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100 YEN LOVE

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 18, 2016
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100 YEN LOVE

DIRECTOR: Masaharu Take - JAPAN

“Play video games with your nephew, pick up junk food, and pass out reading manga. Such is the life of Ichiko Saito, a 32-year-old living with her parents and recently divorced sister. When their working class home gets too small for both sisters, her mother pushes Ichiko into the world and she gets a job at the nearby konbini. She befriends a gruff amateur boxer but cruel reality soon pushes her to don the gloves herself. As Derek Elley of Film Business Asia writes, ‘Ando triumphs in [this] quirky tale of a social misfit’s transformation, exceeding all expectations in a...

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50 Feet from Syria

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 3:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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50 Feet from Syria

DIRECTOR: Skye Fitzgerald - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND, OR)

For Dr. Hisham Bismar, a successful hand surgeon in the United States, images of wounded Syrian refugees flowing across international borders compels action. Hisham’s journey serves as a portal into a tragic conflict and remarkable people working to save lives at great personal risk. (39 min.)

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OPEN YOUR EYES
DIRECTOR: Irene Taylor Brodsky - UNITED STATES

Living under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly gone milky white. Manisara and Durga have cataracts, and their mountain home in Nepal has become a warren of darkness. Shot over three days, Open Your Eyes follows their extraordinary journey down the mountain for a chance...

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600 MILES

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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600 MILES

DIRECTOR: Gabriel Ripstein - MEXICO

Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin Film Festival, 600 Miles is a riveting thriller about gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico how the war against drugs has ruined lives on both sides of the border. Arnulfo is a low-level Sinaloa cartel operative who moves weapons illegally to Mexico. All appears to be going well but, unbeknownst to him, he is being tracked by American ATF agent Hank Harris. When an attempted arrest goes wrong, Harris is kidnapped and spirited across the border to Mexico. When things get desperate for both of them, the two...

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7 LETTERS

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 12:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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7 LETTERS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SINGAPORE

Seven of Singapore’s most illustrious filmmakers, including Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, K Rajagopal, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan, and Kelvin Tong, have gathered their creative storytelling and filmmaking talents to create a one-of-a-kind anthology that pays tribute to Singapore’s 50 years of independence. The resulting film, 7 Letters, offers thought-provoking pieces that revolve around tales of lost love, identity, familial bonds, traditional folklore, community, and more. The seven “letters” to Singapore are fascinating vignettes reflecting the personal and poignant relationship the directors—all award-winning filmmakers—have with the country they call home. (116 mins.)

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ABOVE AND BELOW

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ABOVE AND BELOW

DIRECTOR: Nicolas Steiner - SWITZERLAND

Nicolas Steiner’s sublime exploration of lives lived on the fringe is set in a seemingly apocalyptic world that happens to be our own. Living above ground, April dons a spacesuit to simulate life on Mars as part of a remote science program in Utah, while Dave has left modern society for an abandoned military bunker in the California desert. Meanwhile, finding shelter below in Las Vegas storm drains, are Lalo, Rick, and Cindy, who contend with frequent, dangerous flooding to survive on their own terms. “…[Above and Below] treats its subjects with a dignity that transcends judgment and a poetic...

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ADAMA

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sun, Feb 28, 2016
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ADAMA

DIRECTOR: Simon Rouby - FRANCE

The year is 1916. Adama is 12-years-old and lives in a remote West African village. When his elder brother Samba suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. He is accompanied by a griot (a mysterious bard) called Abdou. They travel by car, ship, and train, finally reaching war-torn Europe where they learn Samba is a rifleman with the French army and has been sent to the front line. Adama follows him to a small town in north-eastern France: Verdun. A vibrantly animated journey of initiation for a boy guided by love for his elder brother. (82 mins.)

 

Sponsored by LAIKA and TV5MONDE.

First feature

Ages 10+



Interests: New Directors, Animation, Family Fare.

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AFERIM!

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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AFERIM!

DIRECTOR: Radu Jude - ROMANIA

Jude won Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival for this visionary historical epic — a European “Eastern” to an American Western. In the principality of Wallachia, life is more Dark Ages than Age of Enlightenment, even in 1835. Constable Costandin and his son have been dispatched by a nobleman to track down a runaway slave accused of seducing the landowner’s wife. Foul-mouthed and quick-tempered, Costandin rides roughshod on the local peasantry in his search, explaining to his teenaged son that he’s upholding the social order. But Costandin’s righteous indignation, fuelled by racism, gives way to a moral crisis, as...

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APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

DIRECTOR: Christian Desmares, Frank Ekinci - FRANCE

1941. Napoléon V is the ruler of an alternative France, and without modern technology, the world runs on coal and steam. Scholars keep mysteriously disappearing, and a young girl named April goes off in search of her scientist parents who vanished. Accompanied by her talking cat Darwin and a young rogue named Julius, she braves mysteries and danger in order to discover the truth. Winner of the Crystal for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Annecy Animation Festival, April and the Extraordinary World is a visually striking, original, and dynamic animated sci-fi adventure based on a graphic novel by Jacques...

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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 1, THE RESTLESS ONE

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 1, THE RESTLESS ONE

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gomes - PORTUGAL

“An up-to-the minute rethinking of what it means to make a political film today, Gomes’s shape-shifting paean to the art of storytelling strives for ‘a fictional form from facts.’ Gomes turns actual events into the stuff of fable, and channels it all through the mellifluous voice of Scheherazade, the mythic queen of the classic folktale. Volume 1 alone tries on more narrative devices than most filmmakers attempt in a lifetime, mingling material about unemployment and local elections with visions of exploding whales and talking cockerels. It is hard to imagine a more generous or radical approach to these troubled times, one that honors its fantasy life as fully as its hard realities.”—New York Film Festival. In Portugese, French and German with English subtitles. (125 mins.)

Filmography: Tabu (2012), Our Beloved Month of August (2008)

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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 2, THE DESOLATE ONE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 2, THE DESOLATE ONE

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gomes - PORTUGAL

“The middle section of Gomes’s monumental yet light-footed magnum opus shifts into a more subdued and melancholic register. But within each of these three tales, framed as the wild imaginings of the Arabian queen Scheherazade and adapted from recent real-life events in Portugal, there are surprises and digressions aplenty. In the first, a deadpan neo-Western of sorts, an escaped murderer becomes a local hero for dodging the authorities. The second deals with the theft of 13 cows, as told through a Brechtian open-air courtroom drama in which the testimonies become increasingly absurd. Finally, a Maltese poodle shuttles between various owners...

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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 3, THE ENCHANTED ONE

Mon, Feb 22, 2016
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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 3, THE ENCHANTED ONE

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gomes - PORTUGAL

“Gomes’s sui generis epic concludes with arguably its most eccentric—and most enthralling—installment. Scheherazade escapes the king for an interlude of freedom in Old Baghdad, envisioned here as a sunny Mediterranean archipelago complete with hippies and break-dancers. After her eventual return to her palatial confines comes the most lovingly protracted of all the stories in Arabian Nights, a documentary chronicle of Lisbon-area bird trappers preparing their prized finches for birdsong competitions. Right to the end, Gomes’s film balances the leisurely art of the tall tale with a sense of deadline urgency—a reminder that for Scheherazade, and perhaps for us all, stories...

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BASKIN

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 10:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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BASKIN

DIRECTOR: Can Evrenol - TURKEY

While en route to answer distress calls from a rural village, a small group of policemen find themselves diverted to investigate a mysterious figure that skitters out into the road in front of their van. Evrenol takes viewers on a ride to hell as his characters stumble upon a ceremony with dire consequences for all involved. “Baskin has cult midnight written all over it. It’s the kind of art house horror that becomes a household name among genre fans.”– Bloody Disgusting.com (97 mins.)

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THE CHICKENING
Dir. Nick DenBoer, Davy Force | Canada. ?
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Best of the Shorts

Sun, Feb 28, 2016
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Best of the Shorts

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS (Various)

This is a selection of the PIFF 39 audience's favorite short films.

Films may not be presented in the order listed here.

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BODY

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 3:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BODY

DIRECTOR: Malgorzata Szumowska - POLAND

“Balancing bleakness and mirth in equal measure, Body chronicles three haunted souls in Warsaw: an icy coroner who suspects his dead wife may be trying to contact him; his anorexic, suicidal daughter; and her hospital therapist, who moonlights as a medium. Playing unexplained phenomena for dry laughs, like a hanged man who miraculously regains consciousness, the film is a morbidly funny guide to the Great Beyond. Not afraid to find humor in the darkest of places, Szumowska illustrates her character’s spiritual crises with the macabre insight of a contemporary Grimm’s fairy tale. Frank and enigmatic, Body is a film that challenges and rewards in equal measure.”—Chicago Film Festival. Silver Bear, Best Director, Berlin Film Festival. (90 mins.)

Filmography: In the Name Of (2013), Elles (2011), 33 Scenes from Life (2008)

Sponsored by the Polish Library Building Association.

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CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
at 7 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR

DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul - THAILAND

A hypnotic cinematic dreamscape unfolds in Thai master Weerasethakul’s new film, in which soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are sent to a temporary clinic in a former school. Perhaps a connection exists between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the makeshift hospital? The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier. Magic, healing, romance, and dreams are all part of her path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her. “. . . so serene, so perfectly meditative, that...

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CHEVALIER

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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CHEVALIER

DIRECTOR: Athina Rachel Tsangari - GREECE

“While on a fishing trip in the Aegean Sea, six men decide to play Chevalier, a game that measures every aspect of who they are. Things will be compared. Blood will be spilled. At the end of the game, one man will emerge as the best and receive a signet ring. Tsangari further solidifies her place as a master of the Greek cinema new wave with a cleverly written script with co–writer Efthymis Filippou (The Lobster, PIFF39) that is an acute and humorous study of male egotism. Chevalier is an absurdist farce that explores the competitiveness of male relationships as could only be observed by a female auteur.”—AFI Fest. (99 mins.)

Filmography: Attenberg (2010), The Slow Business of Going (2000)

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THE CLAN

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
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Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE CLAN

DIRECTOR: Pablo Trapero - ARGENTINA

The Clan tells the true story of a middle-class family pulled into a world of kidnapping, ransom, and murder by its charismatic patriarch. As a member of the secret police of the Videla military regime of the late 70s and early 80s, it was Arquímedes Puccio’s job to kidnap dissidents during the reign of terror when more than 30,000 citizens simply “disappeared.” But after the fall of the regime, the upper middle class Puccio kept right on going, kidnapping his rich neighbors and demanding huge ransoms – and then killing the victims even after the ransoms were paid. Trapero tackles...

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THE CLUB

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 4 PM (Moreland Theater)
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THE CLUB

DIRECTOR: Pablo Larraín - CHILE

A meditation on justice and the Catholic Church, Larraín’s darkly comic, but no less angry, film presents the moral dramas of four exiled priests who live together in a secluded house in a seaside town. A cozy monastery home for priests with “problems,” the men have been sent there to purge sins from the past and spare the church from embarrassment. Living under strict rules and the watchful eye of a female caretaker, the fragile stability of their routine is disrupted by the arrival of a fifth man, a newly-disgraced companion, who brings with him the past they thought they had left behind. Golden Globe nominee. (98 mins.)

Filmography: No (2012), Post Morten (2010), Tony Manero (2008)



Interests: Oscar Submissions.

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COUNTING

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
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Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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COUNTING

DIRECTOR: Jem Cohen - UNITED STATES

Cohen (Museum Hours) evokes the fabric of urban life with this richly textured combination of sound and image. A essayistic documentary in 15 chapters, Counting  weaves 15 “snapshots” of New York, Moscow, Istanbul, and more into a tapestry that captures a range of ephemeral moments with an elegiac tenderness—from street protests to flickering lights and the movement of clouds across the sky. Cohen, who has noted that the film initially began in response to the death of cine-essay pioneer Chris Marker, emerges as both rigorous documentarian and consummate flaneur. “Counting is like taking a Sunday walk through spatial and temporal...

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COURT

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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COURT

DIRECTOR: Chaitanya Tamhane - INDIA

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Tamhane’s film is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folksinger and grassroots organizer is arrested on a trumped-up charge and his trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. With a cast made up mostly of non-actors, Court weaves a stirring story of class politics, bureaucracy, and justice that winningly captures the societal complexity and contradiction....

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COZ OV MONI 2: FOKN REVENGE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 11 PM (Cinema 21)
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COZ OV MONI 2: FOKN REVENGE

DIRECTOR: King Luu - GHANA

Ghana’s most popular rap group, the FOKN Bois, star in what’s been called “the world’s 2nd 1st Pidgin musical.” One needs no knowledge of the first film to thoroughly enjoy the Bois’ screwball search for much food, love, and finally, revenge. The plot may be thin, but the humor-infused, incredibly catchy melodies keep this hip hop opera swimming along. “It looks great, it sounds fantastic, and it utterly defies its audience to not leave the room with a big ol’ smile plastered on after the final credits roll.” – Todd Brown, Twitch Film. (63 mins.)

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DEMON

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 11:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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DEMON

DIRECTOR: Marcin Wrona - POLAND

Things quickly get out of hand at a Polish wedding when the groom appears to have been possessed by a spirit from the past. Adapted from Piotr Rowicki’s 2008 stage play “Adherence,” Marcin Wrona’s final film is a ghost story that takes the Jewish myth of the dybbuk and commingles it with strong nods to Kubrick’s THE SHINING, including the use of a Penderecki score. “The thematics give DEMON meat, make it a great film, but it’s the filmmaking that makes DEMON a great movie to watch.” – Devin Faraci, Birth. Movies. Death. (94 mins.)

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DHEEPHAN

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DHEEPHAN

DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard - FRANCE

Jacques Audiard won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this gripping tale of three Sri Lankan refugees and their immigrant struggle. Escaping the Civil War, a couple and a girl—all complete strangers—pose as a family and seek refuge in France. Supporting each other like a real family, Dheepan, the father, finds work as a custodian; Yalini, the mother, gets a job as a caregiver; and the daughter, Illayaal, adjusts to school life. Unfortunately, the place they’ve chosen as a home is in the middle of a gangland, and the family must cope with the threat. In Tamil, English, and French...

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DISORDER

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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DISORDER

DIRECTOR: Alice Winocour - FRANCE

Afghanistan war vet Vincent is suffering from PTSD. He’s hired as a temp security guard at Maryland, the estate of Lebanese businessman Whalid. Soon, he overhears a conversation that seems to indicate Whalid is involved in illegal arms dealing. Vincent’s paranoid episodes only increase when he’s hired as a bodyguard for Whalid’s icy German wife Jessie and her son. But is the threat is outside the gates of Maryland or already within them? Told largely through Vincent’s anxious point of view, this claustrophobic thriller makes the most of rhythm, sound, and silence to create an atmosphere of building unease. (101...

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Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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DON'T BE BAD

DIRECTOR: Claudio Caligari - ITALY

Set in the mid-1990’s in Ostia on the outskirts of Rome, Vittorio and Cesare, two men in their early twenties, share their lives in a world of excess: night clubs, fast cars, and dealing drugs. But as close as they are, their ideas about the path to success start to diverge. Vittorio sees a way out of the hedonism that engulfs them, meets Linda, and, to protect himself, starts to drift away from his soul mate, for which the street remains all. The bonds of friendship are strong, but are they strong enough to maintain a brotherhood? Caligari’s crime drama...

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DON'T BLINK: ROBERT FRANK

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DON'T BLINK: ROBERT FRANK

DIRECTOR: Laura Israel - UNITED STATES

“The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to the present, is intimately registered in his now formidable body of artistic gestures. From the early ’90s, Frank has made his films and videos with the brilliant editor Laura Israel, who has helped him keep things homemade and preserve the illuminating spark of first contact between camera and people/places. Don’t Blink is Israel’s like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively rummage sale of...

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DUKHTAR

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 3:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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DUKHTAR

DIRECTOR: Afia Nathaniel - PAKISTAN

In the mountains of northern Pakistan, ten-year-old Zainab has been promised to Tor Gul a cruel, aging tribal leader six times her age, in order to broker peace between two warring camps. On the eve of the nuptials, Zainab’s mother refuses to have her daughter meet her same fate, and the two make a harried escape, beginning an epic journey fraught with danger and both tribes hot on their trail. Finding shelter, solace, and perhaps romance in the form of Punjabi trucker, they set off for Lahore, hoping to create a new life away from their oppressive upbringing. (93 mins.)

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EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
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EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

DIRECTOR: Peter Greenaway - NETHERLANDS

Greenaway’s lively, provocative film follows the great Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (Finnish actor Elmer Bäck) in his travels to the Mexican city of Guanajuato in 1931. Following the international success of Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein goes to Mexico to shoot a new film, “Que viva México!,” having recently been spurned by Hollywood. He soon falls under Mexico’s spell and that of his guide Palomino Cañedo, and opens up to his suppressed fears as he embraces a new world of sensual pleasures and possibilities that will shape the future of his art. “An outrageously unconventional and deliriously profane biopic.” – Variety. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. (105...

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EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
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Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 7 PM (Moreland Theater)
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EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

DIRECTOR: Ciro Guerra - COLOMBIA

Crosscutting stories set decades apart, Guerra weaves two parallel journeys between a lone Amazonian shaman and western scientists in search of ancestral knowledge deep into the Amazon. Karamakate is the last survivor of his tribe and, despite incursions by missionaries and plunderers, becomes a guide for two scientists in search of the rare and sacred yakruna plant, first in 1909 then 1940. With stunning black and white cinematography capturing spectacular rainforest landscapes, Embrace of the Serpent serves both as a hallucinatory adventure film and a damning indictment of colonial destruction of indigenous cultures. Best Film, Mar del Plata Film Festival. (125 mins.)

Actor Brionne Davis in attendance. 

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EVOLUTION

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
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EVOLUTION

DIRECTOR: Lucile HadžIhalilovic - FRANCE

After diving below the waves surrounding his coastal village, a young boy claims to have seen the body of another child trapped in the coral reef. Bizarrely, there appears to be a starfish blooming from the belly button of the corpse. Eleven years after her last feature (Innocence), Hadžihalilovic (who co-authored Enter the Void with Gaspar Noé) returns with a dark, feminist fairytale peppered with stylistic nods to David Lynch and the body horror of David Cronenberg. (81 mins.)

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O Negative, Steven McCarthy | Canada.
A man and a woman grapple with her severe...

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EYE IN THE SKY

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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EYE IN THE SKY

DIRECTOR: Gavin Hood - UNITED KINGDOM

The goal of British-led Operation Cobra is the capture of Aisha Al Hady, a radicalized British citizen who has joined the Somali terrorist group Al Shabab. But their “capture” objective is changed to “kill” when the indomitable Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), who has been tracking Al Hady for years, learns that Al Shabab is planning suicide attacks. Nevada-based drone operator Steve Watts targets Al Shabab’s Nairobi safehouse but reports back to London that a nine-year-old girl has entered the kill zone. Given the value of the target, could a civilian child be chalked up to collateral damage? A fascinating...

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FATIMA

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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FATIMA

DIRECTOR: Philippe Faucon - FRANCE

A Moroccan immigrant now living in Lyon, Fatima works long hours as a cleaning lady to support her two daughters, Nesrine, 18 and a promising pre-med student, and Souad, 15 and rebellious. Her relationship with her younger daughter is especially tense, with the two often bickering as Souad seems too easy to abandon her ethnic heritage for assimilation while Fatima’s poor grasp of French is a constant source of embarrassment. Faucon finds gentle humor in the confusions of assimilation that Fatima experiences, while also revealing the harsh realities of life as an immigrant in France. (79 mins.)

 

Sponsored by TV5MONDE.

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THE FENCER

Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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Thu, Feb 11, 2016
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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THE FENCER

DIRECTOR: Klaus Härö - FINLAND

Fleeing from Russian secret police in early 1950’s, a young Baltic dissident leaves Leningrad to settle in the small coastal village of Haapsalua, Estonia. There, he finds work as a school gym teacher and becomes a father figure to his students by teaching them his great passion—fencing. As a fencing tournament in Leningrad approaches, he’s forced to make a difficult choice. Will he take the children to compete or will he abandon them in order to save himself? Based on a true story, Härö’s rousing historical drama opens a window into Soviet and sports history alike. In Estonian and Russian with...

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FOR GRACE

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (World Trade Center)
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FOR GRACE

DIRECTOR: Kevin Pang, Mark Helenowski - UNITED STATES

An in-depth look at what it takes to create and manage one of the world’s greatest restaurants—from concrete box to its opening night—For Grace also tells the complex story of a man in a quest to overcome his past and create his own future. Curtis Duffy, one of the country’s most renowned chefs, is building his dream restaurant. Already the recipient of two coveted stars from the Michelin Guide, Duffy has ambitions for his Chicago restaurant Grace to become the best in the country, but his laser focus on his cooking career cost Duffy his family. A story about food, family,...

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THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

DIRECTOR: Guy Mddin, Evan Johnson - CANADA

A film that “has more ideas in ten minutes than most filmmakers have in their entire oeuvres” (Sight and Sound), The Forbidden Room has been favorably compared to taking LSD in a film archive. Reshaping cinematic images into surreal juxtapositions and ingeniously impossible narratives, we are led through delirious visions with an equally eclectic cast that includes Geraldine Chaplin, Udo Kier, Mathieu Amalric and Charlotte Rampling. “A wild, demented cinephiliac feast from the mind of Guy Maddin.”—Hollywood Reporter. Best Canadian Film, Toronto Film Critics Association. (133 mins.)

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FRANCOFONIA

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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FRANCOFONIA

DIRECTOR: Aleksandr Sokurov - FRANCE

Celebrated for his daring and landmark films—such as Russian Ark (2002,) which was filmed in one sequence in the Russian State Hermitage Museum—Francofonia transforms Paris’ Louvre Museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relationship between art, culture, and power. Sokurov examines the story of Jacques Jaujard, Director of the French National Museums and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich, who conspired to protect and preserve the art treasures of the Louvre Museum from the cataclysm about to visit Europe in 1940, and asks what art tells us about ourselves in the face of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has...

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FROM AFAR

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
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FROM AFAR

DIRECTOR: Lorenzo Vigas - VENEZUELA

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, From Afar uncovers common ground between two men divided by socioeconomic realities but connected by troubled pasts. Armando, middle–aged and wealthy, chooses to live in a poor neighborhood in Caracas. He wanders the streets looking for young men to bring home. In exchange for money, they follow his precise instructions: no touching—he will only watch them. Armando’s routine is broken, however, when his latest conquest, the street–tough Elder, assaults him and runs off with the money. From that volatile first encounter, the unlikeliest of relationships develops. “As probing, subtle,...

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A GOOD AMERICAN

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
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A GOOD AMERICAN

DIRECTOR: Friedrich Moser - UNITED STATES

The explosion of information in the digital age left government agencies like the NSA struggling with bureaucracy and technology to keep up with the changing times. Responding to the challenge, NSA technical director Bill Binney and a small team of code breakers developed ThinThread, an astonishingly effective data collecting and sorting program that also protects privacy. ThinThread’s built-in safeguards would have prevented the massive surveillance methods later exposed by Edward Snowden. Despite its success, ThinThread was discontinued just weeks before September 11, 2001. How did this program work? Who was behind it? Why was it killed off? After Binney and...

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A GOOD AMERICAN

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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A GOOD AMERICAN

DIRECTOR: Friedrich Moser - AUSTRIA

The explosion of information in the digital age left government agencies like the NSA struggling with bureaucracy and technology to keep up with the changing times. Responding to the challenge, NSA technical director Bill Binney and a small team of code breakers developed ThinThread, an astonishingly effective data collecting and sorting program that also protects privacy. ThinThread’s built-in safeguards would have prevented the massive surveillance methods later exposed by Edward Snowden. Despite its success, ThinThread was discontinued just weeks before September 11, 2001. How did this program work? Who was behind it? Why was it killed off? After Binney and...

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HEAVENLY NOMADIC

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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HEAVENLY NOMADIC

DIRECTOR: Mirlan Abdykalykov - KYRGYZSTAN

A family of horse-herding nomads lives in the remote high mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Tabyldy is the head of the household; his wife Karachach does the cooking and looks after their granddaughter, while their daughter-in-law Shaiyr takes their herd to graze. Shaiyr’s husband died some years ago and the absence of men is keenly felt. But another male (Ermek, a middle-aged meteorologist) does come into the picture and, his sudden liking for horse milk and friendship with Tabyldy arouses Karachach’s suspicion. Mirlan Abdykalykov’s feature debut uses simple narrative and majestic visuals to tell a gentle story about the inevitable clash of...

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HOME CARE

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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HOME CARE

DIRECTOR: Slávek Horák - CZECH REPUBLIC

Writer-director Slávek Horák’s mother, a home care nurse, inspired the central character of this insightful feature debut. Working in the Czech wine country, nurse Vlasta (Alena Mihulová, awarded Best Actress at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival) puts the needs of her patients, husband Lá?a, and daughter above her own – until an accident puts her on the receiving end of the healthcare system. “Wryly humorous and bittersweet, Home Care is an appealing humanist tale that puts a poignant spin on that perennial staple of the Czech cinema, the village dramedy.”—Alissa Simon, Variety. (92 mins.)

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I SAW THE LIGHT

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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I SAW THE LIGHT

DIRECTOR: Marc Abraham - UNITED STATES

British actor Tom Hiddleston inhabits the role of legendary singer/songwriter Hank Williams, an artist who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice, and original songs. While ?I Saw the Light showcases Williams’ meteoric rise to fame and fortune, it also reveals the dark and troubled life that existed away from the spotlight. From the drug and alcohol addictions to troubled relationships to the string of broken hearts he left in his wake, it was Hank Williams’ tumultuous existence that not only fueled his powerful lyrics and heartfelt songs, but also brought his life to its tragically short end....

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THE IDOL

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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THE IDOL

DIRECTOR: Hany Abu-Assad - PALESTINE

The Idol maps the true story of Palestine’s first pop celebrity, Mohammed Assaf, and his stellar rise to fame following his victory in the 2013 season of Arab Idol. Abu-Assad (Omar) follows the remarkable story of Assaf’s journey from a refugee camp in Gaza, through to his audition in Egypt with a fake passport, to his crowning victory in Beirut which stirred the dreams, hearts, and aspirations of Palestinians at home and abroad. The first feature to be (partially) filmed on location in Gaza in decades and The Idol is sure to inspire and delight. (100 mins.)

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IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
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IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN

DIRECTOR: Philippe Garrel - FRANCE

Philippe Garrel’s romantic drama is an examination of marital infidelity and a freewheeling riff on life, art, and the never ending battle of the sexes. Married couple Pierre and Manon (Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau) collaborate on making documentaries. While researching a current subject—an aging Resistance fighter—at a film archive, Pierre falls hard for Elisabeth (Lena Paugam), a beautiful young intern. When Manon discovers the affair, her reaction surprises both Pierre and herself. Garrel deftly manages to depict the characters’ different perspectives in a realistic and sometimes comical way, providing a fresh take on an old story: the mindset of...

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IN TRANSIT

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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IN TRANSIT

DIRECTOR: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker III, David Usui, Benjamin Wu - UNITED STATES

The final, fitting film of documentary legend Albert Maysles, In Transit, journeys into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. Unfolding as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, we are swept into a fleeting community that transcends normal barriers. To some passengers, the train is flight and salvation; to others it is reckoning and loss. But for all, it is a place for personal reflection and connecting with others they may otherwise never know. (76 mins.)

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THE INVITATION

Fri, Feb 26, 2016
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THE INVITATION

DIRECTOR: Karyn Kusama - UNITED STATES

Will and Kira attend a dinner party hosted by Will’s ex-wife Eden in the secluded Hollywood home that they once shared. As the liquor flows, Eden and her new beau begin to proselytize about the new age philosophy they have embraced, leading their guests to assume that they’ve joined a cult. Old wounds are opened, opinions are challenged, and chaos soon ensues. “A serious slow burn that walks a carefully constructed line…and it mesmerizes through its frenzied conclusion.” —Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects (100 mins.)

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IRAQI ODYSSEY

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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IRAQI ODYSSEY

DIRECTOR: Samir - SWITZERLAND

Bombs, war, angry bearded men, shrouded sobbing women, shattered cities: Iraq, as seen through the eyes of the Western media these days. In this riveting and timely film, author and director Samir tells the compelling story of his globalized middle-class Iraqi family—now scattered between Auckland, Moscow, Paris, London and Buffalo, New York—recounting their stories of departures and uprootings. Samir also engrossingly chronicles how Iraqis’ dreams of building a modern and just society after their nation achieved independence in the 1950s were brutally dashed over the course of half a century of dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation. (162 mins.)

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THE JUDGMENT

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
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THE JUDGMENT

DIRECTOR: Stephan Komandorev - BULGARIA

Mityo, a poor milk-truck driver, has lost everything that matters to him: his wife, his work, and his hopes. And now he’s losing the trust of his only son, Vasko. Out of desperation, Mityo agrees to smuggle illegal immigrants from Syria through a steep Turkish border mountain pass. Left at the mercy of Judgment Mountain and in desperate need of help from his ever more distant son, Mityo will soon discover if he can be forgiven for a terrible sin committed 25 years ago. “A timely, well-crafted thriller.”—Hollywood Reporter. (107 mins.)

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KING GEORGES

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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KING GEORGES

DIRECTOR: Erika Frankel - UNITED STATES

Fiery French chef Georges Perrier is on a crusade to save his world-renowned 40-year-old Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin from closing. For decades, Perrier was on top of the world and Le Bec-Fin was consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the country. But times and tastes have changed: what was once cutting edge is now out of favor. Frankel captures the mastery in the kitchen and charisma on the dining room floor, and has us rooting for a determined, tragi-comic figure and his quixotic fight to keep his cherished culinary traditions alive. Interviews with such legends as Thomas...

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KLOWN FOREVER

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
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KLOWN FOREVER

DIRECTOR: Mikkel Nørgaard - DENMARK

Five years have passed since their camping antics in Klown [PIFF 35] and Casper and Frank are standing at a crossroads in their lives and friendship. Casper has moved to Hollywood to pursue his dream of fame while Frank, now the father of two small children, is engulfed in the routines of family life. What is it they want? And what do they really mean to each other, when it all comes down to it? In an attempt to save their friendship, Frank travels to LA—but as always, chaos ensues. “Just when one might think that Klown Forever won’t possibly...

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LAMB

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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LAMB

DIRECTOR: Yared Zeleke - ETHIOPIA

Set against the magnificent mountains of southern Ethiopia, Lamb is heartwarming and visually stunning coming-of-age fable about a boy learning to come to terms with profound loss. After the death of his mother, nine-year-old Ephraim is taken from his drought-stricken home and placed in the care of his uncle, a hard-working peasant farmer. Ephraim and his pet sheep Chuni are inseparable, spending all their time playing together. When he learns that Chuni will be sacrificially slaughtered at the next religious feast, Ephraim decides that he must take drastic action to save his only friend, even if that means returning home....

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LAND AND SHADE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
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Sat, Feb 27, 2016
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LAND AND SHADE

DIRECTOR: César Agusto Acevedo - COLOMBIA

“A poetic and devastating statement on how environmental issues impact every aspect of life, César Augusto Acevedo’s Camera d’Or–winning (Best First Feature) directorial debut is not to be missed. The elderly Alfonso (Haimer Leal) returns to the small house in Valle del Cauca he left 17 years earlier in order to care for his bedridden son Geraldo (Edison Raigosa), who suffers from a mysterious ailment related to the harsh farming techniques of the sugar-cane plantations around them. Tensions quietly simmer between Alfonso and his ex-wife (the wonderful Hilda Ruiz), but familial ties and pride keep them tied to the land...

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LANDFILL HARMONIC

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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LANDFILL HARMONIC

DIRECTOR: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley - UNITED STATES

A testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit, Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is suddenly catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the band must learn to navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town....

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Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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LAST CAB TO DARWIN

DIRECTOR: Jeremy Sims - AUSTRALIA

Rex, a stubborn cab driver, has lived his entire life in the small, outback town of Broken Hill. When he learns he doesn’t have long to live, he sets out for a doctor in Darwin, nearly 2,000 miles away, who is fighting for die-with-dignity legislation and can help him control his fate. But along his epic road trip Rex learns that before you can end your life, you have to live it.  Full of charm, humor, and drama, Sim’s film is “As much about an expiring way of life as the controversial decision of a terminally ill man . ....

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L'ATTESA

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
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Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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L'ATTESA

DIRECTOR: Piero Messina - ITALY

Anna (Juliet Binoche) sits alone in an old country house in Sicily. Her son Giuseppe has just died and there is nothing to do but mourn. When Jeanne (Lou de Laâge), her son’s girlfriend arrives—unaware of his passing—Anna chooses to withhold the truth, knowing that the secret must come out. As they wait and the days pass, they grow closer as the drama builds. A moving debut from Paolo Sorrentino’s (The Great Beauty) former assistant director. (100 mins.)

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LET THEM COME

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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LET THEM COME

DIRECTOR: Salem Brahimi - ALGERIA

Up to 200,000 Algerians are thought to have perished in clashes between the government and fundamentalist Islamist rebels in the 90s during the turbulent “dark decade.” Salem Brahimi’s pared-down drama traces one non-religious young couple—civil servant Nouredine and proud proto-feminist Yasmina—and their increasingly difficult lives as sectarian strife initially breaks them apart before bringing them back together under dangerous circumstances. Spanning a decade, the suspenseful narrative provides profound insight into the day-to-day lives of citizens caught up in a hell not of their making and of which they want no part. (95 mins.)

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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
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LITTLE BIG MASTER

DIRECTOR: Adrian Kwan - HONG KONG

Faced with a broken education system and misguided parents and school board, headmistress Lui Wai-hung resigns her post at a prestigious private school and takes on the job running a failing rural kindergarten. With only five children enrolled, it’s slated for shutdown if one of them drops out, and because the kids have poor parents and tough lives, she figures her job will be to ease their transition. But after meeting the kids she vows to keep the doors open by any means necessary. Based on a true story, Director Adrian Kwan fashions an enlightening, moving and culturally complex chronicle...

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LIZA THE FOX-FAIRY

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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LIZA THE FOX-FAIRY

DIRECTOR: Károly Ujj Mészáros - HUNGARY

Liza’s a lonely nurse whose search for a companion always ends in the same way— with the death of her suitor. Now the bodies are piling up and Liza, whose only friend is the ghost of a 1950s Japanese pop singer, is coming under the suspicion of a bumbling detective. Reminiscent of both Amélie and Takashi Miike’s The Happiness of the Katakuris, Mészáros blends whimsy, death, Japanese lore, and catchy pop songs into a delightfully dark cocktail. “Rarely has grisly death been packaged in such adorable wrapping.”—Film School Rejects. (98 mins.) 

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THE LOBSTER

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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THE LOBSTER

DIRECTOR: Yorgos Lanthimos - GREECE

The Lobster is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of “The City,” are arrested and transferred to “The Hotel.” There they are obliged to find a mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into “The Woods.” A desperate man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love there, although it is against their rules. Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lanthimos’ surreal romantic drama, with its absurdist science fiction...

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MAGALLANES

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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MAGALLANES

DIRECTOR: Salvador Del Solar - PERU

In this engrossing thriller, Magallanes works as a psychologically scarred taxi driver in the streets of Lima. But he has also has a side job chauffeuring a brutal retired colonel whom he once served in the army many years ago. One day, Celina steps into Magallanes’ cab, and he recognizes her as a former wartime captive the Colonel viciously abused. Haunted and conflicted by his failure to act to help her in the past, Magallanes vows redemption. He digs up an old photo that could be presented as evidence of the Colonel’s crimes and begins to concoct a plot to...

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MAN VS. SNAKE

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
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MAN VS. SNAKE

DIRECTOR: Andrew Seklir, Tim Kinzy - UNITED STATES

In 1983, Tim McVey claimed the highest score ever achieved on a classic video game. The game in question was Nibbler, an obscure title that allows for marathon sessions of 40+ hours. Now in his forties, and with his title bested by another player, Tim undertakes the challenge of reconquering the mountain that is Nibbler. “While MAN VS. SNAKE owes a certain thematic debt to THE KING OF KONG, it is its own film, one whose universal appeal should go beyond the ranks of video-game lovers to anyone who understands that primal need for greatness.” – Matt Singer, Screen Crush...

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MARGUERITE

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Thu, Feb 18, 2016
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MARGUERITE

DIRECTOR: Xavier Giannoli - FRANCE

“Imagine a collaboration between Vladimir Nabokov and Billy Wilder and you will have some idea of the riches provided by this tragicomedy from writer-director Xavier Giannoli and co-writer Marcia Romano. A 1920’s French would-be opera diva (Catherine Frot), of great wealth and zero singing talent, finds her intricate fantasy of artistic accomplishment enabled by Madelbos (Denis Mpunga), a butler with his own aesthetic strivings. Meanwhile, her long-suffering husband (André Marcon) remains terrified of telling his wife the truth, and perhaps most memorably, her financially needy singing-coach, spouts his self-serving euphemism, ‘sublimity and the ridiculous are never far apart,’ a phrase...

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MARSHLAND

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
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Mon, Feb 29, 2016
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MARSHLAND

DIRECTOR: Alberto Rodriguez - SPAIN

Winner of ten Goya Awards, including best film, director, actor, and screenplay, Marshland is a taut neo-noir set in 1980 against the civil unrest in the wake of Francisco Franco’s death. Two teenage sisters have mysteriously disappeared and detectives Pedro and Juan reluctantly head to repressed southern marshland town in Andalusia to investigate. Met with hostility by the community, the missing girls are just the beginning of a dark labyrinth of discoveries which yield more dead bodies. Mirroring the political tensions within Spanish society, the two detectives find themselves increasingly at odds but must work together in a race against...

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THE MEDDLER

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
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THE MEDDLER

DIRECTOR: Lorene Scafaria - UNITED STATES

“Striking a winning balance of insight, heart, and laugh-out-loud hilarity, Scafaria’s film stars the magnificent Susan Sarandon in one of her most richly satisfying roles. The Meddler is about that force of nature known as the doting mother. For Marnie Minervini (Sarandon), motherhood is not a familial duty. It’s a vocation. A compulsive advice-giver, ceaselessly cheerful Marnie cannot stop texting, calling, and showing up unannounced at the home of her daughter, Lori (Rose Byrne). Desperate to gain some control over her life following a messy breakup, Lori attempts to draw boundaries, but that only serves to unleash Marnie’s mom-to-everyone meddling.”—Toronto...

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MEN & CHICKEN

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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MEN & CHICKEN

DIRECTOR: Anders Thomas Jensen - DENMARK

“The title might hint at where this brilliant new black comedy from the outrageous mind of Anders Thomas Jensen is going to head, but you won’t have seen anything like it before. Starring Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and breaking box office records on its release in Denmark, Men & Chicken is about two hapless man-fail brothers who head to a dilapidated mansion on a remote island to meet their biological father – and their three seriously eccentric siblings. . .A riotously transgressive satire on family and eugenics that doubles as a surprisingly thoughtful meditation on what makes us human.”—Toronto International Film Festival. (104 mins.)

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MIA MADRE

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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MIA MADRE

DIRECTOR: Nanni Moretti - ITALY

Moretti revisits themes of life, cinema, family ties, and guilt through the eyes of Marghertita, a besieged middle-aged director. She (Margherita Buy) is shooting a political film with a famous American actor (John Turturro) who is a pain on set and whose Italian is dismal. Wracked with artistic insecurities, her personal life is equally challenged by her mother’s worsening illness and her daughter’s continuing adolescence. A witty semi-biographical blend of comedy and pathos, Mia Madre revels equally in the comic, absurd, and tragic turns of art and life. Frequent collaborators Philip Glass and Arvo Part provide the music. (106 mins.)

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MISS HOKUSAI

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
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MISS HOKUSAI

DIRECTOR: Keiichi Hara - JAPAN

In 1814 Edo, an accomplished artist works tirelessly in his studio. His name is Katsushika Hokusai and decades later his work will come to mesmerize prominent Western artists. But few were aware of the woman who often painted for him while remaining un-credited. Based on the manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, Miss Hokusai is the untold and beautifully animated story of O-Ei, aka Katsushika Oi, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father—her own art is so powerful that it leads to trouble. (93 mins.)

Sponsored by LAIKA and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland.

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MY GOLDEN DAYS

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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Sat, Feb 27, 2016
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MY GOLDEN DAYS

DIRECTOR: Arnaud Desplechin - FRANCE

An intoxicating ode to romance and youthful coming-of-age, My Golden Days is a prequel to Desplechin’s debut, My Sex Life… Or How I Got into an Argument (1996). When Paul Dédalus returns to France after living in Tajikistan for several years, he is detained at the airport and questioned by the police. It transpires that a Russian with the same name died in Australia. This news provokes a recollection of three memories from Paul’s youth—his childhood with his eccentric mother who died young and his apathetic father; an eventful school trip to Russia with a secret; and, most passionately, his...

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NAHID

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
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NAHID

DIRECTOR: Ida Panahandeh - IRAN

Panahandeh depicts the near impossibility of finding security and happiness within Iran’s strictures of socially enforced respectability. Nahid, an impoverished young divorcée, is allowed to live with her teenage son, but only on the condition that she does not remarry. Hoping to move in with the man she loves, Nahid considers an option called “temporary marriage,” a legality that allows short-term domiciles and perhaps won’t jeopardize her custody. But is this legal loophole a salvation or a curse? Starring A Separation’s Sareh Bayat, Nahid weighs the rewards of domestic security against the sacrifices of personal freedoms. Winner, Un Certain Regard...

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NAWARA

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
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NAWARA

DIRECTOR: Hala Khalil - EGYPT

Nawara works as a housemaid for a family closely linked to the Mubarak regime. On the eve of the 2011 revolution the family decides, for safety, to leave the country temporarily and ask her to look after the villa. Flush with cash for expenses, Nawara calls her fiancé Mustafa and the two are soon enjoying a taste of life at the top. Her journey from the alleys of her poor neighborhood to the luxury compound brings with it the worries of the people and their simple dreams—and an experience she could never have imagined. “Brims over with uncomfortable truths and irony, boldly questioning the...

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NO HOME MOVIE

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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NO HOME MOVIE

DIRECTOR: Chantal Akerman - BELGIUM

“At the center of Akerman’s enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a family in Brussels. In recent years, the filmmaker has explicitly depicted, in videos, books, and installation works, her mother’s life and their own intense connection to each other. No Home Movie is a portrait [of Akerman’s mother] in the last years of her life. It is an extremely intimate film but also one of great formal precision and beauty, one of the rare works of art that is both personal and universal, and as much a masterpiece as her career-defining...

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OFFICE

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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OFFICE

DIRECTOR: Johnnie To - HONG KONG

A nimble takedown of corporate corruption and greed, Office tells its story as a witty musical extravaganza. Featuring superstars Chow Yun-Fat and Sylvia Chang, the story is set amidst the initial public offering of a billion dollar company in the wake of the global financial collapse of 2008. Poised to make millions, the company’s executives scramble to cover their scheming tracks during an audit. Johnnie To, past master of breathtakingly inventive action choreography, turns to dance and an inventive set to create his lavish spectacle, “At once sharp and exceedingly playful … a nimble political soft shoe with filmmaking dazzle.”—Manohla...

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ONE FLOOR BELOW

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
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ONE FLOOR BELOW

DIRECTOR: Radu Muntean - ROMANIA

Muntean’s understated fable about morality in the modern world centers on Sandu, a middle-aged businessman, father, and upright citizen who leads a normal life. Overhearing a neighbor couple in an angry fight, he soon after encounters the man on the apartment stairs. Then the woman is found dead. Sandu suspects the man must be involved, but unsure, says nothing to the police as he wrestles with the right course of action—if there is one. Meanwhile, the man, wondering what Sandu is thinking and if he might implicate him, starts to casually insinuate himself into Sandu’s family’s life, his constant presence...

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OPEN YOUR EYES

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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OPEN YOUR EYES

DIRECTOR: Irene Taylor Brodsky - UNITED STATES

Living under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly gone milky white. Manisara and Durga have cataracts, and their mountain home in Nepal has become a warren of darkness. Shot over three days, Open Your Eyes follows their extraordinary journey down the mountain for a chance to see again. (34 mins.)

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50 Feet From Syria
Skye Fitzgerald | Portland  
For Dr. Hisham Bismar, a successful hand surgeon in the United States, images of wounded Syrian refugees flowing across international borders compels action. Hisham’s journey serves as a portal into a tragic conflict and remarkable people working to save...

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THE OTHER SIDE

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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THE OTHER SIDE

DIRECTOR: Roberto Minervini - ITALY

“By turns tender and disturbing, Minervini’s powerful docu-fiction hybrid profiles people living on the fringes of society. While they essentially play themselves, he clearly intervenes to create situations rather than observe them. Following his superb Texas-based Stop the Pounding Heart [PIFF 38], Minervini moves to Louisiana, where we come face-to-face with a group of people who seem to have stepped out of Deliverance. Faces carry the lines and scars of hard living, clothes are tattered, living conditions are chaotic. Some are addicts; others are libertarian fanatics. Yet Minervini finds a compassion and tenderness behind their gruff exteriors as he peers...

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THE PEARL BUTTON

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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THE PEARL BUTTON

DIRECTOR: Patricio Guzmán - CHILE

A poetic meditation on the history of brutal colonization and devastation throughout Chile’s history, Guzmán elegantly builds an argument for the importance of preserving memory when all culture is lost. Devastated by foreign conquest, indigenous culture has little left than cherished memory. That genocide is contrasted by the more recent tragedy of Pinochet dictatorship, when thousands of political prisoners were murdered or disappeared, many of whose bodies were dumped into the sea. Using water and Chile’s 2,670 miles of coastline as the entry point to pull diverse experience and ideas together, Guzmán finds the memory and voice that bind a...

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THE PROJECT OF THE CENTURY

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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THE PROJECT OF THE CENTURY

DIRECTOR: Carlos Machado Quintela - CUBA

The Electro-Nuclear City was once part of an ambitious Soviet/Cuban venture to build the first nuclear power station the Caribbean. But the fall of the Soviet Union brought the project to a halt, leaving dismal blocks of worker’s apartments in the shadow of reminding enormous dome towers. Drifting effortlessly between raw psychological realism and dreamy surrealism and loaded with unique Cuban archive footage, Quintela portrays three generations of Cubans left to carry ?on waiting for “the project of the century.” (100 mins.)

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RAMS

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
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Mon, Feb 29, 2016
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RAMS

DIRECTOR: Grímur Hákonarson - ICELAND

Funny, moving and stunningly shot, Rams was awarded the top prize of Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In a secluded valley, brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral stock is considered one of the country’s best. But although they share the land and a way of life, the two have not spoken to each other in over 40 years. Their world is upended, however, when the valley comes under threat from infection. While others abandon their land, Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up so easily, and each brother tries...

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RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN

DIRECTOR: Hong Sang-Soo - SOUTH KOREA

Film director Ham arrives in Suwon a day early for a screening and speaking engagement. Roaming about, he meets a much younger artist named Yoon and they spend the day together in conversation, winding up at a café where things turn awkward. Hong then rewinds the story, telling it again with subtle differences and a different outcome, playfully playing with the alluring possibility of love going down two different paths, one bitter, one sweet. Winner of the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, Hong’s meditation on male behavior, social graces, and the complexity of communication provides compelling viewing. (121...

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ROAD TO LA PAZ

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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Sun, Feb 28, 2016
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ROAD TO LA PAZ

DIRECTOR: Francisco Varone - ARGENTINA

Varone’s warm and funny South American road trip opens up a world of understanding between two strangers. Unemployed and adrift, Sebas decides to become a private driver almost on a whim. When an elderly client, Jalil, offers him a large sum to drive him to La Paz, Sebas can’t refuse and the two set off on an epic 2,000 mile, life-changing journey. Jalil is a devout Muslim, something that initially makes Sebas very uncomfortable, but little by little life on the road brings the two men closer together. (92 mins.)

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ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY

DIRECTOR: Haydn Reiss - UNITED STATES

Poet Robert Bly stands out even among the celebrated, revolutionary generation of American artists who burst forth in the 1950s, and Haydn Reiss charts his singular path from second son to taciturn father on a wintry Minnesota farm to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990s men’s movement. The bespectacled, white-haired Bly is every inch the politically and spiritually engaged mystic, seeking each moment’s fervid heart as well as the eternal, intuitive bedrock beneath our cultivated ideologies and “personas.” A confounding whirling dervish, Bly’s life embodies the quest for personal honesty and shared truth. (81 mins.)

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SCHNEIDER VS. BAX

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
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SCHNEIDER VS. BAX

DIRECTOR: Alex Van Warmerdam - NETHERLANDS

The twists and turns surprise in this unsparing, deadpan, black comedy. Schneider, a contract killer, gets a phone call from Mertens who has a rush job for Schneider. The killer refuses to take it; it’s his birthday and he has promised his wife to help with the celebratory dinner. Mertens stresses that it is important and needs to be done that day. “It’s Ramon Bax, a writer over sixty. He lives on his own on a lake. He’s got no neighbors. It’s an easy job, you’ll be back before lunchtime.” Reluctantly, Schneider agrees, but the easy job turns out to...

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SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SHORT CUTS II: ANIMATED WORLDS

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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SHORT CUTS II: ANIMATED WORLDS

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SHORT CUTS IV: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
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SHORT CUTS IV: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN OREGON

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN OREGON

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SHORT CUTS VI: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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SHORT CUTS VI: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SHORT CUTS VII: SPACE TIME BEING

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
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SHORT CUTS VII: SPACE TIME BEING

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

Parallel universes, bi-location, autohypnosis, alternate dimensions, and past lives: this program of new experimental films, programmed and introduced by Cinema Project, follows the idea that mental movement between imagined, physical, or psychological spaces is also at the core of the cinematic experience.

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SHORT CUTS VIII: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Wed, Feb 24, 2016
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SHORT CUTS VIII: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SIVAS

Wed, Feb 24, 2016
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
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SIVAS

DIRECTOR: Kaan Müjdeci - TURKEY

Sivas is set in remote, eastern Anatolia, where Aslan, a troubled 11-year-old boy, rescues and adopts a shepherd dog who has been injured and left to die after a vicious, illegal dog fight. Sivas is at first just an impressive weapon in Aslan’s fight for the affection of his classmate Ay?e, but the potential for the animal to return to a more brutal and cruelly competitive world is always simmering below the surface. Müjdeci doesn’t try to make a comment about the macho culture of fighting dogs, but instead paints a portrait of a boy trying to make his way...

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THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS

DIRECTOR: Ben Rivers - UNITED KINGDOM

“A labyrinthine and epic film that moves between documentary, fantasy, and fable, shot against the staggering beauty of the Moroccan landscape, from the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains to the stark and surreal emptiness of the Moroccan Sahara, with its encroaching sands and abandoned film sets. Rivers’ work contains multiple narratives, the major strand being an adaptation of ‘A Distant Episode,’ the savage short story by Paul Bowles. The film also features the enigmatic young film director Oliver Laxe, whose on-screen presence becomes interwoven with the multiple narratives that co-exist amid the various settings of Rivers’ cinematic exploration.”—New York...

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SLEEPING GIANT

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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SLEEPING GIANT

DIRECTOR: Andrew Cividino - CANADA

Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered when he befriends Riley and Nate, smart aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with wit, debauchery, and recklessness. The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion a series of irreversible events that will change the boys forever. Cividino conjures a vivid and emotionally rich universe filled with equal measures of euphoria and pain as his young protagonists grapple with friendship, betrayal, masculinity, perceptions of love and sexuality, and death. Best Canadian First Feature Film, Toronto...

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SONGS FROM THE NORTH

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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Fri, Feb 19, 2016
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SONGS FROM THE NORTH

DIRECTOR: Soon-Mi Yoo - SOUTH KOREA

An intimate essay, Songs from the North provides a deep look at the enigma of North Korea. Bypassing and decoding the country’s jingoistic propaganda, as well as derisive satire from the West, Soon-Mi Yoo interweaves footage from three visits to North Korea with songs, spectacle, popular cinema, and archival footage to understand, on their own terms, the psychology and popular imagery of the North Korean people and the political ideology of absolute love. “Rare and extraordinary… profoundly strange, immediate, and real.”–The Village Voice. Best First Feature at both the Locarno International Film Festival and Bueos Aires International Festival. (75 mins.)

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SONITA

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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SONITA

DIRECTOR: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami - IRAN

If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother, and she captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and receives guidance in shaping her future. Despite Sonita’s dreams of fame, her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How...

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SUNSET SONG

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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SUNSET SONG

DIRECTOR: Terence Davies - UNITED KINGDOM

“Davies exquisite treatment of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel gives him a broad canvas of rain-lashed farmland on which to apply his knack for literary adaptation. It’s the early 20th-century in rural Scotland and Chris Guthrie is a young woman with plans. Excelling at her schooling and in possession of a burgeoning independent streak, she seems destined for a job in teaching. But as the constellation of her family shifts around her and romance comes calling, Chris grows into womanhood just as the First World War begins to devastate a generation. A true Scottish epic, Sunset Song laments the devastation...

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SWORN VIRGIN

Wed, Feb 24, 2016
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
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SWORN VIRGIN

DIRECTOR: Laura Bispuri - ALBANIA

A memorable telling of a fascinating and little-known Albanian custom, Sworn Virgin features a remarkable performance by Alba Rohrwacher as a woman who lives her life as a man. While still a girl, Hana decides to escape fate as a wife and servant in the mountains. She takes an oath of eternal virginity, which gives women the chance to pick up a rifle and live free as a man. For everybody in the village Hana becomes Mark, a ‘sworn virgin’. But as years of solitude pass, Mark begins to question his choice and sets out on a journey of discovery,...

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THE THIN YELLOW LINE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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THE THIN YELLOW LINE

DIRECTOR: Celso García - MEXICO

Winner of the Audience Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, The Thin Yellow Line is the buddy-comedy story of five financially strapped men hired to paint the center stripe of a lonely rural road that connects two villages. While the crew makes their own fun in the middle of nowhere, their foreman (Damián Alcázar) promises to impart the reward of a hard day’s work. “As in the best road movies, the journey of the workers changes their way of seeing and understanding life. For them and us, the line they paint comes to symbolize the thin line between right...

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THE THRONE

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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THE THRONE

DIRECTOR: Lee Joon-ik - SOUTH KOREA

 “There are kings who have killed their own brothers and nephews to preserve the dynasty.” These words are spoken by the 16th-century Korean monarch Yeongjo, unaware of the grave irony that he will one day have his own son put to death in The Throne, an outstandingly crafted period drama that recounts a famous historical outrage with a sense of empathy as potent and measured as its anger. Led by a towering performance from Song Kang-ho, but well cast down to the last courtier and concubine, this is a gripping return to Joseon-dynasty intrigue . . .stranding two men on opposite...

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THRU YOU PRINCESS

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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THRU YOU PRINCESS

DIRECTOR: Ido Haar - ISRAEL

The Israeli musician and artist Kutiman rose to fame with his “Thru You” project, which mashes up samples from You Tube clips featuring amateur musicians. Samantha, a nurse in New Orleans, uploads her songs and candid video diaries, hoping for an audience. Director Ido Haar documents her attempt to make it in the music scene in her hometown and mixes these scenes with footage of Kutiman at home on a kibbutz, watching Samantha online, singing her a cappella vocals and sampling them in a video. Samantha couldn’t possibly imagine that halfway around the world, there’s someone who is about to expand her...

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VIVA

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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VIVA

DIRECTOR: Paddy Breathnach - IRELAND

Jesus does hair and make up for the drag queens at a bar in Havana. Wanting to be a performer himself, he finally gets his chance on stage, but only to be greeted by a punch in the face from a stranger. It’s his father, Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. Furious about his son’s sexuality, Angel forbids Jesus from performing. Unwillingly giving up his dream to reconnect with his father, the two clash over their opposing expectations of one other as they struggle to become family again. “Confidently mixing melodrama, fairy...

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A WAR

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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Sat, Feb 27, 2016
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A WAR

DIRECTOR: Tobias Lindholm - DENMARK

Examining the moral complexities of split–second decision-making, Lindholm’s film follows Danish commander Claus Pedersen as he does his best to keep his troops safe and morale high on their deployment in Afghanistan. During a routine mission, the soldiers come under heavy fire, and Pederson must make an impossible decision to save his men, one that will bring grave consequences. “Retaining the structural simplicity and procedural meticulousness of Lindholm’s superb thriller A Hijacking [PIFF 36], A War doesn’t seek to break new ground in the ongoing cinematic investigation of the Afghanistan conflict; rather, it scrutinizes the ground on which it stands...

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THE WAVE

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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THE WAVE

DIRECTOR: Roar Uthaug - NORWAY

Kristian, an experienced geologist, has accepted a job offer that will require moving from the town of Geiranger. While getting his family ready to go, he and his colleagues record small movements in the earth that indicate that disaster is imminent. With less than ten minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many people as possible, including his own family. Uthaug’s gripping tsunami-peril thriller will resonate with anyone who has contemplated the inevitability of shifting plates beneath us. (104 mins.)

Sponsored by the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation.

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WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE STRONG

Wed, Feb 24, 2016
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WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE STRONG

DIRECTOR: Burhan Qurbani - GERMANY

The gripping true story of one night in August 1992 in the East German town of Rostock, when a racist mob, watched by around 3,000 onlookers, attacked an apartment building containing over 100 Vietnamese men, women, and children.  This so-called “Night of the Fire” became synonymous with German xenophobia in the newly united country and highlighted the inherent political failings of local government. Told from the point of view of three very different characters —a Vietnamese woman, a young rioting German, and the boy’s father, a politican trapped in a dilemma— We Are Young is a compelling and astute study...

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WEDDING DOLL

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
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WEDDING DOLL

DIRECTOR: Nitzan Gilady - ISRAEL

Winner of the Best Israeli Debut Feature and Best Actress (Assi Levi) at the Jerusalem Film Festival, Wedding Doll is set in a small town in southern Israel’s Negev desert. Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental disability, works in a toilet paper factory and lives with her mother, Sarah, a divorcée who has given up her life for her daughter. Hagit is obsessed with romantic fantasies and spends her evenings making bridal gowns from paper she gets at the factory. Hungering for a life on her own, when Hagit embarks on her first romantic relationship she tries to...

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WHAT WE BECOME

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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WHAT WE BECOME

DIRECTOR: Bo Mikkelsen - DENMARK

Idyllic suburban life is shattered when news spreads of a viral infection at a neighboring rest home. Soon enough, the military rolls in, placing the entire town under quarantine. As the virus spreads, the strictures of quiet family life begin to break down under the pressures of impending danger. Mikkelsen’s debut is a tense and clever take on the zombie genre and far more compelling than any season of The Walking Dead. “It’s the kind of noirish horror that is rapidly becoming extinct.” —Peter Martin, Twitch Film. (85 mins.)

PRECEDED BY:
Invaders, Jason Kupfer | US.

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WHEN A TREE FALLS

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
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WHEN A TREE FALLS

DIRECTOR: Asier Altuna Iza - SPAIN

A film about the passing of Basque rural culture, When A Tree Falls lyrically explores spirit of place, ancestry and the inevitability of change. Gaizka is the eldest son in the family, but refuses to take over the caserio – the farm that has been with the family for generations. His sister Amaia is the one who must deal with the protest from their stubborn, old-fashioned father. He insists that the farm represents a way of life and values that must be upheld. Amaia finds herself torn between tradition and her life in the modern world, but she cannot leave...

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