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Films & Schedules - Thursday, February 18, 2016

100 YEN LOVE

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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MARGUERITE

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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OFFICE

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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NAHID

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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DISORDER

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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EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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