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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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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

DIRECTOR: JEMAINE CLEMENT, TAIKA WAITITI - NEW ZEALAND

Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, this laugh-filled salute to the mocumentary form and monster movie genre offers a clever salute to pop vampire myths. Viago, Deacon, Vladislav, and Peter are four vampires—each from a different historical time and place—sharing a house in Wellington, New Zealand and trying to balance being undead with the most basic everyday problems. None of them are quite equipped to deal with the modern age, leading to hilarious encounters with potential victims, other creatures of the night, and modern technology. As a documentary film crew follows them round, we...

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WHITE GOD

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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WHITE GOD

DIRECTOR: KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ - HUNGARY

Man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when war breaks out between humans and dogs. After teenage Lili’s father decides to abandon her dog Hagen on the street, we follow the lost canine as he tries to find his way home, making friends with fellow strays and evading the relentless dog-patrol only to be captured by an organizer of dog fights. Hagen is put through the brutal torture of being trained as a fighting dog, driving him past sanity and spurring him to lead his fellow dogs in a revolt against their oppressors. An ambitious morality play of epic impact...

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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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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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