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Films & Schedules - Monday, February 18, 2013

Mon, Feb 18, 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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Mon, Feb 18, 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

Mon, Feb 18, 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

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
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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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Mon, Feb 18, 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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MEN AT LUNCH

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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MEN AT LUNCH

DIRECTOR: Seán Ó Cualáín - IRELAND

This remarkable documentary explores the untold story behind “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century. Anonymously published in 1932 in the New York Herald Tribune, the photograph of immigrant workmen taking their lunch perched on a girder high above New York City on the 69th floor of Rockefeller Center symbolized an era. After exhaustive research, including interviews with archivists, photographers, and historians, Cualáín eventually uncovers compelling evidence that a few of the photo’s subjects may have roots in the small village of ... Part homage, part investigation, this is the beautiful tale of...

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Mon, Feb 18, 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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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
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Mon, Feb 18, 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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ENGLISH VINGLISH

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 1:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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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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PIAZZA FONTANA: THE ITALIAN CONSPIRACY

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 1:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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PIAZZA FONTANA: THE ITALIAN CONSPIRACY

DIRECTOR: Marco Tullio Giordana - ITALY

Giordana’s engrossing tale of terrorism, conspiracy, and deceit is based on a devastating true story set within decades of Italian political violence and resistance. A bomb goes off at a Milan bank in December 1969, killing 17 and wounding dozens of others. Detective Luigi Calabresi heads up the investigation of the crime, which many in the government want to pin on the anarchist left. Unconvinced, Calabresi wants to investigate the shadowy organizations on the neo-fascist right, including possible CIA connections. But after a key suspect meets an untimely death, the clock starts ticking for Calabresi as a malevolent, Machiavellian labyrinth...

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OLD DOG

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 2 PM (Cinema 21)
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OLD DOG

DIRECTOR: Pema Tseden - CHINA

Filled with breathtaking shots of the Himalayan countryside, Tibetan filmmaker Tseden offers an emotional allegory about urbanization and generational conflict. On a visit to a frontier town, middle-aged Gonpo decides to sell his faithful Tibetan mastiff to a Chinese trader who specializes in procuring dogs for wealthy landowners as status symbols. Gonpo’s father, Akhu, disturbed by his son’s lack of regard for their dog, purchases the animal back, initiating the simple storyline revolving around the dog’s destiny and the ensuing familial dynamics. Rich with commentary on the evolving conflict within Tibetan culture and a way of life that is quickly...

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MORE THAN HONEY

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 2:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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LA SIRGA

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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HANNAH ARENDT

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 4:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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HANNAH ARENDT

DIRECTOR: Margarethe von Trotta - GERMANY

Von Trotta’s film is an intelligent and powerful dramatization of the life of the philosopher and writer Hannah Arendt, whose The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) made her famous in philosophical circles before her controversial chronicle in The New Yorker of Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s 1961 trial for war crimes shot her to broader international celebrity. Focusing on the Eichmann era, Barbara Sukowa perfectly embodies the academic Arendt, who observes that it is the ordinariness of Eichmann (“He looks like a nobody”) that leads her to fashion her most startling concept—the “banality of evil”—while her reporting on collaborating German Jews causes a...

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LOVE, MARILYN

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 4:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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LOVE, MARILYN

DIRECTOR: Liz Garbus - UNITED STATES

Marilyn Monroe may live as Hollywood’s most iconic sex symbol, but beneath the character she created and perfected was also one of the most self-possessed and ambitious artists in the industry. Drawing on Monroe’s never-before-revealed diaries and letters and never-before-seen footage and photographs, including materials from the Arthur Miller and Truman Capote estates, Garbus presents a fresh, vivid portrait of a savvy, disciplined, intellectually curious woman who, for all her tragic personal complexities (recounted in poignant detail as well), was much more than her glamorous stereotype. Expanding the conventions of traditional documentary, Garbus weaves in readings of Monroe’s writings by...

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WAR WITCH

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 4:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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WAR WITCH

DIRECTOR: Kim Nguyen - CANADA

War Witch unfolds as a harrowing fairy-tale told by a 14-year-old African child soldier to her unborn son. Taken from her village, Komona is given a hallucinogenic milk that gifts her with a sorceress’s ability to see the ghosts of the fallen. Fighting alongside an albino boy named Magician, she soon comes to understand that her career as “witch” to the rebel leader will only last as long as their victories. The two set off together, putting their violent past behind them as they bond while searching for the white rooster she has demanded as proof of his love. Nguyen...

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HERE AND THERE

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 5 PM (Cinemagic)
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HERE AND THERE

DIRECTOR: Antonio Méndez Esparza - MEXICO

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival and a New York Film Festival selection, Esparza’s lyrical film captures the reality of the life of a migrant worker who struggles on both sides of the border. Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero after years of working in the US. His daughters feel more distant than he imagined, and his wife Teresa is delighted that he’s back but troubled by their circumstances. With the money he has earned, he can create a better life for his family and maybe even start...

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THE EXAM

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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THE EXAM

DIRECTOR: Péter Bergendy - HUNGARY

Following the failed 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the Soviet-appointed prime minister—a very paranoid János Kádár—orders that each and every national security office’s loyalty be tested according to new and rigorous directives. András supervises a network of civilians spying on their neighbors and coworkers. But little does he know that the government is now monitoring him as well. His superiors have chosen Christmas Eve to implement “the exam,” a procedure designed to challenge an agent’s loyalty without his or her knowledge. The problem with finding surprises is that you may find surprises. Bergendy’s sardonic thriller twists and turns through a world where...

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FLICKER

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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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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BLOOD OF MY BLOOD

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7 PM (Cinema 21)
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BLOOD OF MY BLOOD

DIRECTOR: João Canijo - PORTUGAL

This year’s Portuguese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and a critical and popular hit in Portugal, Canijo’s film balances nuanced social realism and intense melodrama to fashion a sprawling, humane portrait of a troubled working class family. Márcia is a weary matriarch who lives with her lonely sister Ivete and grown children—delinquent Joca and nursing student Cláudia—in suburban Lisbon. Cláudia’s affair with a married professor and Joca’s involvement with drug dealers threaten Márcia’s attempts to keep her family afloat. Employing tracking shots and overlapping dialogue, Canijo follows the family through the cramped spaces of the household, mapping...

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KEEP SMILING

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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KEEP SMILING

DIRECTOR: Rusudan Chkonia - GEORGIA

Writer/director Chkonia brings a woman’s eye to this satiric tragicomedy, set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, that tells the story of 10 desperate housewives and their fierce rivalry to win a beauty contest—one open only to mothers with three or more children. Competing in five categories pigeonholing women, including “Best Cook” and “Super Mom,” the grand prize is a coveted apartment and $25,000. But dreams soon vanish as realization dawns that the competition is a scam and all they are getting are media hounds, chauvinist pigs, and their own domestic nightmares. This heartfelt story, filled with equal measures of...

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AMERICAN WINTER

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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AMERICAN WINTER

DIRECTOR: Joe Gantz, Harry Gantz - UNITED STATES

Five years into the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, American Winter presents a telling snapshot of the state of our society as it exists for millions of American families across the country. Shot over the course of the winter months of 2011–2012, the film follows eight Portland families—found through their calls to 211info, a referral service that steers thousands of families in crisis to available social services—as they were battling to keep their heads above water while facing overwhelming financial challenges and a shrinking social safety net. The devastating effects of the mortgage lending crisis, soaring unemployment, a broken...

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THE HUNT

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE HUNT

DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg - DENMARK

Vinterberg’s devastating drama follows an upstanding member of a small, close-knit Danish community charged with an unthinkable crime. Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is a kindergarten aide beloved by students and parents alike, until a girl in his class accuses him of inappropriately touching her. No sooner is the charge leveled than Lucas is deemed guilty in the public eye and then ostracized—indeed, hunted—by his former friends and neighbors. Knowing that Lucas is indeed innocent adds a chilling layer of horror to an already breathless tale. A provocative, all-too-believable study in mob mentality and the unfailing belief of adults in the innocence...

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WHITE TIGER

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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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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LA PIROGUE

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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LA PIROGUE

DIRECTOR: Moussa Touré - SENEGAL

It is estimated that between 2005 and 2010 more than 30,000 Africans set off for Europe in small boats, with more than 5,000 dying on the journey. La Pirogue is the moving story of a group of Senegalese taking the chance in hopes of a better life. Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue—an open-top, wooden boat—who dreams of earning a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head from Dakar to Spain via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing the dangers that lie ahead....

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