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MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE

Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE

DIRECTOR: Sameh Zoabi - PALESTINE/ISRAEL

When he’s not working in his cousin’s concrete business, aimless college dropout Jawdat, who lives in the quiet Palestinian town of Iksal inside West Bank Israel, spends most of his free time looking for new women—Muslim, Christian, or even Jewish, it makes no difference—and working his cell phone. When Jawdat’s father, Salem, an olive farmer as intense as his son is laidback, decides that an Israeli cell phone tower is poisoning their village with radiation, he draws the townspeople—and his reluctant son—into a fight with the Israelis. Through their interactions and struggles, writer/director Sameh Zoabi addresses complicated issues of second-class...

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MONSIEUR LAZHAR

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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MONSIEUR LAZHAR

DIRECTOR: Philippe Falardeau - CANADA

When a group of Montreal students finds that their beloved teacher has committed suicide, the shock is traumatizing. Her replacement, Algerian refugee Bachir Lazhar, now has the doubly difficult task of reaching his distraught students while securing his own asylum from past tragedies in his homeland. Falardeau tackles both threads with a delicate touch, bringing wit and warmth to the classroom scenes and granting the political appropriate gravity. As Bachir and his students come to terms with loss, guilt, and other issues that life has prematurely thrown at them, insight, empathy, and eloquence shine through. “With Falardeau’s gentle humor and...

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MORGEN

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 2 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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MORGEN

DIRECTOR: Marian Crisan - ROMANIA

Nelu lives on an isolated farm near the city of Salonta, not far from the Romanian-Hungarian border. He loves fishing each morning in the canals near the border before heading to work. One day he catches something unusual: a Kurdish immigrant attempting to cross the border to Hungary on his way to Germany. Nelu is a massive, slow-thinking, seldom speaking man who, if upset, is capable of unsuspected resoluteness. His quiet determination is a clear standout in this subtle satire that attacks the absurdity of any kind of borders. This charming fish-out-of-water tale about a supermarket security guard who defies...

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MOSSGROVE/BED OF MOSS

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MOSSGROVE/BED OF MOSS

DIRECTOR: Kurtis Hough - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Hough slugs it out in the forested Northwest in this memorable diptych. (10 mins.)

See SHORT CUTS VI: MADE IN OREGON to purchase tickets.

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MR. TREE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 12:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 3 PM (Cinema 21)
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MR. TREE

DIRECTOR: Han Jie - CHINA

Winner of the Jury Grand Prize at the Shanghai Film Festival, Mr. Tree is at once an offbeat character study about a village idiot who might just be a prophet, and a sly, comedic commentary on rampant urbanization in China. The film charts a year in the life of Mr. Shu (a.k.a. Tree), a man whose life allegorically mirrors the social and economic development of his hometown. Shu loses his job after a workplace accident, the start of events that offer unique insight into the ties between local leaders, families, workers, businessmen, and even the past and future. “You’ve probably...

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