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Films & Schedules - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ETERNITY

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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ETERNITY

DIRECTOR: Sivaroj Kongsakul - THAILAND

A middle-aged man rides his motorcycle through the silent landscape. He is a ghost who has returned to “walk the footsteps” of his youth. His name is Wit, and he died three days ago. Soon the silence gives way to the sound of a young woman’s laughter. It is now the past and this memory recalls the days when Wit fell in love with Koi, his future wife. He has brought her home to meet his parents, and though she is at first wary of rural life, she soon accepts that this will be her future. Finally the past fades...

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THE FRONT LINE

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE FRONT LINE

DIRECTOR: Jang Hun - SOUTH KOREA

The Front Line offers a classically hellish picture of frontline warfare but turns several of the clichés of war movies inside out. Most of the film is set on one (fictional) hill which has been captured and recaptured by both sides during the Korean War, with considerable loss of life each time. A young officer sent to investigate a possible spy and what looks like a sinister case of ‘friendly fire’ has surprises awaiting him, including a reunion with an old friend believed to be dead, run-ins with a crack North Korean sniper, rife indiscipline and insubordination, and a surprising...

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JEAN GENTIL

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6:15 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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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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AURORA

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6:30 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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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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PINK RIBBONS, INC.

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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PINK RIBBONS, INC.

DIRECTOR: Léa Pool - CANADA

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. As one of the scientists interviewed puts it, “The most important risk factor in getting breast cancer is being a woman.” Léa Pool’s eye-opening film pulls the curtain back on the industry surrounding breast cancer awareness and exposes the truth of how little money actually goes toward research while corporations fatten their bottom line. Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb, and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of...

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SURVIVING LIFE

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SURVIVING LIFE

DIRECTOR: Jan Svankmajer - CZECH REPUBLIC

“Legendary surrealist director Svankmajer returns with one of the warmest and funniest films of his career. Eugene, seemingly content in his marriage and mundane career, finds himself repeatedly dreaming of a mysterious beautiful woman. Seeking the help of a psychoanalyst to explain this phenomenon, he finds himself torn between his erotic dream life and the waking world. This being Svankmajer, complete with his trademark mix of live action with animation and scabrous wit, Eugene surprises his doctor by saying he doesn’t want to stop the dreams but rather wants to plunge deeper into his subconscious to spend more time with...

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