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THE GAMBLER

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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GHADI

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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GHADI

DIRECTOR: AMIN DORA - LEBANON

Lebanon’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission is a gently barbed social satire about bigotry and redemption that unfolds in a traditional Lebanese coastal town. After having two daughters with his childhood sweetheart Lara, a beloved music instructor Leba has a son. Unfortunately, Ghadi is born with Down syndrome and the loud noises he makes trying to imitate his father’s singing start to take a toll on the neighbors. Without much understanding of the disability, the village people start calling the boy a “demon” and try to evict him from the town. Unwilling to send his son to an institution,...

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GIOVANNI'S ISLAND

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 3:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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GIOVANNI'S ISLAND

DIRECTOR: MIZUHO NISHIKUBO - JAPAN

After Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, the lives of brothers Junpei and Kanta are turned upside-down as the Soviet Union occupies their small island of Shikotan, and they must work to keep their family together while struggling to understand an unfamiliar culture. Their new friend Tanya, a Soviet girl their age, helps make the transition smoother, but it’s not long before Junpei and Kanta are separated from their father and sent away from their home. Based on true events, as well as the classic Japanese novel Night on the Galactic Railroad, Giovanni’s Island is a beautifully...

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A GIRL AT MY DOOR

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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THE GOLDEN ERA

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 7 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE GOLDEN ERA

DIRECTOR: ANN HUI - HONG KONG

Selected as the closing night film at the Venice Film Festival, Hui’s modernist biopic tells the epic tale of Manchurian essayist and novelist Xiao Hong (1909–1941), one of the most radical and controversial Chinese female writers of the early twentieth century and an iconic historical figure. The film’s title signals the irony of the era through which Hong lived, one of the most turbulent times in Chinese history featuring a seismic shift from dynastic imperial rule to a modern state history. Through all this, Hong survives poverty, family chaos, the Japanese invasion in the 1930s, and post-war trauma. Hui’s...

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GÜEROS

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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