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Films & Schedules - Monday, February 16, 2015

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 12:30 PM (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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JALANAN

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 12:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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QUOD ERAT DEMONSTRANDUM

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 3 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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FACTORY GIRL

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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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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A GIRL AT MY DOOR

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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GÜEROS

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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THE IRON MINISTRY

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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STOP THE POUNDING HEART

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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CHARLIE'S COUNTRY

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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JAUJA

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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LIAR'S DICE

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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RED ARMY

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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