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Films & Schedules - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CIRCLES

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 5:45 PM (CANCELLED)
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CIRCLES

DIRECTOR: Srdan Golubovic - SERBIA

Circles unfolds as a triptych, exploring the moral convolutions of guilt and complex story strands that emerge from one fateful moment. Marco, a Serbian soldier on leave during the war in 1993, returns to his Bosnian hometown. When three fellow soldiers accost Haris, a Muslim shopkeeper, Marco intervenes, but it costs him his life. Twelve years later, the war is over, but the wounds remain open. Marco’s father is rebuilding a church when Bogdan, the son of one of Marco’s killers, appears looking for work. Meanwhile in Belgrade, Marco’s friend Nabobs, a renowned surgeon, debates whether or not to operate...

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OMAR

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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CODE BLACK

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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CODE BLACK

DIRECTOR: Ryan McGarry - UNITED STATES

“C-Booth,” the trauma bay at the LA County Hospital, was the first, the toughest, and the best training ground for ER doctors in the country. But when the hospital moved to a modern facility, the dedicated medical staff faced a growing crisis. Code Black follows a group of young doctors as they grapple with the divide between their idealistic expectations for improving patient care and the realities of an underfunded and overly bureaucratic system. McGarry—a full-time doctor at the hospital while making the film—explores the frustrations. How and why do they persist in saving lives in the face of thwarting...

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THE DAY OF THE CROWS

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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THE DAY OF THE CROWS

DIRECTOR: Jean-Christophe Dessaint - FRANCE

Filled with charming, gorgeous animation, The Day of the Crows is a delightful family film. A father raises his son Courge in the wild and warns him never to venture beyond the forest. One day the boy’s father is injured, and the son must leave the woods in search of help. Entering a neighboring village, he befriends a young girl and experiences the wonders civilization offers—and the truth about his family’s past. Exploring the blurred lines between animal and human, nature and civilization, and the realms of the living and of spirits, underneath is a simple story of a father’s...

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THE DON JUANS

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE DON JUANS

DIRECTOR: Jirí Menzel - CZECH REPUBLIC

A lovingly observed valentine for opera fans, Czech New Wave master Jirí Menzel’s sex farce gently lampoons the opera world’s eccentricities, egomania, abiding passions, and workaday realities. We watch a small town opera company’s efforts to mount a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The eccentric director Vitek has unusual views on opera—he confides to the audience that he’s a great lover of sopranos, opera not so much—and uses the production as an excuse to seduce every woman he meets. Passions flare onstage and behind the scenes as the company prepares for a wholly unique adaptation of the Mozart classic. This...

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OF HORSES AND MEN

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 - Small Theater)
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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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THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 6 PM ( CANCELLED)
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THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM

DIRECTOR: Oeke Hoogendijk - NETHERLANDS

“The renovation of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum went on for 10 long, expensive years, so it is fitting that a documentary on this torturous (and often inadvertently hilarious) process should turn into not one but two feature-length movies. Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz have designed an ingenious new entryway, but the Dutch Cyclists Union won’t tolerate reduced access for the 13,000 bicyclists who ride through the passageway daily. The museum’s magisterial director, Ronald de Leeuw, and his successor, the younger, scrappier Wim Pijbes, battle with curators, politicians, designers, city bureaucrats, and the public as the price of construction soars to...

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THE APOSTLE

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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THE APOSTLE

DIRECTOR: Fernando Cortizo - SPAIN

Ramon, a convict who has escaped from jail, arrives in a remote Galician mountain village searching for a treasure hidden there years earlier. What at first appears to be a deserted town in which only a few old people live turns out to be a village under a mysterious curse that has existed for over 600 years. He soon finds himself in a nightmarish world in which the harmless elders are actually looking for souls to trade with the grim reaper himself. This adult fairy tale—a beguiling mix of stop-motion, 3D animation, and motion capture, steeped in a dark, gothic...

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EAT SLEEP DIE

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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EAT SLEEP DIE

DIRECTOR: Gabriela Pichler - SWEDEN

Winner of the Audience Award at the Venice Film Festival and the top Swedish national Guldbagge Awards, Pichler’s remarkable film profiles 20-year-old Raša, a woman struggling to support herself and her father in a southern Swedish village. Despite being an efficient worker, Raša is the first to go when the packing plant starts firing staff. Since she has Bosnian Muslim heritage, her dismissal stings with racial undertones. Jobless, Raša is then abandoned by her father when he leaves to seek work in Norway. Suddenly her small town seems even smaller and lonelier as she is confronted with a difficult choice:...

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THE GREAT PASSAGE

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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THE GREAT PASSAGE

DIRECTOR: Yûya Ishii - JAPAN

Mitsuya, a shy young bookworm, is the weakest salesman in his division at the Genbu Publishing Company. When transferred to the dictionary department to work on “The Great Passage,” a 240,000-entry, state-of-the-language dictionary, his passion for language blossoms. But he’s left speechless when he meets Kaguya, his landlady’s granddaughter, who moves into his building and beguiles him with her obsession with cooking knives and fine cuisine. Mitsuya soon finds that the words he has studied his whole life are inadequate to express his true feelings for Kaguya. Meanwhile, complications begin piling up as the dictionary department descends into chaos. Yûya...

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IT’S ALL SO QUIET

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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IT’S ALL SO QUIET

DIRECTOR: Nanouk Leopold - NETHERLANDS

Leopold takes a precise look at solitude and sexuality in this sensitive and delicate film, based on a novel by Gerbrand Bakker. Helmer is a single farmer in his 50s who lives with his aged, bedridden father in the Dutch countryside. Each day he is visited by Johan, a milk truck driver of his own age, who is clearly attracted to Helmer but is rebuffed. The relationship with his father is a difficult one, and Helmer lives in a state of solitude and frustration. The arrival of an attractive farmhand triggers complex feelings of desire and hesitation in Helmer and...

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VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE WORLD

DIRECTOR: Sarah Gavron, David Katznelson - GREAT BRITAIN

This rich, real-life human drama, full of humor and hope, is set against the backdrop of steadily melting ice that portends larger ecological changes for the whole planet. The Inuit village of Niaqornat in spectacular northern Greenland grapples with many  of the same challenges as other small communities around the world: a dwindling population, a lack of industry and jobs, the traditional giving way to modernity. It also happens to be one of the most remote human habitations on Earth. The film focuses on four townsfolk—Lars, the only teenager, who dreams of another life; Karl, the huntsman who has never...

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