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Films & Schedules - Oscar Submissions

CHARLIE'S COUNTRY

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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CHARLIE'S COUNTRY

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER - AUSTRALIA

This year’s Australian submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar features a soulful performance from David Gulpilil, who received the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. Gulpilil is Charlie, a restless elder in alcohol-free Arnhem Land reservation who feels the government’s growing grip on his culture while he decries the rapid disappearance of Yolngu traditions. Although well past his prime, Charlie decides to “go bush” and sets out into the wild to practice the old ways, without reckoning how much things really have changed and exactly where he might be going. Eloquently depicting the daily indignities endured...

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CONDUCTA

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 4:15 PM (Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 25, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CONDUCTA

DIRECTOR: ERNESTO DARANAS SERRANO - CUBA

One of the most heralded Cuban films of the last decade, Conducta provides a sensitive, unembellished look at contemporary life in Cuba. Life isn’t easy for 11-year-old Chala. When he isn’t getting into trouble at school for his violent behavior, or with the police for raising fighting dogs, he has to contend with an alcoholic mother who spends her nights hustling in Havana’s nightclubs. Chala has one person on his side: his teacher Carmela, who absolutely believes that no child is a lost cause. But when Carmela falls ill, Chala himself is in danger of falling through the cracks...

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CORN ISLAND

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 9 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 12:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 22, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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CORN ISLAND

DIRECTOR: GEORGE OVASHVILI - GEORGIA

The Inguri River forms Georgia’s border with the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia, and tensions between the nations run high. Every spring the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus, creating tiny islands: small clusters of no man’s land. An old Abkhaz farmer and his teenage granddaughter build a hut on one of the islands, plowing the earth to sow corn. When the corn has shot up, the girl, herself blossoming, finds a wounded Georgian soldier hiding among the stalks as border patrol boats look for trouble in a no-man’s land. “An astonishing feat of cinema presented with the utmost...

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COWBOYS

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 1 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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COWBOYS

DIRECTOR: TOMISLAV MRŠI? - CROATIA

Based on a popular, award-winning Croatian play, Cowboys mixes social drama and dark comedy as it puts a fresh spin on a lovingly familiar cinematic scenario. Offered an opportunity to re-start the neglected community theatre in his hometown, big-city director Saša reluctantly returns to the dull industrial town of his youth. Without any experienced actors, Saša is forced to cast a group of eight lovable misfits, his troupe wildly unprepared for the rigors of show business. Settling on a classic Hollywood Western, the underdogs must come together and give it their all if they want to make it to...

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EYES OF A THIEF

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 9 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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EYES OF A THIEF

DIRECTOR: NAJWA NAJJAR - PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

This taut political thriller weaves a tale of love and loss, revealing the suspicions and sacrifices lurking beneath the surface of contemporary Palestinian society. At the height of the 2002 Palestinian Uprising, Tareq, an enigmatic man bearing fresh wounds, is tended to by local nuns who help him to escape. He is soon arrested by Israeli soldiers. Ten years later, Tareq is released from prison and returns to his town, a place drastically transformed and filled with secrets, to find his daughter. As secrets are uncovered, Tareq’s hidden past is revealed, and as moral certainty is replaced by questionable...

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FACTORY GIRL

Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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FACTORY GIRL

DIRECTOR: MOHAMED KAHN - EGYPT

Hiyam, a young clothing factory worker, lives in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Cairo. Under the spell of the factory’s new supervisor Salah, she believes love can transcend the class differences between them. When a pregnancy test kit is discovered, her family and friends accuse her of losing her virginity. Deciding to ignore them, she pays a high price in a society that can’t accept independent women. Following the changes that take place in her life over the course of the year, from falling in love to facing heartbreak, Factory Girl’s portrait of everyday female struggle earned the Critic’s Prize...

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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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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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THE JAPANESE DOG

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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THE JAPANESE DOG

DIRECTOR: TUDOR CHRISTIAN JURGIU - ROMANIA

This year’s Romanian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this subtle and movingly told tale of loss and recovery is reminiscent of the work of Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu. Recent floods in rural southern Romania have swept away 80-year-old Costache’s wife and all of their belongings. Now, after a 20-year absence, his estranged son Ticu arrives with his Japanese wife and young son. The unexpected visit forces father and son to relearn how to rebuild their relationship. Costache becomes a real grandfather to his seven-year-old grandson, while Ticu straightens out past mistakes. “A satisfying, unexpectedly upbeat film, superbly...

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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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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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MATEO

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 9 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 4 PM (Moreland Theater)
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MATEO

DIRECTOR: MARIA GAMBOA - COLOMBIA

Sixteen-year-old Mateo works with his uncle extorting local small business owners and is about to be expelled from school. The only way he can save himself is to join a theater group led by the town’s priest. Mateo’s uncle views this as an opportunity for Mateo to spy on the priest, who is extolling people to resist the extortion and the gangs of kids involved in petty crime. To his uncle’s surprise, Mateo begins to enjoy the eccentric bunch of performers and begins to fall for star pupil Ana. Trapped between two worlds, Mateo must choose which path he really...

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MR. KAPLAN

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 5 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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MR. KAPLAN

DIRECTOR: ÁLVARO BRECHNER - URUGUAY

Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay. Like many of his other Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America during World War II. But now turning 76, he’s become grumpy and fed up with his life, community, and his family’s lack of interest in its own heritage. When a quiet, elderly German raises Mr. Kaplan’s suspicions of being a runaway Nazi, he ignores his family’s concerns and secretly recruits Contreras, a former police officer, to help him investigate. Together, they try to repeat the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann by unmasking and kidnapping the German and secretly taking...

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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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SORROW AND JOY

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 4 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SORROW AND JOY

DIRECTOR: NILS MALMROS - DENMARK

In Malmros’s moving autobiographical film, a meditation on the limits of human law and the infinite possibilities of kindness, Johannes, a filmmaker, is married to Signe, a schoolteacher. Together, they experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. When Johannes returns from a trip, he discovers that Signe—not out of spite or hate but out of a sense of despair and loneliness and psychosis—has killed their infant child during a psychotic fit. Johannes doesn’t judge her but tries to come to grip with all the ways he has failed her without ever meaning any harm. Her students and...

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TIMBUKTU

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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TIMBUKTU

DIRECTOR: ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO - MAURITANIA

Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, mild-mannered herdsman Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife and daughter. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists; music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences, and when Kidane accidentally kills a neighbor, he is forced to confront the chaos head on. Set in the early days of the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, Sissako’s drama delivers a warm and often humorous condemnation of religious intolerance. This year’s...

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TODAY

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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Mon, Feb 23, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TODAY

DIRECTOR: REZA MIRKARIMI - IRAN

Writer-director Mirkarimi provides a detailed, emotional snapshot of two individuals struggling for genuine connection: an aging taxi driver and a young woman coping with the struggles of being pregnant without a man. In the middle of a bustling Tehran afternoon, Youness is accosted by a desperate new fare: a frantic young woman named Sedigheh, begging to be taken to the hospital. A man of few words, Youness retains his stoic composure despite the young woman’s visible distress. Upon their arrival at the hospital he reluctantly escorts her inside in the absence of accompanying family members. As personal secrets are revealed...

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WILD TALES

Thu, Feb 5, 2015
at 7 PM (Fox Tower)
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WILD TALES

DIRECTOR: DAMIÁN SZIFRÓN - ARGENTINA

Living up to the expectations of the title, Damián Szifrón’s outrageously entertaining anthology of six blackly-comic short stories packs a buzz-inducing wallop. Though each is unconnected from the other, they share thematic unity in their tales of frustration, bestial revenge, and the past coming back to haunt in escalating fashion. There is a betrayed bride, a road rage incident gone to hell, a meltdown with the Buenos Aires parking patrol, two passengers on a plane making a very uncomfortable discovery, and a waitress meeting someone from her past she would rather not see. Produced by Pedro AlmodÓvar and possessed with...

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