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Films & Schedules - Monday, February 20, 2012

COLD BLOOD

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

COLD BLOOD

DIRECTOR: Martin Thibaudeau - CANADA

A mother brings her reluctant son to the hospital for an ambiguous procedure. (4 mins.)

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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DAS TUB

DIRECTOR: James Cunningham - NEW ZEALAND

A witty homage to submarine action films. (4 mins.)

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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE RENTER

DIRECTOR: Jason Carpenter - UNITED STATES

On a young boy’s Lynchian visit to his grandmother’s farm he learns that caring can be shown in unexpected ways. (10 mins.)

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SAILCLOTH

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SAILCLOTH

DIRECTOR: Elfar Adalstein - GREAT BRITAIN

The poignant story of an elderly widower (John Hurt) who sets in motion a series of events to hide his disappearance from a Cornish nursing home. (18 mins.)

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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SPECKY FOUR EYES

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SPECKY FOUR EYES

DIRECTOR: Jean-Claude Rozek - FRANCE

Arnaud’s prescribed glasses interfere with his best views: the fantastical world his shortsightedness enables him to imagine. (9 mins.)

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THE STRANGE ONES

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE STRANGE ONES

DIRECTOR: Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein - UNITED STATES

A man and a boy traveling to an unknown destination find respite in a motel swimming pool. On the surface all seems normal, but nothing is what it seems to be. (5 mins.)

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SUNDAY

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SUNDAY

DIRECTOR: Patrick Doyen - CANADA

On a gray afternoon, a young boy creates his own form of entertainment when the family makes its weekly trek to visit the grandparents. (9 mins.)

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TIME FREAK

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TIME FREAK

DIRECTOR: Andrew Bowler - UNITED STATES

Chronology goes comically awry for a wacky inventor trying to change his life using his time machine. (10 mins.)

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WEST OF THE MOON

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

WEST OF THE MOON

DIRECTOR: Brent Bonacorso - UNITED STATES

An old man plays cards with a robot, has a grenade instead of a heart, and pines for his long-lost love. (10 mins.)

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EL SICARIO, ROOM 164

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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EL SICARIO, ROOM 164

DIRECTOR: Gianfranco Rosi, Charles Bowden - UNITED STATES

The lone voice and sole subject of Rosi’s harrowing film is a nameless former Mexican narco hitman (or sicario) who spent 20 years executing male kidnapping victims, raping and strangling helpless women, setting thieves on fire, and otherwise following the bloody orders of whichever esteemed drug cartel he worked for. His face obscured in a claustrophobic Juárez hotel room, he describes his “career” and the rampant corruption of the Mexican political and law enforcement establishments in matter-of-fact tones salted with machismo. All the while, he illustrates his tales with primitive drawings on a notepad and sometimes reenacts the roles of...

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FREE MEN

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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THE ORATOR

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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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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TO BE HEARD

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TO BE HEARD

DIRECTOR: Roland Legiardi-Laura, Deborah Shaffer, Edwin Martinez - UNITED STATES

To Be Heard is a riveting documentary that tells the story of three teens from the Bronx who use spoken word/beat poetry as a catalyst to inspire change in themselves and others. Karina, Pearl, and Anthony are in many ways your average teenagers. They call themselves “The Tripod” and they constantly support one another in their efforts to succeed, find love, and overcome life’s challenges. But they are also unique. The top talents in a poetry workshop called Power Writing, they use the power of the written and spoken word to articulate their deepest experiences. To Be Heard is the...

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HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH, MR. FOSTER?

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 3 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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ELENA

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 5:15 PM (Cinemagic)
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ELENA

DIRECTOR: Andrei Zvyagintsev - RUSSIA

Elena dotes on her selfish, wealthy husband Vladimir and lives a lonely life surrounded by luxury in a sterile, ultra-modern penthouse. But when the aging Vladimir informs Elena that he is altering his will to leave his money to his spoiled, boozy daughter from a previous marriage, she makes a decision to speed Vladimir’s journey to the grave before the will can be changed. Zvyagintsev conjures an uncompromising vision of a Russia in moral disarray in this tautly restrained domestic drama. A literate and chilling take on contemporary class warfare, Elena paints a riveting portrait of decadence and the emptying...

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THE LONELIEST PLANET

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 5:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE LONELIEST PLANET

DIRECTOR: Julia Loktev - GERMANY

Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and Alex (Gael García Bernal), a few months away from their wedding, are on a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. With their guide Dato, the two appear to be completely in control of their environment and wildly attracted to each other. But as they journey through the deserted landscape, they are suddenly taken by surprise. A momentary mistake is made, an involuntary gesture. Brief though this is, it threatens everything the couple believed about themselves and each other. With looks and glances, no words are needed to uncover the toxic, erosive effects of disappointment...

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PLAY

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 5:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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PLAY

DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund - SWEDEN

“A deliberately provoked racial incident, based on numerous similar real life transgressions, is played for all it’s worth in Play. Swedish writer/director Östlund employs mesmerizing visual strategies to relate a disturbing tale of how five savvy African immigrant boys in Gothenburg take advantage of the liberal guilt and placating temperament of three local kids to rob them and take them for a ride to unknown destinations. Social, racial, and political credos are twisted, pulled inside out, and stood on their heads by this bracing and confronting work, which will challenge the assumptions of many a viewer. Play poses more questions...

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RESTORATION

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 5:15 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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RESTORATION

DIRECTOR: Yossi Madmoni - ISRAEL

An aging recluse tries to salvage his antique furniture store and solitary way of life in Restoration, a nuanced drama nominated for 12 Israeli Ophir Awards. After his longtime business partner dies, stoic Yakov Fidelman discovers his Tel Aviv workshop is near bankruptcy. When his estranged son Noah tries to sell the property from under him, Fidelman hires apprentice Anton to refurbish a neglected Steinway that could save the business. An attraction between Anton and Noah’s pregnant wife Hava complicates matters. Anchored by Sasson Gabay’s mesmerizing performance as Yakov, Madmoni’s critically acclaimed psychological study depicts a complex set of frayed...

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AURORA

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 6 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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AURORA

DIRECTOR: Cristi Puiu - ROMANIA

Following his spellbinding Romanian hospital odyssey The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Aurora is Puiu’s second film in his planned series “Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest.” Here, the tightly wound coldness of middle-aged metallurgical engineer Viorel—played by Puiu himself with inscrutable intensity—slowly metastasizes into a discreet, inaccessible unraveling. Elliptically observing the day-to-day life of a seemingly normal guy who will eventually commit violent acts, Puiu invites the audience to puzzle over his motives. We watch him from a distance as simmering anger and disconnection take hold. “For all the viewer’s constant immersion in the specifics of Viorel’s activity, there’s...

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CAFÉ DE FLORE

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 7:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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CAFÉ DE FLORE

DIRECTOR: Jean-Marc Vallée - CANADA

Blending smooth electro beats with the retro sounds of big band strings and horns, the music sets the tone for a story about love in its many forms. The film opens in present-day Montreal, where Antoine, a successful DJ in his early ’40s, has not only a dream job and home but also two beautiful young daughters and the love of his life, Rose, by his side. Life is not as rosy for the occasionally foul-mouthed, working-class Frenchwoman Jacqueline who is raising her mentally challenged seven-year-old son alone in 1967 Paris. These two stories unspool side by side, bound together...

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CLOWN: THE MOVIE

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 8 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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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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VOLCANO

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 8 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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WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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