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CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Cinemagic)

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 9:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD

DIRECTOR: Benjamín Ávila - ARGENTINA

Ávila’s partly autobiographical account of his upbringing is a moving portrait of adolescent life in politically tumultuous 1970s Argentina. After years of exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family cautiously return to Buenos Aires with fake identities. Juan’s parents are members of the Montoneros organization, fighting against the ruling military junta. His friends at school know him as Ernesto, and as he tries to make friends and lead a normal life, he knows his life depends on him not forgetting who he really is. Ávila’s powerful portrait of childhood innocence at odds with life-or-death political ideals won the Casa de America...

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THE DOUBLE STEPS Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 3 PM (Cinema 21)

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

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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THE EXAM Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

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

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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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HANNAH ARENDT Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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

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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IN THE FOG Buy Tickets

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

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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KON-TIKI Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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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Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 4:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

THE LAST SENTENCE

DIRECTOR: Jan Troell - SWEDEN

The Last Sentence is a biographical drama chronicling the career of celebrated Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt, who conducted his own crusading campaign against the Nazis while navigating a fraught personal life. Officially neutral, Sweden’s leaders did their best to silence Segerstedt, fearing German reprisal, especially as the journalist began inciting the ire of top Nazi officials. Troell adds an element of the supernatural as Segerstedt is visited by the ghosts of his lovers, something that, rather than haunting him, gives him bleak pleasure in a chaotic world. Reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, The Last Sentence tells a melancholic tale...

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LORE Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 5:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

LORE

DIRECTOR: Cate Shortland - AUSTRALIA

Lore explores the tribulations faced by the young in the aftermath of World War II. When their Nazi SS parents are arrested by the Allies, five siblings are suddenly left to fend for themselves. Teenaged Lore, the oldest, takes charge, and the children set out on foot to join their grandmother in Hamburg, 500 miles away. Along the arduous journey, they encounter a populace suffering from postwar denial and deprivation and for the first time are exposed to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. The children meet Thomas, a young Jewish survivor who helps them negotiate their way...

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MADRID, 1987 Buy Tickets

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)

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

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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MEN AT LUNCH Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 5:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

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

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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NO Buy Tickets

Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 4:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

NO

DIRECTOR: Pablo Larraín - CHILE

Exploring the moral and spiritual costs of the rule of Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, No follows the exploits of René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), a clever advertising executive appointed by the opposing coalition to spearhead the “no” campaign in the 1988 referendum. Intent on revealing Pinochet’s human rights atrocities, Saavedra insists that the way to overcome voter fear is with glitzy, jingle-filled spots that promise that “no” is simply a vote for “happiness.” Liberally peppered with black comedy, the film reveals not only the hypocrisy of the regime but that of the left-leaning opposition and the cynical advertising world...

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OUR HOMELAND Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

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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PIAZZA FONTANA: THE ITALIAN CONSPIRACY Buy Tickets

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 1:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

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

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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RENOIR Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 4:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

RENOIR

DIRECTOR: Gilles Bourdos - FRANCE

The South of France, 1915: 74-year-old Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) still paints every day, despite the pains of old age and the loss of his dear wife. The arrival of a new 15-year-old model, Andrée (Christa Theret), brings an incandescent energy into the household, inspiring not only Renoir le père’s painting but also stirring the passions of les filses Jean (Vincent Rottiers) and Claude (Thomas Doret). Against the backdrop of World War I, the film locates a fascinating moment of change, one century’s way of thinking giving way to the next, and the passing of the torch from a great...

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SOMETHING IN THE AIR Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 5:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

SOMETHING IN THE AIR

DIRECTOR: Olivier Assayas - FRANCE

Assayas’s evocative portrait of the upheaval in France in the early 1970s is seen through the eyes of a group of youth living in suburban Paris amidst a whirlwind of new politics, art, and sex. Gilles is a high school student torn between left-wing activism and his aspiration to become a painter or filmmaker. He and his friends take to the streets in running battles with the police, continuing the struggle that in May 1968 took France to the brink of revolution. When someone is badly injured, Gilles and his friends must flee to Italy, where they live a bohemian...

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THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

Tue, Feb 26, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA

DIRECTOR: Marten Persiel - GERMANY

Skateboarding becomes a metaphor for freedom in this love letter to the subversive power of youth. In East Germany in the 1980s, for three teens—Nico, Dirk, and Dennis—life in the GDR was dominated by skateboarding. But in a nation where “the streets were not for playing around,” skating was as much a revolutionary act of defiance as it was a spectacular sport. Using a clutch of priceless Super-8 films, animations, reenactments, and archival footage, all set against a delirious punk soundtrack, This Ain’t California follows the three through adolescence and into adulthood on the eve of reunification. Through the lenses...

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WHITE TIGER Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 9 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 9 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

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

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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