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PARADISE

Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 6:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 9:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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PARADISE

DIRECTOR: MARIANA CHENILlO - MEXICO

A touching comedy about how true beauty comes from the inside and how paradise is closer to home than you might think. Carmen and Alfredo live a happy, quiet life in the suburbs surrounded by friends and family. After Alfredo receives a promotion, the two move away to Mexico City where they immediately feel the social pressure of being overweight in a bustling metropolis full of beautiful people. Taking the initiative, Carmen convinces her husband to join her in losing weight, but their relationship is put to the test when Alfredo’s program yields far better results than Carmen’s. Paradise is...

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PHOENIX

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 4 PM (Cinema 21)
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PHOENIX

DIRECTOR: CHRISTIAN PETZOLD - GERMANY

Petzold’s riveting film follows Nelly (Nina Hoss), a concentration camp survivor returning to Berlin, in her search for Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), the husband she still loves who may or may not have betrayed her to the Nazis. Set in the period immediately following the war that gave rise to the Trümmerfilm (literally “rubble film”)—or “After the Camp,” as Petzold puts it—Phoenix is an engrossing reflection on the postwar reconstruction of identity couched as a noirish thriller of mistaken identity. Co-written with the late writer/artist Harun Farocki, it is a precisely crafted chamber piece, resonant and gripping, softly building up to...

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THE PRESIDENT

Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE PRESIDENT

DIRECTOR: MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF - GEORGIA

In this dark satire, The President and his family rule their land with an iron fist, enjoying lives of luxury and leisure at the expense of their population’s misery. When a coup d’état overthrows his brutal rule and the rest of his family flees, The President is suddenly left to care for his young grandson and is forced to escape. Now the country’s most wanted fugitive with a bounty on his head, they crisscross the country to reach a ship waiting for them. Posing as street musicians and traveling together with the people who suffered for years under the dictatorship,...

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