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THE PAINTING

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 5:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE PALACE

DIRECTOR: Anthony Maras - CYPRUS/AUSTRALIA

Cyprus, 1974. When a young Turkish-Cypriot conscript soldier comes face-to-face with a Greek-Cypriot family in hiding, he confronts the brutal reality of war and his role in it. (17 mins.)

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PARADISE: FAITH

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 3:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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PARADISE: FAITH

DIRECTOR: Ulrich Seidl - AUSTRIA

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

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PARADISE: LOVE

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY

DIRECTOR: Sophie Fiennes - GREAT BRITAIN

Following up on his provocative The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, confrontational Slovenian philosopher and film theoretician Slavoj Žižek continues his riveting search for the hidden languages of cinema, exploring the idea of films as collective fantasies that shape our beliefs, practices, and society. Žižek’s high-concept take on what psychoanalysis reveals about ideology is a treat for cineastes seeking profound yet accessible analysis of the classics and is guaranteed to provide fresh perspective. Fiennes captures Žižek (amusingly inserted into scenes from the films he talks about) as he examines a wide range of works (also music, history, and current events) including...

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PIAZZA FONTANA: THE ITALIAN CONSPIRACY

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 1:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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PIAZZA FONTANA: THE ITALIAN CONSPIRACY

DIRECTOR: Marco Tullio Giordana - ITALY

Giordana’s engrossing tale of terrorism, conspiracy, and deceit is based on a devastating true story set within decades of Italian political violence and resistance. A bomb goes off at a Milan bank in December 1969, killing 17 and wounding dozens of others. Detective Luigi Calabresi heads up the investigation of the crime, which many in the government want to pin on the anarchist left. Unconvinced, Calabresi wants to investigate the shadowy organizations on the neo-fascist right, including possible CIA connections. But after a key suspect meets an untimely death, the clock starts ticking for Calabresi as a malevolent, Machiavellian labyrinth...

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PIETA

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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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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PITCH BLACK HEIST

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 12:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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

PITCH BLACK HEIST

DIRECTOR: John Maclean - GREAT BRITAIN

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

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POLLUTING PARADISE

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 3 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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POLLUTING PARADISE

DIRECTOR: Fatih Akin - GERMANY

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

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POST TENEBRAS LUX

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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POST TENEBRAS LUX

DIRECTOR: Carlos Reygadas - MEXICO

Reygadas’s enigmatic, visually ravishing film presents the occurrences around Juan and Natalia, a wealthy couple living in a stunning house in the lush countryside with their two little children and their pack of dogs. Mundane domestic events are punctuated by a series of disparate, occasionally fantastical subplots within a tableau of overwhelming beauty haunted by mysterious sinister forces. “In this expressionistic Mexican film, magnificent dreamlike exteriors together with memories and dream sequences tell the story of one man’s ability to resist temptation and stop himself from sinning. The story is at times told from the perspective of Satan, showing us...

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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

PREMATURE

DIRECTOR: Rashaad Ernesto Green - UNITED STATES

After Tisha, a streetwise teenager from the Bronx, discovers she’s pregnant, she must face a difficult decision. With nowhere to turn, she confronts the grim realities of her situation alone. (15 mins.)

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PURGE

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 5:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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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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