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LA ULTIMA PELICULA

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 7:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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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 OF THE UNJUST

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE LAST OF THE UNJUST

DIRECTOR: Claude Lanzmann - FRANCE

In 1975, while making his landmark Holocaust documentary Shoah, Lanzmann interviewed Benjamin Murmelstein. Age 70 and living in exile in Rome, Murmelstein was the only surviving “Jewish Elder” appointed by the Nazis to run the “model ghetto” camp at Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia. Murmelstein’s interview wasn’t included in the film, but it’s the focus of this compelling postscript. Condemned after the war as a collaborator, he explains the terrible accommodation he had to strike with a murderous regime. Lanzmann returns to sites that marked Murmelstein’s wartime experiences and uncovers their savage history, but it’s the intelligent, witty, courageous Murmelstein who provides the...

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THE LAST STEP

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 12:15 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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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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LEVITATED MASS

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 2:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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THE LUNCHBOX

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE LUNCHBOX

DIRECTOR: Ritesh Batra - INDIA

Ila (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a lonely Mumbai housewife who yearns to spark the affections of her inattentive husband. She patiently prepares a special lunch for him to enjoy at work, but through a mix-up with the delivery service, the meal ends up at the desk of Saajan (Irrfan Khan), an isolated accountant on the verge of retiring. Thrilled by the great surprise but compelled to acknowledge the mistake, Saajan starts an ongoing exchange of warm letters between the lonely pair, through which they reveal their innermost secrets. On his retirement, Sajaan goes in search of the cook of his dreams....

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