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Films & Schedules - Sunday, February 12, 2012

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

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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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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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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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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I COULD BE YOUR GRANDMOTHER

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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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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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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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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MR. TREE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 12:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 2 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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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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MORGEN

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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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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VOLCANO

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 2:15 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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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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ABU, SON OF ADAM

Sun, Feb 12, 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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THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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AMADOR

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD

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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FREE MEN

Sun, Feb 12, 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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TALES OF THE NIGHT

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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THE SALT OF LIFE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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ALMANYA—WELCOME TO GERMANY

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 8 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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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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BREATHING

Sun, Feb 12, 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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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

Sun, Feb 12, 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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NORWEGIAN WOOD

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 8 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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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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