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Films & Schedules - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

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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FOR GRACE

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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FRANCOFONIA

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
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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RAMS

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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EYE IN THE SKY

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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A GOOD AMERICAN

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 8:30 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

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 8:30 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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THE PROJECT OF THE CENTURY

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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