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THE FAIRY

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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THE FAIRY

DIRECTOR: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy - FRANCE

Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial seaport of Le Havre. One night, a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona. She tells Dom she is a fairy and grants him three wishes. Off on a whirlwind romp around the town, two wishes come true, but then Fiona mysteriously disappears. Dom, now hopelessly in love, searches for her everywhere. “This delightfully off-kilter comedy seems to have been born without a cynical bone in its body. The Tati-inspired physical comedy and charming dance numbers abet an ingenious, whimsical tale. ... The...

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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS

DIRECTOR: William Joyce - UNITED STATES

This lyrical love letter to books celebrates the transformative powers of storytelling. (17 mins.)

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FIRST POSITION

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE FLYING HOUSE

DIRECTOR: Winsor McCay, Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

A “re-imagining” of Winsor McCay’s classic 1921 short Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House, hand-colored by Plympton using reprints of Winsor’s color comics as a guide. (7.5 mins.)

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FOOTNOTE

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 5 PM (Cinema 21)
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FOOTNOTE

DIRECTOR: Joseph Cedar - ISRAEL

This wry, painfully funny, intellectual tragicomedy was the winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes and is this year’s Israeli submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Thanks to a clerical error, Eliezer, a respected, if little-known Talmudic scholar, is informed that he’s won the coveted Israel Prize; in truth, the prize was meant for his son, Uriel, a much more respected, widely-read Talmudist. The prize committee implores Uriel to help them rectify the sticky situation, but Uriel argues that his father deserves the honor for his years of work. To take it back would kill him. Meanwhile,...

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FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD

DIRECTOR: Joshua Marston - ALBANIA

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, Forgiveness of Blood is set in a small Albanian town where the old and the new are never far apart. Heading to his job, Mark takes a shortcut across a neighbor’s property. In a place known for its centuries-old blood feuds, the transgression results in murder. Ancient Balkan code of law allows for retribution, forcing Mark into hiding, while his teenage son Nik—more interested in motorcycles, the internet, and his girlfriend than in old rivalries—must confine himself at home to escape the avenging family. It is then...

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FOUND MEMORIES

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 6 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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FOUND MEMORIES

DIRECTOR: Julia Murat - BRAZIL

Invested with elements of magic realism, Found Memories (“Stories only exist when remembered”) is a fable set in a forgotten town steeped in a forgotten time. Every morning, Madalena makes bread for Antonio’s old coffee shop, crosses the railways where no trains have passed for years, cleans the cemetery gate, and listens to the priest’s sermon before sharing lunch with the other old villagers. Clinging to the image of her dead husband and living in her memories, Madalena is awakened by the arrival of Rita, a young photographer attracted to a ghost village where time seems to have stopped. They...

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FREE MEN

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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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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