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Films & Schedules - GREAT BRITAIN

ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA

Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA

DIRECTOR: Declan Lowney - GREAT BRITAIN

“Those who have hungered for the big-screen debut of Steve Coogan’s singular comic creation need wait no longer: Alpha Papa has landed, and it is uproariously funny. Since 1994, various BBC series have chronicled the hilarious downward trajectory of the vain and obliviously tactless Alan Partridge, from failed television talk-show host to obnoxious regional radio broadcaster, mercilessly skewering English mediocrity and media ineptitude along the way. When the staff of Radio Norwich is seized at gunpoint by downsized DJ Pat, a siege scenario is set in motion, and Alan is obliged to risk his life by serving as the intermediary....

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BELLE

Thu, Feb 6, 2014
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BELLE

DIRECTOR: Amma Asante - GREAT BRITAIN

Often missing from the gorgeous settings, romances, and sophisticated language of English period dramas is the institution at the foundation of that refined life: slavery. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) lineage—the illegitimate, biracial daughter of a Royal Navy admiral in 18th-century Britain—affords her wealth and certain privileges, but the color of her skin keeps her on the outside looking in. Left to wonder if she will ever find love or acceptance, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord...

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GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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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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LE WEEK-END

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Wed, Feb 26, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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LE WEEK-END

DIRECTOR: Roger Michell - GREAT BRITAIN

In this witty and wise romantic drama, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan shine as a long-married academic couple who attempt to reinvigorate their relationship by visiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. While there, they run into an old friend (Jeff Goldblum), a dismayingly successful writer, who acts as a catalyst for them to recapture their lost spirits. Written by Hanif Kureishi, a lifetime of regret and joy is unpacked as they see the sights, revisit the past, wrangle with mishaps and misunderstandings, and ponder their future. Personal, warm, melancholy, and funny, “the Brits’ love-hate relationship with Paris...

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METRO MANILA

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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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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VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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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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