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4SOME

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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80 MILLION

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 3 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Mon, Feb 25, 2013
at 8:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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AFTER LUCIA

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 2:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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AFTER LUCIA

DIRECTOR: Michel Franco - MEXICO

Following a car accident, Roberto is left grieving the death of his wife and raising his emotionally distant yet self-sacrificing daughter Alejandra alone. The broken family uproots their lives in Puerto Vallarta and moves to Mexico City in hopes of starting anew. After Lucia focuses on Alejandra as she simultaneously attempts to deal with both her mother’s death and a drunken, teenage mistake that makes her the target of cruel harassment and abuse from her classmates. Ashamed and unable to tell her distressed father or anyone else about the escalating bullying at school, Alejandra’s silence ultimately takes a dreadful toll....

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ALOIS NEBEL

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 3:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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ALOIS NEBEL

DIRECTOR: Tomáš Lunák - CZECH REPUBLIC

Based on the graphic novel trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír Svejdík, this superbly atmospheric rotoscope animation employs noirish black-and-white images and an evocative soundtrack to portray the fractured psychology of a man and his country. In summer 1989, Alois Nebel works as a stationmaster in a small village in the Jeseník Mountains, close to the Polish border. Preferring old timetables to people, Nebel lives through his memories, haunted by the violent postwar expulsion of the Germans and getting lost in the mists of time. Encounters with a mysterious mute man and the kind Květa help him to connect the...

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THE ANGELS’ SHARE

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE ANGELS’ SHARE

DIRECTOR: Ken Loach - GREAT BRITAIN

In his bittersweet caper-comedy, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, Loach turns his gaze on Robbie, a new father in trouble with the law. When he holds his newborn son for the first time, Robbie is determined that the boy will have a better life, one with opportunities. But Robbie must first sort out his life as a prison sentence looms. Given one more chance and sentenced to community service, he meets Rhino, Albert, and Mo, former criminals who also can’t find work. But, ironically, turning to drink changes their lives. Robbie, it turns out, has a rare gift—a...

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BARFI!

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 2 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 6:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Sun, Feb 24, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BARFI!

DIRECTOR: Anurag Basu - INDIA

In this timeless, enchanting fable, rising Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor gives a winning performance as a deaf-mute man whose life is a series of comic and tragic misadventures. Dedicated to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the nearly wordless Barfi! follows the resourceful title character as he falls in and out of love with the beautiful Shruti, whose parents pressure her into a respectable arranged marriage. Later, he finds love again with the autistic Jhilmil—whose father plots to defraud her of a sizable trust fund—only for Shruti to unexpectedly reenter his life. In between, Barfi finds himself caught up in a...

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BEYOND THE HILLS

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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BEYOND THE HILLS

DIRECTOR: Cristian Mungiu - ROMANIA

Based on a real-life case of supposed demonic possession, Mungiu’s gripping existential drama takes place at a remote Orthodox monastery in Moldavia where devout young women give up all. Alina (Cristina Flutur) arrives to visit her meek friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), a nun in training, and desperately tries to convince her to return to Germany with her. But Voichita is unsure, and so the tougher but untethered Alina hangs around in hopes of prevailing. But as the days pass, the oppressive environment takes a further toll on Alina and her sense of identity. Soon, the conflict between personal empowerment and...

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BLOOD OF MY BLOOD

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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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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CARMINA OR BLOW UP

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 8:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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Sun, Feb 24, 2013
at 3:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CARMINA OR BLOW UP

DIRECTOR: Paco León - SPAIN

Welcome to the surreal and wild world of Carmina, a crass 58-year-old bar owner in Seville. When the insurance company refuses to pay up following a series of robberies, Carmina (director León’s real-life mother) has to find an alternative way of getting the money back to support her family. While she waits in her kitchen for her plan to develop, the chain-smoking Carmina reflects on her life, deeds, and miracles and feeds the goat that lives with her. A box office phenomenon in Spain, León’s charming and wild film won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award, and Best Actress Award...

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CHINESE TAKE-OUT

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 3 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 24, 2013
at 10 AM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CHINESE TAKE-OUT

DIRECTOR: Sebastián Borensztein - ARGENTINA

Staunch loner Roberto, owner of a small hardware store in Buenos Aires, is shaken out of his solitary daily routine of collecting absurd newspaper clippings and visiting his parents’ grave when Chinese immigrant Jun literally falls into his life out of the back of a cab. Through a series of events that go against Roberto’s better judgment, the out-of-work Jun moves in with him, which proves a nightmare for Roberto as he makes increasingly desperate (and also touching and hilarious) attempts to get rid of his new roommate. Borensztein’s warm, endearing film offers a heartfelt reminder that friendship can crop...

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CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 9:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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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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COMING OF AGE

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 3:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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COMING OF AGE

DIRECTOR: Sabine Hiebler, Gerhard Ertl - AUSTRIA

Rosa meets Bruno. Two people who consider themselves to be over the hill and irrelevant in today’s world suddenly learn what it means to pursue once-in-a-lifetime happiness, to find one’s soulmate. The only problem: Rosa has only six months to live. The two decide to go for it anyway. Bruno breaks out of his marriage and a family life where everything’s been routine for some time, and Rosa runs away from the retirement home where her niece hoped she would quietly disappear. They set up house together and are then forced to face the question of whether happiness has an...

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COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING — SPECIAL SCREENING

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING — SPECIAL SCREENING

DIRECTOR: Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Kim Gwang Hun - NORTH KOREA/BELGIUM/GREAT BRITAIN

“A winning, life-affirming fable about a young coal miner’s pursuit of her dream to become an acrobat, this is the first Western-financed fiction feature made entirely in North Korea. But this charming film wears its heavy historical mantle with grace, weaving a lovely, light-hearted tale whose themes—overcoming adversity and realizing the dream of a lifetime—upend our assumptions of a largely cloistered culture. Kim Yong-mi works as a coal miner in a small village. She dreams of one day joining the national circus and performing on the trapeze—despite the fact that she is deathly afraid of heights. When she is promoted...

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THE DOUBLE STEPS

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 3 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 9 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 9 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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ENGLISH VINGLISH

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 1:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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ENGLISH VINGLISH

DIRECTOR: Gauri Shinde - INDIA

Shashi (Sridevi) is a beautiful, dedicated Pune homemaker, devoted wife, and mother. Yet because of her poor English, she is made to feel insecure by her husband and teenage daughter and by society at large. When she is called to New York to help prepare her niece’s wedding, Shashi overcomes her fears of traveling alone but is nevertheless overwhelmed. Humiliated for not being able to order a cup of coffee properly, she secretly enrolls in an accelerated English class and quickly becomes a dedicated student. With the other multi-ethnic students acting as a support system and boosted by the admiration...

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THE EXAM

Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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FLICKER

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 9:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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FLICKER

DIRECTOR: Patrik Eklund - SWEDEN

Eklund’s surreal, acid-drenched film has been described as being like a Coen Brothers version of “The Office.” A deadpan comedy about phone towers, online dating, the odd tarantula, and a militant group of people allergic to electricity, Flicker is set in the small town of Backberga where a local telecom company is planning to freshen up its profile under a clueless CEO. Meanwhile, the accounts person is trying to find love online, the cleaning lady fancies herself an inventor, and, out in the field, the linesman toys with death. Weaving in and out of these individual stories, Eklund offers a...

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GINGER & ROSA

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 8:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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GINGER & ROSA

DIRECTOR: Sally Potter - GREAT BRITAIN

London, 1962. While tied to the hip—“forever”—of her best friend Rosa (Alice Englert), Ginger (Elle Fanning) is beset by two crises: the collapse of her parents’ marriage and the growing worldwide anxiety concerning nuclear Armageddon. If that’s not enough, the joys and terrors of dawning sexual identity and creative ambition are equally consuming. As her family implodes and the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, lifelong friendship will be shattered by ideology and personal betrayals. Looking back on the idealism and roots of a feminist generation, Potter’s exploration of the price of coming of age features a striking performance by...

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HANNAH ARENDT

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 4:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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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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HERE AND THERE

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 3 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 5 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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A HIJACKING

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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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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THE HUNT

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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THE HUNT

DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg - DENMARK

Vinterberg’s devastating drama follows an upstanding member of a small, close-knit Danish community charged with an unthinkable crime. Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is a kindergarten aide beloved by students and parents alike, until a girl in his class accuses him of inappropriately touching her. No sooner is the charge leveled than Lucas is deemed guilty in the public eye and then ostracized—indeed, hunted—by his former friends and neighbors. Knowing that Lucas is indeed innocent adds a chilling layer of horror to an already breathless tale. A provocative, all-too-believable study in mob mentality and the unfailing belief of adults in the innocence...

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IN THE FOG

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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IN THE SHADOW

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 8 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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IN THE SHADOW

DIRECTOR: David Ondříĉek - CZECH REPUBLIC

In 1950s Prague, police detective Hakl is investigating a jewelry store heist, until East German State police specialist Zenke arrives and takes over. Zenke believes that members of the Jewish community are responsible and that an underground ring may be smuggling funds to Zionist terrorists in Israel. Unconvinced, Hakl continues his own investigation. But which version of the truth do the Communist authorities prefer to find? Ondříĉek spins a suspenseful noir tale of standing up to the mistrust and fear in Stalinist, postwar Czechoslovakia. (106 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 6:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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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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Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Cinemagic)
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KAUWBOY

DIRECTOR: Boudewijn Koole - NETHERLANDS

The European Film Academy’s Best European Youth Film and the Dutch submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Kauwboy tells the story of 10-year-old Jojo who lives alone with his security guard father, a sometimes volatile man of few words. Missing his absent mother, a country singer said to be away touring, worried Jojo finds solace in an unexpected friendship with a baby jackdaw that has fallen from its nest. A tender portrait of a young boy trying to come to terms with a family that’s not what it once was and struggling to find a balance between reality...

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KEEP SMILING

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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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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KEY OF LIFE

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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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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KON-TIKI

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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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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LA PIROGUE

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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LA PIROGUE

DIRECTOR: Moussa Touré - SENEGAL

It is estimated that between 2005 and 2010 more than 30,000 Africans set off for Europe in small boats, with more than 5,000 dying on the journey. La Pirogue is the moving story of a group of Senegalese taking the chance in hopes of a better life. Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue—an open-top, wooden boat—who dreams of earning a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head from Dakar to Spain via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing the dangers that lie ahead....

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LA SIRGA

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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LA SIRGA

DIRECTOR: William Vega - COLOMBIA

With moving intimacy, Vega depicts the challenges and obstacles that face Colombia’s indigenous population—not just the struggle to sustain cultural traditions and values but simply to stay alive in the strife that has long beset the country. Fleeing the fighting in her hometown that has taken her family, 19-year-old Alicia arrives at her aunt and uncle’s ramshackle inn, La Sirga, on the isolated shores of a lake high in the Andes. By day, Alicia assists the couple in fixing up the inn, hoping the area’s tourists will return next season, but at night, perhaps due to the trauma she has...

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Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 4:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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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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LAURENCE ANYWAYS

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 8 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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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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A LETTER TO MOMO

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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A LETTER TO MOMO

DIRECTOR: Hiroyuki Okiura - JAPAN

From anime master Hiroyuki Okiura comes this touching, fantastical tale of a young girl’s grief and the three mischievous spirits sent to look after her. After the death of her father, 13-year-old Momo and her mother move from Tokyo to the remote island of Shio. Here, Momo is haunted by the discovery of an unfinished letter her father was writing to her—and plagued by the presence of three heaven-sent goblins whose bumbling efforts to protect her tend to cause more chaos than good. “As gorgeous as Momo is to behold, the film’s sensitive portrayal of a teenager dealing with grief...

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LORE

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 5:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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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

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
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Fri, Feb 22, 2013
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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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MASQUERADE

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
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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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MODEST RECEPTION

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
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MODEST RECEPTION

DIRECTOR: Mani Haghighi - IRAN

Leyla and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy but fascinating to watch as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud, or indifferent. Will they push things too far? Are they losing sight of their mission? What exactly is their mission? This bold, perversely fascinating comedy-drama unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power, privilege, and corruption. “Setting the scene is a brilliantly shot...

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NAIROBI HALF LIFE

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
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NAIROBI HALF LIFE

DIRECTOR: David Tosh Gitonga - KENYA

Despite his family’s pleas, 19-year-old Mwas leaves his small village for the promise of life in the capital and the dream of becoming an actor. Naïve and filled with hope, he quickly learns why the city is nicknamed “Nairobbery.” A few rookie mistakes land him in jail, which eventually leads him to fall in with a gang and survival on the streets via theft and violence. But underneath it all beats the heart of a dream. Working under the mentorship of German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), first-time director Gitonga has fashioned Kenya’s second-ever Best Foreign Language Film Oscar...

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NEIGHBORING SOUNDS

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
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Wed, Feb 13, 2013
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
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NEIGHBORING SOUNDS

DIRECTOR: Kleber Mendonça Filho - BRAZIL

With an acute eye for the push and pull of modern life, Neighboring Sounds delves into the lives of a group of prosperous middle-class families residing on a quiet street in Recife, close to a low-income neighborhood. The private security firm hired to police the street becomes the catalyst for an exploration of the neighbors’ discontents and anxieties, their feelings exacerbated by the palpable unease of a society that remains unreconciled to its troubled past and present inequities. Meticulously constructed, with unexpected compositions and arresting editing, you’re never quite sure where things are headed as it builds imperceptibly toward its...

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OFF-WHITE LIES

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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Mon, Feb 11, 2013
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OFF-WHITE LIES

DIRECTOR: Maya Kenig - ISRAEL

A deadbeat Israeli inventor and his estranged teenage daughter try to reconcile their differences in this delicate blend of poignant coming-of-age drama and offbeat comedy. After years living in California with her mother and stepfather, sharp-witted but introverted 13-year-old Libi returns to Israel to spend time with her unemployed and homeless father Shaul. With the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, Shaul devises a scheme to put a roof over their heads by posing as war refugees until they are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. As the masquerade wears thin, the bemusing circumstances give way to a...

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OLD DOG

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
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OLD DOG

DIRECTOR: Pema Tseden - CHINA

Filled with breathtaking shots of the Himalayan countryside, Tibetan filmmaker Tseden offers an emotional allegory about urbanization and generational conflict. On a visit to a frontier town, middle-aged Gonpo decides to sell his faithful Tibetan mastiff to a Chinese trader who specializes in procuring dogs for wealthy landowners as status symbols. Gonpo’s father, Akhu, disturbed by his son’s lack of regard for their dog, purchases the animal back, initiating the simple storyline revolving around the dog’s destiny and the ensuing familial dynamics. Rich with commentary on the evolving conflict within Tibetan culture and a way of life that is quickly...

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ONE NIGHT

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
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Thu, Feb 21, 2013
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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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OUR CHILDREN

Fri, Feb 15, 2013
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
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OUR CHILDREN

DIRECTOR: Joachim Lafosse - BELGIUM

Based on the true, headline-news story of Genevieve Lhermitte, Our Children unfolds the riveting story of Murielle (Émilie Dequenne, winner of the Best Actress Award in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section), a Belgian schoolteacher caught in a claustrophobic domestic nightmare. Struggling financially, she and her Moroccan immigrant husband Mounir are forced to move in with his adoptive father, Dr. Pinget. When the couple begin to have children, the house starts to feel small and suffocating, and the pressure to please both men—each domineering in his own way—gradually overwhelms Murielle, leading to a shocking act of liberation....

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OUR HOMELAND

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
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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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THE PAINTING

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
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THE PAINTING

DIRECTOR: Jean-François Laguionie - FRANCE

Inside the magical world of a painting, figures divide themselves into three castes: the realistically rendered, highly polished Alldunns, who hold court in a castle; the Halfies, who for want of a brushstroke are denied the privileges of the Alldunns; and the Sketchies, rough and ragged outlines treated as untouchables by the others. A forbidden romance between the Halfie Claire and the Alldunn Ramo leads the two, along with Claire’s friend Lola, to run away—all the way to the edge of their painting, where they hop out of the frame and into the studio of the man who created them....

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PARADISE: FAITH

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
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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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PARADISE: LOVE

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
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PARADISE: LOVE

DIRECTOR: Ulrich Seidl - AUSTRIA

The first installment in Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, Paradise: Love explores the collision of Christian virtues with worldly realities. Leaving her wearying job and troublesome teenage daughter in the care of her sister for a brief vacation, Teresa heads for a “full-service” beach resort in Kenya—a popular sex tourism destination for middle-aged women. The buff young men on the beach in front of the hotel are there to sell trinkets or themselves as need be, but for Teresa, the boundaries of sex, love, and oppression are not so clear. As Seidl explores the perspectives of a woman who, while in power,...

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PIAZZA FONTANA: THE ITALIAN CONSPIRACY

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
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Fri, Feb 22, 2013
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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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PIETA

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
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Mon, Feb 11, 2013
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PIETA

DIRECTOR: Kim Ki-duk - SOUTH KOREA

Lee Kang-do works as a brutal, merciless loan shark who threatens and cripples those who can’t make their payments. One day, a woman appears on his doorstep claiming to be the mother who abandoned him as a baby. At first he rejects her but eventually quits his job to spend his days recapturing the time lost with her. When she is kidnapped, he must track down the culprit, revisiting all those whom he has hurt in the past, only to discover that his mother is harboring a dark secret of her own. Taking his inspiration from Michelangelo’s Pietà, Kim’s searing,...

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POST TENEBRAS LUX

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
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Fri, Feb 22, 2013
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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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PURGE

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
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PURGE

DIRECTOR: Antti Jokinen - FINLAND

Estonia, 1994. Soviet occupation has ended, but not the grip of Stalinist memories or the new hold of the Russian Mafia. Aliide, who has lived through a generation where a sentence to Siberian prison camps was all too regular, encounters Zara, a young girl who has exhaustedly escaped the clutches of sex slavery. Though from different eras, both women are haunted by their own tragic pasts and a dark history that binds them. Based on the award-winning novel of the same title by Sofi Oksanen, this unflinching family drama, a story of sex trafficking, violent abuse, betrayal, and loss, is...

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REALITY

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
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REALITY

DIRECTOR: Matteo Garrone - ITALY

Garrone takes a critical swipe at contemporary Italian society and the powerful role of television and the media in instilling obsessive envy and lust for fame. After seeing a former reality star make an electrifying surprise appearance at his cousin’s wedding (one of several paid appearances for the enterprising self-promoter), common man Luciano decides to try out for the Italian version of “Big Brother.” Sure he will soon get the call, Luciano begins to conduct his life as if he’s already being watched. Playing Luciano’s delusions not only for laughs but for thoughtful, ethical examination, Garrone blends a Fellini-esque love...

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RENOIR

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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Wed, Feb 13, 2013
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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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THE SAPPHIRES

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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THE SAPPHIRES

DIRECTOR: Wayne Blair - AUSTRALIA

In 1968, in a remote Australian town where white racism rules, an Aboriginal country-western singing group struggles to make it in the music business. Their fortunes change when they meet garrulous Irish pianist/drinker Dave (Chris O’Dowd, Bridesmaids), who recognizes their talent and adds soul music to their repertoire. Soon, the precocious singer Julie (Australian music star Jessica Mauboy), boy-crazy Cynthia, tough and tart-tongued leader Gail, and cousin Kay who wishes she were white, score an unexpected gig: entertaining American troops in Vietnam. A rousing, heartfelt tale based on screenwriter Tony Briggs’s true-life family, the mix of charming romance, fine performances,...

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SHUN LI AND THE POET

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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SHUN LI AND THE POET

DIRECTOR: Andrea Segre - ITALY

Winner of the Best First Feature Prize at the London Film Festival, this tender story begins with Shun Li working in a textile factory near Rome. She’s slowly paying off the broker who brought her from China to Italy, while trying to save money to bring her young son over. Transferred to work as a bartender in Chioggia, a small island town in the Venetian lagoon, she meets Bepi, a handsome old Slav immigrant nicknamed “The Poet.” A soulful friendship grows between them, but soon prejudice threatens their innocent relationship. Both a tender portrait of survival in an immigrant world...

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SIGHTSEERS

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
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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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A SIMPLE LIFE

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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A SIMPLE LIFE

DIRECTOR: Ann Hui - HONG KONG

With perfectly judged performances from Andy Lau and Deanie Ip (winner of the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival), Ann Hui’s moving film looks at the decades-long relationship between a man and his devoted family servant. Ip plays Ah Tao, who has worked for the Leung family for 60 years. For the past decade, the only member of the family left in Hong Kong is Roger (Lau), who works in the film industry. Having cared for Roger from childhood, Ah Tao suffers a stroke and asks to be admitted to a nursing home. There, she becomes part of...

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SLEEP TIGHT

Fri, Feb 15, 2013
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
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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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SOMETHING IN THE AIR

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
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Thu, Feb 21, 2013
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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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STARRY STARRY NIGHT

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
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STARRY STARRY NIGHT

DIRECTOR: Tom Lin - TAIWAN

Based on the children’s book by Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao, the gentle Starry Starry Night follows the intersecting lives of inward 13-year-old Mei, who’s coping with the death of her grandfather and her parents’ crumbling marriage, and shy Jay, who endures a rootless existence caused by his abusive father. When Mei falls in love with Jay, a recent transfer student at her school, she finds solace from her troubles and begins a journey to find the missing parts of her troubled life. Venturing into the starry night, Mei and Jay set off on a romantic, perilous trip into the mountainous...

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TABU

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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TABU

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gomes - PORTUGAL

“The ghosts of F.W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, Joseph Cornell, and Jack Smith hover above this exquisite, absurdist entry in the canon of surrealist cinema. Shot in ephemeral black-and-white celluloid, Tabu is movie-as-dream—an evocation of irrational desires, extravagant coincidences, and cheesy nostalgia that nevertheless is grounded in serious feeling and beliefs, even anti-colonialist politics. There is a story, which is delightful to follow and in which the cart comes before the horse: the first half is set in contemporary Lisbon, the second, involving two of the same characters, in colonial Mozambique in the early 1960s. Phil Spector’s ‘Be My Baby’ belted...

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TOGETHER

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
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TOGETHER

DIRECTOR: Hsu Chao-Jen - TAIWAN

“A neighborhood’s lives and loves intertwine in this almost novelistic film, seen mostly through the eyes of 17-year-old Xiao Yang. Together’s various storylines cycle through several families who live on the same street in contemporary Taipei. Xiao Yang is a patient observer but not a neutral one: most of the love letters that charmingly still circulate in this working-class Taipei community pass through his hands, and he’s the catalyst of several of the story’s love affairs. The community includes a costume vendor, a Japanese-Taiwanese newlywed couple, and Xiao Yang’s sometimes violent, sometimes romantically inclined classmates. Everyone seems to be in...

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UNFAIR WORLD

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
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Fri, Feb 22, 2013
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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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WAR WITCH

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
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WAR WITCH

DIRECTOR: Kim Nguyen - CANADA

War Witch unfolds as a harrowing fairy-tale told by a 14-year-old African child soldier to her unborn son. Taken from her village, Komona is given a hallucinogenic milk that gifts her with a sorceress’s ability to see the ghosts of the fallen. Fighting alongside an albino boy named Magician, she soon comes to understand that her career as “witch” to the rebel leader will only last as long as their victories. The two set off together, putting their violent past behind them as they bond while searching for the white rooster she has demanded as proof of his love. Nguyen...

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WASTELAND

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
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WASTELAND

DIRECTOR: Rowan Athale - GREAT BRITAIN

“Cross Ocean’s Eleven with The Usual Suspects, move the setting to a northern English city, and you have the basis of this remarkable debut. Harvey had dreams of becoming a lawyer before being convicted of drug possession. We meet him in a police interview room. Bloodied, bruised, and recently paroled from prison, he’s about to be interrogated about the violent robbery of a workingmen’s club. What follows is a series of flashbacks as Harvey reveals his version of how he ended up back in the hands of the law. Wasteland has all the elements of a classic heist thriller: a...

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WHITE ELEPHANT

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
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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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WHITE TIGER

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
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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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THE WILD ONES

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
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THE WILD ONES

DIRECTOR: Patricia Ferreira - SPAIN

Ferreira’s elegant triptych of coming-of-age tales follows three teenage friends and their individual struggles to define themselves amidst hard family conditions and a seemingly indifferent society: Graffiti artist Alex, ignored by his parents and faced with the mounting living expenses for an art grant he wins; kickboxer Gabi, who lives in fear of his domineering gym-owner father; and wealthy Oky, who lives comfortably but without affection from her parents. “The sins of parents and teachers are visited on their progeny and students in this largely subtle, compassionate, and perceptive take on bad education affecting a trio of Catalan teens. ......

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WRINKLES

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
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WRINKLES

DIRECTOR: Ignacio Ferreras - SPAIN

Adapted from Paco Roca’s comic book, winner of the Spanish National Comic Prize, this beautifully crafted animated feature focuses on the friendship of Emilio and Miguel, two senior citizens living in a care facility. Suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Emilio is apprehensive about moving into a nursing home. Helping him make the transition is his roommate Miguel, a rascally Argentinean. Both sensitively told and refreshingly acerbic, Wrinkles smoothes its challenging subject into an inspiring story full of charm, wit, and universal appeal. (89 mins.)

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YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
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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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