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Films & Schedules - Thursday, February 12, 2015

GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

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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JAUJA

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Roseway Theater)
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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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MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLS

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 5:45 PM (WORLD TRADE CENTER)
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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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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 3: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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TODAY

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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UNDERDOG

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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 LIBERATOR

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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THE LITTLE HOUSE

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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CONCRETE NIGHT

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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THE INVISIBLE FRONT

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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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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ARTICO

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 9 PM (Roseway Theater)
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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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