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Films & Schedules - Middle Eastern

CAIRO DRIVE

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 1 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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CAIRO DRIVE

DIRECTOR: Sherief Elkatsha - EGYPT

Cairo, Egypt. 20 million people. 23,600 miles of road. Two million cars. Taxis, buses, donkey carts, and swarms of people, all jockeying to move through the obstacle course that is their daily lives. Here, traffic is a chaotic experience where rules are constantly challenged: an elaborate dance of leading and following, flow and resistance, and impeccable, almost miraculous timing. Shot in 2009-2012 (before and during the Egyptian revolution and ending with the most recent presidential elections), the film explores the country’s collective identity, inherent struggles, and the sentiments that led to the historic changes taking place in Egypt today. Here,...

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CLOSED CURTAIN

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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CLOSED CURTAIN

DIRECTOR: Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi - IRAN

Still banned from making films for 20 years, celebrated Iranian director Jafar Panahi defied Islamic authorities to make this daring and angry protest against repression and devastating portrait of melancholia and paranoia. In a house by the sea, a man hides with his illegal (considered “unclean”) dog, working on a screenplay. A mysterious young woman arrives, clearly hiding from something herself, and refuses to leave. Then Panahi himself arrives, and the curtain on what has come before is at least partly lifted. Of his enigmatic meditation on the blurry line between fiction and real life, Panahi says: “Closed Curtain uses...

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THE CONGRESS

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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THE CONGRESS

DIRECTOR: Ari Folman - ISRAEL

“Folman’s follow-up to his strikingly rotoscoped Waltz with Bashir is a bold, metaphysical sci-fi satire: a live-action set-up that goes down the rabbit hole of loony animation partway through. Based on a novel by Solaris author Stanislaw Lem, The Congress sees Robin Wright playing Robin Wright, an actress with diminishing options in a savage and surreal movie business. When her agent (Harvey Keitel) delivers an ultimatum, Wright’s only choice is to sell her very identity. Plunged into a lurid Orwellian future, she must rediscover herself with the help of her personal animator (Jon Hamm) and human doctor (Paul Giamatti).”—London Film...

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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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OMAR

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 8 PM (CANCELLED)
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Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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THE SNOW ON THE PINES

Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 3 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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THE SNOW ON THE PINES

DIRECTOR: Peyman Moaadi - IRAN

Roya (Mahnaz Afshar), a piano teacher about to turn 40, realizes that her marriage to her older husband Ali is in crisis when  a phone call reveals that there is much she does not know. Lost in fear and doubt, she tries to pull herself together and find her way out of the crisis, but an encounter with a charming neighbor changes her world in yet another unforeseen way and forces a painful choice. This directorial debut from writer and actor Peyman Moaadi (A Separation), evocatively filmed in black and white, scored a Best Actress Award for Afshar and Best...

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