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Films & Schedules - Sunday, February 19, 2012

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

DIRECTOR: David Gelb - UNITED STATES

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi,...

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NULLARBOR

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

NULLARBOR

DIRECTOR: Patrick Sarell - AUSTRALIA

An animated road movie set across the vast and barren landscape of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain. (10 mins.)

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PENTECOST

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

PENTECOST

DIRECTOR: Peter McDonald - IRELAND

When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass, he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life … football. (11 mins.)

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RAJU

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

RAJU

DIRECTOR: Max Zähle - GERMANY

When a German couple arrive in an Indian city to adopt a boy, his brief escape triggers a glimpse inside a system of procurement that may not be as altruistic as it first seems. (24 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

DIRECTOR: Linda Goldstein Knowlton - UNITED STATES

Somewhere Between tells the intimate stories of four teenaged girls. They live in different parts of the US in different kinds of families, and are united by one thing: all four were adopted from China because all four had birth parents who could not keep them due to personal circumstances colliding with China’s “One Child Policy.” Of the roughly 80,000 girls that have been adopted from China since 1991, these strong young women allow us to grasp what it is like to come of age in today’s America as transracial adoptees. At the same time, we see them as typical...

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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SUMMER BUMMER

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

A man about to go swimming imagines what horrors are lurking deep in the waters of his backyard pool. (2 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TMZ

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

Plympton animates a new “Weird Al” Yankovic music video. (4 mins.)

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TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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TWO’S A CROWD

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TWO’S A CROWD

DIRECTOR: Jim Isler, Tom Isler - UNITED STATES

Quintessential New Yorkers Allen and Collette, after four years of marriage, finally decide to move in together. (19 mins.)

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WILD LIFE

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

WILD LIFE

DIRECTOR: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby - CANADA

A dapper Englishman tries his hand at becoming a “rancher” in Alberta, but his romanticized visions of Canadian prairie life soon take a turn for the worse. (14 mins.)

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JOSÉ Y PILAR

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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JOSÉ Y PILAR

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes - PORTUGAL

Co-produced by Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar together with Fernando Meirelles, this affectionate portrait of Portugal’s Nobel Prize winner José Saramago reveals the struggle between the very private man and the world-famous artist. A modestly successful writer at home, Saramago became an international literary giant through the prodding of his Spanish wife, Pilar del Rio. José is an unforgettable love story of genuine soul mates: according to Saramago, “I have ideas for novels, and Pilar has ideas for life.” The film captures the media whirlwind that surrounds the Saramagos after the prize, as well as the quiet, tender moments the couple...

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CORPO CELESTE

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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CORPO CELESTE

DIRECTOR: Alice Rohrwacher - ITALY

After a decade in Switzerland, 13-year-old Marta moves back to her family’s impoverished hometown in Calabria in southern Italy. Although Marta was born there, the local customs seem strange to her, a feeling of dislocation and confusion that only increases after she enrolls in her local church’s confirmation class. Rohrwacher’s sensitive and perceptive debut feature ironically pits a young girl’s crisis of faith and adolescence against a community struggling for survival and the ancient traditions of the Catholic Church facing waning influence. “In Italy nowadays, there’s a feeling that people don’t ask themselves questions, and the idea of community is...

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PELOTERO

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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PELOTERO

DIRECTOR: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley - UNITED STATES

In the build-up to the most important day of their lives, two young Dominican baseball players confront competition and corruption to achieve their Big League dreams. Baseball is a way of life in the Dominican Republic. From the streets to the stadiums, young boys dream of one day emerging from the dugout onto a Big League field. From the time they can walk, kids practice with rolled-up sock balls and broomsticks, waiting for the day they are old enough to sign. That day comes at age 16 when they try out for professional teams. Pelotero follows two of the nation’s...

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QARANTINA

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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QARANTINA

DIRECTOR: Oday Rasheed - IRAQ

A broken family under incestuous patriarch Salih lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated house in Baghdad. Meriam, Salih’s pregnant daughter, has fallen silent, refusing to tell her father what’s wrong. She finds some protection from Salih’s young second wife, Kerima, and his pre-teen son, Muhanad. Meanwhile, with the family struggling for money, Muhanad must work in the street shining shoes, and, more ominously, the entire household must live with a sullen and imperious boarder, a man who works as a white-collar killer and who has taken Kerima under his spell. Rasheed moodily captures Baghdad’s beautiful, colorful surroundings...

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THE SILVER CLIFF

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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FOOTNOTE

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 5 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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GRANDMA, A THOUSAND TIMES

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 5 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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JEAN GENTIL

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 5 PM (Cinemagic)
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JEAN GENTIL

DIRECTOR: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jean is an educated and devout Christian man, forced like many others to leave Haiti to look for work in the Dominican Republic. His biggest virtue is his remarkably genteel and dignified attitude in the face of rejection and discrimination. Having failed to find work in Santo Domingo, he sets out into the incredibly lush countryside, only to find himself pushed further into loneliness and desperation. Cárdenas and Guzmán create an intimate portrait of a quiet soul searching for a better life in a seemingly indifferent world. With its stunning landscape, naturalistic performances, and focus on character rather than societal...

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WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME?

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 5 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME?

DIRECTOR: Kimi Takesue - UGANDA/US

“My work often expresses the process of ‘looking’ cross-culturally and the interplay between the observer and the observed.”—Kimi Takesue. A high society wedding, a movie set, a beauty salon, bustling city streets, a center for former child soldiers, a nightclub full of music and laughter: these are the many images that form Takesue’s vivid portrait of today’s Uganda, a country at work dealing with the aftermath of years of civil war. Whether exploring the pulsating energy of Kampala or contemplating quiet moments in the country, lyrical pacing, disarming sights and sounds, and the unadorned honesty of an outsider’s perspective offer...

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 7:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

DIRECTOR: Nuri Bilge Ceylan - TURKEY

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, Ceylan’s story begins as a small caravan of cars snakes its way through the nocturnal countryside looking for where a murdered man was buried. Yet every time the confessed killer points out the grave, the gravediggers come up empty. Much of the landscape looks alike, it’s dark out, and anyway the killer claims he was drunk. As the increasingly frustrating investigation wears on, far more is revealed than where the body is buried. Through quick looks, furtive gestures, and offhand bits of dialogue, Ceylan reveals in this seemingly pacific Turkish outback a...

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THE KID WITH A BIKE

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 7:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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ROSE

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 7:45 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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TARGET

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 7:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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THIS IS NOT A FILM

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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