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CAIRO EXIT

CAIRO EXIT

DIRECTOR: Hesham Issawi - EGYPT

Issawi’s powerful story is set in contemporary Cairo, where the struggles of a pair of star-crossed lovers reflect on the many social and cultural taboos that complicate survival. Amal is an 18-year-old Coptic girl living in the slums. Her Muslim boyfriend Tarek is planning to leave on an illegal boat crossing to Italy. Amal tells Tarek she is pregnant, but he gives her an ultimatum—come with him or have an abortion. Despite her love for him, she rejects both choices. She cannot bear to consider the future she faces as a poor woman in Egypt, reflected in the lives of...

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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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GOODBYE

Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 2 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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GOODBYE

DIRECTOR: Mohammad Rasoulof - IRAN

Goodbye is the story of Noora (Leyla Zareh), a Tehran lawyer in search of a visa to leave the country. Recently disbarred for participating in activist campaigns against the government, Noora is pregnant and alone, her husband exiled because of his role as a political journalist. But Noora’s problems are compounded by her gender: women are not allowed to drive, cannot get medical procedures or check into a hotel without a male family member’s consent, and cannot take charge of simple transactions, like getting a security deposit back, without being harassed or cheated. Fed up, she decides to leave the...

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QARANTINA

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 1 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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QARANTINA

DIRECTOR: Oday Rasheed - IRAQ

A broken family under incestuous patriarch Salih lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated house in Baghdad. Meriam, Salih’s pregnant daughter, has fallen silent, refusing to tell her father what’s wrong. She finds some protection from Salih’s young second wife, Kerima, and his pre-teen son, Muhanad. Meanwhile, with the family struggling for money, Muhanad must work in the street shining shoes, and, more ominously, the entire household must live with a sullen and imperious boarder, a man who works as a white-collar killer and who has taken Kerima under his spell. Rasheed moodily captures Baghdad’s beautiful, colorful surroundings...

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RESTORATION

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 1 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 6 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 5:15 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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RESTORATION

DIRECTOR: Yossi Madmoni - ISRAEL

An aging recluse tries to salvage his antique furniture store and solitary way of life in Restoration, a nuanced drama nominated for 12 Israeli Ophir Awards. After his longtime business partner dies, stoic Yakov Fidelman discovers his Tel Aviv workshop is near bankruptcy. When his estranged son Noah tries to sell the property from under him, Fidelman hires apprentice Anton to refurbish a neglected Steinway that could save the business. An attraction between Anton and Noah’s pregnant wife Hava complicates matters. Anchored by Sasson Gabay’s mesmerizing performance as Yakov, Madmoni’s critically acclaimed psychological study depicts a complex set of frayed...

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SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Thu, Feb 9, 2012
at 7:30 PM (Newmark Theatre)
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SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

DIRECTOR: Lasse Hallström - GREAT BRITAIN

With a script from Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) based on Paul Torday’s bestselling novel, this witty romantic comedy revolves around the effort to make the impossible possible. Fred (Ewan McGregor), a stuffy government fisheries scientist, is reluctantly drawn into the seemingly ludicrous effort to introduce British salmon into the highlands of the Yemen by a fishing-obsessed Arab sheik (Amr Waked). At first resistant, he is pressured into going along with the plan at the behest of senior diplomats and the prime minister’s PR maven (Kristin Scott Thomas), who are all intent upon gaining the sheik’s favor. Urged on...

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THIS IS NOT A FILM

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THIS IS NOT A FILM

DIRECTOR: Jafar Panahi - IRAN

“Accused of collusion against the Iranian regime and currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi collaborated with the documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on a remarkable day-in-the-life chronicle that, as with many great Iranian films, finds a rich middle ground between fiction and reality. Shot with a digital camera and an iPhone, the movie is almost entirely confined to the director’s apartment, where he discusses his films and an unrealized script, while the outside world imposes itself through phone calls, television news, a few comic interruptions, and the sound of New Year’s fireworks. Far more than the...

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