ever could have imagined. His client has excellent hunting skills, leading to a perilous journey rife with gunfights,...

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HELLO! HOW ARE YOU?

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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HELLO! HOW ARE YOU?

DIRECTOR: Alexandru Maftei - ROMANIA

The antithesis of the grim naturalism of the best known new Romanian cinema, this rare romantic comedy tells a story full of humor and recognition. Gabriel and Gabriela have been happily married for years, but all desire has waned. As they lead their almost separate lives, they each can’t help but notice that everyone around them seems to be getting it on just fine. Even their teenage son, whose hilarious voiceover commentary intermittently provides important narrative information, prides himself on being the high school stud. Facing an “is this all life has to offer?” moment, they each turn to the...

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HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH, MR. FOSTER?

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH, MR. FOSTER?

DIRECTOR: Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado - GREAT BRITAIN

Norman Foster’s vision and passion to improve quality of life through design has not only earned him the nickname the “Mozart of Modernism” but has led to some of the world’s most stunning landmarks, including the Gherkin and Wembley Stadium in London, the Hearst Tower in New York City, the Beijing Airport, France’s Millau Bridge, the Great Court at the British Museum, and an entire university campus for Petronas in Malaysia. This insightful documentary follows Foster’s life from his humble beginnings in Manchester, through his collaborations with R. Buckminster Fuller, to his designs for Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, the...

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I COULD BE YOUR GRANDMOTHER

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

I COULD BE YOUR GRANDMOTHER

DIRECTOR: Bernard Tanguy - FRANCE

Touched by an old Romanian homeless woman who reminds him of his grandmother, a lawyer starts helping other street people by perfecting their pitches with wit and humor. (19 mins.)

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IDENTITY CARD

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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IDENTITY CARD

DIRECTOR: Ondrej Trojan - CZECH REPUBLIC

Prague, 1974. Four friends—Petr, Ales, Popelka, and Mita—are about to come of age in socialist Czechoslovakia. As with all youths at age 15, they are required to attend a ceremony at which they are to be issued identity cards. Officially, this is a milestone in the life of citizens; in reality, however, it’s a document that the police can use to humiliate and manipulate young rebels at their convenience. Having turned up in jeans and, even more remarkably, without the ubiquitous pioneer neckties, the four boys immediately attract the attention of the zealous policemen charged with conducting the ceremony—a sign...

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IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS

DIRECTOR: Fern Silva - BRAZIL/UNITED STATES

“Silva’s film suggests a future already arrived, merging the destruction with the creation of life. ... The film resides in a well of deep time, civilizational history swallowed by the life of the planet.”—Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot (13 mins.)

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INVASION OF THE ALIEN BIKINI

Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 11:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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INVASION OF THE ALIEN BIKINI

DIRECTOR: Young-doo Oh - SOUTH KOREA

Young-Gun is a lonely man who spends his nights protecting the innocent as a self-appointed crime fighter and general tidier-upper of the streets. “Disguised” in a raincoat and bad fake mustache, one night he saves a strange, beautiful woman named Monica being harassed by a gang of hoodlums. Shaken up, Monica comes back to his apartment with him, where he soon discovers that she is an extraterrestrial on a very special mission. Unfortunately, it turns out to be in serious conflict with Young-Gun’s strict vow of chastity. Featuring kung fu fights, a gorgeous babe with tentacles, and an extremely erotic...

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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 3:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

DIRECTOR: Jon Shenk - UNITED STATES

The Maldives—200 tiny inhabited islands and 1,200 coral reefs in the middle of the Indian Ocean—are “the height of the good life, a cross between paradise and paradise,” says Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s president. Nasheed endured years of imprisonment, torture, and exile as a result of combating an often brutal dictatorship, but he now faces a worse evil than dictators: climate change. If sea levels continue rising at present rates, the Maldives will cease to exist. Shenk captures the beauty of the Maldives and Nasheed’s charm and charisma, following Nasheed as he navigates intricate backroom diplomatic battles, trying to forge...

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JEAN GENTIL

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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Wed, Feb 22, 2012
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JEAN GENTIL

DIRECTOR: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jean is an educated and devout Christian man, forced like many others to leave Haiti to look for work in the Dominican Republic. His biggest virtue is his remarkably genteel and dignified attitude in the face of rejection and discrimination. Having failed to find work in Santo Domingo, he sets out into the incredibly lush countryside, only to find himself pushed further into loneliness and desperation. Cárdenas and Guzmán create an intimate portrait of a quiet soul searching for a better life in a seemingly indifferent world. With its stunning landscape, naturalistic performances, and focus on character rather than societal...

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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 6:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

DIRECTOR: David Gelb - UNITED STATES

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi,...

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JOSÉ Y PILAR

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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JOSÉ Y PILAR

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes - PORTUGAL

Co-produced by Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar together with Fernando Meirelles, this affectionate portrait of Portugal’s Nobel Prize winner José Saramago reveals the struggle between the very private man and the world-famous artist. A modestly successful writer at home, Saramago became an international literary giant through the prodding of his Spanish wife, Pilar del Rio. José is an unforgettable love story of genuine soul mates: according to Saramago, “I have ideas for novels, and Pilar has ideas for life.” The film captures the media whirlwind that surrounds the Saramagos after the prize, as well as the quiet, tender moments the couple...

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THE KID WITH A BIKE

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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THE KID WITH A BIKE

DIRECTOR: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne - BELGIUM

The Dardennes’ latest film centers on Cyril, a restless 11-year-old boy placed in a children’s home after being abandoned by his father. Unwilling to face the fact that parents are imperfect people, Cyril runs away to his former apartment block in search of both Dad and his abandoned bicycle. Rebuffed by his father, he meets Samantha, a kind hairdresser who helps to retrieve his bike and eventually agrees to become his weekend guardian. But literally and figuratively, Cyril isn’t out of the woods just yet. Shooting once more in the Belgian seaport town of Seraing, the Dardennes have created another...

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KILL LIST

Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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KILL LIST

DIRECTOR: Ben Wheatley - GREAT BRITAIN

A truly unique crime thriller that unravels into terrifying horror. Jay, a retired hitman, is trying his hand at a normal family life. But when the money starts to dry up and he can’t keep up with his wife’s spending, he decides to take on one last high-paying job and enlists his old partner Gal. The mysterious client only gives them a short list of names, no whys, and they set out to execute the “kill list.” It doesn’t take long before they realize that they are involved in something far more sinister than simple assassinations. The increasingly bizarre job...

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KING OF DEVIL’S ISLAND

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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KING OF DEVIL’S ISLAND

DIRECTOR: Marius Holst - NORWAY

This gripping true story of an uprising in a brutally run Norwegian reform school in 1915 is told in an epic style that won the Best Film Prize at the Norwegian Film Awards. Located on a remote island in the Oslo fjord, the Bastoy Boys’ Home was established as a place to reform wayward teenagers—using beatings, manual labor, and rigid discipline to keep the youngsters subdued. But when newcomer Erling arrives on the island and starts to question the authority of the abusive “housefathers,” he finds more than a murmur of support from his fellow inmates. Determined both to escape...

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KISS ME

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
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KISS ME

DIRECTOR: Alexandra-Therese Keining - SWEDEN

“Love can blossom at the most inopportune moments—and that’s what happens to Mia and Frida, two thirty-something professionals who meet at a party celebrating the engagement of Frida’s mother and Mia’s father. As future stepsisters—not to mention the fact that Mia is herself engaged—theirs will not be an easy path. From this beginning, Keining fashions a nuanced and deeply felt drama that does not avoid confronting the barriers—both personal and social—faced by her same-sex couple. For the heretofore-hetero Mia, her attraction to Frida—a lesbian very comfortable in her own skin—is a shock. But as their relationship develops emotionally and sexually,...

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LA LUNA

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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LA LUNA

DIRECTOR: Enrico Casarosa - UNITED STATES

This Pixar-produced film tells the story of a boy who finds himself conflicted about the ways of his elders as he takes to the sea with his Papa and Grandpa. (7 mins.)

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LANDSCAPE WITH DUCK

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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LANDSCAPE WITH DUCK

DIRECTOR: Patrick Neary - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A wayward duck tries to catch up with his companions on their migration south in this hand-drawn animated short. (4 mins.)

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LAS ACACIAS

Mon, Feb 13, 2012
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LAS ACACIAS

DIRECTOR: Pablo Giorgelli - ARGENTINA

Rubén is a lonely, middle-aged truck driver who has been hauling timber from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires for years. But the journey he’s about to make today will be different. At the behest of his boss, he is to pick up Jacinta—who arrives with Anahí, her eight-month-old daughter—and take them to a new life in Argentina. Used to his solitary journey, he is not looking forward to the company. But as the miles go by, despite their difficulties in communicating, they come to know each other until, arriving at their destination, both share the same desire: they don’t want...

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LAST DAYS HERE

Sat, Feb 25, 2012
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LAST DAYS HERE

DIRECTOR: Don Argott, Demian Fenton - UNITED STATES

In the basement of his parents’ house in suburban Maryland lives Bobby Liebling, former vocalist with the 1970s cult legends Pentagram. A band once described as the street Black Sabbath, Pentagram’s heavy rock and heavy metal riffs blew audiences’ minds. But something went wrong in their career trajectory and Liebling ended up battling many years of drug addiction. New friend, fan, and manager Sean Pelletier believes he can help Bobby quit his addictions and launch Pentagram once again. A combination of the unexpectedly hilarious, tragic, poignant, and of course rocking, Last Days Here offers a fascinating portrait of the vocalist,...

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LET THE BULLETS FLY

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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LET THE BULLETS FLY

DIRECTOR: Jiang Wen - CHINA

In remote 1920s Warlord China, a gang of bandits, led by “Pocky” Zhang (Jiang Wen), hijack a train that happens to have the destination town’s new governor on board. When the train crashes, the lone survivors are the governor’s sleazy advisor (Ge You) and his wife (Carina Lau). Zhang, an honorable outlaw, decides to pose as the new governor and share the fortune from the hijacking with the townspeople. But ruthless mobster Master Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) aims to stop Zhang’s scheme, launching an epic battle of both wits and bullets. As action-packed as it is hilarious, Jiang Wen’s film is...

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THE LIFE OF FISH

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 1 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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THE LIFE OF FISH

DIRECTOR: Matías Bize - CHILE

At a house party, a handsome man wanders around catching up with friends he has not seen for some years. A travel writer now based in Berlin, Andre appears to be living an exciting international life, and yet something has drawn him back home to Santiago. As the night goes on, we realize that a tragedy binds this group—an event that was also the impetus for Andre’s departure from Chile years ago. Moreover, there is someone at the party he goes to great lengths to avoid. But she is the very person he most needs to see. The weight of...

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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

DIRECTOR: Johnnie To - HONG KONG

A departure from To’s action films, Life Without Principle is a sharp and complex look at contemporary Hong Kong life in the wake of the financial crisis over the last few years. The film tells the story of three characters: a financial analyst forced to sell high-risk securities to customers in order to meet sales targets, a thug dealing in futures in order to earn enough money to post bail for a friend, and a police inspector suddenly in financial straits due to family obligations. In dire need of money, each is forced to make morally questionable choices when stolen...

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THE LONELIEST PLANET

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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THE LONELIEST PLANET

DIRECTOR: Julia Loktev - GERMANY

Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and Alex (Gael García Bernal), a few months away from their wedding, are on a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. With their guide Dato, the two appear to be completely in control of their environment and wildly attracted to each other. But as they journey through the deserted landscape, they are suddenly taken by surprise. A momentary mistake is made, an involuntary gesture. Brief though this is, it threatens everything the couple believed about themselves and each other. With looks and glances, no words are needed to uncover the toxic, erosive effects of disappointment...

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

DIRECTOR: Michael Davies - GREAT BRITAIN

Love can be found in the most unexpected places. With John Hurt and Phyllida Law. (13 mins.)

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MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE

Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE

DIRECTOR: Sameh Zoabi - PALESTINE/ISRAEL

When he’s not working in his cousin’s concrete business, aimless college dropout Jawdat, who lives in the quiet Palestinian town of Iksal inside West Bank Israel, spends most of his free time looking for new women—Muslim, Christian, or even Jewish, it makes no difference—and working his cell phone. When Jawdat’s father, Salem, an olive farmer as intense as his son is laidback, decides that an Israeli cell phone tower is poisoning their village with radiation, he draws the townspeople—and his reluctant son—into a fight with the Israelis. Through their interactions and struggles, writer/director Sameh Zoabi addresses complicated issues of second-class...

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MONSIEUR LAZHAR

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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MONSIEUR LAZHAR

DIRECTOR: Philippe Falardeau - CANADA

When a group of Montreal students finds that their beloved teacher has committed suicide, the shock is traumatizing. Her replacement, Algerian refugee Bachir Lazhar, now has the doubly difficult task of reaching his distraught students while securing his own asylum from past tragedies in his homeland. Falardeau tackles both threads with a delicate touch, bringing wit and warmth to the classroom scenes and granting the political appropriate gravity. As Bachir and his students come to terms with loss, guilt, and other issues that life has prematurely thrown at them, insight, empathy, and eloquence shine through. “With Falardeau’s gentle humor and...

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MORGEN

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 2 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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MORGEN

DIRECTOR: Marian Crisan - ROMANIA

Nelu lives on an isolated farm near the city of Salonta, not far from the Romanian-Hungarian border. He loves fishing each morning in the canals near the border before heading to work. One day he catches something unusual: a Kurdish immigrant attempting to cross the border to Hungary on his way to Germany. Nelu is a massive, slow-thinking, seldom speaking man who, if upset, is capable of unsuspected resoluteness. His quiet determination is a clear standout in this subtle satire that attacks the absurdity of any kind of borders. This charming fish-out-of-water tale about a supermarket security guard who defies...

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MOSSGROVE/BED OF MOSS

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MOSSGROVE/BED OF MOSS

DIRECTOR: Kurtis Hough - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Hough slugs it out in the forested Northwest in this memorable diptych. (10 mins.)

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MR. TREE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 12:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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MR. TREE

DIRECTOR: Han Jie - CHINA

Winner of the Jury Grand Prize at the Shanghai Film Festival, Mr. Tree is at once an offbeat character study about a village idiot who might just be a prophet, and a sly, comedic commentary on rampant urbanization in China. The film charts a year in the life of Mr. Shu (a.k.a. Tree), a man whose life allegorically mirrors the social and economic development of his hometown. Shu loses his job after a workplace accident, the start of events that offer unique insight into the ties between local leaders, families, workers, businessmen, and even the past and future. “You’ve probably...

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NORWEGIAN WOOD

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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NORWEGIAN WOOD

DIRECTOR: Tran Anh Hung - JAPAN

Set in the late ’60s when Tokyo universities were rife with political unrest, Watanabe is a student whose deepening relationship with the emotionally fragile Naoko is haunted by the specter of a past tragedy. Caught between her emotional and then geographical retreat and the expanding world of college life, Watanabe’s loyalty is tested by adventurous best friend and dilettante Nagasawa and the enchanting and strikingly independent Midori. The themes of awakening, loss, and melancholy that ripple through both the novel and the Beatles song from which it derives its name are perfectly accentuated by an evocative score from Jonny Greenwood...

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NULLARBOR

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

NULLARBOR

DIRECTOR: Patrick Sarell - AUSTRALIA

An animated road movie set across the vast and barren landscape of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain. (10 mins.)

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

DIRECTOR: Nuri Bilge Ceylan - TURKEY

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, Ceylan’s story begins as a small caravan of cars snakes its way through the nocturnal countryside looking for where a murdered man was buried. Yet every time the confessed killer points out the grave, the gravediggers come up empty. Much of the landscape looks alike, it’s dark out, and anyway the killer claims he was drunk. As the increasingly frustrating investigation wears on, far more is revealed than where the body is buried. Through quick looks, furtive gestures, and offhand bits of dialogue, Ceylan reveals in this seemingly pacific Turkish outback a...

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THE ORATOR

Wed, Feb 15, 2012
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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THE ORATOR

DIRECTOR: Tusi Tamasese - NEW ZEALAND

While The Orator’s status as Samoa’s first feature film makes it a native landmark, writer/director Tusi Tamasese’s deft command of atmospherics, tone, and rhythm transforms it into a genuinely noteworthy achievement. Primarily employing first-time actors to bring this delicately wrought tale to life, Tamasese centers his film on Saili, a diminutive taro farmer who lives with his wife Vaaiga and her willful daughter at the outskirts of a remote jungle village. When Vaaiga’s estranged family suddenly demands her return, Saili must settle the dispute through the Samoan tradition of oration. As he prepares, we witness a sense of self-worth being...

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PATAGONIA

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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Sun, Feb 26, 2012
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PATAGONIA

DIRECTOR: Marc Evans - GREAT BRITAIN

In the midst of the stunning mountains of Patagonia is an almost mythical community of Welsh natives, born of settlers from the 1800s. Evans incorporates the culture and countryside of both countries to tell the tales of two women. In Cardiff, Gwen and husband Rhys have felt a strain on their relationship. When Rhys is sent on a photographic project to Patagonia, Gwen sees a chance to repair their relationship with a bit of escapism. In Patagonia, elderly Argentinean Cerys is starting a pilgrimage to the Welsh countryside that was once her mother’s home. Gwen’s quest for meaning in her...

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PELOTERO

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
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PELOTERO

DIRECTOR: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley - UNITED STATES

In the build-up to the most important day of their lives, two young Dominican baseball players confront competition and corruption to achieve their Big League dreams. Baseball is a way of life in the Dominican Republic. From the streets to the stadiums, young boys dream of one day emerging from the dugout onto a Big League field. From the time they can walk, kids practice with rolled-up sock balls and broomsticks, waiting for the day they are old enough to sign. That day comes at age 16 when they try out for professional teams. Pelotero follows two of the nation’s...

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PENTECOST

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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PENTECOST

DIRECTOR: Peter McDonald - IRELAND

When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass, he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life … football. (11 mins.)

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PINK RIBBONS, INC.

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
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PINK RIBBONS, INC.

DIRECTOR: Léa Pool - CANADA

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. As one of the scientists interviewed puts it, “The most important risk factor in getting breast cancer is being a woman.” Léa Pool’s eye-opening film pulls the curtain back on the industry surrounding breast cancer awareness and exposes the truth of how little money actually goes toward research while corporations fatten their bottom line. Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb, and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of...

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PLAY

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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PLAY

DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund - SWEDEN

“A deliberately provoked racial incident, based on numerous similar real life transgressions, is played for all it’s worth in Play. Swedish writer/director Östlund employs mesmerizing visual strategies to relate a disturbing tale of how five savvy African immigrant boys in Gothenburg take advantage of the liberal guilt and placating temperament of three local kids to rob them and take them for a ride to unknown destinations. Social, racial, and political credos are twisted, pulled inside out, and stood on their heads by this bracing and confronting work, which will challenge the assumptions of many a viewer. Play poses more questions...

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POSTCARD

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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POSTCARD

DIRECTOR: Kaneto Shindo - JAPAN

This late-life masterpiece—his 49th film—won writer/director Shindo the Tokyo Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and is this year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. A powerful and moving anti-war film driven by Shindo’s own experience, it focuses on the impact of World War II at home. Toward the war’s end, 100 middle-aged Japanese soldiers are ordered to the frontlines. Expecting that he will not return, one soldier, Sadazo, leaves a postcard from his wife Tomoko with his bunkmate, Matsuyama, asking that he let her know he appreciated it. Matsuyama is one of only six men who survive...

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A PREFACE TO RED

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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A PREFACE TO RED

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Schwartz - TURKEY/UNITED STATES

“A single recording, recorded in a tunnel that one passes through after exiting a boat taking you from one continent to another, where people are selling bright colored toys and bright white sneakers.”—Jonathan Schwartz (6 mins.)

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QARANTINA

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
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QARANTINA

DIRECTOR: Oday Rasheed - IRAQ

A broken family under incestuous patriarch Salih lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated house in Baghdad. Meriam, Salih’s pregnant daughter, has fallen silent, refusing to tell her father what’s wrong. She finds some protection from Salih’s young second wife, Kerima, and his pre-teen son, Muhanad. Meanwhile, with the family struggling for money, Muhanad must work in the street shining shoes, and, more ominously, the entire household must live with a sullen and imperious boarder, a man who works as a white-collar killer and who has taken Kerima under his spell. Rasheed moodily captures Baghdad’s beautiful, colorful surroundings...

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RAJU

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

RAJU

DIRECTOR: Max Zähle - GERMANY

When a German couple arrive in an Indian city to adopt a boy, his brief escape triggers a glimpse inside a system of procurement that may not be as altruistic as it first seems. (24 mins.)

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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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THE RENTER

DIRECTOR: Jason Carpenter - UNITED STATES

On a young boy’s Lynchian visit to his grandmother’s farm he learns that caring can be shown in unexpected ways. (10 mins.)

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RESTORATION

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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RESTORATION

DIRECTOR: Yossi Madmoni - ISRAEL

An aging recluse tries to salvage his antique furniture store and solitary way of life in Restoration, a nuanced drama nominated for 12 Israeli Ophir Awards. After his longtime business partner dies, stoic Yakov Fidelman discovers his Tel Aviv workshop is near bankruptcy. When his estranged son Noah tries to sell the property from under him, Fidelman hires apprentice Anton to refurbish a neglected Steinway that could save the business. An attraction between Anton and Noah’s pregnant wife Hava complicates matters. Anchored by Sasson Gabay’s mesmerizing performance as Yakov, Madmoni’s critically acclaimed psychological study depicts a complex set of frayed...

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ROSE

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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ROSE

DIRECTOR: Wojciech Smarzowski - POLAND

For many in Poland, the immediate post-World War II years were as savage and tragic as the war itself. Rose is a story about people who tried to rebuild their lives in this difficult period. It follows Tadeusz, a former Home Army fighter, who travels to the Western region of Masuria to find the wife (Rose) of one of the fallen soldiers and let her know of her husband’s death. Their mutual attraction leads them to live together, balancing the difficulties of raising a family and preserving normalcy amidst the lawless brutality of their Soviet occupiers. The people of Masuria,...

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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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SACK BARROW

DIRECTOR: Ben Rivers - GREAT BRITAIN

A sulphurous portrait of a London suburb plating factory established in 1931 for limbless and disabled war veterans. Documenting a vanished world, the film’s decelerated rhythm and focus on surface—from chemical aggregate to nostalgia-era pin-up girls—lend a portentous feel. (21 mins.)

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SAILCLOTH

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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SAILCLOTH

DIRECTOR: Elfar Adalstein - GREAT BRITAIN

The poignant story of an elderly widower (John Hurt) who sets in motion a series of events to hide his disappearance from a Cornish nursing home. (18 mins.)

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SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Thu, Feb 9, 2012
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SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

DIRECTOR: Lasse Hallström - GREAT BRITAIN

With a script from Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) based on Paul Torday’s bestselling novel, this witty romantic comedy revolves around the effort to make the impossible possible. Fred (Ewan McGregor), a stuffy government fisheries scientist, is reluctantly drawn into the seemingly ludicrous effort to introduce British salmon into the highlands of the Yemen by a fishing-obsessed Arab sheik (Amr Waked). At first resistant, he is pressured into going along with the plan at the behest of senior diplomats and the prime minister’s PR maven (Kristin Scott Thomas), who are all intent upon gaining the sheik’s favor. Urged on...

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THE SALT OF LIFE

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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THE SALT OF LIFE

DIRECTOR: Gianni Di Gregorio - ITALY

Writer/director/star Gianni Di Gregorio follows up his acclaimed Mid-August Lunch with another gentle comedy of manners and melancholy. Rome retiree Gianni has time on his hands, but none of the women in his life do—his wife works, his daughter is busy with university, his mother has a full social calendar, and his party-girl neighbor just has too much drama in her life. Gianni’s friend Alfonso thinks he should have an affair, which Gianni pursues half-heartedly with comically inept results. In the end, his big-hearted desire and lively imagination prove that the wanting may be as good as the getting. Throughout...

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SALTY

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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SALTY

DIRECTOR: Malia Jensen - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Possibly hilarious, possibly erotic (depending on your sexual and comedic fetishes) art converges with behavioral science when cattle find an anatomically correct salt lick in their pasture. (13 mins.)

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SEA SERIES #10

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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SEA SERIES #10

DIRECTOR: John Price - CANADA

“Hovering at the brink of widescreen extinction with Fukushima in mind.”—John Price (10 mins.)

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SHINE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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SHINE

DIRECTOR: Jesse Blanchard - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Members of a barbershop quartet fear their moment out of the spotlight. (3 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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SHORT CUTS V: IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS

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A program of short avant-garde works presented by Cinema Project and the Northwest Film Center.

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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THE SILVER CLIFF

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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THE SILVER CLIFF

DIRECTOR: Karim Aïnouz - BRAZIL

Violeta has it all: a loving husband, a beautiful child, a fulfilling career, and a new apartment near the beach. Like any normal day, she dives into her routine, gets ready for work, kisses her husband goodbye, and heads off on her bike commute through the hectic city of Rio de Janeiro. The tides violently change when she receives a stunning voicemail from her husband. He is leaving and never plans on returning. In shock and confusion, Violeta leaves work and floats heartbroken through the streets. Inspired by the song “Eye to Eye” by Brazil’s celebrated Chico Buarque, Aïnouz’s beautifully...

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SMALL FRY

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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SMALL FRY

DIRECTOR: Angus MacLain - UNITED STATES

Pixar’s new installment in its “Toy Story Toons” finds Buzz hilariously getting trapped at a fast food restaurant support group for discarded Happy Meals toys from over the years. (7 mins.)

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SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO

DIRECTOR: Robert Guédiguian - FRANCE

“Inspired not by the Hemingway novel but by a Victor Hugo poem, Guédiguian returns to the working-class Marseille that inspired his Marius and Jeannette. Brimming with passion, humanity, and political conviction, the film asks what it means to be socialist in the 21st century. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with laid-off dock comrades, union rep Michel finds himself jobless but faces the future with dogged optimism. Then, for their anniversary, he and his wife are presented with cash and tickets for an African dream holiday. But a shocking event leaves the couple traumatized and causes Michel to ponder the nature of solidarity and...

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SNOWTOWN

Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
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SNOWTOWN

DIRECTOR: Justin Kurzel - AUSTRALIA

During the 1990s, a dozen people were murdered in an area north of Adelaide. All were killed by the same group of people, under the leadership of John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer. With harrowing authenticity, Kurzel’s account of how this happened and what brought the killings to an end is disturbingly memorable. The central character is 16-year-old Jamie, who is taken under the charismatic Bunting’s wing and gradually manipulated into becoming one of his gruesome gang. Jamie has been a victim in the past, and although he is in a sense still a victim, Bunting manages to make...

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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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Wed, Feb 22, 2012
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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

DIRECTOR: Linda Goldstein Knowlton - UNITED STATES

Somewhere Between tells the intimate stories of four teenaged girls. They live in different parts of the US in different kinds of families, and are united by one thing: all four were adopted from China because all four had birth parents who could not keep them due to personal circumstances colliding with China’s “One Child Policy.” Of the roughly 80,000 girls that have been adopted from China since 1991, these strong young women allow us to grasp what it is like to come of age in today’s America as transracial adoptees. At the same time, we see them as typical...

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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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SOUNDING GLASS

DIRECTOR: Sylvia Schedelbauer - GERMANY

A man in a forest is subject to a flood of impressions; structurally rhythmic waves of images and sounds give form to his introspection. (10 mins.)

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SPECKY FOUR EYES

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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SPECKY FOUR EYES

DIRECTOR: Jean-Claude Rozek - FRANCE

Arnaud’s prescribed glasses interfere with his best views: the fantastical world his shortsightedness enables him to imagine. (9 mins.)

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THE STRANGE ONES

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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THE STRANGE ONES

DIRECTOR: Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein - UNITED STATES

A man and a boy traveling to an unknown destination find respite in a motel swimming pool. On the surface all seems normal, but nothing is what it seems to be. (5 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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SUMMER BUMMER

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

A man about to go swimming imagines what horrors are lurking deep in the waters of his backyard pool. (2 mins.)

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SUNDAY

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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SUNDAY

DIRECTOR: Patrick Doyen - CANADA

On a gray afternoon, a young boy creates his own form of entertainment when the family makes its weekly trek to visit the grandparents. (9 mins.)

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SURVIVING LIFE

Wed, Feb 15, 2012
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Wed, Feb 22, 2012
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SURVIVING LIFE

DIRECTOR: Jan Svankmajer - CZECH REPUBLIC

“Legendary surrealist director Svankmajer returns with one of the warmest and funniest films of his career. Eugene, seemingly content in his marriage and mundane career, finds himself repeatedly dreaming of a mysterious beautiful woman. Seeking the help of a psychoanalyst to explain this phenomenon, he finds himself torn between his erotic dream life and the waking world. This being Svankmajer, complete with his trademark mix of live action with animation and scabrous wit, Eugene surprises his doctor by saying he doesn’t want to stop the dreams but rather wants to plunge deeper into his subconscious to spend more time with...

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TALES OF THE NIGHT

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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TALES OF THE NIGHT

DIRECTOR: Michel Ocelot - FRANCE

Renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot’s new film extends the distinguished shadow puppet style of his Princes and Princesses and Azur and Asmar with black-silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns. A girl, a boy, and an old man get together in a small movie theater full of wonders where they invent, draw, dress up, and become characters in magical stories. The film weaves together six of their exotic fables, each unfolding in a unique locale—Tibet, medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s...

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TARGET

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
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Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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TARGET

DIRECTOR: Alexander Zeldovich - RUSSIA

In 2020, the Russian rich—now beyond rich—have sealed themselves off in their single-minded pursuit of technological and hedonistic pleasure. A powerful minister, his bored but beautiful wife, her game show host brother, and a cynical military officer make their way to a mysterious military facility on the remote, spectacular Mongolian border. While exposure to the installation’s “radiation” treatment promises to arrest the aging process and perfect them physically, it also leads them to discover insatiable desires and, ultimately, their own special chaos. Written by the much admired novelist Vladimir Sorokin, this wild science fiction ride features the astonishing visual design...

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THIS IS NOT A FILM

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
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THIS IS NOT A FILM

DIRECTOR: Jafar Panahi - IRAN

“Accused of collusion against the Iranian regime and currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi collaborated with the documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on a remarkable day-in-the-life chronicle that, as with many great Iranian films, finds a rich middle ground between fiction and reality. Shot with a digital camera and an iPhone, the movie is almost entirely confined to the director’s apartment, where he discusses his films and an unrealized script, while the outside world imposes itself through phone calls, television news, a few comic interruptions, and the sound of New Year’s fireworks. Far more than the...

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TIME FREAK

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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TIME FREAK

DIRECTOR: Andrew Bowler - UNITED STATES

Chronology goes comically awry for a wacky inventor trying to change his life using his time machine. (10 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TMZ

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

Plympton animates a new “Weird Al” Yankovic music video. (4 mins.)

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TO BE HEARD

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
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TO BE HEARD

DIRECTOR: Roland Legiardi-Laura, Deborah Shaffer, Edwin Martinez - UNITED STATES

To Be Heard is a riveting documentary that tells the story of three teens from the Bronx who use spoken word/beat poetry as a catalyst to inspire change in themselves and others. Karina, Pearl, and Anthony are in many ways your average teenagers. They call themselves “The Tripod” and they constantly support one another in their efforts to succeed, find love, and overcome life’s challenges. But they are also unique. The top talents in a poetry workshop called Power Writing, they use the power of the written and spoken word to articulate their deepest experiences. To Be Heard is the...

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TOLL BOOTH

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
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TOLL BOOTH

DIRECTOR: Tolga Karaçelik - TURKEY

Kenan is a taciturn 35-year-old tollbooth attendant shuffling between a suffocating home with his ailing but domineering father and the monotony of the traffic-hounded box where he spends his working life. Desperate to resist his father’s attempt to marry him off to a neighbor and equally determined to prove his worth by fixing his father’s idle old car, the pressure on Kenan drives him to the edge of a nervous breakdown. Temporarily reassigned to a tollbooth on a desolate country road, Kenan begins a flirtation with a beautiful woman who drives by at the same time each day—in a car...

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TOOTY’S WEDDING

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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TOOTY’S WEDDING

DIRECTOR: Frederick Casella - GREAT BRITAIN

A young couple’s marriage hits the rocks during a weekend wedding in the country. (19 mins.)

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TREEVERSE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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TREEVERSE

DIRECTOR: John Waller - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Two arborists spend five days traversing the canopy of a grove of Oregon white oaks. (15 mins.)

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THE TURIN HORSE

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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THE TURIN HORSE

DIRECTOR: Béla Tarr - HUNGARY

The prologue describes an (apocryphal) event in the life of Friedrich Nietzsche—witnessing a carriage driver whipping his horse, the philosopher flung himself around the defenseless animal, then collapsed, a mute invalid for the final decade of his life. But what of the horse? Recalling both Tarr’s masterpiece Sátántangó and the parable-like work of Bresson, Tarr introduces the miserable cabman Ohlsdorfer leading his long-suffering steed home to their hovel, both to be cared for by his granddaughter. The Ohlsdorfers’ lives consist of drudgery, subsistence on potatoes, and repetition, monumentally staged and hypnotically paced by Tarr, aided by Fred Keleman’s striking camerawork...

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TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 8 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Cinemagic)
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TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!

DIRECTOR: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen - NORWAY

Only a woman could tell this wry, astonishingly candid tale of a teenage girl with an unbridled sexual appetite. Fifteen-year-old Alma is consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to down-and-dirty daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. Alma and her best friend Saralou live in an insufferably boring little town in the hinterlands of Norway. After Alma has a highly perplexing encounter with Artur, she makes the mistake of telling her incredulous friends, who ostracize her at school. At home, Alma’s mother is overwhelmed and...

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TWO’S A CROWD

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TWO’S A CROWD

DIRECTOR: Jim Isler, Tom Isler - UNITED STATES

Quintessential New Yorkers Allen and Collette, after four years of marriage, finally decide to move in together. (19 mins.)

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UNFINISHED SPACES

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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UNFINISHED SPACES

DIRECTOR: Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahimas - UNITED STATES

In 1961, in the expansive first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects—Ricardo Porro, Roberto Gottardi, and Vittorio Garatti—to build the Cuban National Arts Schools—one school each for dramatic arts, modern dance, ballet, music, and sculpture—on what had been the golf course of a country club. But before construction was completed, the Revolution took a Soviet turn and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeois and counterrevolutionary. The story has many more fascinating twists and turns as these radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro’s Cuba and...

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VOLCANO

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 2:15 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 8 PM (Cinemagic)
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VOLCANO

DIRECTOR: Rúnar Rúnarsson - ICELAND

This year’s Icelandic submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a “coming-of-age story about a 67-year-old man.” It opens with elegiac images of a volcanic eruption that devastated a coastal town before fast-forwarding to the present—when Hannes, a survivor of the disaster, is retiring from his job as a school custodian. He advises his successor that it’s best if the students fear him; at his sparsely attended retirement party, Hannes responds to the principal’s gently teasing farewell by saying, “My skin is thicker than a shark’s. I can take it.” But can he? Hannes attempts suicide; upon failing,...

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THE WATER AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 6 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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THE WATER AT THE END OF THE WORLD

DIRECTOR: Paula Siero - ARGENTINA

Sisters in their twenties, Laura and Adriana live together in a dingy Buenos Aires apartment. When Adriana is diagnosed with a terminal illness that gives her only weeks to live, she makes a final request of her sister, namely that she travel with her to the literal end of the earth—Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina. The problem is that the paltry income Laura earns by working at a pizzeria isn’t enough to pay for the trip. Then she hooks up with Martín, an alcoholic accordion player, and the two embark on an intense liaison while scheming to raise...

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WEST OF THE MOON

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

WEST OF THE MOON

DIRECTOR: Brent Bonacorso - UNITED STATES

An old man plays cards with a robot, has a grenade instead of a heart, and pines for his long-lost love. (10 mins.)

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WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME?

Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 5 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME?

DIRECTOR: Kimi Takesue - UGANDA/US

“My work often expresses the process of ‘looking’ cross-culturally and the interplay between the observer and the observed.”—Kimi Takesue. A high society wedding, a movie set, a beauty salon, bustling city streets, a center for former child soldiers, a nightclub full of music and laughter: these are the many images that form Takesue’s vivid portrait of today’s Uganda, a country at work dealing with the aftermath of years of civil war. Whether exploring the pulsating energy of Kampala or contemplating quiet moments in the country, lyrical pacing, disarming sights and sounds, and the unadorned honesty of an outsider’s perspective offer...

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WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 6 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

DIRECTOR: Nadine Labaki - LEBANON

In a remote Lebanese village, Christians and Muslims have lived together all their lives, largely in peace despite occasional flare-ups precipitated by external forces. Although semi-isolated from the outside world, landmines nevertheless surround the countryside and intermittent television reception makes all aware of the religious conflicts that grip the country. To combat their edgy men from absorbing outside tension and localizing violence, the women are constantly inventive in creating distractions—everything from importing Ukrainian showgirls to baking hash cookies to keep everyone mellow. But when there is a death from crossfire outside the village, it is time for stronger measures. Labaki’s...

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THE WHOLLY FAMILY

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE WHOLLY FAMILY

DIRECTOR: Terry Gilliam - ITALY

An American family in the streets of Naples. Their young son steals a Pulcinella doll, which is reputed to bring bad luck. (19 mins.)

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WHORE’S GLORY

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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WHORE’S GLORY

DIRECTOR: Michael Glawogger - AUSTRIA

Glawogger was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival for the third part of his observational trilogy—preceded by Megacities and Workingman’s Death—on globalization and its impact on lives around the world. Focusing on the uncertain lives of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico, the jury praised its “stunning visual eloquence and precision,” which produces imagery whose beauty and emotional engagement almost match that of fiction cinema. We see women speaking freely about all aspects of their work, including aging and the role of religion as a form of support, as well as customers who have their say...

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WILD LIFE

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

WILD LIFE

DIRECTOR: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby - CANADA

A dapper Englishman tries his hand at becoming a “rancher” in Alberta, but his romanticized visions of Canadian prairie life soon take a turn for the worse. (14 mins.)

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WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 6:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK

DIRECTOR: Marlon Rivera - PHILIPPINES

Woman in the Septic Tank chronicles a comic day in the life of three ambitious, passionate, but misguided filmmakers determinedly intent on making an award-winning film. Their screenplay will show the real essence of Philippine culture: poverty. The story will follow Mila, a mother from the slums who out of desperation has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible ways to do the film, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn: as a gritty, no-frills, neo-realist film; a glossy musical; an over-the-top melodrama; and a docudrama using non-actors. Visiting the dump, excitement sets in when they see the “beauty”...

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