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AMADOR

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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AMADOR

DIRECTOR: Fernando León de Aranoa - SPAIN

Marcela is a young Bolivian immigrant woman living in Spain. Her sweetness and sensitivity are instantly perceptible, yet when she learns she is pregnant with the child of her flower-thief boyfriend, the terrified Marcela is forced to find a way to support herself and her extravagant husband. Taking a job caring for the ill and elderly Amador, Marcela’s kind nature enables her to make friends with the lonely old man. They quickly share an understanding for one another, revealing the unhappiness in their pasts. But when Amador suddenly dies, Marcela is forced to go to great lengths to pretend he...

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ATTENBERG

Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Cinemagic)
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ATTENBERG

DIRECTOR: Athina Rachel Tsangari - GREECE

Attenberg is about Marina, a young woman living in a small coastal town who is infatuated with synth-pop band Suicide and the mammal documentaries of David Attenborough. Her other primary cultural influence is Monty Python, prompting her and her one friend Bella to adopt some Silly Walks. Despite help from her dying father, a visionary architect, and Bella, she struggles to understand the rituals of human interactions, attempting to make sense of her relationships with sex and death with the same detached manner demonstrated by her favorite naturalist. Given the oddities of human nature, will the virginal Marina ever overcome...

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AURORA

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 6 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6:30 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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AURORA

DIRECTOR: Cristi Puiu - ROMANIA

Following his spellbinding Romanian hospital odyssey The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Aurora is Puiu’s second film in his planned series “Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest.” Here, the tightly wound coldness of middle-aged metallurgical engineer Viorel—played by Puiu himself with inscrutable intensity—slowly metastasizes into a discreet, inaccessible unraveling. Elliptically observing the day-to-day life of a seemingly normal guy who will eventually commit violent acts, Puiu invites the audience to puzzle over his motives. We watch him from a distance as simmering anger and disconnection take hold. “For all the viewer’s constant immersion in the specifics of Viorel’s activity, there’s...

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BONSAI

Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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BONSAI

DIRECTOR: Cristián Jiménez - CHILE

Reading Flaubert and Proust with your girlfriend after passionate lovemaking—what more could a young intellectual want? Adapting the award-winning novel by Alejandro Zambra, Jiménez’s effortlessly shimmering, sensually Latin story chronicles the lengthy love affair between two college students, Julio and Emilia. The two initially meet after a class in which Julio lies about reading Proust; fast-forwarding eight years into the future, Julio is still spinning tales about his literary prowess to his latest lover, Blanca, while staying up each night writing a novel about his love affair with Emilia. With a structure that revolves loosely around Proust’s Remembrance of...

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CAFÉ DE FLORE

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 6 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 7:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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CAFÉ DE FLORE

DIRECTOR: Jean-Marc Vallée - CANADA

Blending smooth electro beats with the retro sounds of big band strings and horns, the music sets the tone for a story about love in its many forms. The film opens in present-day Montreal, where Antoine, a successful DJ in his early ’40s, has not only a dream job and home but also two beautiful young daughters and the love of his life, Rose, by his side. Life is not as rosy for the occasionally foul-mouthed, working-class Frenchwoman Jacqueline who is raising her mentally challenged seven-year-old son alone in 1967 Paris. These two stories unspool side by side, bound together...

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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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CIRKUS COLUMBIA

Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 6 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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CIRKUS COLUMBIA

DIRECTOR: Danis Tanovic - BOSNIA

After living in exile in Germany for 20 years, Ditko returns to his hometown in Communist-free (1991) Yugoslavia to start a new life. He comes back in style: sexy girlfriend Azra, new Mercedes, loads of cash, and a precious cat named Bonny. But he also has revenge on his mind: his primary target is wife Lucija who failed to follow him to Germany when he was forced to flee. He kicks her out of her/their house while trying to reconnect with his now 20-year-old son, Martin, who is far more interested in Azra than in him. But soon war reaches...

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DARLING COMPANION

Fri, Feb 24, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DARLING COMPANION

DIRECTOR: Lawrence Kasdan - UNITED STATES

In Darling Companion, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved doctor husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, a distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a spiritual search for her new canine soul mate. Each member of the search party is affected by...

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THE DAY HE ARRIVES

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE DAY HE ARRIVES

DIRECTOR: Hong Sang-Soo - SOUTH KOREA

Sungjoon, a film professor, arrives to visit an old filmmaker friend in wintry Seoul and encounters various acquaintances and strangers. Over the next several days, the same rendezvous occur with different results—is he living a repetitive life or re-living the same day again and again? Like the intoxicated reveries of his aimless characters, Hong’s storytelling transforms casual, everyday occurrences into a mysterious meditation on human behavior. Mixing romantic allure and cool detachment, Hong’s ability to capture ordinary characters doing ordinary things—wandering, drinking, conversing—within a fascinating narrative structure of repetitions and parallels, makes for a signature narrative style. “A clever and...

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DECLARATION OF WAR

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DECLARATION OF WAR

DIRECTOR: Valérie Donzelli - FRANCE

Romeo and Juliette face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is critically ill. Gathering friends and family, they confront the dark challenges as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music, and heartbreaking performances that result in an unexpected film about a contemporary couple who surprise even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other. “A joy to watch. ... Few viewers will fail to be moved and charmed by this tale of a parent’s worst nightmare...

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ELENA

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 5:15 PM (Cinemagic)
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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ELENA

DIRECTOR: Andrei Zvyagintsev - RUSSIA

Elena dotes on her selfish, wealthy husband Vladimir and lives a lonely life surrounded by luxury in a sterile, ultra-modern penthouse. But when the aging Vladimir informs Elena that he is altering his will to leave his money to his spoiled, boozy daughter from a previous marriage, she makes a decision to speed Vladimir’s journey to the grave before the will can be changed. Zvyagintsev conjures an uncompromising vision of a Russia in moral disarray in this tautly restrained domestic drama. A literate and chilling take on contemporary class warfare, Elena paints a riveting portrait of decadence and the emptying...

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EXTRATERRESTRIAL

Fri, Feb 24, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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EXTRATERRESTRIAL

DIRECTOR: Nacho Vigalondo - SPAIN

“Nacho Vigalondo’s second feature solidifies his status as one of the most creative and exciting young filmmakers around. His first feature Timecrimes told the story of a man who stumbles into a time machine and the improbable events that followed. Vigalondo’s new film takes a similarly high concept premise but veers into wildly different territory. Extraterrestrial begins by announcing the arrival of massive alien spaceships above modern-day Madrid. But instead of a sci-fi space opera, we are treated to a fanciful romantic comedy. The alien invasion is only the catalyst for human deception, betrayal, and suspicion on an intergalactic scale....

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THE FAIRY

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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THE FAIRY

DIRECTOR: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy - FRANCE

Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial seaport of Le Havre. One night, a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona. She tells Dom she is a fairy and grants him three wishes. Off on a whirlwind romp around the town, two wishes come true, but then Fiona mysteriously disappears. Dom, now hopelessly in love, searches for her everywhere. “This delightfully off-kilter comedy seems to have been born without a cynical bone in its body. The Tati-inspired physical comedy and charming dance numbers abet an ingenious, whimsical tale. ... The...

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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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FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD

DIRECTOR: Joshua Marston - ALBANIA

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, Forgiveness of Blood is set in a small Albanian town where the old and the new are never far apart. Heading to his job, Mark takes a shortcut across a neighbor’s property. In a place known for its centuries-old blood feuds, the transgression results in murder. Ancient Balkan code of law allows for retribution, forcing Mark into hiding, while his teenage son Nik—more interested in motorcycles, the internet, and his girlfriend than in old rivalries—must confine himself at home to escape the avenging family. It is then...

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FREE MEN

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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FREE MEN

DIRECTOR: Ismaël Ferroukhi - FRANCE

The little-known stories of Muslim freedom fighters and a Paris mosque that sheltered Jews during World War II are woven into a gripping wartime espionage drama inspired by actual events. Younes, a young, unemployed Algerian immigrant, survives Nazi-occupied France by hawking black market goods. Arrested by police, the apolitical and unaware Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Grand Mosque and its shrewd imam who is suspected of providing Jews with false identification papers while feigning cordialities with a Gestapo major. A dangerous cat-and-mouse game ensues when Younes befriends a charismatic cabaret singer with a secret identity, prompting an awakening...

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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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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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GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 2 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

DIRECTOR: Mia Hansen-Løve - FRANCE

Mia Hansen-Løve shows her talent for capturing the agony and the ecstasy of adolescence in this perceptive, delicate portrait of a bright young woman in the wake of her first romance. Fifteen-year-old Camille (Lola Créton) is a serious, intensely focused girl who has joyously fallen in love with cheerful Sullivan, an older boy who reciprocates her feelings, mostly, but wants to be free to explore the world. When he leaves her to travel through South America, she is totally devastated. But over the next eight years, she develops into a more fully formed woman with new interests and a new...

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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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IDENTITY CARD

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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IDENTITY CARD

DIRECTOR: Ondrej Trojan - CZECH REPUBLIC

Prague, 1974. Four friends—Petr, Ales, Popelka, and Mita—are about to come of age in socialist Czechoslovakia. As with all youths at age 15, they are required to attend a ceremony at which they are to be issued identity cards. Officially, this is a milestone in the life of citizens; in reality, however, it’s a document that the police can use to humiliate and manipulate young rebels at their convenience. Having turned up in jeans and, even more remarkably, without the ubiquitous pioneer neckties, the four boys immediately attract the attention of the zealous policemen charged with conducting the ceremony—a sign...

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JEAN GENTIL

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 5 PM (Cinemagic)
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Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Cinemagic)
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JEAN GENTIL

DIRECTOR: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jean is an educated and devout Christian man, forced like many others to leave Haiti to look for work in the Dominican Republic. His biggest virtue is his remarkably genteel and dignified attitude in the face of rejection and discrimination. Having failed to find work in Santo Domingo, he sets out into the incredibly lush countryside, only to find himself pushed further into loneliness and desperation. Cárdenas and Guzmán create an intimate portrait of a quiet soul searching for a better life in a seemingly indifferent world. With its stunning landscape, naturalistic performances, and focus on character rather than societal...

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THE KID WITH A BIKE

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 7:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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THE KID WITH A BIKE

DIRECTOR: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne - BELGIUM

The Dardennes’ latest film centers on Cyril, a restless 11-year-old boy placed in a children’s home after being abandoned by his father. Unwilling to face the fact that parents are imperfect people, Cyril runs away to his former apartment block in search of both Dad and his abandoned bicycle. Rebuffed by his father, he meets Samantha, a kind hairdresser who helps to retrieve his bike and eventually agrees to become his weekend guardian. But literally and figuratively, Cyril isn’t out of the woods just yet. Shooting once more in the Belgian seaport town of Seraing, the Dardennes have created another...

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KISS ME

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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KISS ME

DIRECTOR: Alexandra-Therese Keining - SWEDEN

“Love can blossom at the most inopportune moments—and that’s what happens to Mia and Frida, two thirty-something professionals who meet at a party celebrating the engagement of Frida’s mother and Mia’s father. As future stepsisters—not to mention the fact that Mia is herself engaged—theirs will not be an easy path. From this beginning, Keining fashions a nuanced and deeply felt drama that does not avoid confronting the barriers—both personal and social—faced by her same-sex couple. For the heretofore-hetero Mia, her attraction to Frida—a lesbian very comfortable in her own skin—is a shock. But as their relationship develops emotionally and sexually,...

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THE LIFE OF FISH

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 1 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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THE LIFE OF FISH

DIRECTOR: Matías Bize - CHILE

At a house party, a handsome man wanders around catching up with friends he has not seen for some years. A travel writer now based in Berlin, Andre appears to be living an exciting international life, and yet something has drawn him back home to Santiago. As the night goes on, we realize that a tragedy binds this group—an event that was also the impetus for Andre’s departure from Chile years ago. Moreover, there is someone at the party he goes to great lengths to avoid. But she is the very person he most needs to see. The weight of...

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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

DIRECTOR: Johnnie To - HONG KONG

A departure from To’s action films, Life Without Principle is a sharp and complex look at contemporary Hong Kong life in the wake of the financial crisis over the last few years. The film tells the story of three characters: a financial analyst forced to sell high-risk securities to customers in order to meet sales targets, a thug dealing in futures in order to earn enough money to post bail for a friend, and a police inspector suddenly in financial straits due to family obligations. In dire need of money, each is forced to make morally questionable choices when stolen...

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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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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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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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ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 7:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
at 3 PM (Cinema 21)
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ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

DIRECTOR: Nuri Bilge Ceylan - TURKEY

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, Ceylan’s story begins as a small caravan of cars snakes its way through the nocturnal countryside looking for where a murdered man was buried. Yet every time the confessed killer points out the grave, the gravediggers come up empty. Much of the landscape looks alike, it’s dark out, and anyway the killer claims he was drunk. As the increasingly frustrating investigation wears on, far more is revealed than where the body is buried. Through quick looks, furtive gestures, and offhand bits of dialogue, Ceylan reveals in this seemingly pacific Turkish outback a...

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PATAGONIA

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
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Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 2:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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PATAGONIA

DIRECTOR: Marc Evans - GREAT BRITAIN

In the midst of the stunning mountains of Patagonia is an almost mythical community of Welsh natives, born of settlers from the 1800s. Evans incorporates the culture and countryside of both countries to tell the tales of two women. In Cardiff, Gwen and husband Rhys have felt a strain on their relationship. When Rhys is sent on a photographic project to Patagonia, Gwen sees a chance to repair their relationship with a bit of escapism. In Patagonia, elderly Argentinean Cerys is starting a pilgrimage to the Welsh countryside that was once her mother’s home. Gwen’s quest for meaning in her...

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PLAY

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 5:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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PLAY

DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund - SWEDEN

“A deliberately provoked racial incident, based on numerous similar real life transgressions, is played for all it’s worth in Play. Swedish writer/director Östlund employs mesmerizing visual strategies to relate a disturbing tale of how five savvy African immigrant boys in Gothenburg take advantage of the liberal guilt and placating temperament of three local kids to rob them and take them for a ride to unknown destinations. Social, racial, and political credos are twisted, pulled inside out, and stood on their heads by this bracing and confronting work, which will challenge the assumptions of many a viewer. Play poses more questions...

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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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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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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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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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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 SILVER CLIFF

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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THE SILVER CLIFF

DIRECTOR: Karim Aïnouz - BRAZIL

Violeta has it all: a loving husband, a beautiful child, a fulfilling career, and a new apartment near the beach. Like any normal day, she dives into her routine, gets ready for work, kisses her husband goodbye, and heads off on her bike commute through the hectic city of Rio de Janeiro. The tides violently change when she receives a stunning voicemail from her husband. He is leaving and never plans on returning. In shock and confusion, Violeta leaves work and floats heartbroken through the streets. Inspired by the song “Eye to Eye” by Brazil’s celebrated Chico Buarque, Aïnouz’s beautifully...

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SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO

DIRECTOR: Robert Guédiguian - FRANCE

“Inspired not by the Hemingway novel but by a Victor Hugo poem, Guédiguian returns to the working-class Marseille that inspired his Marius and Jeannette. Brimming with passion, humanity, and political conviction, the film asks what it means to be socialist in the 21st century. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with laid-off dock comrades, union rep Michel finds himself jobless but faces the future with dogged optimism. Then, for their anniversary, he and his wife are presented with cash and tickets for an African dream holiday. But a shocking event leaves the couple traumatized and causes Michel to ponder the nature of solidarity and...

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SURVIVING LIFE

Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SURVIVING LIFE

DIRECTOR: Jan Svankmajer - CZECH REPUBLIC

“Legendary surrealist director Svankmajer returns with one of the warmest and funniest films of his career. Eugene, seemingly content in his marriage and mundane career, finds himself repeatedly dreaming of a mysterious beautiful woman. Seeking the help of a psychoanalyst to explain this phenomenon, he finds himself torn between his erotic dream life and the waking world. This being Svankmajer, complete with his trademark mix of live action with animation and scabrous wit, Eugene surprises his doctor by saying he doesn’t want to stop the dreams but rather wants to plunge deeper into his subconscious to spend more time with...

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TALES OF THE NIGHT

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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TALES OF THE NIGHT

DIRECTOR: Michel Ocelot - FRANCE

Renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot’s new film extends the distinguished shadow puppet style of his Princes and Princesses and Azur and Asmar with black-silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns. A girl, a boy, and an old man get together in a small movie theater full of wonders where they invent, draw, dress up, and become characters in magical stories. The film weaves together six of their exotic fables, each unfolding in a unique locale—Tibet, medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s...

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TARGET

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 6:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 7:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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TARGET

DIRECTOR: Alexander Zeldovich - RUSSIA

In 2020, the Russian rich—now beyond rich—have sealed themselves off in their single-minded pursuit of technological and hedonistic pleasure. A powerful minister, his bored but beautiful wife, her game show host brother, and a cynical military officer make their way to a mysterious military facility on the remote, spectacular Mongolian border. While exposure to the installation’s “radiation” treatment promises to arrest the aging process and perfect them physically, it also leads them to discover insatiable desires and, ultimately, their own special chaos. Written by the much admired novelist Vladimir Sorokin, this wild science fiction ride features the astonishing visual design...

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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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WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 6 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

DIRECTOR: Nadine Labaki - LEBANON

In a remote Lebanese village, Christians and Muslims have lived together all their lives, largely in peace despite occasional flare-ups precipitated by external forces. Although semi-isolated from the outside world, landmines nevertheless surround the countryside and intermittent television reception makes all aware of the religious conflicts that grip the country. To combat their edgy men from absorbing outside tension and localizing violence, the women are constantly inventive in creating distractions—everything from importing Ukrainian showgirls to baking hash cookies to keep everyone mellow. But when there is a death from crossfire outside the village, it is time for stronger measures. Labaki’s...

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