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Films & Schedules - Friday, February 13, 2015

THE FOOL

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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STOP THE POUNDING HEART

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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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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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 6 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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WAITING FOR AUGUST

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 6 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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DEAREST

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 8:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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ALLÉLUIA

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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BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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NUOC 2030

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 8:45 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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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

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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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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