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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 8, 2014

THE APOSTLE

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 1 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE APOSTLE

DIRECTOR: Fernando Cortizo - SPAIN

Ramon, a convict who has escaped from jail, arrives in a remote Galician mountain village searching for a treasure hidden there years earlier. What at first appears to be a deserted town in which only a few old people live turns out to be a village under a mysterious curse that has existed for over 600 years. He soon finds himself in a nightmarish world in which the harmless elders are actually looking for souls to trade with the grim reaper himself. This adult fairy tale—a beguiling mix of stop-motion, 3D animation, and motion capture, steeped in a dark, gothic...

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GABRIELLE

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 1 PM (Cinemagic)
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GABRIELLE

DIRECTOR: Louise Archambault - CANADA

Gabrielle is a 22-year-old woman with Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that often slows cognitive skills while increasing outgoingness and musical talent. She sings in a Montreal choir for other disabled adults, where she’s met and fallen in love with the dashingly handsome Martin. The bliss of first love is interrupted, however, by Martin’s interfering mother, who worries that special needs individuals aren’t sufficiently fit for romantic relationships, and by Gabrielle’s beloved sister, who is planning a move abroad to live with her fiancé. What emerges in Archambault’s warm film is a portrait of a young woman fighting for acceptance,...

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Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

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WHAT IS CINEMA?

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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WHAT IS CINEMA?

DIRECTOR: Chuck Workman - UNITED STATES

Chuck Workman is best known for creating unforgettable Oscar montage sequences. In What is Cinema?, he shares his understanding and love of avant-garde cinematic language by creating a visual essay out of clips from films that have pushed the boundaries of the art form. Woven among them are new and archival interviews with a pantheon of personal filmmakers that provide food for thought on where cinema might be headed. Workman’s interview subjects include the likes of Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, Yvonne Rainer, David Lynch, video artist Bill Viola, Kelly Reichardt, Costa-Gavras, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Moore, who consider key artists...

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THE ZIGZAG KID

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 1 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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THE ZIGZAG KID

DIRECTOR: Vincent Bal - NETHERLANDS

The Zigzag Kid is a stylish, witty, action-packed caper à la The Pink Panther that also touches on more serious themes of self-discovery, the strength of family, and acceptance. The son of the world’s greatest police inspector, Nono is on a train trip to see his uncle when he meets his father’s arch-nemesis, the notorious criminal Felix Glick, and must put his own detective skills to work. Wearing disguises and evading police, he heads to the French Riviera but only has 24 hours to compete his high-stakes mission—while also confronting the mystery of his own identity and the truth about...

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AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS

DIRECTOR: Arnaud des Pallières - FRANCE

Arnaud de Pallières’s adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s 1808 novella, a classic of German Romanticism, explores a fault line between declining feudalism and modernity. In 16th-century France, enterprising horse farmer Michael Kohlhaas (Mads Mikkelsen) runs afoul of a venal baron, who attempts to shake down the farmer as he crosses the nobleman’s woods on the way to market. After events escalate, causing great harm to Kohlhaas’s horses, farmhands, and family, he raises an army and wages war against the baron, who soon sues for peace. But with the clergy and courts adjudicating, will Kohlhaas win the war and lose the...

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THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR

DIRECTOR: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine - UNITED STATES

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this gripping, stranger-than-fiction murder-mystery. In 1929, Berlin physician Friedrich Ritter and his lover Dore Strauch left Germany for the deserted Galapagos island of Floreana. Inspired by Nietzsche, Ritter intended to escape “monster” civilization and write in solitude. But soon the couple was discovered by the international press, who trumpeted them as “the Adam and Eve of the Galapagos.” Others flocked to the island—first, the Wittmer family, who fancied themselves as “the Swiss Family Robinsons of the Galapagos,” followed by an Austrian baroness with two lovers and plans for opening a luxury hotel. Then, two inhabitants were...

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OF HORSES AND MEN

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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OF HORSES AND MEN

DIRECTOR: Benedikt Erlingsson - ICELAND

This dry, very Icelandic comedy is a country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced with immense consequences through several interlinked short episodes that follow the inhabitants of an isolated hamlet. “This is not a straightforward story. I hope that the title gives the right point of view. And of course it must be said that here in the north, women are also men. It is important to state that no horses were hurt in the making of this film. The entire cast and crew are horse owners...

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ILO ILO

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ILO ILO

DIRECTOR: Anthony Chen - SINGAPORE

Chen’s bittersweet drama about the relationship between a 10-year-old boy named Jiale and his caretaker Teresa in late 1990s Singapore won the Camera d’Or Award for Best Debut Feature Film at the Cannes Film Festival. Set during the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the film focuses on Teresa’s arrival from the Philippines in search of a better life and the comfort Jiale takes in Teresa’s expanding role within the family as monetary hardships threaten to splinter his parents’ marriage. “Brimming with love, humor, and heartbreak…a small but immensely likable gem.”—Variety. “The very beating heart and soul of cinematic storytelling.”—Film Comment....

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TRAP STREET

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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TRAP STREET

DIRECTOR: Vivian Qu - CHINA

“A poignant and engaging mystery, Vivian Qu’s feature debut plunges us into the fascinating world of state surveillance in China as it follows a digital mapping surveyor’s investigation of an ‘off-the-grid’ hidden alley. Li Qiuming works at a digital mapping company, photographing the streets that comprise the maze of China’s ever-changing cities. One day while out surveying, he sees through his viewfinder an attractive woman disappearing into a secluded alley. Unable to forget the mysterious lady who has triggered his romantic imagination, Qiuming returns to where he saw her first, only to discover that the data he collected there was...

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CHILD’S POSE

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CHILD’S POSE

DIRECTOR: Calin Peter Netzer - ROMANIA

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, this dark tragicomic exposé chronicles the efforts of an overly protective and domineering mother, Cornelia, who uses all of the means at her disposal to keep her reckless adult son, Barbu, out of jail when he is accused of killing a child in a drunken hit-and-run. Cornelia is an educated, wealthy woman, an architect by trade, who views her privilege in Romanian society as a right that extends to her son; she has no qualms about offering bribes or coercing the police and witnesses to lie. But the impassive...

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THE GOOD ROAD

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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PARTICLE FEVER

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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PARTICLE FEVER

DIRECTOR: Mark Levinson - UNITED STATES

Physicists from all over the world in search of the theoretical Higgs particle collaborated on the planning and construction of the 18-mile-long Cern Large Hadron Collider. Situated in an underground complex near the Franco-Swiss border, it’s allegedly the biggest, most expensive scientific experiment ever made. The idea was to recreate conditions immediately after the Big Bang, allowing a closer understanding of the origin of matter. Physicist-turned-filmmaker Mark Levinson was there with his cameras when the collider went online, and he found a way of approaching the experiment as an epic adventure story, involving multiple setbacks, mysteries, and—according to hysterical press...

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THE ROCKET

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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THE ROCKET

DIRECTOR: Kim Mordaunt - AUSTRALIA

Winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Rocket is a heartwarming coming-of-age tale set in Laos. Ahlo is the surviving twin of a difficult birth and is believed by some to be a source of bad luck. When he and his family are displaced by the construction of a dam, further tragedy strikes as they relocate to a new village. Ahlo befriends Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple but is still ostracized by the superstitious community. Hope for redemption comes with the Rocket Festival: a riotous, and dangerous, annual competition where huge bamboo rockets...

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THOSE HAPPY YEARS

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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MAIDENTRIP

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6:15 PM (OMSI)
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MAIDENTRIP

DIRECTOR: Jillian Schlesinger - NETHERLANDS

“At just 14 years old, Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage ‘to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.’ While the Dutch teen’s announcement spurs a highly publicized custody battle with the Child Welfare Office, Schlesinger focuses on the real heart of the story, a fiercely independent girl and her audacious dream. Schlesinger films Laura at her many exotic ports of call, but it’s the young captain herself who shoots all the footage at sea in journal-like conversations with the camera. Far from scrutiny and land, she’s visibly free and speaks so confidently and...

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THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM

DIRECTOR: Yilmaz Erdogan - TURKEY

In 1941, with World War II looming, in Zonguldak, an impoverished mining city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, every man in the area is required by law to work in the coal mines. Amidst the poverty, disease, and turmoil are two young poets, Muzaffer and Rustu. Their persevering dream is to have their poetry published. One day they see Suzan, the beautiful daughter of one of the city’s wealthy merchants, and make a bet over the girl: they will both write a poem for her, and whichever she likes, the other will fade from the scene…. As their...

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CLOSED CURTAIN

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CLOSED CURTAIN

DIRECTOR: Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi - IRAN

Still banned from making films for 20 years, celebrated Iranian director Jafar Panahi defied Islamic authorities to make this daring and angry protest against repression and devastating portrait of melancholia and paranoia. In a house by the sea, a man hides with his illegal (considered “unclean”) dog, working on a screenplay. A mysterious young woman arrives, clearly hiding from something herself, and refuses to leave. Then Panahi himself arrives, and the curtain on what has come before is at least partly lifted. Of his enigmatic meditation on the blurry line between fiction and real life, Panahi says: “Closed Curtain uses...

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MANAKAMANA

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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MANAKAMANA

DIRECTOR: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez - NEPAL

“Spray and Velez’s (literally) transporting film—shot inside a cable car that carries pilgrims and tourists to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal—is radically simple in conception. Each of its 11 shots lasts as long as a one-way ride, which corresponds to the duration of a roll of 16mm film. This newest work from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab—which previously produced Sweetgrass (PIFF 32) and Leviathan (PIFF 36)—is thrillingly mysterious in its effects: a staged documentary, a cross between science fiction and ethnography, an airborne version of an Andy Warhol screen test. As with the richest structural films, Manakamana is a...

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VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR

DIRECTOR: Denis Côté - CANADA

Deep in the snow-covered backwoods of Quebec, 61-year-old Vic is trying to escape her criminal past. Fresh out of prison and searching for solitude, her refuge is shattered when fellow ex-con and younger lover Flo comes to stay—bringing with her chaos, violence, and a madcap reckoning with the life they left behind. Part lesbian love story, part revenge thriller, and part oddball comedy, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear is an unclassifiable film by one of Canada’s equally unclassifiable auteurs. “A rich, humane, surprising film [that] manages to mix the drollery of Wes Anderson, the genre swagger of Tarantino, and...

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WE ARE THE BEST!

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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WE ARE THE BEST!

DIRECTOR: Lukas Moodysson - SWEDEN

Stockholm, 1982: 13-year-old best friends Bobo and Klara are united by their feelings of outsiderness—embarrassed by their parents, repulsed by the conformity of the school’s popular kids, and hating gym class. After wandering into the local community center music room and banging on the instruments, they declare themselves a punk band—never mind that they can’t play a lick. In need of some proper musicianship, they recruit their classmate Hedvig—a talented guitarist, though painfully shy and socially marginalized by her parents’ unfashionable enthusiasm for evangelical Christianity. Now a trio, the three friends create a joyful noise as they play music together...

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YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL

DIRECTOR: François Ozon - FRANCE

Ozon again delves into the mysterious world of the female soul in this story of 17-year-old Isabelle, who has her first sexual encounter at a resort in southern France—an episode that is just the beginning for this sexually inquisitive girl in search of rebellion. After returning to Paris, she begins to earn money through encounters with various older men. Her mother and stepfather give Isabelle absolute freedom and have no idea of her secret activities. Yet everything changes when a routine call ends in disaster, and the police and a psychologist become involved.... Over the course of four seasons and...

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THE SACRAMENT

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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THE SACRAMENT

DIRECTOR: Ti West - UNITED STATES

A shocking tale of devotion gone horribly wrong, The Sacrament offers a disturbing vision of the power of groupthink. Patrick is a photographer whose once drug-addicted sister Caroline is a member of an isolated sober-living community in Mississippi. Patrick discovers that the program is closer to a communal-living collective and that there is a strange and charismatic leader of the group, known only as “Father.” When his sister leaves the country to start a new utopian society in the jungle, he enlists two co-workers to shoot a documentary on their whereabouts. Based on detailed research of the infamous Jonestown massacre,...

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