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Films & Schedules - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

80 MILLION Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

80 MILLION

DIRECTOR: Waldemar Krzystek - POLAND

80 Million is set in the autumn of 1981, 10 days before the proclamation of martial law in Poland. Three members of the anti-Communist union movement in Wroclaw miraculously manage to withdraw 80 million zlotys (circa $2 million US then) from the organization’s bank account, just before it is blocked by the authorities. With Security Service agents on their trail, a tense cat-and-mouse game that involves wily clergy, black market money changes, and committed Solidarity activists unfolds with inspirational drama and surprising twists and turns. Less a political film than a heist-thriller and dark comedy, this entertaining film is this...

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HERE AND THERE Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

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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IN THE FOG Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)

IN THE FOG

DIRECTOR: Sergei Loznitsa - UKRAINE

Adapted from the novel by Vasili Bykov, Loznitsa’s film is a sobering meditation on the complicated moral decisions faced by both soldiers and citizens during wartime. Set in Nazi-occupied Belarus, the story begins with the hanging of three villagers for conspiring against their German oppressors. Later, Sushenya—a man spared by the Germans—is visited by two resistance fighters who intend to execute him for presumed collaboration with the Nazis. But their plan is interrupted by enemy fire and all three men become unwilling companions on an evasive trek through the forest. Through flashbacks, Loznitsa closely examines how each of the men...

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KON-TIKI Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

KON-TIKI

DIRECTOR: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg - NORWAY

Thor Heyerdahl’s intrepid 1947 journey across the Pacific on a primitive raft, made famous by his own book and documentary, comes alive in this spirited, visually dazzling epic. Ethnographer Heyerdahl (who couldn’t swim and had never sailed!), along with a motley crew, constructs a hemp and balsa wood raft inspired by the pre-Columbian Incas as a means of proving his theory that the Polynesian Islands were settled by South Americans crossing the 4,000-mile Pacific. What follows is the Peru-to-Polynesia excursion, which co-directors Rønning and Sandberg—employing a crew of hundreds and technological magic—fill with high-seas adventure and nail-biting suspense, set against...

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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 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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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 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

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 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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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 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

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 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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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 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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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 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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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 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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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 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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MASQUERADE Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

MASQUERADE

DIRECTOR: Choo Chang-min - SOUTH KOREA

During King Gwang-hae’s reign in 17th century Korea, conspiracies abound. Driven by paranoia, Gwang-hae (Lee Byung-hun) orders his councilor to find him a body double. Soon after finding the perfect lookalike in the form of Ha-sun, a simple jester and mimic, the king is poisoned and Ha-sun is forced to take the stage. The ensuing events form the dramatic, and often comedic, heart of Masquerade, a riff on the classic Prince and the Pauper story. Instead of Gwang-hae’s rigid policies and demeanor, the new king has charisma and rules on far more personal and humanitarian grounds, thus risking discovery—not to...

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4SOME Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)

4SOME

DIRECTOR: Jan Hrebejk - CZECH REPUBLIC

Two ostensibly ordinary middle-aged couples, Marie and Vitek and Dita and Ondra, are linked by more than just a lifelong friendship, a shared house in a small town, and same-aged adolescent children: they are linked by love. Both men, Ondra and Vitek, who are work colleagues, sincerely love their wives, but they each harbor a secret yearning for the other’s wife. When the two of them are offered a job together—restoring the electrical grid on a sparsely inhabited Caribbean island—they leap at the chance to enjoy a little tropical sunshine while launching the kind of cunning plan people in Czech...

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HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA

DIRECTOR: Dmitry Vasyukov, Werner Herzog - GERMANY

“Paradise on earth? Through writer and narrator Werner Herzog’s lens, that is what Bakhtia, a village on the river Yenisei in Russia’s far north might seem like in this breathtaking, rich, and frequently funny documentary. He and first-time director Vasyukov capture the local people—nearly always in companionship with their dogs—making their own tools, trapping sable, felling trees to build boats, fishing, harvesting food, and holding ceremonies for the turning of the seasons. Sharing their perspectives on greed, war, and mortality, as Herzog notes: They live off the land and are self-reliant, truly free. … No rules, no taxes, no government,...

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KEEP SMILING Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

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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THE DOUBLE STEPS Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 9 PM (Cinema 21)

THE DOUBLE STEPS

DIRECTOR: Isaki Lacuesta - SPAIN

The best way to escape from your pursuers without leaving any traces behind you is to walk backwards over your own footprints. This is what French artist and author François Augiéras (1925–1971) believed as he painted every inch of the walls of a military bunker in the desert and let it sink into the sand so that no one would find it until the 21st century. But who is Augiéras? A legionary, painter, writer, gunman, saint, thief, devil, or a mix of all this? Catalan filmmaker Lacuesta and one of Spain’s foremost living artists, Miquel Barceló, guide us through the...

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MEMORIES LOOK AT ME Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 9 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

MEMORIES LOOK AT ME

DIRECTOR: Song Fang - CHINA

Song Fang’s remarkable directorial debut, in which she travels from Beijing to Nanjing for a visit with her family (many of whom play themselves), gracefully expounds on several poignant topics: how an adult child’s relationship with her parents changes as they grow older and how to negotiate one’s place as a single woman in a world of married couples. Song, who many will remember for her wonderful performance as Juliette Binoche’s nanny and aspiring filmmaker in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Flight of the Red Balloon (PIFF 2008), perfectly captures the rhythms of brief sojourns home, trips filled with reunions (both joyful and...

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