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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 13, 2016

SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1:15 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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A GOOD AMERICAN

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1:15 PM (World Trade Center)
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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
at 1:15 PM (World Trade Center)
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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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Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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LAMB

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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BODY

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 3:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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FOR GRACE

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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LET THEM COME

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 4 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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RAMS

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 4 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 4 PM (World Trade Center)
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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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THE LOBSTER

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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AFERIM!

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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MAGALLANES

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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LANDFILL HARMONIC

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 6:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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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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THE CLUB

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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MARGUERITE

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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MEN & CHICKEN

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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THE PEARL BUTTON

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center)
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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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SUNSET SONG

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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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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