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TEENAGE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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TEENAGE

DIRECTOR: Matt Wolf - UNITED STATES

Who was the first teenager? Based on punk-historian Jon Savage’s book Teenage: The Creation of Youth, Wolf’s compelling collage of archival images, Super-8mm recreations, and the actual diaries of mid-century teens, all set to an alluring post-punk contemporary soundtrack, is an entertaining look at the birth of the iconic, eternally cool figure of the teenager. Though the seeds of youth culture were planted even before the hipsters of the 1920s, the word and concept of “teenager” was a post-World War II invention. Before then, childhood and adulthood were two completely discrete phases with nothing in between. Wolf’s historical survey finds...

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TELEVISION

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 5 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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TELEVISION

DIRECTOR: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki - BANGLADESH

Tradition and technology clash in this satire set in rural Bangladesh. On religious grounds, a local community leader, Chairman Amin, bans every kind of image in his little village, including televisions and mobile phones. He even declares that imagination is sinful as it leads one into prohibited territory. His order is met with revolt, even within his own family, and the once peaceful village is riven by the decision. As he enters into a bitter dispute with his beloved son and the repercussions of his decision become more and more serious, the chairman himself needs a reinvigoration of his faith....

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THOSE HAPPY YEARS

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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THOSE HAPPY YEARS

DIRECTOR: Daniele Luchetti - ITALY

Rome in the 1970s. Young Dario, 8mm movie camera in hand, captures the events that will forever change his family’s destiny. Guido (Kim Rossi Stuart), a narcissistic artist who dreams of being a famous artist, is too self-centered to see that his wife (Micaela Ramazzotti) is upset about all the time he spends with beautiful women in his studio. So it’s a rude awakening when she starts to entertain ideas of her own independent life and leaves for a “feminist retreat”—right after his big Milan gallery show disastrously implodes in disaster. Loosely based on his parents’ life, this wryly amusing...

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THY WOMB

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 9 PM (Fox Tower)
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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THY WOMB

DIRECTOR: Brillante Mendoza - PHILIPPINES

Following the fortunes of a humble Muslim fisherman and his wife, this lyrical tale of love and beauty questions how far someone will go to fulfill their social destiny and dreams. Shaleha, an aging midwife unable to bear her own child, embarks on a quest to find a second wife for her husband who can bear him the child they so desperately want. Set in the remote archipelago of Tawi-Tawi, Shaleha’s quest provides a backdrop for an intimate portrait of a Bajau community that survives off the sea that surrounds them. The daily rituals of the women weaving colorful straw...

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TIM’S VERMEER

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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TIM’S VERMEER

DIRECTOR: Teller - UNITED STATES

In 2001, in his book Secret Knowledge, artist David Hockney argued that some classical painters—Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with the Pearl Earring”) especially—had used camera optics in making their great paintings. There was controversy. Was this cheating? Why shouldn’t an artist do whatever he can think of? answered Hockney. But Tim Jenison, a Texas software inventor, considered how he might use 17th-century technology to achieve Vermeer’s photographic look. When his first experiment seemed to work, he thought, “Why not paint my own Vermeer?” Spanning eight years, Jenison’s riveting mystery-adventure takes him to Delft, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage...

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TITO ON ICE

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 3 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 1 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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TITO ON ICE

DIRECTOR: Helena Ahonen, Max Andersson - SWEDEN

To promote their comic book Bosnian Flat Dog, Swedish artists Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson toured the countries of the former Yugoslavia with a mummified Marshal Tito in a refrigerator. Now comes the documentary, which takes Super-8mm footage of their tour and animates it with cardboard cutouts, garbage, and other recycled materials. The result is a surreal trip through the Balkans that is part promotion, part performance art, and part history of Marshal Tito and the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Through it all, there is a comics creator’s eye at work. Live-action interviews suddenly switch to animation,...

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THE TOUGH GUYS

Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 3 PM (Fox Tower)
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Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 2:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE TOUGH GUYS

DIRECTOR: Christian Lo - NORWAY

Eleven-year-old Modulf fancies himself as something of a superhero, saving the other kids at his school from being bullied by “allowing” the tough kids to pick on him so they can escape. While he’s the one being soaked in the bathroom, the other kids are protected. Then one day Lise joins Modulf’s class, wreaking havoc with his plan. Lise doesn’t agree with his theories, and her interfering suddenly makes her a target for trouble, forcing him to reexamine his strategy and save her. Winner of the Best Children’s Film Prize at the Nordic Film Days. (74 mins.)

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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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TRAP STREET

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TRAP STREET

DIRECTOR: Vivian Qu - CHINA

“A poignant and engaging mystery, Vivian Qu’s feature debut plunges us into the fascinating world of state surveillance in China as it follows a digital mapping surveyor’s investigation of an ‘off-the-grid’ hidden alley. Li Qiuming works at a digital mapping company, photographing the streets that comprise the maze of China’s ever-changing cities. One day while out surveying, he sees through his viewfinder an attractive woman disappearing into a secluded alley. Unable to forget the mysterious lady who has triggered his romantic imagination, Qiuming returns to where he saw her first, only to discover that the data he collected there was...

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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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