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BIG BANG BIG BOOM

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

BIG BANG BIG BOOM

DIRECTOR: Silvia Siberini - ITALY

An ingenious animation that uses the city as its canvas to tell a short, unscientific story about evolution and its possible consequences. (10 mins.)

See SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES to purchase tickets.

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CORPO CELESTE

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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HABEMUS PAPAM

Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 6 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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HABEMUS PAPAM

DIRECTOR: Nanni Moretti - ITALY

Moretti’s new film (translated as “We Have a Pope”) is a gentle satire centered around papal succession in the Catholic Church: what if a newly elected pontiff got cold feet, in the time between the Conclave of Cardinals’ election (declaring him infallible) and the announcement of “Habemus Papam” to the public in St. Peter’s Square, ensnaring the clergy in a doctrinal loophole of suspended succession? Call a shrink, of course. The result is a winning blend of witty farce (emphatically not anti-clerical and filmed at the Vatican) with a deeply affecting portrait of a man elected to an office that...

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THE SALT OF LIFE

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 6 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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THE SALT OF LIFE

DIRECTOR: Gianni Di Gregorio - ITALY

Writer/director/star Gianni Di Gregorio follows up his acclaimed Mid-August Lunch with another gentle comedy of manners and melancholy. Rome retiree Gianni has time on his hands, but none of the women in his life do—his wife works, his daughter is busy with university, his mother has a full social calendar, and his party-girl neighbor just has too much drama in her life. Gianni’s friend Alfonso thinks he should have an affair, which Gianni pursues half-heartedly with comically inept results. In the end, his big-hearted desire and lively imagination prove that the wanting may be as good as the getting. Throughout...

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THE WHOLLY FAMILY

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

THE WHOLLY FAMILY

DIRECTOR: Terry Gilliam - ITALY

An American family in the streets of Naples. Their young son steals a Pulcinella doll, which is reputed to bring bad luck. (19 mins.)

See SHORT CUTS II: INTERNATIONAL TIES to purchase tickets.

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