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Films & Schedules - Sunday, February 14, 2016

ABOVE AND BELOW

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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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.)

 

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First feature

Ages 10+



Interests: New Directors, Animation, Family Fare.

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NAWARA

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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SHORT CUTS II: ANIMATED WORLDS

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS II: ANIMATED WORLDS

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SONITA

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (World Trade Center)
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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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THE CLUB

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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HEAVENLY NOMADIC

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 4 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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NO HOME MOVIE

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY

Sun, Feb 14, 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 THRONE

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 4 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

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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THE FENCER

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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IN TRANSIT

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 7 PM (World Trade Center)
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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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MIA MADRE

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 7 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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ROAD TO LA PAZ

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 7 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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LIZA THE FOX-FAIRY

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 10 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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