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3 MILLION

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 9 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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3 MILLION

DIRECTOR: Jaime Roos, Yamandu Roos - URUGUAY

3 Million is a documentary for soccer lovers, but also for anyone who likes to root for the underdog. Like many countries, Uruguay’s heart stops and starts with the fate of its beloved soccer team. In this joyous documentary about the passion of soccer, the iconic Uruguayan musician Jaime Roos and his (Dutch) photographer son Yamandu follow the national team’s 2010 World Cup run to the electric semi-finals in South Africa. From Kimberley to Johannesburg to Cape Town to Pretoria, Jaime and Yamandu uncover truths about the players and the excitement of memorable games with the world’s top teams, as...

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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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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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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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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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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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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6 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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Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 16, 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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LA CAMIONETA: THE JOURNEY OF ONE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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LA CAMIONETA: THE JOURNEY OF ONE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS

DIRECTOR: Mark Kendall - UNITED STATES

Every day, dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States and migrate through Mexico to Guatemala where they are repaired, repainted, and reborn as the brightly colored camionetas that bring most Guatemalans to work. Kendall’s lyrical film follows the migration of one Pennsylvania bus as well as the personal stories of five individuals whose lives become intertwined with its transformation. Like the bus that unites their stories, the choice between obsolescence and innovation defines their decisions, propelling them toward an increasingly uncertain future in a country where civil institutions and authorities are powerless to protect citizens from organized crime....

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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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THE LAST SHEPHERD

Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 8:15 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 26, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE LAST SHEPHERD

DIRECTOR: Marco Bonfanti - ITALY

Renato Zucchelli lives in the beautiful mountain farmlands just outside Milan. He is the last traveling shepherd in the region, the last man tending sheep in Lombardy, an area ever consumed by urbanization. Renato has a dream: to lead his flock into the heart of Milan to meet children who have never seen someone like him, showing them that dreams and freedom will always exist as long as there is still room to believe in a last shepherd. At once funny, touching, and serious, The Last Shepherd is ultimately a warm and endearing portrait of a man, his dog, his...

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MEMORIES LOOK AT ME

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 9 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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MEMORIES LOOK AT ME

DIRECTOR: Song Fang - CHINA

Song Fang’s remarkable directorial debut, in which she travels from Beijing to Nanjing for a visit with her family (many of whom play themselves), gracefully expounds on several poignant topics: how an adult child’s relationship with her parents changes as they grow older and how to negotiate one’s place as a single woman in a world of married couples. Song, who many will remember for her wonderful performance as Juliette Binoche’s nanny and aspiring filmmaker in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Flight of the Red Balloon (PIFF 2008), perfectly captures the rhythms of brief sojourns home, trips filled with reunions (both joyful and...

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NAIROBI HALF LIFE

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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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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ONE NIGHT

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 9:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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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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THE SAPPHIRES

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 5 PM (Cinemagic)
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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
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 5 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 26, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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TOGETHER

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 9:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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TWO YEARS AT SEA

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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TWO YEARS AT SEA

DIRECTOR: Ben Rivers - GREAT BRITAIN

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

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WASTELAND

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 4 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 5:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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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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