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Films & Schedules - Thursday, February 14, 2013

REALITY Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 5:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

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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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

ABIOGENESIS

DIRECTOR: Richard Mans - NEW ZEALAND

A strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation. (5 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

ASAD

DIRECTOR: Bryan Buckley - SOUTH AFRICA/UNITED STATES

In a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, a boy is faced with falling into the pirate life or rising above to choose the path of an honest fishing man. (18 mins.)

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF JOHN BALDESSARI

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

A BRIEF HISTORY OF JOHN BALDESSARI

DIRECTOR: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman - UNITED STATES

No more boring films! Everything you need to know about the godfather of conceptual art. Narrated by Tom Waits. (6 mins.)

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CARMINA OR BLOW UP Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

CARMINA OR BLOW UP

DIRECTOR: Paco León - SPAIN

Welcome to the surreal and wild world of Carmina, a crass 58-year-old bar owner in Seville. When the insurance company refuses to pay up following a series of robberies, Carmina (director León’s real-life mother) has to find an alternative way of getting the money back to support her family. While she waits in her kitchen for her plan to develop, the chain-smoking Carmina reflects on her life, deeds, and miracles and feeds the goat that lives with her. A box office phenomenon in Spain, León’s charming and wild film won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award, and Best Actress Award...

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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE CENTRIFUGE BRAIN PROJECT

DIRECTOR: Till Nowak - GERMANY

Since the 1970s, scientists have been conducting experiments with bizarre amusement park rides to study their effects on the human brain. (7 mins.)

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THE CURSE

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE CURSE

DIRECTOR: Fyzal Boulifa - GREAT BRITAIN/MOROCCO

Fatine has ventured far from the village to meet her older lover. When a small boy catches her, all she wants to do is return home. (16 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE GREAT RABBIT

DIRECTOR: Atsushi Wada - FRANCE/JAPAN

Once we called the noble, profound, and mysterious existence “The Great.” We have moved with time; our thoughts and consciousness have changed. And yet, what makes us still call it “The Great”? (7 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

HEAD OVER HEELS

DIRECTOR: Timothy Reckart - UNITED STATES

After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. (10 mins.)

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KEY OF LIFE Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

KEY OF LIFE

DIRECTOR: Kenji Uchida - JAPAN

“Kenji Uchida’s brilliantly entertaining comedy-drama is essentially a riff on Trading Places, but it takes the notion that we all play roles every day much further than John Landis ever dreamed. A failed actor, unlucky in love, steals the identity of an accident victim and finds himself prey to the attentions of the mob—he discovers that he’s now a famously ruthless fixer for the underworld. Meanwhile the actual fixer wakes in the hospital with amnesia and has to learn to live anew as a failed actor. Perhaps fortunately, a needy woman executive (having set herself a two-month deadline to get...

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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

ONE WRONG WORD

DIRECTOR: Nicole Volavka - GREAT BRITAIN/UNITED STATES

Novelist Tony faces the most difficult obstacle yet to publishing his magnum opus: his publishers. (11 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE PALACE

DIRECTOR: Anthony Maras - CYPRUS/AUSTRALIA

Cyprus, 1974. When a young Turkish-Cypriot conscript soldier comes face-to-face with a Greek-Cypriot family in hiding, he confronts the brutal reality of war and his role in it. (17 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
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CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

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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ENGLISH VINGLISH Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

ENGLISH VINGLISH

DIRECTOR: Gauri Shinde - INDIA

Shashi (Sridevi) is a beautiful, dedicated Pune homemaker, devoted wife, and mother. Yet because of her poor English, she is made to feel insecure by her husband and teenage daughter and by society at large. When she is called to New York to help prepare her niece’s wedding, Shashi overcomes her fears of traveling alone but is nevertheless overwhelmed. Humiliated for not being able to order a cup of coffee properly, she secretly enrolls in an accelerated English class and quickly becomes a dedicated student. With the other multi-ethnic students acting as a support system and boosted by the admiration...

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MADRID, 1987 Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)

MADRID, 1987

DIRECTOR: David Trueba - SPAIN

On a hot summer day in a vacant Madrid during a period of social and political transition in Spain, Miguel, a feared and respected journalist, sets up a meeting in a café with Ángela, a young journalism student. He takes her to a friend’s studio. His intentions are clearly sexual; hers are less clear. Chance events force them together for more time than they would have chosen, and the pair, who represent polarized generations, are pitted in a witty, sensual, but unevenly matched duel involving age, intellect, ambition, and experience. The political and social context of the period provides the...

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MORE THAN HONEY Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MORE THAN HONEY

DIRECTOR: Markus Imhoof - SWITZERLAND

Einstein supposedly said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.” All over the world, bees have been dying, and although the causes are still a mystery, one thing is already clear: more is at stake than honey. Seeking answers—and employing incredible cinematography—Imhoof embarks on a journey to meet with people whose lives depend on bees: a Swiss beekeeper living in the Alps, a gigantic almond plantation in California, a bee brain researcher in Berlin, and a pollen trader in China. All report on how the bees...

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WHITE TIGER Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 9 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

WHITE TIGER

DIRECTOR: Karen Shakhnazarov - RUSSIA

World War II is drawing to a close. Furious fighting is exhausting both the Soviet and Nazi forces. The more the Soviet army advances, the more often “White Tiger,” a huge, indestructible Nazi tank, appears on the battlefield. Emerging from the smoke of combat, it ruthlessly destroys the adversary and then swiftly vanishes. The Soviets decide they must build an extraordinary tank—with a team headed by a commander who was nearly burnt alive. Although he no longer remembers his own name, he has gained the ability to understand the mystical language of tanks ... The pursuit of the monster begins....

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FLICKER Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 9:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

FLICKER

DIRECTOR: Patrik Eklund - SWEDEN

Eklund’s surreal, acid-drenched film has been described as being like a Coen Brothers version of “The Office.” A deadpan comedy about phone towers, online dating, the odd tarantula, and a militant group of people allergic to electricity, Flicker is set in the small town of Backberga where a local telecom company is planning to freshen up its profile under a clueless CEO. Meanwhile, the accounts person is trying to find love online, the cleaning lady fancies herself an inventor, and, out in the field, the linesman toys with death. Weaving in and out of these individual stories, Eklund offers a...

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