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Films & Schedules - Oscar Submissions

15 YEARS AND ONE DAY

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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15 YEARS AND ONE DAY

DIRECTOR: Gracia Querejeta - SPAIN

Margo (Maribel Verdú) is struggling to deal with her son Jon, a rebellious and free-spirited teenager who runs with a bad crowd. After Jon is expelled from school, Margo sends him to live with his grandfather Max, a retired military officer who lives in a small coastal town and believes he can fix his grandson with his own style of discipline. Max has hired Toni, a young man from the village, to act as Jon’s private tutor. Unfortunately, Jon is more interested in spending time with a local Colombian gang who are always getting in trouble and especially with Nelson,...

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BACK TO 1942

Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 6:30 PM (OMSI)
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Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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BACK TO 1942

DIRECTOR: Xiaogang Feng - CHINA

In 1942, Henan province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million people. Although the primary cause was a severe drought, the situation was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease, Kuomintang government corruption, and the chaos of the Sino-Japanese War. Like his epic Aftershock (PIFF 35), Xiaogang Feng’s sweeping saga is a gut-wrenching account told through the eyes of wealthy landlord Master Fan, forced to flee both famine and advancing troops, and a Time magazine journalist (Adrien Brody) investigating the misery. “Feng Xiaogang has been called China’s...

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BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 - Small Theater)
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD

DIRECTOR: Ektoras Lygizos - GREECE

Based on Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun’s 1890 novel Hunger, Lygizos fashions a confronting, visceral take on contemporary Greece’s stultifying economic and spiritual condition. Yorgos is an educated loner, estranged from his family and friends, keeping counsel only with his pet canary. Unemployed and destitute after being evicted from his decrepit apartment, he seeks to placate his hunger rummaging through dumpsters for scraps. But this is only the beginning of his descent into morally bankrupt and flagrantly indecent levels of desperation. “[So] intensely corporeal that it can be almost painful to watch. An unforgettable experience, Lygizos’s debut feature marks him as...

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THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM

DIRECTOR: Yilmaz Erdogan - TURKEY

In 1941, with World War II looming, in Zonguldak, an impoverished mining city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, every man in the area is required by law to work in the coal mines. Amidst the poverty, disease, and turmoil are two young poets, Muzaffer and Rustu. Their persevering dream is to have their poetry published. One day they see Suzan, the beautiful daughter of one of the city’s wealthy merchants, and make a bet over the girl: they will both write a poem for her, and whichever she likes, the other will fade from the scene…. As their...

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CHILD’S POSE

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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Tue, Feb 25, 2014
at 8:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CHILD’S POSE

DIRECTOR: Calin Peter Netzer - ROMANIA

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, this dark tragicomic exposé chronicles the efforts of an overly protective and domineering mother, Cornelia, who uses all of the means at her disposal to keep her reckless adult son, Barbu, out of jail when he is accused of killing a child in a drunken hit-and-run. Cornelia is an educated, wealthy woman, an architect by trade, who views her privilege in Romanian society as a right that extends to her son; she has no qualms about offering bribes or coercing the police and witnesses to lie. But the impassive...

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CIRCLES

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 6:30 PM (OMSI)
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Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 5:45 PM (CANCELLED)
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Wed, Feb 26, 2014
at 8:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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DISCIPLE

Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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DISCIPLE

DIRECTOR: Ulrika Bengts - FINLAND

Finland, summer 1939: 13-year-old Karl is an eager-to-please orphan sent by the state to work at an isolated Baltic island lighthouse. But the lighthouse master Hasselbond already has his son Gustaf groomed for the job and refuses his help. Hoping to avoid returning to the orphanage, Karl works like a demon to prove his worth. Karl and Gustaf become friends, but their friendship changes to rivalry and hate when Hasselbond begins to favor Karl over his own son. There are issues in the Hasselbond family that Karl is only beginning to understand. Bengts’s beautifully shot, detail-rich period piece delves into...

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THE DON JUANS

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

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 1 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6:15 PM (OMSI)
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GABRIELLE

DIRECTOR: Louise Archambault - CANADA

Gabrielle is a 22-year-old woman with Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that often slows cognitive skills while increasing outgoingness and musical talent. She sings in a Montreal choir for other disabled adults, where she’s met and fallen in love with the dashingly handsome Martin. The bliss of first love is interrupted, however, by Martin’s interfering mother, who worries that special needs individuals aren’t sufficiently fit for romantic relationships, and by Gabrielle’s beloved sister, who is planning a move abroad to live with her fiancé. What emerges in Archambault’s warm film is a portrait of a young woman fighting for acceptance,...

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THE GREAT PASSAGE

Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 7:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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HELI

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 8 PM (CANCELLED)
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Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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HELI

DIRECTOR: Amat Escalante - MEXICO

Heli works at a car factory and tries hard to provide for his young wife, son, and sister Estela. Twelve-year-old Estela has fallen in love with a young police cadet with whom she wants to run away and marry. As she pursues her dream, one deadly mistake leads to another, and she unwittingly drags her family into the horror of devastating drug violence. Once events are set in motion, there is no escaping the destruction that results from a society ruled by men with guns. A portrayal of the most violent contemporary landscape imaginable, Escalante’s film confirms that it is...

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OF HORSES AND MEN

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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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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I AM YOURS

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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I AM YOURS

DIRECTOR: Iram Haq - NORWAY

Mina is a young single mother living in Oslo with her six-year-old son Felix. A Norwegian-Pakistani, she has a troublesome relationship with her family, who blame her for her divorce. Understandably: she’s a natural flirt, and while she has plenty of male companions, they tend not to hang around for long. One day, Mina meets Jesper, a Swedish film director, and they fall head over heels in love, but boy and man don’t exactly see eye to eye.... “I wanted to make a very naked and true story.... Often we see female characters being as good a person as possible....

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ILO ILO

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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ILO ILO

DIRECTOR: Anthony Chen - SINGAPORE

Chen’s bittersweet drama about the relationship between a 10-year-old boy named Jiale and his caretaker Teresa in late 1990s Singapore won the Camera d’Or Award for Best Debut Feature Film at the Cannes Film Festival. Set during the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the film focuses on Teresa’s arrival from the Philippines in search of a better life and the comfort Jiale takes in Teresa’s expanding role within the family as monetary hardships threaten to splinter his parents’ marriage. “Brimming with love, humor, and heartbreak…a small but immensely likable gem.”—Variety. “The very beating heart and soul of cinematic storytelling.”—Film Comment....

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IN BLOOM

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 5 PM (Fox Tower)
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IN BLOOM

DIRECTOR: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross - GEORGIA

It’s 1992 in Tbilisi, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but 14-year-old best friends Eka and Natia are unfazed by the fear and insecurity lurking around them. As civil war rages in the rest of the country, the girls are preoccupied with school gossip, learning how to smoke cigarettes, and flirting with the neighborhood boys. Their lives change when Natia receives a pistol as an unexpected love gesture, and suddenly the girls must face circumstances beyond their control. Loosely based on Ekvtimishvili’s experiences, In Bloom portrays distinctively fierce female characters who struggle to escape their turbulent families and male-dominated...

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JUVENILE OFFENDER

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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JUVENILE OFFENDER

DIRECTOR: Kang Yi-kwan - SOUTH KOREA

An appeal for societal and personal reform, this intimate crime drama peers into the consequences of cyclical, intergenerational abandonment as experienced by a troubled 16-year-old boy named Ji-gu. Living with his ailing grandfather, he falls in with the wrong crowd and, after committing larceny, ends up in juvenile detention. There, he reunites with Hyo-seung, his destitute mother, who gave birth to him as a teenager and left him when he was only three years old. Against the backdrop of Seoul’s affluent metropolis, Ji and his mother’s story is as much about social problems as it is about a young outsider’s...

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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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TRANSIT

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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TRANSIT

DIRECTOR: Hannah Espia - PHILIPPINES

This year’s Philippine submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Transit deals with the struggles of an extended Filipino family that has lived and worked in Tel Aviv for years. In 2009, the Israeli government passed a new law allowing the children of foreign workers to be deported back to their parents’ country. Janet’s work visa has expired, and she may be deported back to the Philippines. Her teenage daughter Yael, born of an Israeli father from a past relationship, wants to stay, and Janet’s brother Moses hides his four-year-old son at home for fear that if he is...

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TWO LIVES

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sun, Feb 23, 2014
at 2 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TWO LIVES

DIRECTOR: George Maas, Judith Kaufmann - GERMANY

1990. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, a flood of information from East Germany makes its way through Europe. Like most Norwegian children fathered by the German occupying troops during WWII, Katrine (Juliane Köhler) was sent to Germany as a child, only able to return to her Norwegian mother, Ase (Liv Ullmann), long after the war’s end. Not all the war children were as lucky—most were never reunited with their parents—and now a German-Norwegian lawyer is building a case against the Norwegian government for its exclusionary policy. Although a victim herself, Katrine...

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