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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 18, 2012

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

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

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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GOODBYE MANDIMA

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

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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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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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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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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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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TALES OF THE NIGHT

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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CIRKUS COLUMBIA

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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THE ORATOR

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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GERHARD RICHTER

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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MR. TREE

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 3 PM (Cinema 21)
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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 ISLAND PRESIDENT

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 3:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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CLOWN: THE MOVIE

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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IDENTITY CARD

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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POSTCARD

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH, MR. FOSTER?

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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THIS IS NOT A FILM

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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BONSAI

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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THE TURIN HORSE

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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FOOTNOTE

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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KISS ME

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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VOLCANO

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:30 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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LET THE BULLETS FLY

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 11:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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