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Films & Schedules - Thursday, February 13, 2014

BENDS

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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JUVENILE OFFENDER

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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JUVENILE OFFENDER

DIRECTOR: Kang Yi-kwan - SOUTH KOREA

An appeal for societal and personal reform, this intimate crime drama peers into the consequences of cyclical, intergenerational abandonment as experienced by a troubled 16-year-old boy named Ji-gu. Living with his ailing grandfather, he falls in with the wrong crowd and, after committing larceny, ends up in juvenile detention. There, he reunites with Hyo-seung, his destitute mother, who gave birth to him as a teenager and left him when he was only three years old. Against the backdrop of Seoul’s affluent metropolis, Ji and his mother’s story is as much about social problems as it is about a young outsider’s...

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OMAR

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

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TRANSIT

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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TRANSIT

DIRECTOR: Hannah Espia - PHILIPPINES

This year’s Philippine submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Transit deals with the struggles of an extended Filipino family that has lived and worked in Tel Aviv for years. In 2009, the Israeli government passed a new law allowing the children of foreign workers to be deported back to their parents’ country. Janet’s work visa has expired, and she may be deported back to the Philippines. Her teenage daughter Yael, born of an Israeli father from a past relationship, wants to stay, and Janet’s brother Moses hides his four-year-old son at home for fear that if he is...

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ANTBOY

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ANTBOY

DIRECTOR: Ask Hasselbalch - DENMARK

A delightful adventure spoof based on the popular Danish children’s books by Kenneth Bøgh Andersen, Antboy has enough action, comedy, and charm to entertain superhero fans of all ages. Pelle, a shy 12-year-old, develops unimaginable superpowers after being bitten by a genetically modified ant. With help from his friend, comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret superhero identity as Antboy and becomes a local crime fighter. When a supervillain named The Flea enters the scene with a plan to kidnap his schoolmate crush Amanda, Antboy must step up to the challenge. “An exciting, fun twist on a popular genre...

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CYCLING WITH MOLIERE

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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JUST A SIGH

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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JUST A SIGH

DIRECTOR: Jérôme Bonnell - FRANCE

In the short break between performances of an Ibsen play in Calais, stage actress Alix (Emmanuelle Devos) makes a quick day-trip to Paris for an audition. On the train, she meets a mysterious, stoic English professor (Gabriel Byrne) and, enamored, decides to try and track him down after they have seemingly parted forever. Shifting in tone from drama to comedy, over the course of a day, Just a Sigh beautifully chronicles the blossoming of an all-too-brief love affair between the two, a romance in Paris that brings hope and passion into Alix’s harried life and comfort to her chance lover....

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METRO MANILA

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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METRO MANILA

DIRECTOR: Sean Ellis - GREAT BRITAIN

“Seeking a brighter future in Manila, Oscar and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital’s bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey to the rampant manipulations of its hardened locals. Oscar catches a lucky break when he’s offered steady work for an armored truck company and gregarious senior officer Ong takes him under his wing. Soon, though, the reality of his work’s mortality rate and the murky motives of his new partner force Oscar to confront the perils in his new life. Ellis vividly captures the desperation...

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