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MAIDENTRIP

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6:15 PM (OMSI)
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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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MANAKAMANA

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 6:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 12:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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Mon, Feb 24, 2014
at 8:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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

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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THE MISSING PICTURE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 1 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 1 PM (Cinemagic)
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MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL

DIRECTOR: Marc Boréal, Thibaut Chatel - FRANCE

Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this winner of the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival is a beautifully moving tale full of moments of sheer, simple, childish joy. Six-year-old Jean is starting first grade. He looks forward to learning to read and write so he won’t need Michelle, the girl next door, to read the postcards he gets from his mysteriously absent mother, who writes from around the world about her wild adventures. Even though they seem far-fetched at times, with his father so busy, the postcards bring comfort. A bittersweet, joyous,...

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