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DARLING COMPANION

Fri, Feb 24, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DARLING COMPANION

DIRECTOR: Lawrence Kasdan - UNITED STATES

In Darling Companion, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved doctor husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, a distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a spiritual search for her new canine soul mate. Each member of the search party is affected by...

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DARWIN

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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DARWIN

DIRECTOR: Nick Brandestini - SWITZERLAND

In its glory years, Darwin, Calif., was a thriving mining town in Death Valley. Today, just 35 hard scrabble survivors hold on in a near ghost town with no jobs, government, or much connection to the modern outside world. Survival depends on a fragile waterline running down the mountain from a secret weapons test range. Brandestini’s evocative film interviews the town’s citizens, each of them driven to their solitary Mojave Desert outpost by poignant circumstances. Capturing his subjects with empathy and the place’s atmospheric tone with uncanny sensitivity, a compelling portrait emerges of a uniquely American place. “Darwin is a...

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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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THE DAY HE ARRIVES

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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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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DECLARATION OF WAR

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DECLARATION OF WAR

DIRECTOR: Valérie Donzelli - FRANCE

Romeo and Juliette face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is critically ill. Gathering friends and family, they confront the dark challenges as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music, and heartbreaking performances that result in an unexpected film about a contemporary couple who surprise even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other. “A joy to watch. ... Few viewers will fail to be moved and charmed by this tale of a parent’s worst nightmare...

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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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DIK

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

DIK

DIRECTOR: Christopher Stollerby - AUSTRALIA

A child’s drawing is the inadvertent catalyst in this spirited domestic comedy about sexuality and secrets. (10 mins.)

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