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Films & Schedules - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS

DIRECTOR: Sébastien Betbeder - FRANCE

This whimsical tale of ennui and the transformative power of calamity stylishly employs New Wave-inspired visuals, animation, reality-style confessionals, and a raft of pop cultural references, in-jokes, and appropriations to create a 21st-century portrait of young Parisians in love. Arman, a 33-year-old hipster vaguely longs for change. Maybe he’ll eat healthier? Half-gallantly, half-accidentally, he saves the beautiful Amélie from a pair of muggers. And their meet-cute (and dangerous) allows love to bloom. Meanwhile, Arman’s best friend from art school, Benjamin, is destined for sudden change too. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, the lives of the three...

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THE LAST CALL

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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THE LAST STEP

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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THE LAST STEP

DIRECTOR: Ali Mosaffa - IRAN

Inspired by James Joyce’s “The Dead,” this engrossing tale of grief, guilt, and lost love is narrated from beyond the grave by architect Khosro (Mosaffa), who has died in a mysterious fall but lingers around his beautiful film star wife, Leila (Leila Hatami), reviewing their complicated but loving marriage. Hanging around the set where she is trying to finish shooting the film begun before his death, previously unexplained truths dawn on him, but Leila, who manages to insert her perspective into the story, still has some secrets. This complex, ironic, and delicate psychological thriller is lead actor Mosaffa’s sophomore directing...

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LEVITATED MASS

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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LEVITATED MASS

DIRECTOR: Doug Pray - UNITED STATES

Levitated Mass chronicles the journey of a 340-ton granite boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and mounted upon the walls of a 456-foot-long concrete slot. First attempted in 1968, the 2012 permanent installation “Levitated Mass” is the latest land sculpture by one of America’s most misunderstood and exciting artists, Michael Heizer. His rock’s 105-mile transport captured international media attention and challenged the imagination of thousands of southern Californians over 10 nights as it crawled through four counties on a football-field-long transport. As fascinating is the dramatic story of Heizer’s...

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Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

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15 YEARS AND ONE DAY

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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BACK TO 1942

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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BACK TO 1942

DIRECTOR: Xiaogang Feng - CHINA

In 1942, Henan province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million people. Although the primary cause was a severe drought, the situation was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease, Kuomintang government corruption, and the chaos of the Sino-Japanese War. Like his epic Aftershock (PIFF 35), Xiaogang Feng’s sweeping saga is a gut-wrenching account told through the eyes of wealthy landlord Master Fan, forced to flee both famine and advancing troops, and a Time magazine journalist (Adrien Brody) investigating the misery. “Feng Xiaogang has been called China’s...

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BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 - Small Theater)
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BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD

DIRECTOR: Ektoras Lygizos - GREECE

Based on Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun’s 1890 novel Hunger, Lygizos fashions a confronting, visceral take on contemporary Greece’s stultifying economic and spiritual condition. Yorgos is an educated loner, estranged from his family and friends, keeping counsel only with his pet canary. Unemployed and destitute after being evicted from his decrepit apartment, he seeks to placate his hunger rummaging through dumpsters for scraps. But this is only the beginning of his descent into morally bankrupt and flagrantly indecent levels of desperation. “[So] intensely corporeal that it can be almost painful to watch. An unforgettable experience, Lygizos’s debut feature marks him as...

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MAIDENTRIP

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MAIDENTRIP

DIRECTOR: Jillian Schlesinger - NETHERLANDS

“At just 14 years old, Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage ‘to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.’ While the Dutch teen’s announcement spurs a highly publicized custody battle with the Child Welfare Office, Schlesinger focuses on the real heart of the story, a fiercely independent girl and her audacious dream. Schlesinger films Laura at her many exotic ports of call, but it’s the young captain herself who shoots all the footage at sea in journal-like conversations with the camera. Far from scrutiny and land, she’s visibly free and speaks so confidently and...

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TIM’S VERMEER

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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TIM’S VERMEER

DIRECTOR: Teller - UNITED STATES

In 2001, in his book Secret Knowledge, artist David Hockney argued that some classical painters—Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with the Pearl Earring”) especially—had used camera optics in making their great paintings. There was controversy. Was this cheating? Why shouldn’t an artist do whatever he can think of? answered Hockney. But Tim Jenison, a Texas software inventor, considered how he might use 17th-century technology to achieve Vermeer’s photographic look. When his first experiment seemed to work, he thought, “Why not paint my own Vermeer?” Spanning eight years, Jenison’s riveting mystery-adventure takes him to Delft, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage...

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