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Films & Schedules - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

4SOME Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 6 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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Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

JUST THE WIND

DIRECTOR: Benedek Fliegauf - HUNGARY

This year’s Hungarian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar chronicles the final days of a Romany family living in a provincial Hungarian backwater. Hoping to reunite with their father in Canada before the ethnic violence that has recently claimed many neighbors’ lives finds them too, time is growing short as the authorities turn a blind eye to the persecution. Fliegauf blends neo-realistic elements—the actors are non-professionals recruited from local villages—with atmospheric sound design and expressionistic use of music. “The film’s three leads are tracked by a roving camera in a naturalistic style reminiscent of Gus Van Sant’s Elephant;...

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ONE NIGHT Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

ONE NIGHT

DIRECTOR: Lucy Mulloy - CUBA

Despite the stark choices around them, three Havana teens defiantly maintain their self-worth and dreams for a better future. After a run-in with a tourist puts the police on his tail, hotheaded Raul impulsively decides it’s time to escape to Florida and begins planning with his friend Elio. When Elio’s twin sister Lila discovers what the two are up to, her dismay gives way to a decision to join them on the perilous sea journey. Brimming with the nervous energy of Havana’s restless youth and the evocative cinematography of the sun-bleached capital, One Night follows one sweltering day, full of...

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POST TENEBRAS LUX Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)

POST TENEBRAS LUX

DIRECTOR: Carlos Reygadas - MEXICO

Reygadas’s enigmatic, visually ravishing film presents the occurrences around Juan and Natalia, a wealthy couple living in a stunning house in the lush countryside with their two little children and their pack of dogs. Mundane domestic events are punctuated by a series of disparate, occasionally fantastical subplots within a tableau of overwhelming beauty haunted by mysterious sinister forces. “In this expressionistic Mexican film, magnificent dreamlike exteriors together with memories and dream sequences tell the story of one man’s ability to resist temptation and stop himself from sinning. The story is at times told from the perspective of Satan, showing us...

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YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET

DIRECTOR: Alain Resnais - FRANCE

“Based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet opens with a who’s-who of French acting royalty being summoned to the reading of a late playwright’s last will and testament. There, the playwright appears on a TV screen from beyond the grave and asks his erstwhile collaborators to evaluate a recording of an experimental theater company performing his Eurydice—a play they themselves all appeared in over the years. But as the video unspools, instead of watching passively, these seasoned thespians begin acting out the text alongside their youthful avatars, looking back into the past rather...

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LAURENCE ANYWAYS Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

LAURENCE ANYWAYS

DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan - CANADA

Set in 1990s Montreal, Laurence Anyways narrates the story of Laurence, a handsome high school teacher and writer who is madly in love with his girlfriend, Fred, a film producer. Their joyful life is turned upside down when Laurence announces his transsexuality and his choice to live as a woman. Fred vows to support Laurence during his transition, but the couple’s new lifestyle clashes with friends, family, and society in general. Told with a visual flair and signature style that bespeaks 23-year-old Dolan’s astonishing talent, Laurence is, above all, an epic, 10-year love story that examines a couple’s inability to...

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BLOOD OF MY BLOOD Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

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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A HIJACKING Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

A HIJACKING

DIRECTOR: Tobias Lindholm - DENMARK

A gripping suspense drama focusing on negotiation tactics and complex human psychology, A Hijacking chronicles the nightmare endured by the small crew of a Danish cargo ship when Somali pirates suddenly take them hostage in the Indian Ocean. Back in the shipping company’s office in Copenhagen, the demand for a $15 million ransom sets in motion tense negotiations, which, against the advice of professional hostage negotiators, the macho (and frugal) president decides he will handle himself. Plunging the company, the crew and their families, and the pirates into an extended battle of wills, we watch as the fear and tension...

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KEY OF LIFE Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

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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TWO YEARS AT SEA Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)

TWO YEARS AT SEA

DIRECTOR: Ben Rivers - GREAT BRITAIN

Two Years At Sea is a nearly wordless portrait of Jake, who lives a solitary existence in a Scottish forest in Aberdeenshire. Surviving frugally, he passes his time with strange projects and living the radical dream he had as a younger man, which he spent two years working at sea to realize. Rivers has made 20 shorts over the past decade, free of narrative, drama, and character development, inspired by literature and fine art, and exploring worlds at the far fringe of civilization—places of ragged, strange beauty where inventors, seers, and eccentric philosophers live in zealous communion with nature. “Too...

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