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Films & Schedules - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NO HOME MOVIE

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 5:45 PM (World Trade Center)
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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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BODY

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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FATIMA

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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.)

 

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SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SLEEPING GIANT

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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COURT

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

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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HOME CARE

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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LET THEM COME

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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THE WAVE

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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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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