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Films & Schedules - Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 12:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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SHORT CUTS II: INTERNATIONAL TIES

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CAIRO DRIVE

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 1 PM (CANCELLED)
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CAIRO DRIVE

DIRECTOR: Sherief Elkatsha - EGYPT

Cairo, Egypt. 20 million people. 23,600 miles of road. Two million cars. Taxis, buses, donkey carts, and swarms of people, all jockeying to move through the obstacle course that is their daily lives. Here, traffic is a chaotic experience where rules are constantly challenged: an elaborate dance of leading and following, flow and resistance, and impeccable, almost miraculous timing. Shot in 2009-2012 (before and during the Egyptian revolution and ending with the most recent presidential elections), the film explores the country’s collective identity, inherent struggles, and the sentiments that led to the historic changes taking place in Egypt today. Here,...

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MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 1 PM (CANCELLED)
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MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL

DIRECTOR: Marc Boréal, Thibaut Chatel - FRANCE

Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this winner of the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival is a beautifully moving tale full of moments of sheer, simple, childish joy. Six-year-old Jean is starting first grade. He looks forward to learning to read and write so he won’t need Michelle, the girl next door, to read the postcards he gets from his mysteriously absent mother, who writes from around the world about her wild adventures. Even though they seem far-fetched at times, with his father so busy, the postcards bring comfort. A bittersweet, joyous,...

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SALVO

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 2:45 PM (CANCELLED)
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SALVO

DIRECTOR: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza - ITALY

A hit man for the Sicilian mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold, and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange, fueled by adrenaline and fear, between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita’s eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. Haunted by their encounter, both of these damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous...

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FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 3 PM (CANCELLED)
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FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

DIRECTOR: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel - UNITED STATES

Street photographer Vivian Maier was a mystery even to those who knew her. A secretive nanny in the wealthy suburbs of Chicago, she died in 2009 and would have been forgotten. But Maloof, an amateur historian, uncovered thousands of her negatives at a storage locker auction and changed history. Now Maier is hailed alongside the likes of Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Weegee as a major artist. And that is just where the story begins. Finding Vivian Maier follows the filmmakers as they unearth Vivian’s story, combing through thousands of negatives and tracking down the families she worked...

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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 3 PM (CANCELLED)
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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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TITO ON ICE

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 3 PM (CANCELLED)
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TITO ON ICE

DIRECTOR: Helena Ahonen, Max Andersson - SWEDEN

To promote their comic book Bosnian Flat Dog, Swedish artists Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson toured the countries of the former Yugoslavia with a mummified Marshal Tito in a refrigerator. Now comes the documentary, which takes Super-8mm footage of their tour and animates it with cardboard cutouts, garbage, and other recycled materials. The result is a surreal trip through the Balkans that is part promotion, part performance art, and part history of Marshal Tito and the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Through it all, there is a comics creator’s eye at work. Live-action interviews suddenly switch to animation,...

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THE ZIGZAG KID

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 3 PM (CANCELLED)
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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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BEFORE SNOWFALL

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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BEFORE SNOWFALL

DIRECTOR: Hisham Zaman - NORWAY

How far would you go to restore your family’s honor? As the oldest man in his household, Siyar confronts that question after his sister Nermin flees an arranged marriage and he must seek vengeance for the slight. Siyar tracks her from their village in Kurdistan to a world apart in Istanbul. His fateful introduction to Evin, a young girl living on the streets, leads to the first cracks in his resolve. Then Nermin escapes, and he follows her to Germany and Norway on a journey that will forever change his notions of loyalty, dignity, honor, and love. Both a tender...

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BENDS

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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BENDS

DIRECTOR: Flora Lau - HONG KONG

Bends straddles the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border and tells the emotionally touching story of Anna, an affluent housewife, and Fai, her chauffeur, and their unexpected friendship as they each negotiate the social contradictions and pressures of Hong Kong life and the city’s increasingly complex relationship to mainland China. Fai is struggling to find a way to bring his pregnant (in violation of the one-child policy) wife Tai over the Hong Kong border from Shenzhen to give birth to their second child, even though he crosses the border easily every day working as Anna’s chauffeur. Anna, in contrast, is struggling to keep...

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THE LAST OF THE UNJUST

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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THE LAST OF THE UNJUST

DIRECTOR: Claude Lanzmann - FRANCE

In 1975, while making his landmark Holocaust documentary Shoah, Lanzmann interviewed Benjamin Murmelstein. Age 70 and living in exile in Rome, Murmelstein was the only surviving “Jewish Elder” appointed by the Nazis to run the “model ghetto” camp at Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia. Murmelstein’s interview wasn’t included in the film, but it’s the focus of this compelling postscript. Condemned after the war as a collaborator, he explains the terrible accommodation he had to strike with a murderous regime. Lanzmann returns to sites that marked Murmelstein’s wartime experiences and uncovers their savage history, but it’s the intelligent, witty, courageous Murmelstein who provides the...

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LE WEEK-END

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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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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TWO LIVES

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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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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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 6:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

DIRECTOR: Thomas Imbach - SWITZERLAND

This sumptuous historical drama provides a riveting psychological portrait of the woman who became a pawn in the 16th-century conflict between Protestants and Catholics. As a child, Catholic Mary (Camille Rutherford) is sent to France to marry the future king. After his premature death, she returns to Scotland and, to her regret, marries Lord Darnle. In love with the Earl of Bothwell, the two plot Darnle’s demise. When her life is thrown into political turmoil after Darnle’s death, Mary seeks help from her Protestant cousin, Elizabeth I, the queen of England—who, threated by her rivalry, has Mary imprisoned and, after...

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AFTERMATH

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 8 PM (CANCELLED)
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AFTERMATH

DIRECTOR: Wladyslaw Pasikowski - POLAND

A gripping psychological thriller, Aftermath tells the story of two estranged brothers, Franek and Josef, who discover a terrible secret that forces them to revise their perception of their family, neighbors, and the history of their nation. The sons of a poor farmer from a small village in central Poland, Franek immigrated to the US in the 1980s and cut ties with his family. Only when his brother’s wife arrives two decades later without explanation does Franek decide to return to his homeland. There he finds his brother has been ostracized from the community and receiving various threats, and soon...

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A GUN IN EACH HAND

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 8 PM (CANCELLED)
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A GUN IN EACH HAND

DIRECTOR: Cesc Gay - SPAIN

A Gun in Each Hand is a witty and brutally hilarious collection of portraits of 40-something men and the changing gender roles of contemporary Spanish society. S. tries to woo back the ex-wife he divorced for another woman; P. gleefully preys on the inappropriate advances of a coworker; L. is slow to catch on that his wife is having an affair; and E., having lost everything, is now living with his mother. And so it goes as what at first appears to be a collection of disparate episodes and characters weave and twine together to create a perceptive dissection of...

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HELI

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 8 PM (CANCELLED)
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HELI

DIRECTOR: Amat Escalante - MEXICO

Heli works at a car factory and tries hard to provide for his young wife, son, and sister Estela. Twelve-year-old Estela has fallen in love with a young police cadet with whom she wants to run away and marry. As she pursues her dream, one deadly mistake leads to another, and she unwittingly drags her family into the horror of devastating drug violence. Once events are set in motion, there is no escaping the destruction that results from a society ruled by men with guns. A portrayal of the most violent contemporary landscape imaginable, Escalante’s film confirms that it is...

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OMAR

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 8 PM (CANCELLED)
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OMAR

DIRECTOR: Hany Abu-Assad - PALESTINE

Omar is a tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl, Nadja. By night, he’s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek and Amjad. Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game—is he playing his Israeli handler or will he really...

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