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Films & Schedules - Friday, February 17, 2012

HABEMUS PAPAM

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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ATTENBERG

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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THE KID WITH A BIKE

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 6:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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TARGET

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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DARWIN

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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GRANDMA, A THOUSAND TIMES

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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THE SILVER CLIFF

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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HEADHUNTERS

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 11:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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