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HORSE MONEY

Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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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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HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

DIRECTOR: IRENE GUTIÉRREZ, JAVIER LABRADOR - CUBA

The formerly luxurious Hotel Nueva Isla in Old Havana is now in ruins, but it is home to people living on the fringes of society, like the retired public servant Jorge. Abandoned by his wife and children, Jorge’s only motivation, like a Don Quixote forgotten and gone astray, is to continue a quest he’s followed for years: dig among the dangerous ruins of the hotel, where he is convinced that the former owners hid valuable objects before fleeing the Cuban Revolution. With a keen eye that is both highly stylized and intimate, Gutiérrez captures Jorge’s life spent doing rudimentary...

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HUMAN CAPITAL

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Roseway Theater)
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HUMAN CAPITAL

DIRECTOR: PAOLO VIRZÌ - ITALY

Winner of all the top Italian film awards, this stylish ensemble piece offers a powerful commentary on Italian social class, privilege, and the value of human life in a crucible. A cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the privileged and detached Bernaschi family intertwine with the Rovellis, who struggle to keep up appearances and their comfortable middle-class life. A taut character study that observes the transformative events from each character’s perspective, the result is a nuanced account of desire and greed...

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