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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 23, 2013

THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE

DIRECTOR: Kealan O’Rourke - IRELAND

After experiencing heartbreak, Rupert uses a book of magic to invoke a spell to shield him from emotion forever. (8 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DEATH OF A SHADOW

DIRECTOR: Tom Van Avermaet - BELGIUM/FRANCE

Nathan died during World War I, but a strange collector imprisoned his shadow and gave him a second life. (20 mins.)

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HATCH

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

HATCH

DIRECTOR: Christoph Kuschnig - AUSTRIA/UNITED STATES

A newborn’s destiny hangs in the balance as grownups come to terms with what they cannot have. (19 mins.)

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MR. CHRISTMAS

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MR. CHRISTMAS

DIRECTOR: Nick Palmer - UNITED STATES

Bruce Mertz is the kind of guy who lights up the lives of those around him—quite literally—when every holiday season he transforms his house into a beacon with 50,000 colorful lights and himself into Mr. Christmas. (15 mins.)

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PITCH BLACK HEIST

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

PITCH BLACK HEIST

DIRECTOR: John Maclean - GREAT BRITAIN

Michael Fassbender stars in this dark, suspenseful tale of a professional safe cracker who encounters a hitch while on the job. (13 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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WRITTEN IN INK

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

WRITTEN IN INK

DIRECTOR: Martin Rath - POLAND

This compelling story of a man trying to get back in touch with his sister after 14 years asks the question, “Can one change what has already been written in ink?” (11 mins.)

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POLLUTING PARADISE Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

POLLUTING PARADISE

DIRECTOR: Fatih Akin - GERMANY

Çamburnu is a small village in northeastern Turkey where people have lived for generations off tea cultivation and fishing. But the idyllic landscape has been compromised by the decision 10 years ago to build a garbage landfill directly above the village. Despite protests by the mayor and the villagers, the site has continued to pollute the air and ground water, while rains flush the waste down the slopes, and flocks of birds and stray dogs besiege the village. In 2006, Akin went to Çamburnu, his grandparents’ home village, and over five years returned many times to chronicle the village’s struggle...

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LOVE, MARILYN Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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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PARADISE: FAITH Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 3:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

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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SIGHTSEERS Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 3:15 PM (Cinema 21)

SIGHTSEERS

DIRECTOR: Ben Wheatley - GREAT BRITAIN

Lovey-dovey Tina and Chris set out on an erotic holiday in their camper through the North of England, aiming to take in Yorkshire, the Lakes, and hit such must-sees as the Ribblehead Viaduct and the Keswick Pencil Museum. But things get off to a bloody start when Chris casually rolls over a litterbug at the Crich Tramway Village, revealing a certain antisocial behavior. As more people meet his disapproval, Tina, initially confused, quickly opts to stand by her man, joining him on a rolling murder spree that whacks anyone who happens to intrude on their bliss. As this Midlands Bonnie...

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IN THE FOG Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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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SLEEP TIGHT Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

SLEEP TIGHT

DIRECTOR: Jaume Balagueró - SPAIN

Toiling silently amongst the residents of an everyday Barcelona apartment building, doorman César harbors a dark secret: his sole desire in life is to make others unhappy. When he sets his sights on Clara, one of his building’s cheeriest residents, his need blossoms into a full-fledged obsession. Embarking on a series of harassments, César becomes determined to ruin her life by any means necessary. Soon his thirst for others’ sadness becomes manically unquenchable. Balagueró delves into the perverse fantasies of a man on the brink and delivers an unnerving tale of obsession and torment that delivers nonstop thrills right up...

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WHITE ELEPHANT Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)

WHITE ELEPHANT

DIRECTOR: Pablo Trapero - ARGENTINA

In the dangerous, poverty-stricken slums of Buenos Aires, two Catholic priests tirelessly fighting for the dispossessed take very different paths in their struggle against violence, corruption, and injustice. The older Julian uses his political connections to see to the construction of a critical hospital, while the younger Nicholas, troubled by his lack of faith in the Church’s ability to help the poor, questions his calling. Between them is Luciana, an atheistic social worker who works with one as she becomes romantically involved with the other. Enduring constant struggle, torn apart by the conflicting interests of rival drug cartels, venal politics,...

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THE DOUBLE STEPS Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 9 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

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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OUR HOMELAND Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 9 PM (Cinema 21)

OUR HOMELAND

DIRECTOR: Yong-hi Yang - JAPAN

This year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar tells the moving story of a family divided by the historic political conflicts between Korea and Japan. During Japan’s colonial rule of Korea before World War II, thousands of Koreans were brought to Japan where they suffered painful discrimination. After the war, thousands chose to be repatriated to North Korea in hope of a better life. Few managed to escape their fateful choice. Japanese-Korean director Yong-hi Yang, born in Japan but from a North Korean family, tells the story of her brother Son-ho, who after living in North Korea...

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YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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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