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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

663114

DIRECTOR: Isamu Hirabayashi - JAPAN

The Japanese tsunami and earthquake from the perspective of a 66-year-old cicada. (8 mins.)

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CHICKEN AND ZOE

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

CHICKEN AND ZOE

DIRECTOR: Yael Bridge - UNITED STATES

Eating chicken takes on new meaning for four-year-old Zoe as she observes her first slaughter. (4 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

A CURIOUS CONJUNCTION OF COINCIDENCES

DIRECTOR: Joost Reijmers - NETHERLANDS

An absurdist journey through time in which the worlds of three hapless heroes living in different centuries collide unexpectedly in present-day Amsterdam. (9 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE DEVIL’S BALLROOM

DIRECTOR: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken - NORWAY/GREENLAND

After burying his last remaining companion, a fearless explorer has to find his way to the North Pole alone, fighting snow blindness and physical strain. An unexpected encounter forces him to decide between honor and fame or keeping the moral high ground. (15 mins.)

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THE FACTORY

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE FACTORY

DIRECTOR: Aly Muritiba - BRAZIL

A mother and her imprisoned son carefully prepare for her crucial visit to the penitentiary in honor of a very special occasion. (15 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Cinemagic)

KAUWBOY

DIRECTOR: Boudewijn Koole - NETHERLANDS

The European Film Academy’s Best European Youth Film and the Dutch submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Kauwboy tells the story of 10-year-old Jojo who lives alone with his security guard father, a sometimes volatile man of few words. Missing his absent mother, a country singer said to be away touring, worried Jojo finds solace in an unexpected friendship with a baby jackdaw that has fallen from its nest. A tender portrait of a young boy trying to come to terms with a family that’s not what it once was and struggling to find a balance between reality...

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THE OTHER SIDE

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE OTHER SIDE

DIRECTOR: Khen Shalem - ISRAEL

A young Israeli boy, the last to be picked for soccer teams but the one who owns the ball, finds an unusual friendship with someone on the Palestinian side of the West Bank separation wall. But can a wordless, gaze-free relationship survive with only a ball between them? (22 mins.)

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THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA

DIRECTOR: Marten Persiel - GERMANY

Skateboarding becomes a metaphor for freedom in this love letter to the subversive power of youth. In East Germany in the 1980s, for three teens—Nico, Dirk, and Dennis—life in the GDR was dominated by skateboarding. But in a nation where “the streets were not for playing around,” skating was as much a revolutionary act of defiance as it was a spectacular sport. Using a clutch of priceless Super-8 films, animations, reenactments, and archival footage, all set against a delirious punk soundtrack, This Ain’t California follows the three through adolescence and into adulthood on the eve of reunification. Through the lenses...

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Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

WILD

DIRECTOR: Edward Bishop - GREAT BRITAIN

The unsettling effects of rumor on a teenage girl. (13 mins.)

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BARFI! Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 2 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

BARFI!

DIRECTOR: Anurag Basu - INDIA

In this timeless, enchanting fable, rising Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor gives a winning performance as a deaf-mute man whose life is a series of comic and tragic misadventures. Dedicated to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the nearly wordless Barfi! follows the resourceful title character as he falls in and out of love with the beautiful Shruti, whose parents pressure her into a respectable arranged marriage. Later, he finds love again with the autistic Jhilmil—whose father plots to defraud her of a sizable trust fund—only for Shruti to unexpectedly reenter his life. In between, Barfi finds himself caught up in a...

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THE END OF TIME Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 3:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

THE END OF TIME

DIRECTOR: Peter Mettler - CANADA

“Time is nature’s way of preventing everything from happening at once,” Einstein once said. But how do we really get our heads wrapped around it? Swiss/Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler takes the challenge with a probing, playful meditation on the elusive nature of time. From the 27-mile-long particle accelerator in Switzerland where scientists seek to probe regions of time we cannot see to frozen-in-time lava flows in Hawaii, from the time-stands-still disintegration of downtown Detroit to a Hindu funeral rite near the place of Buddha’s enlightenment, Mettler explores our perceptions, dreams the future, and celebrates the wonder of the everyday in...

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LEVIATHAN Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 3:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

LEVIATHAN

DIRECTOR: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel - UNITED STATES

Set in the North Atlantic, Leviathan is an amazing film about men at sea and fish on boats. Creatively (to use an understatement) deploying numerous small digital cameras, the filmmakers capture the sensory experience of the labor, ecology, sound, light, and motion of one of man’s oldest activities. “The filmmakers have made the ne plus ultra of immersive documentaries. In this stunning and unparalleled masterpiece, they have discovered new forms of cinema. ... See, hear, and feel it for yourself. It’s a monster.”—Vancouver International Film Festival “The result is a hallucinatory sensory experience quite unlike any other. To paraphrase Francis...

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ALOIS NEBEL Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 3:30 PM (Cinemagic)

ALOIS NEBEL

DIRECTOR: Tomáš Lunák - CZECH REPUBLIC

Based on the graphic novel trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír Svejdík, this superbly atmospheric rotoscope animation employs noirish black-and-white images and an evocative soundtrack to portray the fractured psychology of a man and his country. In summer 1989, Alois Nebel works as a stationmaster in a small village in the Jeseník Mountains, close to the Polish border. Preferring old timetables to people, Nebel lives through his memories, haunted by the violent postwar expulsion of the Germans and getting lost in the mists of time. Encounters with a mysterious mute man and the kind Květa help him to connect the...

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COMING OF AGE Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 3:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

COMING OF AGE

DIRECTOR: Sabine Hiebler, Gerhard Ertl - AUSTRIA

Rosa meets Bruno. Two people who consider themselves to be over the hill and irrelevant in today’s world suddenly learn what it means to pursue once-in-a-lifetime happiness, to find one’s soulmate. The only problem: Rosa has only six months to live. The two decide to go for it anyway. Bruno breaks out of his marriage and a family life where everything’s been routine for some time, and Rosa runs away from the retirement home where her niece hoped she would quietly disappear. They set up house together and are then forced to face the question of whether happiness has an...

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PURGE Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

PURGE

DIRECTOR: Antti Jokinen - FINLAND

Estonia, 1994. Soviet occupation has ended, but not the grip of Stalinist memories or the new hold of the Russian Mafia. Aliide, who has lived through a generation where a sentence to Siberian prison camps was all too regular, encounters Zara, a young girl who has exhaustedly escaped the clutches of sex slavery. Though from different eras, both women are haunted by their own tragic pasts and a dark history that binds them. Based on the award-winning novel of the same title by Sofi Oksanen, this unflinching family drama, a story of sex trafficking, violent abuse, betrayal, and loss, is...

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THE ANGELS’ SHARE Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

THE ANGELS’ SHARE

DIRECTOR: Ken Loach - GREAT BRITAIN

In his bittersweet caper-comedy, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, Loach turns his gaze on Robbie, a new father in trouble with the law. When he holds his newborn son for the first time, Robbie is determined that the boy will have a better life, one with opportunities. But Robbie must first sort out his life as a prison sentence looms. Given one more chance and sentenced to community service, he meets Rhino, Albert, and Mo, former criminals who also can’t find work. But, ironically, turning to drink changes their lives. Robbie, it turns out, has a rare gift—a...

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GINGER & ROSA Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

GINGER & ROSA

DIRECTOR: Sally Potter - GREAT BRITAIN

London, 1962. While tied to the hip—“forever”—of her best friend Rosa (Alice Englert), Ginger (Elle Fanning) is beset by two crises: the collapse of her parents’ marriage and the growing worldwide anxiety concerning nuclear Armageddon. If that’s not enough, the joys and terrors of dawning sexual identity and creative ambition are equally consuming. As her family implodes and the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, lifelong friendship will be shattered by ideology and personal betrayals. Looking back on the idealism and roots of a feminist generation, Potter’s exploration of the price of coming of age features a striking performance by...

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LA CAMIONETA: THE JOURNEY OF ONE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

LA CAMIONETA: THE JOURNEY OF ONE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS

DIRECTOR: Mark Kendall - UNITED STATES

Every day, dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States and migrate through Mexico to Guatemala where they are repaired, repainted, and reborn as the brightly colored camionetas that bring most Guatemalans to work. Kendall’s lyrical film follows the migration of one Pennsylvania bus as well as the personal stories of five individuals whose lives become intertwined with its transformation. Like the bus that unites their stories, the choice between obsolescence and innovation defines their decisions, propelling them toward an increasingly uncertain future in a country where civil institutions and authorities are powerless to protect citizens from organized crime....

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PIETA Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

PIETA

DIRECTOR: Kim Ki-duk - SOUTH KOREA

Lee Kang-do works as a brutal, merciless loan shark who threatens and cripples those who can’t make their payments. One day, a woman appears on his doorstep claiming to be the mother who abandoned him as a baby. At first he rejects her but eventually quits his job to spend his days recapturing the time lost with her. When she is kidnapped, he must track down the culprit, revisiting all those whom he has hurt in the past, only to discover that his mother is harboring a dark secret of her own. Taking his inspiration from Michelangelo’s Pietà, Kim’s searing,...

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IN THE SHADOW Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 8 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

IN THE SHADOW

DIRECTOR: David Ondříĉek - CZECH REPUBLIC

In 1950s Prague, police detective Hakl is investigating a jewelry store heist, until East German State police specialist Zenke arrives and takes over. Zenke believes that members of the Jewish community are responsible and that an underground ring may be smuggling funds to Zionist terrorists in Israel. Unconvinced, Hakl continues his own investigation. But which version of the truth do the Communist authorities prefer to find? Ondříĉek spins a suspenseful noir tale of standing up to the mistrust and fear in Stalinist, postwar Czechoslovakia. (106 mins.)

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BEYOND THE HILLS Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

BEYOND THE HILLS

DIRECTOR: Cristian Mungiu - ROMANIA

Based on a real-life case of supposed demonic possession, Mungiu’s gripping existential drama takes place at a remote Orthodox monastery in Moldavia where devout young women give up all. Alina (Cristina Flutur) arrives to visit her meek friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), a nun in training, and desperately tries to convince her to return to Germany with her. But Voichita is unsure, and so the tougher but untethered Alina hangs around in hopes of prevailing. But as the days pass, the oppressive environment takes a further toll on Alina and her sense of identity. Soon, the conflict between personal empowerment and...

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NEIGHBORING SOUNDS Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

NEIGHBORING SOUNDS

DIRECTOR: Kleber Mendonça Filho - BRAZIL

With an acute eye for the push and pull of modern life, Neighboring Sounds delves into the lives of a group of prosperous middle-class families residing on a quiet street in Recife, close to a low-income neighborhood. The private security firm hired to police the street becomes the catalyst for an exploration of the neighbors’ discontents and anxieties, their feelings exacerbated by the palpable unease of a society that remains unreconciled to its troubled past and present inequities. Meticulously constructed, with unexpected compositions and arresting editing, you’re never quite sure where things are headed as it builds imperceptibly toward its...

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THE PAINTING Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)

THE PAINTING

DIRECTOR: Jean-François Laguionie - FRANCE

Inside the magical world of a painting, figures divide themselves into three castes: the realistically rendered, highly polished Alldunns, who hold court in a castle; the Halfies, who for want of a brushstroke are denied the privileges of the Alldunns; and the Sketchies, rough and ragged outlines treated as untouchables by the others. A forbidden romance between the Halfie Claire and the Alldunn Ramo leads the two, along with Claire’s friend Lola, to run away—all the way to the edge of their painting, where they hop out of the frame and into the studio of the man who created them....

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SHUN LI AND THE POET Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

SHUN LI AND THE POET

DIRECTOR: Andrea Segre - ITALY

Winner of the Best First Feature Prize at the London Film Festival, this tender story begins with Shun Li working in a textile factory near Rome. She’s slowly paying off the broker who brought her from China to Italy, while trying to save money to bring her young son over. Transferred to work as a bartender in Chioggia, a small island town in the Venetian lagoon, she meets Bepi, a handsome old Slav immigrant nicknamed “The Poet.” A soulful friendship grows between them, but soon prejudice threatens their innocent relationship. Both a tender portrait of survival in an immigrant world...

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