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Films & Schedules - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

15 YEARS AND ONE DAY

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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15 YEARS AND ONE DAY

DIRECTOR: Gracia Querejeta - SPAIN

Margo (Maribel Verdú) is struggling to deal with her son Jon, a rebellious and free-spirited teenager who runs with a bad crowd. After Jon is expelled from school, Margo sends him to live with his grandfather Max, a retired military officer who lives in a small coastal town and believes he can fix his grandson with his own style of discipline. Max has hired Toni, a young man from the village, to act as Jon’s private tutor. Unfortunately, Jon is more interested in spending time with a local Colombian gang who are always getting in trouble and especially with Nelson,...

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CLOSED CURTAIN

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN

DIRECTOR: Ben Lewis - GREAT BRITAIN

Lewis’s engaging documentary uses science fiction writer H.G. Wells’s prophetic declarations of a “complete planetary memory for all mankind,” or a “World Brain,” as his springboard. Talking with librarians, Google engineers, and futurists worldwide, his film offers a big-picture examination of the ambitious Google Book Scanning Project, which in its first decade has now captured over 30 million texts. Lewis travels the globe, from the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, to the 11th-century monastery of Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain, to capture the vast undertaking and to contemplate the future of libraries, technology, money, and intellectual property. More than just algorithms...

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WE ARE THE BEST!

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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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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THE WISHFUL THINKERS

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE WISHFUL THINKERS

DIRECTOR: Jonás Trueba - SPAIN

Waiting for the green light on his next project, young filmmaker León (Francesco Carril) is in a state of limbo. So what’s he to do? Wander Madrid, get drunk, go on dates, meet up with friends, fall in love, and of course talk about movies. Shot on black-and-white 16mm film stock, writer/director Trueba’s film is a joyous love letter to cinema and the filmmaking process, in particular the French New Wave, whose vintage aesthetic the film consciously evokes. While a film about the craft of making work, it’s also a meditation on contemporary Spanish society, a boy-meets-girl tale, and a...

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CHEATIN’

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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CHEATIN’

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

An adult tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and murder—infused with Plympton’s surreal sense of humor—Cheatin’ takes its inspiration from the work of such James M. Cain noir classics as Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine,” Ella takes the form of...

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THE GERMAN DOCTOR

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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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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OF HORSES AND MEN

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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I AM YOURS

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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I AM YOURS

DIRECTOR: Iram Haq - NORWAY

Mina is a young single mother living in Oslo with her six-year-old son Felix. A Norwegian-Pakistani, she has a troublesome relationship with her family, who blame her for her divorce. Understandably: she’s a natural flirt, and while she has plenty of male companions, they tend not to hang around for long. One day, Mina meets Jesper, a Swedish film director, and they fall head over heels in love, but boy and man don’t exactly see eye to eye.... “I wanted to make a very naked and true story.... Often we see female characters being as good a person as possible....

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VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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