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THE LESSON

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE LESSON

DIRECTOR: KRISTINA GROZEVA, PETAR VALCHANOV - BULGARIA

Nadezhda is a young, hardworking teacher in a small Bulgarian town. One day she is shocked to discover that there is a thief in her class. Determined to find out who it is so she can teach him or her the difference between right and wrong, at the same time she is frantically struggling to deal with the looming foreclosure on her house and the squanderings of her unemployed, drunk husband. As financial ruin closes in, personal values meet their test. Grozeva and Valchanov maintain a seemingly dispassionate air in the face of their heroine’s escalating desperation, a distance that...

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LIAR'S DICE

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 2 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 22, 2015
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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THE LIBERATOR

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE LIBERATOR

DIRECTOR: ALBERTO ARVELO - VENEZUELA

Arvelo’s lush film tells the epic personal story of Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar (1783–1830), who played a crucial role in freeing Latin America from the grip of the Spanish Empire. The caddish aristocrat-turned-revolutionary fought more than a hundred battles—never conquering, but “liberating”—that led to the founding of the first union of independent nations in Hispanic America. “Bolívar manages to rile the troops with passionate speeches on freedom, equality, and dignity—themes that resonate today be it in Ferguson, Missouri or Ukraine. . . . The writing here is as refined as it is moving.”—Los Angeles Times. In Spanish,...

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LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 12:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

DIRECTOR: BALDVIN ZOPHONÍASSON - ICELAND

Director Baldvin ZophonÍasson explores the roots of the 2008 Icelandic economic collapse with an emotionally-gripping ensemble piece focusing on the lives of three characters, each leading a surprising double-life and all in search of redemption: a gifted poet haunted by his past, a debt-ridden young mother making ends meet through illicit ‘moonlighting,’ and a former soccer star-turned-international-banker. In the ‘fishbowl’ of their lives, they navigate the dark and shark-infested waters, hoping to survive. One of the biggest domestic critical and box-office hits in Iceland, Fishbowl is this year’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 7 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

DIRECTOR: MIPO O - JAPAN

This year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and the winner of the Best Director award at the Montreal World Film Festival, O’s film is set in the grittiest fringes of Hokkaido, a port town in a permanent polluted haze. The traumatized Tatsuo spends his days drifting aimlessly and his nights drinking to oblivion. At a smoke-filled pachinko bar, he meets Takuji, a brash blonde teen parolee, who impulsively invites him to the seaside hovel she shares with her bedridden father, careworn mother, and world-weary older sister Chinatsu. As Tatsuo and Chinatsu take tentative steps towards a...

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THE LITTLE HOUSE

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 7 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE LITTLE HOUSE

DIRECTOR: YOJI YAMADA - JAPAN

When Takeshi’s unmarried great-aunt Taki passes away, he goes to her house with his family to help clean up her belongings. There, they discover a memoir that Taki had been writing, documenting her experiences as housemaid for the well-to-do Hirai family during World War II. Compelled to learn more about his great-aunt, Takeshi begins to read. As he does, he discovers the source of the regret and sadness that Taki had taken with her to the grave. “In the masterful hands of Yamada, this simple tale of family secrets and scandalous love triangles, adapted from a best-selling novel by Kyoko...

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LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Roseway Theater)
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LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

DIRECTOR: DAVID TRUEBA - SPAIN

Beatles fans will recognize the title from the lyrics in “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which John Lennon wrote while in southern Spain playing a minor character in Richard Lester’s anti-war movie How I Won the War. This event forms the backdrop of Trueba’s charming road movie about Antonio, a Spanish schoolteacher who is also an avid Beatles fan. When he learns that Lennon is filming in Almeria, he sets out to meet him. Along the way he makes friends with Belen, a 20-year-old pregnant girl on her way home to her family, and Juanjo, a teenage boy. Lennon’s words take on...

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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 9 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

DIRECTOR: JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER - DENMARK

Joshua Oppenheimer follows his riveting The Act of Killing (2012), about Indonesia’s anti-communist massacres in the 1960s, with this searing companion piece. Here, focus shifts from the perpetrators to their victims, who decades later seek closure for family members. We accompany Adi, a middle-aged optician caring for his centenarian parents, as he sets out to confront his older brother’s killers. While he probes former death-squad leaders about their roles and revisits the scenes of the crimes, their denial that the killings even occurred proves challenging. In pressing perpetrators to confess, Oppenheimer exposes the high level of accepted misinformation about...

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