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Films & Schedules - Friday, February 7, 2014

CYCLING WITH MOLIERE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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CYCLING WITH MOLIERE

DIRECTOR: Philippe Le Guay - FRANCE

Popular television celebrity Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson) embarks on a train journey to Brittany’s Île de Ré with a clear mission in mind: convince his old friend Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini) to return to the stage in the lead of Molière’s The Misanthrope. The task is not that simple, as Tanneur, a once-renowned comedian, went into exile three years prior, living in a dilapidated house bequeathed to him by his uncle. He is sick of his vocation, burning every script that he receives. For good and bad, a five-day struggle ensues to bring the great man out of the shadows....

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ERNEST AND CELESTINE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ERNEST AND CELESTINE

DIRECTOR: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner - FRANCE

Ernest and Celestine is the winner of France’s Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous other festival prizes. Tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels lives a civilization of hard-working mice, terrified of the bears that live aboveground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for burly troubadour Ernest, the pair forms an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, influences as varied as Buster...

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THE GOOD ROAD

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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THE GOOD ROAD

DIRECTOR: Gyan Correa - INDIA

Several groups of people are making their way along a desolate stretch of highway in India’s dangerous Kutch region. Seven-year-old Adiyta, from Mumbai, has become separated from his parents and is befriended by a truck driver on a perilous smuggling mission. Poonya, an 11-year-old girl who has run away from the city to find her grandmother, finds herself in danger of becoming a victim of human trafficking. Over the course of 24 hours, the lives of these protagonists and others are dramatically intertwined as The Good Road explores the intersection of modern, urban India with its unseen, underdeveloped rural counterpart....

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THE MISSING PICTURE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE MISSING PICTURE

DIRECTOR: Rithy Panh - CAMBODIA

As the only family survivor of Pol Pot’s reign of terror (1975-1979), Cambodian-French director Rithy Panh has been searching for images all his life. While already a chronicler of Cambodia’s genocide, he shifts to his own childhood recollections with The Missing Picture. Unable to locate photos from the time, Panh uses hundreds of clay figures and dioramas to convey the action—the rice fields, the camps, the summary executions. Hand-carved and hand-painted, these figures stand in for Panh’s parents and family, along with key perpetrators. Scratchy, monochromatic stills from archival propaganda footage are eerily juxtaposed with these colorful, miniature people, all...

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THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

DIRECTOR: Ramon Zürcher - GERMANY

This droll, comic day-in-the-life chronicles a multigenerational family preparing a dinner in their Berlin apartment. Compared with siblings Karin and Simon, their parents, and their little sister Clara, the cat is ironically the paragon of normalcy. Clara displays her penchant for screaming, Mom flirts with the neighbor fixing the washing machine, doors open and close as in a bedroom farce, and family members scramble hither and thither. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, seemingly unspectacular details are assembled into a surreal choreography of the quotidian that will leave audiences grinning at the film’s audacity and perfect execution. “Zürcher...

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TEENAGE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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TEENAGE

DIRECTOR: Matt Wolf - UNITED STATES

Who was the first teenager? Based on punk-historian Jon Savage’s book Teenage: The Creation of Youth, Wolf’s compelling collage of archival images, Super-8mm recreations, and the actual diaries of mid-century teens, all set to an alluring post-punk contemporary soundtrack, is an entertaining look at the birth of the iconic, eternally cool figure of the teenager. Though the seeds of youth culture were planted even before the hipsters of the 1920s, the word and concept of “teenager” was a post-World War II invention. Before then, childhood and adulthood were two completely discrete phases with nothing in between. Wolf’s historical survey finds...

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THE GERMAN DOCTOR

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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THE GERMAN DOCTOR

DIRECTOR: Lucía Puenzo - ARGENTINA

Set in 1960, The German Doctor imagines an Argentine family unknowingly befriending Josef Mengele, the Nazi war criminal notorious for his horrific medical experiments, during his period in hiding in Patagonia. Less a conspiracy thriller than a subtle meditation on complicity, willful ignorance, and the allure of perfection—even at the risk of self-destruction—the film thought-provokingly ponders whether, if you met the “angel of death” on the road, would you recognize him? Or might you be charmed by the friendly doctor and his seductive promises to cure your diminutive daughter, fund your creative work, and care for your unborn twins? This...

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LE WEEK-END

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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LE WEEK-END

DIRECTOR: Roger Michell - GREAT BRITAIN

In this witty and wise romantic drama, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan shine as a long-married academic couple who attempt to reinvigorate their relationship by visiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. While there, they run into an old friend (Jeff Goldblum), a dismayingly successful writer, who acts as a catalyst for them to recapture their lost spirits. Written by Hanif Kureishi, a lifetime of regret and joy is unpacked as they see the sights, revisit the past, wrangle with mishaps and misunderstandings, and ponder their future. Personal, warm, melancholy, and funny, “the Brits’ love-hate relationship with Paris...

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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL

DIRECTOR: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman - UNITED STATES

As the national debate over the future of healthcare continues on, this heartfelt film takes a step back from the politics to give an emotional, on-the-ground portrait of those who live every day without proper access to medical care. Unable to afford treatment, an estimated 45 million people in the US lack access to preventative care and often suffer through illnesses in the hopes that they’ll just go away. Remote Area Medical documents the annual two-day “pop-up” medical clinic operated by the nonprofit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bristol, Tennessee. During that time, doctors, nurses, and support workers provide care...

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THOSE HAPPY YEARS

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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THOSE HAPPY YEARS

DIRECTOR: Daniele Luchetti - ITALY

Rome in the 1970s. Young Dario, 8mm movie camera in hand, captures the events that will forever change his family’s destiny. Guido (Kim Rossi Stuart), a narcissistic artist who dreams of being a famous artist, is too self-centered to see that his wife (Micaela Ramazzotti) is upset about all the time he spends with beautiful women in his studio. So it’s a rude awakening when she starts to entertain ideas of her own independent life and leaves for a “feminist retreat”—right after his big Milan gallery show disastrously implodes in disaster. Loosely based on his parents’ life, this wryly amusing...

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TWO LIVES

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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TWO LIVES

DIRECTOR: George Maas, Judith Kaufmann - GERMANY

1990. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, a flood of information from East Germany makes its way through Europe. Like most Norwegian children fathered by the German occupying troops during WWII, Katrine (Juliane Köhler) was sent to Germany as a child, only able to return to her Norwegian mother, Ase (Liv Ullmann), long after the war’s end. Not all the war children were as lucky—most were never reunited with their parents—and now a German-Norwegian lawyer is building a case against the Norwegian government for its exclusionary policy. Although a victim herself, Katrine...

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WAJMA (AN AFGHAN LOVE STORY)

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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WAJMA (AN AFGHAN LOVE STORY)

DIRECTOR: Barmak Akram - AFGHANISTAN

It’s snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a bright, pretty student named Wajma. The pair begins a clandestine relationship—they’re playful and passionate but ever mindful of the societal rules they are breaking. When Wajma discovers she is pregnant, her certainty that Mustafa will marry her falters, and as word of their forbidden dalliance gets out, her father must decide between his culturally-held right to uphold family honor and his devotion to his daughter. Wajma (An Afghan Love Story), its title deliberately sardonic, takes an unblinking and unapologetic look at the modern reality of women caught in situations from...

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BORGMAN

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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BORGMAN

DIRECTOR: Alex van Warmerdam - NETHERLANDS

A dark, mischievous, and unsettling fable about a strange vagabond, Borgman takes the concept of home invasion to captivating new levels. Driven by the authorities from his underground hideout, the enigmatic Camiel Borgman is on the run. Covered in dirt, he arrives at Marina and Richard’s large suburban home asking to use their shower, thus beginning a game of sly calculation as he insinuates himself into their lives. He soon starts to manipulate the family with almost preternatural charisma as his more sinister plans make themselves known in chilling fashion. Filled with nasty humor and demonic imagination, van Warmerdam’s film...

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