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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 15, 2014

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 12:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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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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METRO MANILA

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 12:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 12:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS IV: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

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ANTBOY

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 1 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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MANAKAMANA

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 3:15 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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STRAY DOGS

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 3:15 PM (Fox Tower)
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STRAY DOGS

DIRECTOR: Tsai Ming-Liang - TAIWAN

In Ming-Liang’s vision, existence seems to hang by a thread that could snap at any moment. Under a torrential downpour in Taipei, a single father does odd jobs to make a meager living. His children, left without supervision, roam the streets. Their divorced mother spends her nights creeping around like a ghost in her rundown building and feeding the stray dogs that take shelter there. With his latest offering, the Taiwanese filmmaker delves deeper into his evocative cinematic world, one where disenfranchised people are overcome with an uneasiness they can’t explain. With its gorgeous lighting and striking locations and compositions,...

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AYA OF YOP CITY

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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AYA OF YOP CITY

DIRECTOR: Clément Oubrerie, Marguerite Abouet - FRANCE

Based on the series of young adult graphic novels, this vibrant animated tale unfolds in a colorful, working-class neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Life is good in Yop City: its sun-soaked markets, open air bars, and quirky cafés are the perfect backdrop for 19-year-old Aya and her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou. While the bookish Aya hopes to get a degree in medicine, the ambitions of Adjoua and Bintou lean more toward the degree to which they can attract young men. In this upbeat, gentle weave of modern urban Africa, the three girls navigate nosy neighbors, meddling relatives, young...

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JUVENILE OFFENDER

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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TRANSIT

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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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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CHILD’S POSE

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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IN BLOOM

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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IN BLOOM

DIRECTOR: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross - GEORGIA

It’s 1992 in Tbilisi, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but 14-year-old best friends Eka and Natia are unfazed by the fear and insecurity lurking around them. As civil war rages in the rest of the country, the girls are preoccupied with school gossip, learning how to smoke cigarettes, and flirting with the neighborhood boys. Their lives change when Natia receives a pistol as an unexpected love gesture, and suddenly the girls must face circumstances beyond their control. Loosely based on Ekvtimishvili’s experiences, In Bloom portrays distinctively fierce female characters who struggle to escape their turbulent families and male-dominated...

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JUST A SIGH

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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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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THE MISSING PICTURE

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE MISSING PICTURE

DIRECTOR: Rithy Panh - CAMBODIA

As the only family survivor of Pol Pot’s reign of terror (1975-1979), Cambodian-French director Rithy Panh has been searching for images all his life. While already a chronicler of Cambodia’s genocide, he shifts to his own childhood recollections with The Missing Picture. Unable to locate photos from the time, Panh uses hundreds of clay figures and dioramas to convey the action—the rice fields, the camps, the summary executions. Hand-carved and hand-painted, these figures stand in for Panh’s parents and family, along with key perpetrators. Scratchy, monochromatic stills from archival propaganda footage are eerily juxtaposed with these colorful, miniature people, all...

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VISITORS

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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VISITORS

DIRECTOR: Godfrey Reggio - UNITED STATES

Thirty years after their groundbreaking Koyaanisqatsi (Qatsi trilogy), director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass have joined forces with associate director Jon Kane to create a cinematic time capsule for the 21st century. If the Qatsi trilogy reflected on ideas of balance, transformation, and war, Visitors asks a very different question: who and what is a visitor when we look around ourselves on this planet? Using this idea as a metaphysical departure for his visual reverie, Reggio takes us on a unique voyage into the mysteries and wonders of the universe. Shot in dazzling black and white, Reggio’s visual genius...

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GABRIELLE

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6:15 PM (OMSI)
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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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CAIRO DRIVE

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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HORSES OF GOD

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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HORSES OF GOD

DIRECTOR: Nabil Ayouch - MOROCCO

Two young soccer-loving friends, Yachine and Nabil, grow up under the fierce protection of Yachine’s older brother, Hamid. But in the sprawling slums of Sidi Moumen, not even Hamid can defend them against the harshness and injustice of the life that surrounds them. Fed up with that life, Hamid throws a rock at a police car and earns himself two years in prison. When he returns, an eerie calm masks his newfound zealotry, and his fundamentalist friends seem to exercise a powerful influence. Inspired by the real-life 2003 terrorist attacks in Casablanca, Ayouch’s film is a thoughtful and affecting inquiry...

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LA ULTIMA PELICULA

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (Cinemagic)
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LA ULTIMA PELICULA

DIRECTOR: Raya Martin, Mark Peranson - MEXICO

“Film and digital, documentary and fiction all do battle as an egomaniacal director journeys to the Yucatán to prepare for his (the?) last movie to be shot on celluloid, just as the Mayan apocalypse threatens to bring forth the end of the world—and cinema. Schizophrenic in the best ways possible, this madcap-experimental-comedy-fever-dream is alternately hilarious, poetic, and beautiful. Inspired by Dennis Hopper’s infamous The Last Movie (1971), as well as the documentary shot during its editing on Hopper’s ranch, The American Dreamer, the film is a loving tribute to a great American artist—and to that sacred material known as celluloid—and...

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THE LAST CALL

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (OMSI)
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THE LAST CALL

DIRECTOR: Francisco Franco Alba - MEXICO

From The Producers to Bullets Over Broadway, the challenges of putting on a stage show have proved a rich source of inspiration for comedy films. In this comedic ensemble piece, a Mexican theater company is in rehearsals for a production of Caligula by Albert Camus. Things aren’t going well: the lead actress is furious with the neurotic and depressed director, the lead actor is having panic attacks, and an older actor can’t memorize his lines. The assistant director—a failed actress—turns out to have a drug problem. Then the tech crew gets attacked by a group of “emo” teenagers. It’s going...

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TELEVISION

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TELEVISION

DIRECTOR: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki - BANGLADESH

Tradition and technology clash in this satire set in rural Bangladesh. On religious grounds, a local community leader, Chairman Amin, bans every kind of image in his little village, including televisions and mobile phones. He even declares that imagination is sinful as it leads one into prohibited territory. His order is met with revolt, even within his own family, and the once peaceful village is riven by the decision. As he enters into a bitter dispute with his beloved son and the repercussions of his decision become more and more serious, the chairman himself needs a reinvigoration of his faith....

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THY WOMB

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (Fox Tower)
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THY WOMB

DIRECTOR: Brillante Mendoza - PHILIPPINES

Following the fortunes of a humble Muslim fisherman and his wife, this lyrical tale of love and beauty questions how far someone will go to fulfill their social destiny and dreams. Shaleha, an aging midwife unable to bear her own child, embarks on a quest to find a second wife for her husband who can bear him the child they so desperately want. Set in the remote archipelago of Tawi-Tawi, Shaleha’s quest provides a backdrop for an intimate portrait of a Bajau community that survives off the sea that surrounds them. The daily rituals of the women weaving colorful straw...

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NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN

DIRECTOR: Katrin Gebbe - GERMANY

Young Tore belongs to the fervent Jesus Freaks, a fundamentalist Christian punk movement rebelling against established religion whilst at the same time following Jesus’s precepts of love. One day, in what appears to be a miracle, Tore manages to repair a car that has broken down and gets to know the driver, Benno. Before long, Tore moves into a tent in Benno’s garden and gradually becomes part of his family. But Benno can’t resist playing a cruel game, designed to test Tore’s faith. As the violence become more and more extreme, Tore’s capacity for love is pushed to its limits....

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