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Films & Schedules - Friday, February 22, 2013

PARADISE: FAITH

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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PARADISE: FAITH

DIRECTOR: Ulrich Seidl - AUSTRIA

The second installment of Seidl’s controversial and unflinching Paradise trilogy follows the fanatically devout Anna Maria, who in her desperate search for “paradise” spends her summer vacation away from her job by doing missionary work: in this case, going door-to-door with a large statue of the Virgin Mary hoping to win converts. At home, she prays with a startling fervor, tinged with a taste for masochism. After a long separation, her husband Nabil—a tradition-minded Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair—returns, and his pushy demands for his wife’s attention put her faith to the test. (113 mins.)

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PIAZZA FONTANA: THE ITALIAN CONSPIRACY

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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POST TENEBRAS LUX

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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A FIERCE GREEN FIRE

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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A FIERCE GREEN FIRE

DIRECTOR: Mark Kitchell - UNITED STATES

One of the great social movements of the 20th century, environmentalism continues as an urgent force in the 21st. Kitchell’s passionate film charts the advent of the modern environmental movement, from the early conservation causes of John Muir to the formation of landmark organizations like the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, to the creation of events like Earth Day and the continuing evolution of public conversation about the growing threats of pollution, climate change, overharvesting, and their effects on both our ecology and society. An essential primer for anyone interested in a broad overview of a remarkable era of global activism...

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MADRID, 1987

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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UNFAIR WORLD

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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UNFAIR WORLD

DIRECTOR: Filippos Tsitos - GREECE

“I don’t want to be unfair,” says hangdog Athens police interrogation specialist Sotiris (Antonis Kafetzopoulos). But in his line of work, and in debt-crisis-gripped Greece, there is little incentive for fairness. After a payment to an informant backfires into a blackmail threat, Sotiris experiences a “disobedient” trigger finger, settling that score ... but the money goes missing. Surely cleaning lady Dora (Theodora Tzimou) must have seen it? Tsitos’s deadpan, absurdly comic crime story won the Best Director and Best Actor Prizes at the San Sebastian Film Festival and is this year’s Greek submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar....

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