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Films & Schedules - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BREATHING

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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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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FREE MEN

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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MORGEN

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6 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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BEYOND THE ROAD

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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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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THE DAY HE ARRIVES

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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MR. TREE

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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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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THE FAIRY

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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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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ABU, SON OF ADAM

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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AMADOR

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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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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BULLHEAD

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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HELLO! HOW ARE YOU?

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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PATAGONIA

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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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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