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Films & Schedules - Spanish Language

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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THE GERMAN DOCTOR

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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THE GERMAN DOCTOR

DIRECTOR: Lucía Puenzo - ARGENTINA

Set in 1960, The German Doctor imagines an Argentine family unknowingly befriending Josef Mengele, the Nazi war criminal notorious for his horrific medical experiments, during his period in hiding in Patagonia. Less a conspiracy thriller than a subtle meditation on complicity, willful ignorance, and the allure of perfection—even at the risk of self-destruction—the film thought-provokingly ponders whether, if you met the “angel of death” on the road, would you recognize him? Or might you be charmed by the friendly doctor and his seductive promises to cure your diminutive daughter, fund your creative work, and care for your unborn twins? This...

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THE GOLDEN DREAM

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 2:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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Sat, Feb 22, 2014
at 5 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE GOLDEN DREAM

DIRECTOR: Diego Quemada-Díez - MEXICO

Quemada-Díez brings a gritty realism and social conscience to a story about the excitement and horror young Central American migrants regularly face in trying to make it to the United States. Sara, a Guatemalan teenager, chops her hair off and disguises herself as a boy. She’s joined by her friends Juan and Samuel on a thrilling and brutal journey north, hopping freight trains heading for Los Angeles. As the group faces life-and-death challenges from bandits and corrupt law enforcement, they learn crucial life lessons about friendship and loyalty. This poetic thriller was inspired by the true stories unfolding daily along...

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A GUN IN EACH HAND

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 8 PM (CANCELLED)
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Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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A GUN IN EACH HAND

DIRECTOR: Cesc Gay - SPAIN

A Gun in Each Hand is a witty and brutally hilarious collection of portraits of 40-something men and the changing gender roles of contemporary Spanish society. S. tries to woo back the ex-wife he divorced for another woman; P. gleefully preys on the inappropriate advances of a coworker; L. is slow to catch on that his wife is having an affair; and E., having lost everything, is now living with his mother. And so it goes as what at first appears to be a collection of disparate episodes and characters weave and twine together to create a perceptive dissection of...

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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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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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PEOPLE IN PLACES

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 5 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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PEOPLE IN PLACES

DIRECTOR: Juan Cavestany - SPAIN

“To uncover the strange in the ordinary, the unsettling in the everyday: this is the mark of imaginative wizardry that can be found in abundance in People in Places. Working with the tiniest of micro-budgets, Cavestany stages a series of bizarre, Buñuelian scenarios that offer a cracked view of contemporary Spain in the wake of the economic crisis. Making use of some of Spain’s greatest actors alongside faces, he places them in bizarre situations that will have you laughing out loud. Moving from one nondescript location to the next, a theme, or perhaps more of an undercurrent, emerges—until the fiercely...

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THE SEARCH FOR EMAK BAKIA

Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 7:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Fri, Feb 21, 2014
at 9:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE SEARCH FOR EMAK BAKIA

DIRECTOR: Oskar Alegría - SPAIN

In 1926, avant-garde artist Man Ray, a legendary figure in the Dada and Surrealist movements, shot a cine-poem on Spain’s Basque coast. The film was called Emak Bakia, a title rumored to be obtained from a gravestone in a Biarritz cemetery—or perhaps it was the name of the house in which the artist stayed. But what did it really mean? Alegría, inspired by the whimsically inventive Ray, determines to uncover the truth behind the layers of myth. His journey is not, however, a straightforward one. At one point he decides to follow the path of a hare. He finds references...

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THE WISHFUL THINKERS

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 7:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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THE WISHFUL THINKERS

DIRECTOR: Jonás Trueba - SPAIN

Waiting for the green light on his next project, young filmmaker León (Francesco Carril) is in a state of limbo. So what’s he to do? Wander Madrid, get drunk, go on dates, meet up with friends, fall in love, and of course talk about movies. Shot on black-and-white 16mm film stock, writer/director Trueba’s film is a joyous love letter to cinema and the filmmaking process, in particular the French New Wave, whose vintage aesthetic the film consciously evokes. While a film about the craft of making work, it’s also a meditation on contemporary Spanish society, a boy-meets-girl tale, and a...

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