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Films & Schedules - Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

CATERWAUL

DIRECTOR: Ian Samuels - UNITED STATES

An aging fisherman develops an intimate relationship with a lobster as he struggles to find closure with his lost wife. (14 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

EDMOND WAS A DONKEY

DIRECTOR: Franck Dion - CANADA/FRANCE

Edmond is diligent, hard working, and effective at his lowly job—loved by his boss but maligned by his colleagues. But when co-workers play a juvenile prank, Edmond’s life begins to change. (15 mins.)

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FISHING WITHOUT NETS

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

FISHING WITHOUT NETS

DIRECTOR: Cutter Hodierne - UNITED STATES/KENYA

A story of pirates in Somalia told from the perspective of the Somalis. (17 mins.)

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GRANDMOTHERS

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

GRANDMOTHERS

DIRECTOR: Afarin Eghbal - GREAT BRITAIN

Take a wonderfully inventive tour inside a grandmother’s apartment in Buenos Aires. A seamless blend of animation and real-life testimonials creates an unforgettable tale of history, memory loss, and new beginnings. (9 mins.)

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A LETTER TO MOMO

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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A LETTER TO MOMO

DIRECTOR: Hiroyuki Okiura - JAPAN

From anime master Hiroyuki Okiura comes this touching, fantastical tale of a young girl’s grief and the three mischievous spirits sent to look after her. After the death of her father, 13-year-old Momo and her mother move from Tokyo to the remote island of Shio. Here, Momo is haunted by the discovery of an unfinished letter her father was writing to her—and plagued by the presence of three heaven-sent goblins whose bumbling efforts to protect her tend to cause more chaos than good. “As gorgeous as Momo is to behold, the film’s sensitive portrayal of a teenager dealing with grief...

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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE MAKER

DIRECTOR: Christopher Kezelos - AUSTRALIA

A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life. (6 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

PREMATURE

DIRECTOR: Rashaad Ernesto Green - UNITED STATES

After Tisha, a streetwise teenager from the Bronx, discovers she’s pregnant, she must face a difficult decision. With nowhere to turn, she confronts the grim realities of her situation alone. (15 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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TUMULT

DIRECTOR: Johnny Barrington - GREAT BRITAIN

A tribe of Norse warriors retreats after a bloody battle. With their chief near death, they come upon an army they could never have expected. The comedic be-all and end-all of culture clashes! (13 mins.)

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OFF-WHITE LIES

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 1:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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OFF-WHITE LIES

DIRECTOR: Maya Kenig - ISRAEL

A deadbeat Israeli inventor and his estranged teenage daughter try to reconcile their differences in this delicate blend of poignant coming-of-age drama and offbeat comedy. After years living in California with her mother and stepfather, sharp-witted but introverted 13-year-old Libi returns to Israel to spend time with her unemployed and homeless father Shaul. With the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, Shaul devises a scheme to put a roof over their heads by posing as war refugees until they are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. As the masquerade wears thin, the bemusing circumstances give way to a...

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3 MILLION

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2 PM (Cinemagic)
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3 MILLION

DIRECTOR: Jaime Roos, Yamandu Roos - URUGUAY

3 Million is a documentary for soccer lovers, but also for anyone who likes to root for the underdog. Like many countries, Uruguay’s heart stops and starts with the fate of its beloved soccer team. In this joyous documentary about the passion of soccer, the iconic Uruguayan musician Jaime Roos and his (Dutch) photographer son Yamandu follow the national team’s 2010 World Cup run to the electric semi-finals in South Africa. From Kimberley to Johannesburg to Cape Town to Pretoria, Jaime and Yamandu uncover truths about the players and the excitement of memorable games with the world’s top teams, as...

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MODEST RECEPTION

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MODEST RECEPTION

DIRECTOR: Mani Haghighi - IRAN

Leyla and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy but fascinating to watch as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud, or indifferent. Will they push things too far? Are they losing sight of their mission? What exactly is their mission? This bold, perversely fascinating comedy-drama unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power, privilege, and corruption. “Setting the scene is a brilliantly shot...

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CHINESE TAKE-OUT

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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CHINESE TAKE-OUT

DIRECTOR: Sebastián Borensztein - ARGENTINA

Staunch loner Roberto, owner of a small hardware store in Buenos Aires, is shaken out of his solitary daily routine of collecting absurd newspaper clippings and visiting his parents’ grave when Chinese immigrant Jun literally falls into his life out of the back of a cab. Through a series of events that go against Roberto’s better judgment, the out-of-work Jun moves in with him, which proves a nightmare for Roberto as he makes increasingly desperate (and also touching and hilarious) attempts to get rid of his new roommate. Borensztein’s warm, endearing film offers a heartfelt reminder that friendship can crop...

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A SIMPLE LIFE

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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A SIMPLE LIFE

DIRECTOR: Ann Hui - HONG KONG

With perfectly judged performances from Andy Lau and Deanie Ip (winner of the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival), Ann Hui’s moving film looks at the decades-long relationship between a man and his devoted family servant. Ip plays Ah Tao, who has worked for the Leung family for 60 years. For the past decade, the only member of the family left in Hong Kong is Roger (Lau), who works in the film industry. Having cared for Roger from childhood, Ah Tao suffers a stroke and asks to be admitted to a nursing home. There, she becomes part of...

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TOGETHER

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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TOGETHER

DIRECTOR: Hsu Chao-Jen - TAIWAN

“A neighborhood’s lives and loves intertwine in this almost novelistic film, seen mostly through the eyes of 17-year-old Xiao Yang. Together’s various storylines cycle through several families who live on the same street in contemporary Taipei. Xiao Yang is a patient observer but not a neutral one: most of the love letters that charmingly still circulate in this working-class Taipei community pass through his hands, and he’s the catalyst of several of the story’s love affairs. The community includes a costume vendor, a Japanese-Taiwanese newlywed couple, and Xiao Yang’s sometimes violent, sometimes romantically inclined classmates. Everyone seems to be in...

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WASTELAND

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 4 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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WASTELAND

DIRECTOR: Rowan Athale - GREAT BRITAIN

“Cross Ocean’s Eleven with The Usual Suspects, move the setting to a northern English city, and you have the basis of this remarkable debut. Harvey had dreams of becoming a lawyer before being convicted of drug possession. We meet him in a police interview room. Bloodied, bruised, and recently paroled from prison, he’s about to be interrogated about the violent robbery of a workingmen’s club. What follows is a series of flashbacks as Harvey reveals his version of how he ended up back in the hands of the law. Wasteland has all the elements of a classic heist thriller: a...

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RENOIR

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 4:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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RENOIR

DIRECTOR: Gilles Bourdos - FRANCE

The South of France, 1915: 74-year-old Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) still paints every day, despite the pains of old age and the loss of his dear wife. The arrival of a new 15-year-old model, Andrée (Christa Theret), brings an incandescent energy into the household, inspiring not only Renoir le père’s painting but also stirring the passions of les filses Jean (Vincent Rottiers) and Claude (Thomas Doret). Against the backdrop of World War I, the film locates a fascinating moment of change, one century’s way of thinking giving way to the next, and the passing of the torch from a great...

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THE SAPPHIRES

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 5 PM (Cinemagic)
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THE SAPPHIRES

DIRECTOR: Wayne Blair - AUSTRALIA

In 1968, in a remote Australian town where white racism rules, an Aboriginal country-western singing group struggles to make it in the music business. Their fortunes change when they meet garrulous Irish pianist/drinker Dave (Chris O’Dowd, Bridesmaids), who recognizes their talent and adds soul music to their repertoire. Soon, the precocious singer Julie (Australian music star Jessica Mauboy), boy-crazy Cynthia, tough and tart-tongued leader Gail, and cousin Kay who wishes she were white, score an unexpected gig: entertaining American troops in Vietnam. A rousing, heartfelt tale based on screenwriter Tony Briggs’s true-life family, the mix of charming romance, fine performances,...

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SHUN LI AND THE POET

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 5 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING — SPECIAL SCREENING

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING — SPECIAL SCREENING

DIRECTOR: Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Kim Gwang Hun - NORTH KOREA/BELGIUM/GREAT BRITAIN

“A winning, life-affirming fable about a young coal miner’s pursuit of her dream to become an acrobat, this is the first Western-financed fiction feature made entirely in North Korea. But this charming film wears its heavy historical mantle with grace, weaving a lovely, light-hearted tale whose themes—overcoming adversity and realizing the dream of a lifetime—upend our assumptions of a largely cloistered culture. Kim Yong-mi works as a coal miner in a small village. She dreams of one day joining the national circus and performing on the trapeze—despite the fact that she is deathly afraid of heights. When she is promoted...

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STARRY STARRY NIGHT

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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STARRY STARRY NIGHT

DIRECTOR: Tom Lin - TAIWAN

Based on the children’s book by Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao, the gentle Starry Starry Night follows the intersecting lives of inward 13-year-old Mei, who’s coping with the death of her grandfather and her parents’ crumbling marriage, and shy Jay, who endures a rootless existence caused by his abusive father. When Mei falls in love with Jay, a recent transfer student at her school, she finds solace from her troubles and begins a journey to find the missing parts of her troubled life. Venturing into the starry night, Mei and Jay set off on a romantic, perilous trip into the mountainous...

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BARFI!

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 6:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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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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CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD

DIRECTOR: Benjamín Ávila - ARGENTINA

Ávila’s partly autobiographical account of his upbringing is a moving portrait of adolescent life in politically tumultuous 1970s Argentina. After years of exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family cautiously return to Buenos Aires with fake identities. Juan’s parents are members of the Montoneros organization, fighting against the ruling military junta. His friends at school know him as Ernesto, and as he tries to make friends and lead a normal life, he knows his life depends on him not forgetting who he really is. Ávila’s powerful portrait of childhood innocence at odds with life-or-death political ideals won the Casa de America...

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LA SIRGA

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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LA SIRGA

DIRECTOR: William Vega - COLOMBIA

With moving intimacy, Vega depicts the challenges and obstacles that face Colombia’s indigenous population—not just the struggle to sustain cultural traditions and values but simply to stay alive in the strife that has long beset the country. Fleeing the fighting in her hometown that has taken her family, 19-year-old Alicia arrives at her aunt and uncle’s ramshackle inn, La Sirga, on the isolated shores of a lake high in the Andes. By day, Alicia assists the couple in fixing up the inn, hoping the area’s tourists will return next season, but at night, perhaps due to the trauma she has...

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LORE

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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LORE

DIRECTOR: Cate Shortland - AUSTRALIA

Lore explores the tribulations faced by the young in the aftermath of World War II. When their Nazi SS parents are arrested by the Allies, five siblings are suddenly left to fend for themselves. Teenaged Lore, the oldest, takes charge, and the children set out on foot to join their grandmother in Hamburg, 500 miles away. Along the arduous journey, they encounter a populace suffering from postwar denial and deprivation and for the first time are exposed to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. The children meet Thomas, a young Jewish survivor who helps them negotiate their way...

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REALITY

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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REALITY

DIRECTOR: Matteo Garrone - ITALY

Garrone takes a critical swipe at contemporary Italian society and the powerful role of television and the media in instilling obsessive envy and lust for fame. After seeing a former reality star make an electrifying surprise appearance at his cousin’s wedding (one of several paid appearances for the enterprising self-promoter), common man Luciano decides to try out for the Italian version of “Big Brother.” Sure he will soon get the call, Luciano begins to conduct his life as if he’s already being watched. Playing Luciano’s delusions not only for laughs but for thoughtful, ethical examination, Garrone blends a Fellini-esque love...

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TABU

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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TABU

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gomes - PORTUGAL

“The ghosts of F.W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, Joseph Cornell, and Jack Smith hover above this exquisite, absurdist entry in the canon of surrealist cinema. Shot in ephemeral black-and-white celluloid, Tabu is movie-as-dream—an evocation of irrational desires, extravagant coincidences, and cheesy nostalgia that nevertheless is grounded in serious feeling and beliefs, even anti-colonialist politics. There is a story, which is delightful to follow and in which the cart comes before the horse: the first half is set in contemporary Lisbon, the second, involving two of the same characters, in colonial Mozambique in the early 1960s. Phil Spector’s ‘Be My Baby’ belted...

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