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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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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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LET THE BULLETS FLY

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 11:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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LET THE BULLETS FLY

DIRECTOR: Jiang Wen - CHINA

In remote 1920s Warlord China, a gang of bandits, led by “Pocky” Zhang (Jiang Wen), hijack a train that happens to have the destination town’s new governor on board. When the train crashes, the lone survivors are the governor’s sleazy advisor (Ge You) and his wife (Carina Lau). Zhang, an honorable outlaw, decides to pose as the new governor and share the fortune from the hijacking with the townspeople. But ruthless mobster Master Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) aims to stop Zhang’s scheme, launching an epic battle of both wits and bullets. As action-packed as it is hilarious, Jiang Wen’s film is...

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NORWEGIAN WOOD

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 8 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 7 PM (Cinemagic)
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NORWEGIAN WOOD

DIRECTOR: Tran Anh Hung - JAPAN

Set in the late ’60s when Tokyo universities were rife with political unrest, Watanabe is a student whose deepening relationship with the emotionally fragile Naoko is haunted by the specter of a past tragedy. Caught between her emotional and then geographical retreat and the expanding world of college life, Watanabe’s loyalty is tested by adventurous best friend and dilettante Nagasawa and the enchanting and strikingly independent Midori. The themes of awakening, loss, and melancholy that ripple through both the novel and the Beatles song from which it derives its name are perfectly accentuated by an evocative score from Jonny Greenwood...

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POSTCARD

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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POSTCARD

DIRECTOR: Kaneto Shindo - JAPAN

This late-life masterpiece—his 49th film—won writer/director Shindo the Tokyo Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and is this year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. A powerful and moving anti-war film driven by Shindo’s own experience, it focuses on the impact of World War II at home. Toward the war’s end, 100 middle-aged Japanese soldiers are ordered to the frontlines. Expecting that he will not return, one soldier, Sadazo, leaves a postcard from his wife Tomoko with his bunkmate, Matsuyama, asking that he let her know he appreciated it. Matsuyama is one of only six men who survive...

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ROSE

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 7:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ROSE

DIRECTOR: Wojciech Smarzowski - POLAND

For many in Poland, the immediate post-World War II years were as savage and tragic as the war itself. Rose is a story about people who tried to rebuild their lives in this difficult period. It follows Tadeusz, a former Home Army fighter, who travels to the Western region of Masuria to find the wife (Rose) of one of the fallen soldiers and let her know of her husband’s death. Their mutual attraction leads them to live together, balancing the difficulties of raising a family and preserving normalcy amidst the lawless brutality of their Soviet occupiers. The people of Masuria,...

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THE TURIN HORSE

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 7 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE TURIN HORSE

DIRECTOR: Béla Tarr - HUNGARY

The prologue describes an (apocryphal) event in the life of Friedrich Nietzsche—witnessing a carriage driver whipping his horse, the philosopher flung himself around the defenseless animal, then collapsed, a mute invalid for the final decade of his life. But what of the horse? Recalling both Tarr’s masterpiece Sátántangó and the parable-like work of Bresson, Tarr introduces the miserable cabman Ohlsdorfer leading his long-suffering steed home to their hovel, both to be cared for by his granddaughter. The Ohlsdorfers’ lives consist of drudgery, subsistence on potatoes, and repetition, monumentally staged and hypnotically paced by Tarr, aided by Fred Keleman’s striking camerawork...

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