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Films & Schedules - Monday, February 9, 2015

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

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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'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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NUOC 2030

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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TODAY

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 6 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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TU DORS NICOLE

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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THE LITTLE HOUSE

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 7 PM (Roseway Theater)
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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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THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

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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THE FAREWELL PARTY

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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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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 WOLF AT THE DOOR

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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XENIA

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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