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Films & Schedules - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

AGLAJA

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 5:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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AGLAJA

DIRECTOR: Krisztina Deák - HUNGARY

In the hope of a better life, a Hungarian-Romanian family of circus artists escapes from the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania to the West in the early 1980s. There they realize that to stay in the ring they will need to devise an exotic and different performance. The mother devises a special act in which she hangs by her hair in the circus dome. However, her daughter Aglaja is constantly worried that her mother will fall to her death, and this fear becomes an everyday burden for her to bear. Yet one day—following the family tradition—she herself will become “the Woman...

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ERNEST AND CELESTINE

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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IDA

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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IDA

DIRECTOR: Pawel Pawlikowski - POLAND

Orphaned during World War II and raised in a rural convent, Anna is about to take her own vows. But before becoming a nun, the mother superior insists she visit her last remaining relative. Aunt Wanda, Anna discovers, is a worldly intellectual—an embittered ex-judge in Warsaw—and a woman who deals with her painful memories with liberal doses of sex and drink. An offhand revelation about Anna’s true identity sets in motion a road trip through the Polish countryside during which these two strikingly different women confront devastating family secrets and postwar demons. One of the most internationally acclaimed films of...

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ILO ILO

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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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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THE LUNCHBOX

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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THE LUNCHBOX

DIRECTOR: Ritesh Batra - INDIA

Ila (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a lonely Mumbai housewife who yearns to spark the affections of her inattentive husband. She patiently prepares a special lunch for him to enjoy at work, but through a mix-up with the delivery service, the meal ends up at the desk of Saajan (Irrfan Khan), an isolated accountant on the verge of retiring. Thrilled by the great surprise but compelled to acknowledge the mistake, Saajan starts an ongoing exchange of warm letters between the lonely pair, through which they reveal their innermost secrets. On his retirement, Sajaan goes in search of the cook of his dreams....

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AFTERMATH

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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BEFORE SNOWFALL

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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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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FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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A GUN IN EACH HAND

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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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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Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS V: OREGON FILMMAKERS' SHOWCASE

SHORT CUTS

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