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Films & Schedules - Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BY FOOT-CANDLE LIGHT

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

BY FOOT-CANDLE LIGHT

DIRECTOR: Mary Helena Clark - UNITED STATES

“Scenes from the proscenium wings. A film imagined and recounted by foot-candle light. You close your eyes and suddenly it is dark.”—Mary Helena Clark (9 mins.)

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IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS

DIRECTOR: Fern Silva - BRAZIL/UNITED STATES

“Silva’s film suggests a future already arrived, merging the destruction with the creation of life. ... The film resides in a well of deep time, civilizational history swallowed by the life of the planet.”—Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot (13 mins.)

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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

DIRECTOR: Johnnie To - HONG KONG

A departure from To’s action films, Life Without Principle is a sharp and complex look at contemporary Hong Kong life in the wake of the financial crisis over the last few years. The film tells the story of three characters: a financial analyst forced to sell high-risk securities to customers in order to meet sales targets, a thug dealing in futures in order to earn enough money to post bail for a friend, and a police inspector suddenly in financial straits due to family obligations. In dire need of money, each is forced to make morally questionable choices when stolen...

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A PREFACE TO RED

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

A PREFACE TO RED

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Schwartz - TURKEY/UNITED STATES

“A single recording, recorded in a tunnel that one passes through after exiting a boat taking you from one continent to another, where people are selling bright colored toys and bright white sneakers.”—Jonathan Schwartz (6 mins.)

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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SACK BARROW

DIRECTOR: Ben Rivers - GREAT BRITAIN

A sulphurous portrait of a London suburb plating factory established in 1931 for limbless and disabled war veterans. Documenting a vanished world, the film’s decelerated rhythm and focus on surface—from chemical aggregate to nostalgia-era pin-up girls—lend a portentous feel. (21 mins.)

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SEA SERIES #10

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SEA SERIES #10

DIRECTOR: John Price - CANADA

“Hovering at the brink of widescreen extinction with Fukushima in mind.”—John Price (10 mins.)

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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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SHORT CUTS V: IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS

SHORT CUTS

A program of short avant-garde works presented by Cinema Project and the Northwest Film Center.

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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SOUNDING GLASS

DIRECTOR: Sylvia Schedelbauer - GERMANY

A man in a forest is subject to a flood of impressions; structurally rhythmic waves of images and sounds give form to his introspection. (10 mins.)

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THE WATER AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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THE WATER AT THE END OF THE WORLD

DIRECTOR: Paula Siero - ARGENTINA

Sisters in their twenties, Laura and Adriana live together in a dingy Buenos Aires apartment. When Adriana is diagnosed with a terminal illness that gives her only weeks to live, she makes a final request of her sister, namely that she travel with her to the literal end of the earth—Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina. The problem is that the paltry income Laura earns by working at a pizzeria isn’t enough to pay for the trip. Then she hooks up with Martín, an alcoholic accordion player, and the two embark on an intense liaison while scheming to raise...

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NORWEGIAN WOOD

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 7 PM (Cinemagic)
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NORWEGIAN WOOD

DIRECTOR: Tran Anh Hung - JAPAN

Set in the late ’60s when Tokyo universities were rife with political unrest, Watanabe is a student whose deepening relationship with the emotionally fragile Naoko is haunted by the specter of a past tragedy. Caught between her emotional and then geographical retreat and the expanding world of college life, Watanabe’s loyalty is tested by adventurous best friend and dilettante Nagasawa and the enchanting and strikingly independent Midori. The themes of awakening, loss, and melancholy that ripple through both the novel and the Beatles song from which it derives its name are perfectly accentuated by an evocative score from Jonny Greenwood...

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THE TURIN HORSE

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 7 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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PLAY

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 8:30 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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CIRKUS COLUMBIA

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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RESTORATION

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 8:45 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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