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Films & Schedules - New Directors

AUGUST WINDS

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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AUGUST WINDS

DIRECTOR: GABRIEL MASCARO - BRAZIL

Shirley has left the big city to live in a small seaside town and look after her elderly grandmother. She drives a tractor on a local coconut plantation, loves rock music, and wants to be a tattoo artist, but she feels trapped in the tiny coastal village. She is involved with Jeison, who free dives for lobster and octopus in his spare time. During the month of August, when tropical storms pound the coastline, a researcher registering the sound of the trade winds arrives in their village. The high tides and the growing winds mark the following days of the...

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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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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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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

DIRECTOR: SIGNE BAUMANE - LATVIA

Latvian-born, New York-based animator Signe Baumane’s charming film is a witty and moving examination of the director’s battle with depression, narrated by Baumane herself. Combining both papier-mâché stop-motion and hand-drawn animation, the film is also a history of her family and how their lives have been touched by the sting of depression. “People assume one makes a personal film to get rid of one’s own demons . . . as some kind of psychotherapy. I make films to entertain, to engage people in a conversation, at times provoke—but mainly to offer my point of view on the world”—Signe Baumane. “Sharp,...

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SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

DIRECTOR: MARAH STRAUCH - UNITED STATES

After graduating from USC and a stint as an engineer, Carl Boenish devoted himself to “freefall cinematography” (John Frankenheimer’s The Gypsy Moths). He and his wife Jean became the prime movers in BASE jumping—the act of leaping from Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (i.e., sheer cliffs) before hopefully saving yourself from a bad ending with a parachute. To some, the idea is madness if not suicide, but for the Boenishes it was about the essence of life, of freedom, and the experience of defying gravity. Strauch’s exhilarating film tells their incredible story, not only in words, but in breathtaking...

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THE TRIBE

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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THE TRIBE

DIRECTOR: MIROSLAV SLABOSHPITSKY - UKRAINE

Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the astonishing The Tribe uses only sign language and the actors’ body language to propel the tense drama. Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. He quickly encounters the Tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies, works his way up, and becomes pimp/protector for two girls who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of them, Sergey ultimately...

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UNDERDOG

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 4 PM (Fox Tower)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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UNDERDOG

DIRECTOR: RONNIE SANDAHL - SWEDEN

Dino, a young Swedish girl, has fled Sweden’s mass unemployment for better fortune in Oslo. But like many other young immigrant Swedes, she finds herself an outcast and barely surviving on irregular work and hard partying. When she lands a job as a housekeeper in an upper middle-class Norwegian household she is thrown into a life very far from her own. During a few sultry summer weeks she ends up in the center of an odd love triangle and an unpredictable struggle for affection and dominance. Underdog is both a tender story of privilege and longing and a humorous recognition...

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WAITING FOR AUGUST

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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WAITING FOR AUGUST

DIRECTOR: TEODORAH MIHAI - ROMANIA

Georgiana Halmac is about to turn 15. She lives with her six brothers and sisters in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. When their mother Liliana is forced to leave the family to work in Italy, Georgiana is abruptly catapulted into the role of the head of the family, and her adolescence is cut brutally short. History is repeating itself in Romania, says the filmmaker Mihai, who as a child saw her parents flee the Ceaus¸escu regime, leaving her behind until they could send for her. Referred to as the “home alone generation,” children today are...

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A WOLF AT THE DOOR

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 4 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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A WOLF AT THE DOOR

DIRECTOR: FERNANDO COIMBRA - BRAZIL

Set in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, A Wolf at the Door opens with a mother arriving to pick up her young daughter at school, only to learn that the girl already left with another woman. A parent’s worst nightmare takes increasingly sinister turns as it delves into the events that led to the girl’s kidnapping, the story morphing into an intense psychological drama of lust, betrayal, and revenge told through flashbacks revealing a marriage on the verge of crumbling and a secret, erotic affair. Director Fernando Coimbra has described his inventive, neo-noir thriller as a modern-day variation on...

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WYRMWOOD

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 10:30 PM (HOLLYWOOD THEATRE)
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WYRMWOOD

DIRECTOR: KIAH ROACHE-TURNER - AUSTRALIA

Routine family life comes to an abrupt end for outback mechanic Barry, who, armed with a nail gun, finds little comfort in having resisted an airborne contagion that’s kicked off an Australian zombie apocalypse. Quickly joining forces with other survivors, he and his merry band of zombie slayers hit the road looking to rescue his punk rock sister from the hands of the sadistic, gas-mask wearing government officials who have kidnapped her. Harvesting more than a smidgeon of that old Mad Max energy, first-time feature director Roache-Turner pushes this tale of the walking dead into audacious new territory, producing a...

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