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ALMANYA—WELCOME TO GERMANY

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 8 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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ALMANYA—WELCOME TO GERMANY

DIRECTOR: Yasemin Samdereli - GERMANY

Winner of the Audience Award at the Chicago Film Festival and German Film Prizes for Best Film and Best Screenplay, Almanya is a breezy culture clash comedy centering on multiple generations of a German-Turkish clan. After working for 45 years in Germany as a Turkish “gastarbeiter” or guest worker, Hüseyin Yilmaz, now in his 70s and a citizen, announces to his family that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants everyone to go back with him to renovate it. After some convincing, the family is Anatolia-bound. Cross-cutting between Hüseyin and his young family’s migration to Germany (Almanya) in...

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GERHARD RICHTER

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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GERHARD RICHTER

DIRECTOR: Corinna Belz - GERMANY

“Corinna Belz’s documentary is an unprecedented and oddly dangerous journey into the studios of Gerhard Richter, widely considered to be among the world’s most important living painters. Famously cranky and iconoclastic, Richter is an ideal subject to illuminate the deep fissures in the contemporary art world. His career has been a high-wire balancing act between eye-popping, colorful abstractions—seen in construction throughout much of the film—and enormously famous photorealist portraiture. He has also been an influential essayist on art-making and its place in the world. Though we see the 79-year-old artist talking with his legendary gallerist Marian Goodman, being feted at...

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THE LONELIEST PLANET

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 5:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE LONELIEST PLANET

DIRECTOR: Julia Loktev - GERMANY

Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and Alex (Gael García Bernal), a few months away from their wedding, are on a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. With their guide Dato, the two appear to be completely in control of their environment and wildly attracted to each other. But as they journey through the deserted landscape, they are suddenly taken by surprise. A momentary mistake is made, an involuntary gesture. Brief though this is, it threatens everything the couple believed about themselves and each other. With looks and glances, no words are needed to uncover the toxic, erosive effects of disappointment...

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RAJU

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

RAJU

DIRECTOR: Max Zähle - GERMANY

When a German couple arrive in an Indian city to adopt a boy, his brief escape triggers a glimpse inside a system of procurement that may not be as altruistic as it first seems. (24 mins.)

See SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES to purchase tickets.

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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.)

See SHORT CUTS V: IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS to purchase tickets.

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