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Films & Schedules - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

IRIS

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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IRIS

DIRECTOR: ALBERT MAYSLES - UNITED STATES

The great documentarian Albert Maysles’s (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) latest film is about fashion and interior design maven Iris Apfel, now 93 years old, as she celebrates the late wave of career popularity enjoyed on the heels the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2006 exhibition “Rare Bird of Fashion” featuring her collection of often affordably priced fashion accessories. Maysles, himself 89, who pops up from time to time as a cheerful on-camera presence, follows Iris as she makes selections for the touring exhibition, advises young women on their fashion choices, and bargains with store owners, usually in the company of...

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10,000 KM

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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HORSE MONEY

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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HORSE MONEY

DIRECTOR: PEDRO COSTA - PORTUGAL

Set in a crumbling infirmary, Pedro Costa’s haunting, dreamlike film serves as an indictment of social injustice in postcolonial Europe. Ventura, a 70-year-old Cape Verdean immigrant, has been worn down from a lifetime of manual labor and civil strife in the Lisbon slums of Fountainhas. He is recuperating from a nervous disease and looks back on his life through a series of fragmented and ghostly encounters in a film of considerable visual and narrative originality and power. “In the soul-space of Ventura . . . a self-reckoning, a moving memorialization of lives in danger of being forgotten, and a...

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SECRETS OF WAR

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SECRETS OF WAR

DIRECTOR: DENNIS BOTS - NETHERLANDS

During World War II, everyone had to keep secrets to survive, but at what price? Lambert and Tuur, two 12-year-old boys living in a small village in Nazi-occupied Holland, share a strong friendship. But even this bond is put at risk with the arrival of a lively young girl named Maartje, carrying with her a heavy secret about her past. As Tuur and Maartje become close, the estranged Lambert grows increasingly jealous and acts irrationally, exposing Maartje’s secret with far-reaching consequences that are beyond his understanding. The danger and the humanity of wartime friendships asks three children to find maturity...

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ALL THE WOMEN

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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ALL THE WOMEN

DIRECTOR: MARIANO BARROSO - SPAIN

“Spanish machismo is picked apart with surgical precision in Barroso’s engrossing All the Women, Winner of the Goya (Spanish Academy Award) for Best Adapted Screenplay. Nacho (Eduard Fernández), a down and out middle-aged veterinarian, seeks advice from the most important women in his life—his lover, his ex-wife, his mother, his sister-in-law, and his psychologist—after his scheme to steal cattle from his father-in-law falls apart. He soon finds his character indicted by each one of them. A scaled-back, sharp-eyed, David Mamet-inspired deconstruction of the fragile psyches of Spanish and other males, anchored in Fernandez’s memorable central performance.”—The Hollywood Reporter.

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CONDUCTA

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CONDUCTA

DIRECTOR: ERNESTO DARANAS SERRANO - CUBA

One of the most heralded Cuban films of the last decade, Conducta provides a sensitive, unembellished look at contemporary life in Cuba. Life isn’t easy for 11-year-old Chala. When he isn’t getting into trouble at school for his violent behavior, or with the police for raising fighting dogs, he has to contend with an alcoholic mother who spends her nights hustling in Havana’s nightclubs. Chala has one person on his side: his teacher Carmela, who absolutely believes that no child is a lost cause. But when Carmela falls ill, Chala himself is in danger of falling through the cracks...

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THE GAMBLER

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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THE GAMBLER

DIRECTOR: IGNAS JONYNAS - LITHUANIA

A celebrated paramedic, Vincentas has a dangerous addiction: gambling. Desperate to hit it big and pay off his mounting debts, he’s quick to place a bet on just about anything. In over his head, he ups the ante by betting on the odds of his own patients’ survival. This twisted game, played with his fellow paramedics, soon becomes a major enterprise after the hospital’s doctors and nurses want in on the action, and Vincentas finds himself becoming a big-time bookie. Jonynas’ gimlet-eyed black comedy is this year’s Lithuanian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. 

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GÜEROS

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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