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Films & Schedules - Thursday, February 23, 2012

ELENA

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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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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FIRST POSITION

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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FIRST POSITION

DIRECTOR: Bess Kargman - UNITED STATES

Just as Spellbound certified that spelling bees are akin to gladiatorial combat, Kargman proves that ballet is not for the faint of heart either. The film follows six ballet students, aged 9-19, as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, a top competition at which the world’s leading dance companies and schools prospect for new talent. Some of the delightful youngsters featured include Michaela DePrince, an orphan from Sierra Leone nurtured by her American mom; Aran Bell, a boy dance wonder from a US military family; and Joan Sebastian Zamora, a Colombian youth with aspirations for a career with...

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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DIRECTOR: Spencer Alexander - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A dumpster diver (Andy Copeland) has no difficulty holding up both ends of a conversation with his new friend in Oregon’s “Best Picture” winner of the 2011 48-Hour Film Project. (7 mins.)

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CORPO CELESTE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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DEAR PETER, GOATS

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DEAR PETER, GOATS

DIRECTOR: Orland Nutt - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Nutt successfully documents the normal goats of Glacier National Park for his friend, the unreliable videographer Peter. (2 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DEAR PETER, YAKS

DIRECTOR: Orland Nutt - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

In this video letter to Peter, filmmaker Nutt confesses that yaks confuse him and ice should fear him. (2 mins.)

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DEVICE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DEVICE

DIRECTOR: Lawrence Johnson - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A middle-aged man and his young female student take an awkward trip through America’s Southwest. (7 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

ENTERING THE ATMOSPHERE

DIRECTOR: Brian Libby - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

This catchy edit of the filmmakers’ home movies and astronomic images compares the concepts of birth and arrival. (4 mins.)

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LANDSCAPE WITH DUCK

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

LANDSCAPE WITH DUCK

DIRECTOR: Patrick Neary - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A wayward duck tries to catch up with his companions on their migration south in this hand-drawn animated short. (4 mins.)

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MOSSGROVE/BED OF MOSS

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MOSSGROVE/BED OF MOSS

DIRECTOR: Kurtis Hough - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Hough slugs it out in the forested Northwest in this memorable diptych. (10 mins.)

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SALTY

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SALTY

DIRECTOR: Malia Jensen - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Possibly hilarious, possibly erotic (depending on your sexual and comedic fetishes) art converges with behavioral science when cattle find an anatomically correct salt lick in their pasture. (13 mins.)

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SHINE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SHINE

DIRECTOR: Jesse Blanchard - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Members of a barbershop quartet fear their moment out of the spotlight. (3 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TREEVERSE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TREEVERSE

DIRECTOR: John Waller - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Two arborists spend five days traversing the canopy of a grove of Oregon white oaks. (15 mins.)

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THE WATER AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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WHORE’S GLORY

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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WHORE’S GLORY

DIRECTOR: Michael Glawogger - AUSTRIA

Glawogger was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival for the third part of his observational trilogy—preceded by Megacities and Workingman’s Death—on globalization and its impact on lives around the world. Focusing on the uncertain lives of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico, the jury praised its “stunning visual eloquence and precision,” which produces imagery whose beauty and emotional engagement almost match that of fiction cinema. We see women speaking freely about all aspects of their work, including aging and the role of religion as a form of support, as well as customers who have their say...

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THE DAY HE ARRIVES

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE DAY HE ARRIVES

DIRECTOR: Hong Sang-Soo - SOUTH KOREA

Sungjoon, a film professor, arrives to visit an old filmmaker friend in wintry Seoul and encounters various acquaintances and strangers. Over the next several days, the same rendezvous occur with different results—is he living a repetitive life or re-living the same day again and again? Like the intoxicated reveries of his aimless characters, Hong’s storytelling transforms casual, everyday occurrences into a mysterious meditation on human behavior. Mixing romantic allure and cool detachment, Hong’s ability to capture ordinary characters doing ordinary things—wandering, drinking, conversing—within a fascinating narrative structure of repetitions and parallels, makes for a signature narrative style. “A clever and...

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TOLL BOOTH

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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TOLL BOOTH

DIRECTOR: Tolga Karaçelik - TURKEY

Kenan is a taciturn 35-year-old tollbooth attendant shuffling between a suffocating home with his ailing but domineering father and the monotony of the traffic-hounded box where he spends his working life. Desperate to resist his father’s attempt to marry him off to a neighbor and equally determined to prove his worth by fixing his father’s idle old car, the pressure on Kenan drives him to the edge of a nervous breakdown. Temporarily reassigned to a tollbooth on a desolate country road, Kenan begins a flirtation with a beautiful woman who drives by at the same time each day—in a car...

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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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THE SILVER CLIFF

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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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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