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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 21, 2015

10,000 KM

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 11 AM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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LIAR'S DICE

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 2 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 2 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 8: NEW SPANISH SHORTS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SPAIN

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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 2 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SHORT CUTS 8: NEW SPANISH SHORTS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS (SPAIN)

These films are selected from the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, a larger touring program, curated and organized by Pragda and Spain arts&culture. Supported by Accion Cultural Española (AC/E), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport. Special thanks to Marvin & Wayne and Cinelandia.

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MAGICAL GIRL

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 4:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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MAGICAL GIRL

DIRECTOR: CARLOS VERMUT - SPAIN

In this dark and offbeat social satire, Alicia, a 12-year-old dying girl, asks her father Luis to buy her a wildly expensive gift: the dress of anime character “Magical Girl Yukiko,” once worn by a Japanese pop star. Fate puts Luis in the path Bárbara, a deeply unstable married woman, and Damian, a retired teacher with a troubled past. Bárbara, Luis, and Damian are thrown into a world of blackmail that will change their lives forever. “A noirish social critique . . . the dangerous interaction between money and emotion, which feels authentically independent, the sideways slant of its...

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ARTICO

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 5 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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ALL THE WOMEN

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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THE THIRD SIDE OF THE RIVER

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 7:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE THIRD SIDE OF THE RIVER

DIRECTOR: CELINA MURGA - ARGENTINA

Seventeen-year-old Nicholas’s father is a respected doctor, but he lives a double life: one, seemingly harmonious, with Nico and his mother and siblings; and the other, mere blocks away, with his second family—with whom he spends most of his time and the bulk of his money. The titular third side of the river refers to a sort of purgatory or limbo, effective imagery for Nicholas, who, torn between protecting the family he loves and choosing his own future, becomes tormented by a tension so tightly wound it threatens to become explosive. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and winner of the...

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IN A FOREIGN LAND

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 9:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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IN A FOREIGN LAND

DIRECTOR: ICÍAR BOLLAÍN - SPAIN

The current financial crisis in Spain has forced an estimated 700,000 young people to emigrate in the hope of a better life. Edinburgh is one of the most popular destinations, and the city is home to more than 20,000 Spanish people. In a Foreign Land follows three expatriates as they build new lives and search for new opportunities while suffering the indignation of having been cast aside by their own country. One of them is Gloria, 32, a teacher from Almería who works in Edinburgh as a shop assistant. Gloria decided to create the collective “Ni perdidos ni callados” (“Not...

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PARADISE

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 9:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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PARADISE

DIRECTOR: MARIANA CHENILlO - MEXICO

A touching comedy about how true beauty comes from the inside and how paradise is closer to home than you might think. Carmen and Alfredo live a happy, quiet life in the suburbs surrounded by friends and family. After Alfredo receives a promotion, the two move away to Mexico City where they immediately feel the social pressure of being overweight in a bustling metropolis full of beautiful people. Taking the initiative, Carmen convinces her husband to join her in losing weight, but their relationship is put to the test when Alfredo’s program yields far better results than Carmen’s. Paradise is...

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DARKNESS BY DAY

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 10:30 PM (Hollywood Theatre)
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DARKNESS BY DAY

DIRECTOR: MARTIN DE SALVO - ARGENTINA

“In an a old house in a tiny village, Virginia is left alone after her father leaves to check on his ill niece. That is, until her cousin Anabel, who also seems to be under the weather, is brought and left with her. Thankful for another person to talk to, Virginia makes every effort to keep Anabel comfortable and to bond with her. Anabel sleeps most of the day, and at night can be found wandering the woods alone. The radio reports a rabies outbreak in the remote region of Argentina where the women are holed up. In this...

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