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Films & Schedules - Oscar Submissions

ABU, SON OF ADAM

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 3 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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ABU, SON OF ADAM

DIRECTOR: Salim Ahmed - INDIA

This year’s Indian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a quiet, contemplative film in which one man’s sincerity and virtue shine through. Aging Abu and his wife share the lifelong dream of devout Muslims to go on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca before they die. They register their names with a travel agent but soon realize that their ambition will require severe sacrifices. They sell everything they have of any value, including the jackfruit tree in front of their house. Although the tree is found to be hollow and the timber merchant is willing to take the...

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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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BREATHING

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 8 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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BREATHING

DIRECTOR: Karl Markovics - AUSTRIA

Nineteen-year-old Roman Kogler lives in a grim juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Vienna for having accidentally killed a minor. After a series of disastrous job tryouts, his compassionate parole officer finds him a place driving a truck for the city morgue, working on the team that collects cadavers—a job that gives Roman a sense of purpose for the first time in his life. After a surprising turn of events on the job, Roman is compelled to seek out the birth mother who abandoned him as a child. Perhaps the years of holding his breath for life to start...

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BULLHEAD

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BULLHEAD

DIRECTOR: Michael R. Roskam - BELGIUM

In an unlikely setting for organized crime—the farmlands of Flanders—Bullhead plunges us into the corrupt underbelly of a mafia-run meat industry, where illegal use of growth hormones on cattle runs rampant. After a detective is murdered, Jacky, a grotesquely muscular man supped up on steroids, becomes suspicious of a potential partnership with a rival manufacturer. Compounding his weariness is the presence of Diederik. Flashbacks into Jacky’s childhood soon reveal the two men are linked by a physically traumatic, life-altering tragedy. A fascinating genre mash-up—a gritty, gonzo crime thriller with quirky humor, harrowing suspense, and elements of Frankenstein and Dr....

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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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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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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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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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HABANASTATION

Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 10 AM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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HABANASTATION

DIRECTOR: Ian Padrón - CUBA

Cuban director Ian Padrón presents his first feature-length film as “a fictional story about reality.” Tracing the lives of two Cuban classmates with contrasting lives, Padrón follows Mayito, a young boy whose wealthy jazz pianist father showers him with privilege, who gets lost and wanders blindly into the dangers of Carlos’ West Havana neighborhood, La Timba. What follows is a heartwarming journey of friendship and inspirational discovery as the selfish Mayito learns there are other joys than having the latest PlayStation. Featuring members of the internationally renowned children’s theater company La Colmenita, Padrón’s stylish film offers a telling portrait of...

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JOSÉ Y PILAR

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 12:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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JOSÉ Y PILAR

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes - PORTUGAL

Co-produced by Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar together with Fernando Meirelles, this affectionate portrait of Portugal’s Nobel Prize winner José Saramago reveals the struggle between the very private man and the world-famous artist. A modestly successful writer at home, Saramago became an international literary giant through the prodding of his Spanish wife, Pilar del Rio. José is an unforgettable love story of genuine soul mates: according to Saramago, “I have ideas for novels, and Pilar has ideas for life.” The film captures the media whirlwind that surrounds the Saramagos after the prize, as well as the quiet, tender moments the couple...

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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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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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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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THE ORATOR

Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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THE ORATOR

DIRECTOR: Tusi Tamasese - NEW ZEALAND

While The Orator’s status as Samoa’s first feature film makes it a native landmark, writer/director Tusi Tamasese’s deft command of atmospherics, tone, and rhythm transforms it into a genuinely noteworthy achievement. Primarily employing first-time actors to bring this delicately wrought tale to life, Tamasese centers his film on Saili, a diminutive taro farmer who lives with his wife Vaaiga and her willful daughter at the outskirts of a remote jungle village. When Vaaiga’s estranged family suddenly demands her return, Saili must settle the dispute through the Samoan tradition of oration. As he prepares, we witness a sense of self-worth being...

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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
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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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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TIME FREAK

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TIME FREAK

DIRECTOR: Andrew Bowler - UNITED STATES

Chronology goes comically awry for a wacky inventor trying to change his life using his time machine. (10 mins.)

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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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VOLCANO

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 2:15 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 8 PM (Cinemagic)
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VOLCANO

DIRECTOR: Rúnar Rúnarsson - ICELAND

This year’s Icelandic submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a “coming-of-age story about a 67-year-old man.” It opens with elegiac images of a volcanic eruption that devastated a coastal town before fast-forwarding to the present—when Hannes, a survivor of the disaster, is retiring from his job as a school custodian. He advises his successor that it’s best if the students fear him; at his sparsely attended retirement party, Hannes responds to the principal’s gently teasing farewell by saying, “My skin is thicker than a shark’s. I can take it.” But can he? Hannes attempts suicide; upon failing,...

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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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WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK

Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 6:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK

DIRECTOR: Marlon Rivera - PHILIPPINES

Woman in the Septic Tank chronicles a comic day in the life of three ambitious, passionate, but misguided filmmakers determinedly intent on making an award-winning film. Their screenplay will show the real essence of Philippine culture: poverty. The story will follow Mila, a mother from the slums who out of desperation has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible ways to do the film, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn: as a gritty, no-frills, neo-realist film; a glossy musical; an over-the-top melodrama; and a docudrama using non-actors. Visiting the dump, excitement sets in when they see the “beauty”...

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