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Films & Schedules - Thursday, February 16, 2012

PATAGONIA

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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POSTCARD

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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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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HELLO! HOW ARE YOU?

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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ROSE

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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A CAT IN PARIS

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6:30 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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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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IDENTITY CARD

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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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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SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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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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ABU, SON OF ADAM

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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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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BEYOND THE ROAD

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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CLOWN: THE MOVIE

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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FOUND MEMORIES

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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