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10,000 KM

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 1 PM (Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 11 AM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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10,000 KM

DIRECTOR: CARLOS MARQUES-MARCET - SPAIN

Sergi and Alex, a young couple in Barcelona, are ready to take their passionate affair to the next level when 10,000 kilometers suddenly come between them. Alex is offered a year-long, all-expenses-paid artist’s residency in Los Angeles. Sergi, hesitant at first, encourages Alex to follow her dream, leaving them with only one way to bridge the divide: digital. With Skype acting as their savior, we witness the happy, painful, and revelatory process of a long-distance relationship sustained-and reinvented-through the ether. 10,000 KM mediates our experience, as it does theirs, through texts, video chats, and social media updates, probing the nature...

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THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 9 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

DIRECTOR: FELIX HERNGREN - SWEDEN

Based on a bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson, this delightful comedy tells the unbelievable story of former dynamite expert Allan Karlsson, the titular 100-year-old man, who isn’t ready to stop life’s party. Fleeing his nursing home, Allan boards a bus and accidentally picks up a skinhead’s suitcase filled with 50 million kronor. On the run from the cops and the skinheads, the droll fugitive centenarian is accompanied by his many memories; in Zelig- and Forrest Gump-like fashion, it turns out he has brushed shoulders with the likes of Franco, Truman, Stalin, and Reagan over the years—all remembered in richly absurd...

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'71

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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'71

DIRECTOR: YANN DEMANGE - UNITED KINGDOM

“A riveting thriller set in the mean streets of Belfast over the course of 24 hours, ’71 brings the grim reality of the Troubles to vivid, shocking life. Within days of being posted to Northern Ireland, which would soon turn into a war zone after January 1972’s Bloody Sunday, squaddie Gary finds himself trapped and unarmed in hostile territory when a house raid provokes a riot. Running for his life as the lines between friend and foe become increasingly blurred, Gary gets a baptism of fire and we get a stark, eye-opening look at the dirty war that tore Northern...

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AFTERLIFE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 4 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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AFTERLIFE

DIRECTOR: VIRÁG ZOMBORÁCZ - HUNGARY

Mózes, a rather neurotic young man in his twenties, is unable to meet his domineering father’s expectations. So when his father suddenly has a heart attack and dies, Mózes is almost relieved; the pressure on him has been lifted. But at the funeral he notices his father’s disoriented ghost, which, although it cannot speak, follows him around, confused and searching. Mózes panics at first, then decides to complete his father’s unfinished tasks because, according to a spiritualist car repair man, this is the only way to get rid of a ghost. This energetic coming-of-age story from female director Virág Zomborácz...

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ALL THE WOMEN

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 9 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ALL THE WOMEN

DIRECTOR: MARIANO BARROSO - SPAIN

“Spanish machismo is picked apart with surgical precision in Barroso’s engrossing All the Women, Winner of the Goya (Spanish Academy Award) for Best Adapted Screenplay. Nacho (Eduard Fernández), a down and out middle-aged veterinarian, seeks advice from the most important women in his life—his lover, his ex-wife, his mother, his sister-in-law, and his psychologist—after his scheme to steal cattle from his father-in-law falls apart. He soon finds his character indicted by each one of them. A scaled-back, sharp-eyed, David Mamet-inspired deconstruction of the fragile psyches of Spanish and other males, anchored in Fernandez’s memorable central performance.”—The Hollywood Reporter.

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ALLÉLUIA

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 9:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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ALLÉLUIA

DIRECTOR: FABRICE DU WELZ - BELGIUM

Updated for the Internet era, Du Welz’s remake of the classic The Honeymoon Killers is based on the true story of ’60s serial killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, who met women through personal ads, moved in, and then murdered them. Here, lonely Gloria meets conman Michel through an online dating service and quickly falls for his charms. When she discovers he’s swindled both her heart and her wallet, she agrees to help him seduce other women just so she can be with him. Gloria’s obsession with Michel turns their relatively innocent hustle into something much darker when she jealously...

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ARTICO

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 9 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 5 PM (Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 25, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ARTICO

DIRECTOR: GABRIEL VELÁZQUEZ - SPAIN

In Ärtico, winner of special mention honors at the Berlin Film Festival, Jota and Simón are two “quinquis” (nomads), aged 20, who wander the streets every day to make ends meet. But apart from their carefree thefts and wheelings and dealings, both want something they don’t have. Simon, already a father, wishes to find his freedom. Jota, whose girlfriend is a drug-addict, wants to build a family. What will it take for these two—and a drifting generation like them—to find a life? Gritty, bleak, and breathtaking, with intensely physical performances from its amateur cast, Ärtico contrasts the picturesque natural landscapes...

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AUGUST WINDS

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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AUGUST WINDS

DIRECTOR: GABRIEL MASCARO - BRAZIL

Shirley has left the big city to live in a small seaside town and look after her elderly grandmother. She drives a tractor on a local coconut plantation, loves rock music, and wants to be a tattoo artist, but she feels trapped in the tiny coastal village. She is involved with Jeison, who free dives for lobster and octopus in his spare time. During the month of August, when tropical storms pound the coastline, a researcher registering the sound of the trade winds arrives in their village. The high tides and the growing winds mark the following days of the...

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BACKCOUNTRY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 10:30 PM (Hollywood Theatre)
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BACKCOUNTRY

DIRECTOR: ADAM MACDONALD - CANADA

What begins as a romantic weekend camping trip deep into the Canadian woods quickly decends into an exercise in abject horror in actor-director Adam MacDonald’s Backcountry. Despite the warnings of a seemingly prescient park ranger, Alex and Jenn venture blindly along the Blackfoot Trail with Alex’s memory their sole compass and only a few supplies on hand. Before long, the couple encounters a multitude of dangers including a menacing backwoods guide with questionable intentions towards each of them, a complete loss of direction, and, most threatening of all, a wild force of nature that stalks them relentlessly. Backcountry “will...

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 12:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 22, 2015
at 11 AM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

DIRECTOR: NICHOLAS VANIER - FRANCE

Set during World War II in the French Alps, Belle and Sebastian is based on a beloved 1960s French TV series featuring resourceful young Sebastian and the giant mountain sheepdog he calls Belle. Sebastian is a lonely six-year-old boy who dreams of the day his mother will return from America—the place that his adoptive grandfather tells him she’s gone. He finds needed companionship with “the beast” that local farmers are convinced is killing their sheep—an enormous sheepdog that quickly proves anything but dangerous, instead becoming the boy’s best friend and protector. With Nazis rooting out the Resistance fighters helping...

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BELOVED SISTERS

Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 7 PM (Moreland Theater)
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BELOVED SISTERS

DIRECTOR: DOMINIK GRAF - GERMANY

In this sumptuous costume drama set in late-18th-century Germany, two aristocratic sisters find themselves drawn inexorably to the young ‘Sturm und Drang’ poet Friedrich Schiller and daringly forge a lifelong secret triangle. When younger sister Charlotte first meets Schiller in 1788, he is a penniless dramatist whose early controversial writings and penury render him an unsuitable husband. But Charlotte and her married sister Caroline discover an intoxicating kinship with Schiller and his Romantic ideals of universal knowledge and the transformational power of literature. The sisters’ pact of loyalty to each other and Schiller is tested as their private intrigues—revealed through...

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BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Thu, Feb 26, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

DIRECTOR: DIAO YINAN - CHINA

Haunted by a botched police investigation five years earlier, former policeman Zhang has retired to a distant mining town in Northern China in an attempt to drink his past away. But when a new string of murders unfold in strikingly familiar fashion to the old case, Zhang sees a chance to atone for the sins of his past. A one-man investigation team, he vows to unearth the brutal killer at all costs, and his journey takes him down a dark road from which there is no return. Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film...

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THE BOY AND THE WORLD

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE BOY AND THE WORLD

DIRECTOR: ALÊ ABREU - BRAZIL

Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s whimsical, exquisitely-rendered, animated film views contemporary society through the eyes of a child. Cuca, a small boy growing up in the rainforest, finds his serene life thrown upside down when his father leaves to work in the industrialized city, prompting an adventurous journey to find him. Along the way he uncovers a whole new, modern world dominated by animal machines and a variety of strange characters that are a far cry from the natural environment they came from. Melding mesmerizing sound design with uniquely original hand-drawn visuals, a samba and hip-hop score by some of...

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CHARLIE'S COUNTRY

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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CHARLIE'S COUNTRY

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER - AUSTRALIA

This year’s Australian submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar features a soulful performance from David Gulpilil, who received the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. Gulpilil is Charlie, a restless elder in alcohol-free Arnhem Land reservation who feels the government’s growing grip on his culture while he decries the rapid disappearance of Yolngu traditions. Although well past his prime, Charlie decides to “go bush” and sets out into the wild to practice the old ways, without reckoning how much things really have changed and exactly where he might be going. Eloquently depicting the daily indignities endured...

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CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

DIRECTOR: OLIVIER ASSAYAS - FRANCE

“Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is a middle-aged actress who soared to stardom in her twenties in a play called Maloja Snake, in which she created the role of a ruthless young woman named Sigrid who engages in a power game with her older boss. Now an established international actress, Maria is considering the role of the older woman in a heavily promoted revival, with an infamous young superstar (Chloë Grace Moretz) as Sigrid. What begins as a chronicle of an actress going through the paces of celebrity culture (fashion shoots, official dinners, interviews, Internet rumors) gradually develops into something...

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COME TO MY VOICE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 1 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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COME TO MY VOICE

DIRECTOR: HUSEYIN KARABEY - TURKEY

In a snowy Kurdish mountain village in the east of Turkey, an old woman and her granddaughter are distressed. The only man in the household, the son of one and the father of the other, was arrested by the Turkish military. The commanding officer has been told that the villagers are hiding weapons, so he arrests all the town’s men and announces that they will be kept in prison until their families hand over the weapons. The problem is that no weapons actually exist. Desperate, the pair embarks on a long journey in search of a gun that they can...

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CONCRETE NIGHT

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CONCRETE NIGHT

DIRECTOR: PIRJO HONKASALO - FINLAND

In a run-down Helsinki ghetto, 14-year-old Simo spends 24 hours with his dangerous older brother Ilkka as he prepares to go to prison. As they talk and drink and explore the concrete jungle they’re trapped in, both Simo and Ilkka find themselves pushed to the very edge by a city that wants to forget they exist. Based on the acclaimed cult novel of the same name, Concrete Night’s lustrous black and white images hauntingly portray a seething, urban underworld of discarded men and women who power big-city dreams. “Stunning to look at and chilling at its core . ....

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CONDUCTA

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 4:15 PM (Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 25, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CONDUCTA

DIRECTOR: ERNESTO DARANAS SERRANO - CUBA

One of the most heralded Cuban films of the last decade, Conducta provides a sensitive, unembellished look at contemporary life in Cuba. Life isn’t easy for 11-year-old Chala. When he isn’t getting into trouble at school for his violent behavior, or with the police for raising fighting dogs, he has to contend with an alcoholic mother who spends her nights hustling in Havana’s nightclubs. Chala has one person on his side: his teacher Carmela, who absolutely believes that no child is a lost cause. But when Carmela falls ill, Chala himself is in danger of falling through the cracks...

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CORN ISLAND

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 9 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 12:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 22, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CORN ISLAND

DIRECTOR: GEORGE OVASHVILI - GEORGIA

The Inguri River forms Georgia’s border with the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia, and tensions between the nations run high. Every spring the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus, creating tiny islands: small clusters of no man’s land. An old Abkhaz farmer and his teenage granddaughter build a hut on one of the islands, plowing the earth to sow corn. When the corn has shot up, the girl, herself blossoming, finds a wounded Georgian soldier hiding among the stalks as border patrol boats look for trouble in a no-man’s land. “An astonishing feat of cinema presented with the utmost...

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COWBOYS

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 1 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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COWBOYS

DIRECTOR: TOMISLAV MRŠI? - CROATIA

Based on a popular, award-winning Croatian play, Cowboys mixes social drama and dark comedy as it puts a fresh spin on a lovingly familiar cinematic scenario. Offered an opportunity to re-start the neglected community theatre in his hometown, big-city director Saša reluctantly returns to the dull industrial town of his youth. Without any experienced actors, Saša is forced to cast a group of eight lovable misfits, his troupe wildly unprepared for the rigors of show business. Settling on a classic Hollywood Western, the underdogs must come together and give it their all if they want to make it to...

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CRACKS IN CONCRETE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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CRACKS IN CONCRETE

DIRECTOR: UMUT DAG - AUSTRIA

After a decade in prison for second-degree murder, hardened but broken 35-year-old Ertan is intent on making a new start by staying away from the criminal world, but nobody really believes him. Returning to the grim streets of Vienna, he seeks out his son Mikail, now a teenager and unaware that his father even exists. Mikail dreams of being a rapper, but has turned to drug dealing and stealing to get his career started. To try and save his son from the life that ruined his own, Ertan works his way into his son’s quickly spiraling world without letting...

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THE DARK VALLEY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE DARK VALLEY

DIRECTOR: ANDREAS PROCHASKA - AUSTRIA

Greider, a lone traveler, arrives in a small village in the Alps. Initially, no one wants him to stay, especially Brenner, who keeps the community under tight control with his threatening ways. But a few gold coins sway the townsfolk, and they opt to shelter Greider for the winter. Soon a tragic accident leads to the death of one of Brenner’s beloved sons. But when a second son is mysteriously killed, it seems evident that more than coincidence is at play. “The hills are alive with the sound of gunfire in this alpine revenge drama, a superior genre piece...

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DARKNESS BY DAY

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 10:30 PM (Hollywood Theatre)
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DARKNESS BY DAY

DIRECTOR: MARTIN DE SALVO - ARGENTINA

“In an a old house in a tiny village, Virginia is left alone after her father leaves to check on his ill niece. That is, until her cousin Anabel, who also seems to be under the weather, is brought and left with her. Thankful for another person to talk to, Virginia makes every effort to keep Anabel comfortable and to bond with her. Anabel sleeps most of the day, and at night can be found wandering the woods alone. The radio reports a rabies outbreak in the remote region of Argentina where the women are holed up. In this...

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DEAREST

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 8:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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DEAREST

DIRECTOR: PETER HO-SUN CHAN - HONG KONG

Based on a true story, Dearest is about the sensitivity, complexity, and indelible pain of child abduction. The lives of Shenzhen residents Wen-jun and his ex-wife Xiao-juan are thrown into turmoil when their young son goes missing. They join a support group active in exposing child abduction rings and, enduring several years of false-sightings and scams, finally find their son living with a foster mother. But their troubles are far from over. With delicacy and nuance, Chan explores the lasting guilt of having ‘lost’ a child; the difficulty of reintegration, and the discovery that an adopted child has been abducted....

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DUKE OF BURGUNDY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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DUKE OF BURGUNDY

DIRECTOR: PETER STRICKLAND - UNITED KINGDOM

“Strickland’s latest reconfigures the vintage erotic melodrama into something altogether deeper and darker. Taking its title from a rare species of butterfly, The Duke of Burgundy chronicles the increasingly intimate relationship between wealthy amateur lepidopterist Cynthia and her newly hired housekeeper Evelyn. As Cynthia’s demands begin to betray a sadomasochistic streak, Evelyn becomes less a domestic servant than an outright sex slave, submitting to her progressively extreme humiliations with a surprising relish. Strickland demonstrates a marvelous gift for modulating tone, pitching the tenor of his film in a strange, beguiling register somewhere between Buñuel’s Belle de Jour and Losey’s...

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ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS

Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 10:30 PM (HOLLYWOOD THEATRE)
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ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS

DIRECTOR: MARK HARTLEY - AUSTRALIA

“Cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus helped to create the modern Israeli film industry. . . . During the ’80s, Golan and Globus set up shop in Hollywood by purchasing The Cannon Group. Dismal titles such as The Apple quickly gained Cannon a reputation as purveyors of rotten movies. Despite the criticism, the pair . . . went on to produce a stunningly eclectic array of films, ranging from straight-up genre (Invasion USA; Death Wish 3) to more esteemed fare (King Lear; Barfly). Hartley expertly weaves together clips from Cannon’s back catalog with an impressive array of interviews with...

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EYES OF A THIEF

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 9 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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EYES OF A THIEF

DIRECTOR: NAJWA NAJJAR - PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

This taut political thriller weaves a tale of love and loss, revealing the suspicions and sacrifices lurking beneath the surface of contemporary Palestinian society. At the height of the 2002 Palestinian Uprising, Tareq, an enigmatic man bearing fresh wounds, is tended to by local nuns who help him to escape. He is soon arrested by Israeli soldiers. Ten years later, Tareq is released from prison and returns to his town, a place drastically transformed and filled with secrets, to find his daughter. As secrets are uncovered, Tareq’s hidden past is revealed, and as moral certainty is replaced by questionable...

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FACTORY GIRL

Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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FACTORY GIRL

DIRECTOR: MOHAMED KAHN - EGYPT

Hiyam, a young clothing factory worker, lives in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Cairo. Under the spell of the factory’s new supervisor Salah, she believes love can transcend the class differences between them. When a pregnancy test kit is discovered, her family and friends accuse her of losing her virginity. Deciding to ignore them, she pays a high price in a society that can’t accept independent women. Following the changes that take place in her life over the course of the year, from falling in love to facing heartbreak, Factory Girl’s portrait of everyday female struggle earned the Critic’s Prize...

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THE FAREWELL PARTY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE FAREWELL PARTY

DIRECTOR: TAL GRANIT, SHARON MAYMON - ISRAEL

The question “Who has the right to play God?” is at the center of this comedic tale of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who construct a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help a terminally ill pal. With a dream cast of septuagenarian talent, a finely honed visual sense, and superbly ironic comic timing and dialogue, this compassionate film doesn’t belabor the ethics of assisted suicide but instead treats this tricky topic with rare sensitivity. “A provocative issue is addressed with wisdom, sensitivity, and a welcome strain of humor. Anyone ever touched by the inexorable...

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FELIX & MEIRA

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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FELIX & MEIRA

DIRECTOR: MAXIME GIROUX - CANADA

Winner of the Audience Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival, Felix & Meira is set in Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood, characterized by a mixture of hipsters and Hasidism, which coexists amicably but independently. When Meira, an Orthodox Jewish wife and mother with an undercurrent of rebelliousness, meets Félix, a middle-aged atheist-loner adrift grieving the recent death of his estranged father, Félix hopes her religious devotion will provide insight into his loss. Though she rebuffs him at first, a mutual, slow-blooming affair takes shape that will present Meira with a difficult fork in the road: remain within the...

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THE FOOL

Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 9 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE FOOL

DIRECTOR: YURIY BYKOV - RUSSIA

A plumber’s assistant, honest and idealistic Dima devotes his free time studying to fulfill his dream of becoming an engineer. Leaving his family at home one evening, he goes to a seemingly derelict building housing the city’s poor to investigate a leak. What he finds is much worse, however, and he realizes that the 800 tenants need to be evacuated immediately. Requiring municipal authorization, he goes to see the mayor, where he discovers that other interests come before those of ordinary citizens. Dima spends the night chasing the corrupt in order to save those whom everyone has forgotten. In...

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THE GAMBLER

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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THE GAMBLER

DIRECTOR: IGNAS JONYNAS - LITHUANIA

A celebrated paramedic, Vincentas has a dangerous addiction: gambling. Desperate to hit it big and pay off his mounting debts, he’s quick to place a bet on just about anything. In over his head, he ups the ante by betting on the odds of his own patients’ survival. This twisted game, played with his fellow paramedics, soon becomes a major enterprise after the hospital’s doctors and nurses want in on the action, and Vincentas finds himself becoming a big-time bookie. Jonynas’ gimlet-eyed black comedy is this year’s Lithuanian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. 

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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

DIRECTOR: RONIT ELKABETZ, SHLOMI ELKABETZ - ISRAEL

“Gett” is Hebrew for a divorce decree—something that is very difficult to get in Israel, where rabbinical courts hold jurisdiction and mutual consent is required. This riveting drama follows the five-year struggle of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) to break from her loveless marriage to husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian). A powerful examination of the roles of men and women in a religious society. Gett, the winner of two Israeli Film Awards including Best Film and Best Supporting Actor, is an absurdist journey into the enigmas of a couple and a society caught between tradition and modernity. This year’s Israeli submission...

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GHADI

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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GHADI

DIRECTOR: AMIN DORA - LEBANON

Lebanon’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission is a gently barbed social satire about bigotry and redemption that unfolds in a traditional Lebanese coastal town. After having two daughters with his childhood sweetheart Lara, a beloved music instructor Leba has a son. Unfortunately, Ghadi is born with Down syndrome and the loud noises he makes trying to imitate his father’s singing start to take a toll on the neighbors. Without much understanding of the disability, the village people start calling the boy a “demon” and try to evict him from the town. Unwilling to send his son to an institution,...

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GIOVANNI'S ISLAND

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 3:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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GIOVANNI'S ISLAND

DIRECTOR: MIZUHO NISHIKUBO - JAPAN

After Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, the lives of brothers Junpei and Kanta are turned upside-down as the Soviet Union occupies their small island of Shikotan, and they must work to keep their family together while struggling to understand an unfamiliar culture. Their new friend Tanya, a Soviet girl their age, helps make the transition smoother, but it’s not long before Junpei and Kanta are separated from their father and sent away from their home. Based on true events, as well as the classic Japanese novel Night on the Galactic Railroad, Giovanni’s Island is a beautifully...

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A GIRL AT MY DOOR

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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A GIRL AT MY DOOR

DIRECTOR: JULY JUNG - SOUTH KOREA

After a personal scandal, young police officer Young-Nam gets transferred from Seoul to a small fishing town. There, the police force is mainly older men, and she struggles with her role as station chief. Her path crosses with a bullied teenage girl whose thug stepfather, the man who informally rules the town, beats her. Young-Nam opens her doors to the girl, an act that is not without consequences. The two find comfort in each other and a friendship grows stronger, but when Young-Nam’s old lover turns up, devastating rumors start spreading in the small community. In A Girl at My...

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THE GOLDEN ERA

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
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THE GOLDEN ERA

DIRECTOR: ANN HUI - HONG KONG

Selected as the closing night film at the Venice Film Festival, Hui’s modernist biopic tells the epic tale of Manchurian essayist and novelist Xiao Hong (1909–1941), one of the most radical and controversial Chinese female writers of the early twentieth century and an iconic historical figure. The film’s title signals the irony of the era through which Hong lived, one of the most turbulent times in Chinese history featuring a seismic shift from dynastic imperial rule to a modern state history. Through all this, Hong survives poverty, family chaos, the Japanese invasion in the 1930s, and post-war trauma. Hui’s...

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GÜEROS

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
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GÜEROS

DIRECTOR: ALONSO RUIZ PALACIOS - MEXICO

“This plucky and effortlessly cool black-and-white film from newcomer Alonso Ruiz Palacios follows three restless teens during the student strikes of 1999. Federico and Santos are roommates in Mexico City, students ‘on strike from the strike’ now that their university has been shut down, when Federico’s brother Tomás arrives. Looking to kill some time and their boredom, they hit the streets of the city looking for famed rock star Epigmenio Cruz, who once allegedly made Bob Dylan cry.”—AFI Fest. “A coming-of-age comedy which pays homage to the French new wave.”—Indiewire. Best New Narrative Director, Tribeca Film Festival and Audience...

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HORSE MONEY

Tue, Feb 17, 2015
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Wed, Feb 18, 2015
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HORSE MONEY

DIRECTOR: PEDRO COSTA - PORTUGAL

Set in a crumbling infirmary, Pedro Costa’s haunting, dreamlike film serves as an indictment of social injustice in postcolonial Europe. Ventura, a 70-year-old Cape Verdean immigrant, has been worn down from a lifetime of manual labor and civil strife in the Lisbon slums of Fountainhas. He is recuperating from a nervous disease and looks back on his life through a series of fragmented and ghostly encounters in a film of considerable visual and narrative originality and power. “In the soul-space of Ventura . . . a self-reckoning, a moving memorialization of lives in danger of being forgotten, and a...

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HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
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HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

DIRECTOR: IRENE GUTIÉRREZ, JAVIER LABRADOR - CUBA

The formerly luxurious Hotel Nueva Isla in Old Havana is now in ruins, but it is home to people living on the fringes of society, like the retired public servant Jorge. Abandoned by his wife and children, Jorge’s only motivation, like a Don Quixote forgotten and gone astray, is to continue a quest he’s followed for years: dig among the dangerous ruins of the hotel, where he is convinced that the former owners hid valuable objects before fleeing the Cuban Revolution. With a keen eye that is both highly stylized and intimate, Gutiérrez captures Jorge’s life spent doing rudimentary...

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HUMAN CAPITAL

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
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HUMAN CAPITAL

DIRECTOR: PAOLO VIRZÌ - ITALY

Winner of all the top Italian film awards, this stylish ensemble piece offers a powerful commentary on Italian social class, privilege, and the value of human life in a crucible. A cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the privileged and detached Bernaschi family intertwine with the Rovellis, who struggle to keep up appearances and their comfortable middle-class life. A taut character study that observes the transformative events from each character’s perspective, the result is a nuanced account of desire and greed...

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I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
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I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY

DIRECTOR: DAVE LAMATTINA, CHAD WALKER - UNITED STATES

One of the most recognizable and beloved children’s television characters in history, Big Bird has been entertaining and educating children around the world for over 40 years. But few fans know about the man who brings Big Bird (and Oscar the Grouch) to life: Caroll Spinney. A delightfully sweet examination of the power of following your dreams, I Am Big Bird chronicles a fascinating life journey with epic loves and losses, those of a man who has brought joy to millions by never losing his childlike sense of wonder. Even at age 79, he is Big Bird. “If your heart...

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I'M STILL

Thu, Feb 19, 2015
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Fri, Feb 20, 2015
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I'M STILL

DIRECTOR: JAVIER CORCUERA - PERU

Corcuera’s documentary is more than a celebration of Peru’s rich musical heritage. Through these diverse musicians’ personal stories (some of them filmed for the first time) and their music, Corcuera explores issues of identity and nationality. Divided in three parts—Lima, Ayacucho, and the Amazon—I’m Still captures some of the country’s most beautiful and distant spots without turning its back to some of its most pressing social and economic problems. Winner of the Documentary Prize, Lima Film Festival.

Director Javier Corcuera will be in attendance 2/19 and 2/20

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IN A FOREIGN LAND

Thu, Feb 19, 2015
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
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IN A FOREIGN LAND

DIRECTOR: ICÍAR BOLLAÍN - SPAIN

The current financial crisis in Spain has forced an estimated 700,000 young people to emigrate in the hope of a better life. Edinburgh is one of the most popular destinations, and the city is home to more than 20,000 Spanish people. In a Foreign Land follows three expatriates as they build new lives and search for new opportunities while suffering the indignation of having been cast aside by their own country. One of them is Gloria, 32, a teacher from Almería who works in Edinburgh as a shop assistant. Gloria decided to create the collective “Ni perdidos ni callados” (“Not...

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IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
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IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE

DIRECTOR: HANS PETTER MOLAND - NORWAY

Weaving dark Scandinavian comedy with Tarantino-esque revenge thriller, Moland tells the tale of an ordinary, upstanding Swedish snowplow driver in a small Norwegian town who suddenly has his own roads to clear. Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård) suddenly finds that his son has apparently overdosed and died—mysterious since he didn’t do drugs. It’s not long before he’s plowing into what really happened—the boy was just collateral damage in a drug war between “The Count” (Tobias Santelmann) and a Serbian crime don (Bruno Ganz)—and a odd assortment of henchmen. It will be methodical, but “A father must avenge his son.” “A delightfully droll...

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THE INVISIBLE FRONT

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
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THE INVISIBLE FRONT

DIRECTOR: JONAS OHMAN, VINCAS SROUGINIS - LITHUANIA

The Invisible Front was the code name used by the Soviet Union’s Interior Forces for the armed resistance in Lithuania, a key occupied territory. The resistance arose with hardly any outside support during World War II, continuing in various forms until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The film tells the story of one of the most significant anti-Soviet resistance movements through the words and experiences of its leaders, Juozas Luksa and his fellow Forest Brothers. Luksa risked his life to escape to Paris in 1948, joined up with Western intelligence agencies, wrote a memoir, and married...

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IRIS

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
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Wed, Feb 18, 2015
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IRIS

DIRECTOR: ALBERT MAYSLES - UNITED STATES

The great documentarian Albert Maysles’s (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) latest film is about fashion and interior design maven Iris Apfel, now 93 years old, as she celebrates the late wave of career popularity enjoyed on the heels the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2006 exhibition “Rare Bird of Fashion” featuring her collection of often affordably priced fashion accessories. Maysles, himself 89, who pops up from time to time as a cheerful on-camera presence, follows Iris as she makes selections for the touring exhibition, advises young women on their fashion choices, and bargains with store owners, usually in the company of...

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THE IRON MINISTRY

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
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THE IRON MINISTRY

DIRECTOR: J.P. SNIADECKI - UNITED STATES

“This thrilling new film, shot over three years during a series of train journeys across China, begins with metal: the sounds and sights of gears, wheels on tracks and linked railway cars meshing, crunching, and grinding. We are gradually introduced to the people who ride and work on the cars, with their luggage, their produce, the products they’re hawking, the goods they’re transporting. People are crammed into every corner of every train car, with the exception of a first-class compartment from which the filmmaker is barred. Moving from one end of a train to the other, little by little,...

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JALANAN

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
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JALANAN

DIRECTOR: DANIEL ZIV - INDONESIA

Part music documentary and part examination of the frenetically paced megacity of Jakarta (10 million people), Jalanan (“Streetside”) tells the captivating story of Boni, Ho, and Titi, three gifted, charismatic street musicians, over a tumultuous five-year period. The film deftly uses their experiences as a lens on Indonesia’s teeming capital, conjuring up a striking, moody, and intimate portrait of a place caught in the grip of globalization. Using the powerful soundtrack of the musicians’ original compositions to drive the film, Ziv traces their elusive quest for identity and love in the day-to-day of a city overrun by the effects...

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THE JAPANESE DOG

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
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THE JAPANESE DOG

DIRECTOR: TUDOR CHRISTIAN JURGIU - ROMANIA

This year’s Romanian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this subtle and movingly told tale of loss and recovery is reminiscent of the work of Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu. Recent floods in rural southern Romania have swept away 80-year-old Costache’s wife and all of their belongings. Now, after a 20-year absence, his estranged son Ticu arrives with his Japanese wife and young son. The unexpected visit forces father and son to relearn how to rebuild their relationship. Costache becomes a real grandfather to his seven-year-old grandson, while Ticu straightens out past mistakes. “A satisfying, unexpectedly upbeat film, superbly...

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JAUJA

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
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JAUJA

DIRECTOR: LISANDRO ALONSO - ARGENTINA

“A work of tremendous beauty and a source of continual surprise, Alonso’s film is set during the Argentinian army’s Conquest of the Desert in the 1870s and is his first with international stars (Viggo Mortensen), and with a co-writer—poet and novelist Fabián Casas. But the emphasis, as in all his work, is on bodies in landscapes. Danish military engineer Gunnar Dinesen (Mortensen, in a Technicolor-bright cavalry uniform) traverses a visually stunning variety of Patagonian shrub, rock, grass, and desert on horseback and on foot in search of his teenage daughter, who has eloped with a new love. Alonso’s style...

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THE LESSON

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
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THE LESSON

DIRECTOR: KRISTINA GROZEVA, PETAR VALCHANOV - BULGARIA

Nadezhda is a young, hardworking teacher in a small Bulgarian town. One day she is shocked to discover that there is a thief in her class. Determined to find out who it is so she can teach him or her the difference between right and wrong, at the same time she is frantically struggling to deal with the looming foreclosure on her house and the squanderings of her unemployed, drunk husband. As financial ruin closes in, personal values meet their test. Grozeva and Valchanov maintain a seemingly dispassionate air in the face of their heroine’s escalating desperation, a distance that...

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LIAR'S DICE

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
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Sun, Feb 22, 2015
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LIAR'S DICE

DIRECTOR: GEETU MOHANDAS - INDIA

Part road movie, part slow-burn thriller, actress Geetu Mohandas’s atmospheric film examines the ominous undercurrents in contemporary working-class India. Kamala has not heard from her husband, who is away on a construction job in the city. Though others in their rural village near the Tibetan border know of men who started new families and never returned, they urge Kamala to wait to hear from him. She refuses, setting off with her young daughter and pet goat on a dangerous and unprepared for journey to Delhi. Along the way, they encounter the mysterious Nawazuddin, who acts as a reluctant guide...

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THE LIBERATOR

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
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THE LIBERATOR

DIRECTOR: ALBERTO ARVELO - VENEZUELA

Arvelo’s lush film tells the epic personal story of Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar (1783–1830), who played a crucial role in freeing Latin America from the grip of the Spanish Empire. The caddish aristocrat-turned-revolutionary fought more than a hundred battles—never conquering, but “liberating”—that led to the founding of the first union of independent nations in Hispanic America. “Bolívar manages to rile the troops with passionate speeches on freedom, equality, and dignity—themes that resonate today be it in Ferguson, Missouri or Ukraine. . . . The writing here is as refined as it is moving.”—Los Angeles Times. In Spanish,...

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LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

Wed, Feb 11, 2015
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LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

DIRECTOR: BALDVIN ZOPHONÍASSON - ICELAND

Director Baldvin ZophonÍasson explores the roots of the 2008 Icelandic economic collapse with an emotionally-gripping ensemble piece focusing on the lives of three characters, each leading a surprising double-life and all in search of redemption: a gifted poet haunted by his past, a debt-ridden young mother making ends meet through illicit ‘moonlighting,’ and a former soccer star-turned-international-banker. In the ‘fishbowl’ of their lives, they navigate the dark and shark-infested waters, hoping to survive. One of the biggest domestic critical and box-office hits in Iceland, Fishbowl is this year’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
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THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

DIRECTOR: MIPO O - JAPAN

This year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and the winner of the Best Director award at the Montreal World Film Festival, O’s film is set in the grittiest fringes of Hokkaido, a port town in a permanent polluted haze. The traumatized Tatsuo spends his days drifting aimlessly and his nights drinking to oblivion. At a smoke-filled pachinko bar, he meets Takuji, a brash blonde teen parolee, who impulsively invites him to the seaside hovel she shares with her bedridden father, careworn mother, and world-weary older sister Chinatsu. As Tatsuo and Chinatsu take tentative steps towards a...

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THE LITTLE HOUSE

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
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THE LITTLE HOUSE

DIRECTOR: YOJI YAMADA - JAPAN

When Takeshi’s unmarried great-aunt Taki passes away, he goes to her house with his family to help clean up her belongings. There, they discover a memoir that Taki had been writing, documenting her experiences as housemaid for the well-to-do Hirai family during World War II. Compelled to learn more about his great-aunt, Takeshi begins to read. As he does, he discovers the source of the regret and sadness that Taki had taken with her to the grave. “In the masterful hands of Yamada, this simple tale of family secrets and scandalous love triangles, adapted from a best-selling novel by Kyoko...

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LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
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LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

DIRECTOR: DAVID TRUEBA - SPAIN

Beatles fans will recognize the title from the lyrics in “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which John Lennon wrote while in southern Spain playing a minor character in Richard Lester’s anti-war movie How I Won the War. This event forms the backdrop of Trueba’s charming road movie about Antonio, a Spanish schoolteacher who is also an avid Beatles fan. When he learns that Lennon is filming in Almeria, he sets out to meet him. Along the way he makes friends with Belen, a 20-year-old pregnant girl on her way home to her family, and Juanjo, a teenage boy. Lennon’s words take on...

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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

DIRECTOR: JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER - DENMARK

Joshua Oppenheimer follows his riveting The Act of Killing (2012), about Indonesia’s anti-communist massacres in the 1960s, with this searing companion piece. Here, focus shifts from the perpetrators to their victims, who decades later seek closure for family members. We accompany Adi, a middle-aged optician caring for his centenarian parents, as he sets out to confront his older brother’s killers. While he probes former death-squad leaders about their roles and revisits the scenes of the crimes, their denial that the killings even occurred proves challenging. In pressing perpetrators to confess, Oppenheimer exposes the high level of accepted misinformation about...

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THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER

Sun, Feb 15, 2015
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
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THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER

DIRECTOR: PIF - ITALY

Pierfrancesco Diliberto (a renowned TV host and political comedian), better known as Pif, wrote, directed, and stars in this subversive, irreverent feature debut about Arturo, a young boy whose obsession with the Mafia’s casual presence in his city surpasses even his passion for Flora, the beautiful schoolmate who remains his main love interest until adulthood. Pif uses Arturo’s unrequited love story as the vehicle to narrate the most tragic events in Italy’s recent history, starting with the Cosa Nostra’s criminal actions in Sicily in the ’70s, which soon spread through the country. A brave and intelligent dark comedy with...

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MAGICAL GIRL

Thu, Feb 19, 2015
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
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MAGICAL GIRL

DIRECTOR: CARLOS VERMUT - SPAIN

In this dark and offbeat social satire, Alicia, a 12-year-old dying girl, asks her father Luis to buy her a wildly expensive gift: the dress of anime character “Magical Girl Yukiko,” once worn by a Japanese pop star. Fate puts Luis in the path Bárbara, a deeply unstable married woman, and Damian, a retired teacher with a troubled past. Bárbara, Luis, and Damian are thrown into a world of blackmail that will change their lives forever. “A noirish social critique . . . the dangerous interaction between money and emotion, which feels authentically independent, the sideways slant of its...

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MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLS

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
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MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLS

DIRECTOR: CHUCK WORKMAN - UNITED STATES

“Oscar-winner Chuck Workman’s (famed for his Academy Award clip montages and iconic trailers) impressive, comprehensive documentary tells the tragic, extraordinary story of Orson Welles, a great filmmaking genius whose masterpieces were interspersed with films compromised by studio intervention or never completed at all. Workman tells Welles’s story through a wealth of interviews with the director and actor, an impressive assortment of clips, and testimonies by luminaries including Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, George Lucas, Walter Murch, and Steven Spielberg.”—Telluride Film Festival.

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MAIDAN

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
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MAIDAN

DIRECTOR: SERGEI LOZNITSA - UKRAINE

Loznitsa, whose My Joy and In the Fog have screened in recent PIFFs, brings his distinctively vision to a remarkable eye-witness account of the protests in Kiev’s Independence (Maidan) Square, which led to the departure of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych. Filmed between December 2013 and February 2014 in long, fixed-point takes, we watch the ebb and flow of actual events, from celebration and community to violent conflict with armed riot police. Without commentary and only occasional identifying inter-titles, Loznitsa paints a timeless portrait of protest and change that will grip anyone interested in what it takes to stand for...

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MARIE'S STORY

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
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MARIE'S STORY

DIRECTOR: JEAN-PIERRE AMÉRIS - FRANCE

Inspired by the life of Marie Heurtin, Marie’s Story is a playful, inspirational, and moving emotional journey between teacher and student set in the 19th century French countryside. Fourteen-year-old Marie arrives at a school for deaf girls run by Catholic sisters. Born deaf and blind and trapped ever since in a world of darkness and silence, she is, at first, wild, disheveled, and nearly unreachable. But the idealistic Sister Marguerite feels a deep and instant need to free her from her sensory prison. Featuring fierce performances by newcomer Ariana Rivoire as the courageous young woman struggling to connect to...

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MATEO

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
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MATEO

DIRECTOR: MARIA GAMBOA - COLOMBIA

Sixteen-year-old Mateo works with his uncle extorting local small business owners and is about to be expelled from school. The only way he can save himself is to join a theater group led by the town’s priest. Mateo’s uncle views this as an opportunity for Mateo to spy on the priest, who is extolling people to resist the extortion and the gangs of kids involved in petty crime. To his uncle’s surprise, Mateo begins to enjoy the eccentric bunch of performers and begins to fall for star pupil Ana. Trapped between two worlds, Mateo must choose which path he really...

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MR. KAPLAN

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
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MR. KAPLAN

DIRECTOR: ÁLVARO BRECHNER - URUGUAY

Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay. Like many of his other Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America during World War II. But now turning 76, he’s become grumpy and fed up with his life, community, and his family’s lack of interest in its own heritage. When a quiet, elderly German raises Mr. Kaplan’s suspicions of being a runaway Nazi, he ignores his family’s concerns and secretly recruits Contreras, a former police officer, to help him investigate. Together, they try to repeat the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann by unmasking and kidnapping the German and secretly taking...

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NUOC 2030

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
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Fri, Feb 13, 2015
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NUOC 2030

DIRECTOR: NGHIEM-MINH NGUYEN-VO - VIETNAM

Nuoc 2030 is set in a near-futuristic Vietnam, where a beautiful coastal region has been flooded as a result of global warming and multinational corporations compete to build floating vegetable farms. Forced by the rising waters to live their own tenuous floating existence, Sao and her husband Thi survive in the primal tradition of fishing in the now the over-harvested waters and collecting rainwater to drink. But tragedy strikes, leaving Sao alone to solve the mystery of Thi’s unfortunate and suspicious demise. This poetic film is at once a dystopian sci-fi fable, an eco-thriller, and a love-story, evocatively conveyed through...

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ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
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Tue, Feb 24, 2015
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ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

DIRECTOR: PASCAL PLISSON - FRANCE

Plisson’s César-winning documentary extols the true worth of getting, and getting to, an education. Shot in Kenya, Patagonia, Morocco, and the Bay of Bengal, the film follows the perilous journeys of four children on their ways to school: Jackson crosses the savannah on foot, avoiding elephants; Carlito rides on horseback across lonely plains and rushing rivers; Zahira treks over treacherous Atlas Mountain passes; Samuel, in his antediluvian wheelchair, is pushed by his brothers over sand dunes and through swamps. While the breathtaking cinematography reveals the splendor of their homelands and the dangers of these voyages keep you on the edge...

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PARADISE

Fri, Feb 20, 2015
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PARADISE

DIRECTOR: MARIANA CHENILlO - MEXICO

A touching comedy about how true beauty comes from the inside and how paradise is closer to home than you might think. Carmen and Alfredo live a happy, quiet life in the suburbs surrounded by friends and family. After Alfredo receives a promotion, the two move away to Mexico City where they immediately feel the social pressure of being overweight in a bustling metropolis full of beautiful people. Taking the initiative, Carmen convinces her husband to join her in losing weight, but their relationship is put to the test when Alfredo’s program yields far better results than Carmen’s. Paradise is...

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PHOENIX

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
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PHOENIX

DIRECTOR: CHRISTIAN PETZOLD - GERMANY

Petzold’s riveting film follows Nelly (Nina Hoss), a concentration camp survivor returning to Berlin, in her search for Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), the husband she still loves who may or may not have betrayed her to the Nazis. Set in the period immediately following the war that gave rise to the Trümmerfilm (literally “rubble film”)—or “After the Camp,” as Petzold puts it—Phoenix is an engrossing reflection on the postwar reconstruction of identity couched as a noirish thriller of mistaken identity. Co-written with the late writer/artist Harun Farocki, it is a precisely crafted chamber piece, resonant and gripping, softly building up to...

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THE PRESIDENT

Sun, Feb 15, 2015
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THE PRESIDENT

DIRECTOR: MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF - GEORGIA

In this dark satire, The President and his family rule their land with an iron fist, enjoying lives of luxury and leisure at the expense of their population’s misery. When a coup d’état overthrows his brutal rule and the rest of his family flees, The President is suddenly left to care for his young grandson and is forced to escape. Now the country’s most wanted fugitive with a bounty on his head, they crisscross the country to reach a ship waiting for them. Posing as street musicians and traveling together with the people who suffered for years under the dictatorship,...

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QUOD ERAT DEMONSTRANDUM

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 3 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Thu, Feb 26, 2015
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QUOD ERAT DEMONSTRANDUM

DIRECTOR: ANDREI GRUZSNICKI - ROMANIA

The story of the man on the edge becomes a film about people who are at crossroads. Set in Romania, 1984, a mathematician’s decision to publish a paper in a magazine, edited by an American university and not asking for the authorities’ permission, triggers a chain of events that will change his friends’ lives. After all, decisions with no consequences do not exist. What follows is a tense story of paranoia and betrayal—skillfully shot in black and white with remarkable attention to period details—in which the issues explored are anything but black and white. “The film tries to reproduce the...

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R100

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 10:30 PM (HOLLYWOOD THEATRE)
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R100

DIRECTOR: HITOSHI MATSUMOTO - JAPAN

From the director of Big Man Japan comes this edgy, absurd, and whip-smart dark comedy, featuring the best use of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” since Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Facing down potential familial tragedy, a lonely man named Takafumi explores the edges of his own repressed sexual desire by hiring the services of a secretive S&M club. Without any warning, a leather-clad dominatrix may appear at any time or place and humiliate and beat him to gratification. All the while, our quiet department store clerk struggles to balance fatherhood, work, and the need to not be caught. Writer-director Hitoshi Matsumoto...

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RED ARMY

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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RED ARMY

DIRECTOR: GABE POLSKY - UNITED STATES

Whether or not you know anything about hockey, or US-Soviet cold war history, you’ll be entertained by Polsky’s fascinating story of the intersection of sports and politics. Played out on Olympic ice, Red Army chronicles the rise and fall of the dynastic Soviet Army Hockey Team, revisiting the era using an incredible collection of archival material from both sides of the Iron Curtain. Featuring revealing commentary from the players themselves, including one of Russia’s greatest players Slava Fetisov, the film skillfully balances the personal and political drama behind one of hockey’s greatest stories, revealing the thin line between national hero...

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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

DIRECTOR: SIGNE BAUMANE - LATVIA

Latvian-born, New York-based animator Signe Baumane’s charming film is a witty and moving examination of the director’s battle with depression, narrated by Baumane herself. Combining both papier-mâché stop-motion and hand-drawn animation, the film is also a history of her family and how their lives have been touched by the sting of depression. “People assume one makes a personal film to get rid of one’s own demons . . . as some kind of psychotherapy. I make films to entertain, to engage people in a conversation, at times provoke—but mainly to offer my point of view on the world”—Signe Baumane. “Sharp,...

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A SECOND CHANCE—SCREENINGS CANCELED, TO BE RESCHEDULED

A SECOND CHANCE—SCREENINGS CANCELED, TO BE RESCHEDULED

DIRECTOR: SUSANNE BIER - DENMARK

On what initially appears to be a routine police raid, partners Andreas and Simon encounter low-life junkie Tristan. Knowing his history of domestic violence, Andreas is understandably unsettled to find Tristan living with another vulnerable woman. Fears worsen when he discovers their young baby locked away in a cupboard, crying and clearly neglected. A recent father himself, Andreas becomes fixated on safeguarding the child. It soon borders on obsession, dangerously blinding him to very real problems within his own family life. “A Second Chance is an intense personal drama about what happens when vulnerable people are forced into circumstances beyond...

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SECRETS OF WAR

Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SECRETS OF WAR

DIRECTOR: DENNIS BOTS - NETHERLANDS

During World War II, everyone had to keep secrets to survive, but at what price? Lambert and Tuur, two 12-year-old boys living in a small village in Nazi-occupied Holland, share a strong friendship. But even this bond is put at risk with the arrival of a lively young girl named Maartje, carrying with her a heavy secret about her past. As Tuur and Maartje become close, the estranged Lambert grows increasingly jealous and acts irrationally, exposing Maartje’s secret with far-reaching consequences that are beyond his understanding. The danger and the humanity of wartime friendships asks three children to find maturity...

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SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 5:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION

DIRECTOR: ETHAN HAWKE - UNITED STATES

This intimate portrait of classical pianist, composer, author, teacher, and sage Seymour Bernstein offers a wise and charismatic reflection on art and life. The question “why make art?” winds its way through the film in conversations with accomplished friends such as art critic Michael Kimmelman and religious scholar Andrew Harvey. Seymour also reflects on the careers of such pianists Glenn Gould and Clifford Curzon, seen in archival footage, and his deep love of piano music proves infectious. “Calling to mind My Dinner With Andre, his film is full of urbane conversation and infused with the sophisticated rhythms of New York...

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Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 1: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
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SHORT CUTS 2: MADE IN OREGON

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
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SHORT CUTS 3: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
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SHORT CUTS 4: FRESH FRENCH SHORTS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
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SHORT CUTS 5: ANIMATED WORLDS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

This selection of new international animation is selected by LAIKA’S Mark Shapiro from visits to animation festivals worldwide. He will be on-hand to talk about the films.

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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 3:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SHORT CUTS 6: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
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SHORT CUTS 7: SHE NEVER DREAMS OF PLACES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

This program of experimental cinema, programmed and introduced by Cinema Project, delves into personal, familial, and cultural pasts, revealing the difficulty in going back to or moving between physical and psychic spaces.

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Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 4:15 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 2 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SHORT CUTS 8: NEW SPANISH SHORTS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS (SPAIN)

These films are selected from the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, a larger touring program, curated and organized by Pragda and Spain arts&culture. Supported by Accion Cultural Española (AC/E), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport. Special thanks to Marvin & Wayne and Cinelandia.

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Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 4:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 2 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 8: NEW SPANISH SHORTS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SPAIN

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Mon, Feb 23, 2015
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SHORT CUTS: BEST OF THE SHORTS

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS (Various)

This program features the best short films from the 38th Portland International Film Festival—as voted by audiences during the festival.

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SORROW AND JOY

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 4 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SORROW AND JOY

DIRECTOR: NILS MALMROS - DENMARK

In Malmros’s moving autobiographical film, a meditation on the limits of human law and the infinite possibilities of kindness, Johannes, a filmmaker, is married to Signe, a schoolteacher. Together, they experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. When Johannes returns from a trip, he discovers that Signe—not out of spite or hate but out of a sense of despair and loneliness and psychosis—has killed their infant child during a psychotic fit. Johannes doesn’t judge her but tries to come to grip with all the ways he has failed her without ever meaning any harm. Her students and...

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 9 PM (Roseway Theater)
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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

DIRECTOR: DIETRICH BRÜGGEMANN - GERMANY

Devout teenager Maria and her family belong to the ultra-conservative Society of St. Paul. Maria is intent on walking a godly path, and yet she has questions. Why would God give her brother a learning disability? Why does her mother forbid her from seeing a boy from a different church? As the contradictions of devout faith and modern life multiply, Maria eschews the easy way out and chooses to follow the hardest road of all—that of the savior, with all the pain and sacrifice it may entail. Told in single-shot tableaux that parallel Christ’s journey to his own crucifixion, Brüggemann’s...

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STOP THE POUNDING HEART

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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STOP THE POUNDING HEART

DIRECTOR: ROBERTO MINERVINI - UNITED STATES

Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Italian director Roberto Minervini’s absorbing film is a portrait of adolescence as experienced by a sheltered girl in a conservative farm family in rural Texas. Without condescension or judgment, we see life through the eyes of 14-year-old Sarah, who is homeschooled alongside her 11 other siblings by her loving mother but destined for a life of serving her husband as prescribed in the Bible. As she falls for a boy from a vastly different background, an intimate drama unfolds revealing Sara’s turmoil about her place in a faith where women are subservient. A...

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SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

DIRECTOR: MARAH STRAUCH - UNITED STATES

After graduating from USC and a stint as an engineer, Carl Boenish devoted himself to “freefall cinematography” (John Frankenheimer’s The Gypsy Moths). He and his wife Jean became the prime movers in BASE jumping—the act of leaping from Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (i.e., sheer cliffs) before hopefully saving yourself from a bad ending with a parachute. To some, the idea is madness if not suicide, but for the Boenishes it was about the essence of life, of freedom, and the experience of defying gravity. Strauch’s exhilarating film tells their incredible story, not only in words, but in breathtaking...

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THE THIRD SIDE OF THE RIVER

Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 6:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 7:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE THIRD SIDE OF THE RIVER

DIRECTOR: CELINA MURGA - ARGENTINA

Seventeen-year-old Nicholas’s father is a respected doctor, but he lives a double life: one, seemingly harmonious, with Nico and his mother and siblings; and the other, mere blocks away, with his second family—with whom he spends most of his time and the bulk of his money. The titular third side of the river refers to a sort of purgatory or limbo, effective imagery for Nicholas, who, torn between protecting the family he loves and choosing his own future, becomes tormented by a tension so tightly wound it threatens to become explosive. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and winner of the...

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TIMBUKTU

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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TIMBUKTU

DIRECTOR: ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO - MAURITANIA

Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, mild-mannered herdsman Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife and daughter. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists; music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences, and when Kidane accidentally kills a neighbor, he is forced to confront the chaos head on. Set in the early days of the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, Sissako’s drama delivers a warm and often humorous condemnation of religious intolerance. This year’s...

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TODAY

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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Mon, Feb 23, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TODAY

DIRECTOR: REZA MIRKARIMI - IRAN

Writer-director Mirkarimi provides a detailed, emotional snapshot of two individuals struggling for genuine connection: an aging taxi driver and a young woman coping with the struggles of being pregnant without a man. In the middle of a bustling Tehran afternoon, Youness is accosted by a desperate new fare: a frantic young woman named Sedigheh, begging to be taken to the hospital. A man of few words, Youness retains his stoic composure despite the young woman’s visible distress. Upon their arrival at the hospital he reluctantly escorts her inside in the absence of accompanying family members. As personal secrets are revealed...

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THE TRIBE

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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THE TRIBE

DIRECTOR: MIROSLAV SLABOSHPITSKY - UKRAINE

Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the astonishing The Tribe uses only sign language and the actors’ body language to propel the tense drama. Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. He quickly encounters the Tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies, works his way up, and becomes pimp/protector for two girls who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of them, Sergey ultimately...

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TU DORS NICOLE

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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TU DORS NICOLE

DIRECTOR: STÉPHANE LAFLEUR - CANADA

Infused with absurdist humor and a sense of ennui, Lafleur’s film hones in on young adults at existential crossroads. Twenty-something Nicole is adrift after college, working a dead-end summer job in her small Quebec hometown and spending evenings with her best pal, Véronique. When her older brother Remi unexpectedly returns with his bandmates in tow, disrupting the girls’ wheel-spinning summer, it becomes clear to Nicole that something must—and will—change. Shot in luminous black and white and infused with a sultry melancholy, Tu Dors Nicole captures that liminal stage where the fading yet familiar attachments of youth still seem far more...

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UNDERDOG

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 4 PM (Fox Tower)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
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UNDERDOG

DIRECTOR: RONNIE SANDAHL - SWEDEN

Dino, a young Swedish girl, has fled Sweden’s mass unemployment for better fortune in Oslo. But like many other young immigrant Swedes, she finds herself an outcast and barely surviving on irregular work and hard partying. When she lands a job as a housekeeper in an upper middle-class Norwegian household she is thrown into a life very far from her own. During a few sultry summer weeks she ends up in the center of an odd love triangle and an unpredictable struggle for affection and dominance. Underdog is both a tender story of privilege and longing and a humorous recognition...

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WAITING FOR AUGUST

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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WAITING FOR AUGUST

DIRECTOR: TEODORAH MIHAI - ROMANIA

Georgiana Halmac is about to turn 15. She lives with her six brothers and sisters in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. When their mother Liliana is forced to leave the family to work in Italy, Georgiana is abruptly catapulted into the role of the head of the family, and her adolescence is cut brutally short. History is repeating itself in Romania, says the filmmaker Mihai, who as a child saw her parents flee the Ceaus¸escu regime, leaving her behind until they could send for her. Referred to as the “home alone generation,” children today are...

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

DIRECTOR: JEMAINE CLEMENT, TAIKA WAITITI - NEW ZEALAND

Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, this laugh-filled salute to the mocumentary form and monster movie genre offers a clever salute to pop vampire myths. Viago, Deacon, Vladislav, and Peter are four vampires—each from a different historical time and place—sharing a house in Wellington, New Zealand and trying to balance being undead with the most basic everyday problems. None of them are quite equipped to deal with the modern age, leading to hilarious encounters with potential victims, other creatures of the night, and modern technology. As a documentary film crew follows them round, we...

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WHITE GOD

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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WHITE GOD

DIRECTOR: KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ - HUNGARY

Man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when war breaks out between humans and dogs. After teenage Lili’s father decides to abandon her dog Hagen on the street, we follow the lost canine as he tries to find his way home, making friends with fellow strays and evading the relentless dog-patrol only to be captured by an organizer of dog fights. Hagen is put through the brutal torture of being trained as a fighting dog, driving him past sanity and spurring him to lead his fellow dogs in a revolt against their oppressors. An ambitious morality play of epic impact...

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WILD TALES

Thu, Feb 5, 2015
at 7 PM (Fox Tower)
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WILD TALES

DIRECTOR: DAMIÁN SZIFRÓN - ARGENTINA

Living up to the expectations of the title, Damián Szifrón’s outrageously entertaining anthology of six blackly-comic short stories packs a buzz-inducing wallop. Though each is unconnected from the other, they share thematic unity in their tales of frustration, bestial revenge, and the past coming back to haunt in escalating fashion. There is a betrayed bride, a road rage incident gone to hell, a meltdown with the Buenos Aires parking patrol, two passengers on a plane making a very uncomfortable discovery, and a waitress meeting someone from her past she would rather not see. Produced by Pedro AlmodÓvar and possessed with...

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A WOLF AT THE DOOR

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 4 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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A WOLF AT THE DOOR

DIRECTOR: FERNANDO COIMBRA - BRAZIL

Set in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, A Wolf at the Door opens with a mother arriving to pick up her young daughter at school, only to learn that the girl already left with another woman. A parent’s worst nightmare takes increasingly sinister turns as it delves into the events that led to the girl’s kidnapping, the story morphing into an intense psychological drama of lust, betrayal, and revenge told through flashbacks revealing a marriage on the verge of crumbling and a secret, erotic affair. Director Fernando Coimbra has described his inventive, neo-noir thriller as a modern-day variation on...

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WYRMWOOD

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 10:30 PM (HOLLYWOOD THEATRE)
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WYRMWOOD

DIRECTOR: KIAH ROACHE-TURNER - AUSTRALIA

Routine family life comes to an abrupt end for outback mechanic Barry, who, armed with a nail gun, finds little comfort in having resisted an airborne contagion that’s kicked off an Australian zombie apocalypse. Quickly joining forces with other survivors, he and his merry band of zombie slayers hit the road looking to rescue his punk rock sister from the hands of the sadistic, gas-mask wearing government officials who have kidnapped her. Harvesting more than a smidgeon of that old Mad Max energy, first-time feature director Roache-Turner pushes this tale of the walking dead into audacious new territory, producing a...

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XENIA

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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XENIA

DIRECTOR: PANOS H. KOUTRAS - GREECE

After the death of their Albanian mother, two brothers—the younger Dany, a flamboyantly gay teen, and the elder Ody (short for Odysseas), a hunky aspiring singer—set out on a road trip from Crete to Thessaloniki to find their long-lost, reputedly rich Greek father. The plan is to sort out their citizenship and then get Ody an audition for a TV singing contest (think “Greek Idol”) and a shot at stardom. The two brothers experience their share of hassles along the way, but also benefit from xenia—the warm hospitality and kindness of strangers. Dreamy fantasy sequences and classic euro disco enliven...

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A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE

DIRECTOR: DAVID KENNARD - UNITED STATES

Only sparkling wine produced within the boundaries of the Champagne region is truly “Champagne.” Wine importer Martine Saunier leads us on a tours of six Champagne makers to see how they make their product, from small independent producer Saint-Chamant to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger. Most Champagne is not just the product of a specific year and Signature house styles are creations that happen behind closed doors and in the miles of cellars beneath the countryside. Pull back the curtain and see how the people of a cold, tough land with a grim history of wars and conflict...

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Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 9:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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YVY MARAEY, LAND WITHOUT EVIL

DIRECTOR: JUAN CARLOS VALDIVIA - BOLIVIA

Valdivia’s lyrical and philosophical road movie provides a journey not to a destination, but to a deeper understanding of memory and identity. Using a 1911 Swedish ethnographic film as a starting point, a Bolivian filmmaker (Valdivia) and a Guaraní guide travel together through the forests of southeastern Bolivia to make a film about the Guaraní people. Each man creates and interprets his own character, walking the thin line between documentary, fiction, and performance. The journey not only takes them to the interior of the country, but to their own inner selves, as they seek to define their identities within a...

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