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Films & Schedules - Sunday, February 8, 2015

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 12:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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10,000 KM

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 1 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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COME TO MY VOICE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 1 PM (Roseway 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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FELIX & MEIRA

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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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 2: MADE IN OREGON

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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GIOVANNI'S ISLAND

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 3:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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CRACKS IN CONCRETE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 3:30 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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AFTERLIFE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 4 PM (Roseway Theater)
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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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ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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PHOENIX

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 4 PM (Cinema 21)
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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 LESSON

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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MARIE'S STORY

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6:15 PM (MORELAND THEATER)
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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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GHADI

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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THE GOLDEN ERA

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 7 PM (Roseway Theater)
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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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HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 9 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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