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Films & Schedules - Friday, February 19, 2016

THE THRONE

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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FROM AFAR

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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THE MEDDLER

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE MEDDLER

DIRECTOR: Lorene Scafaria - UNITED STATES

“Striking a winning balance of insight, heart, and laugh-out-loud hilarity, Scafaria’s film stars the magnificent Susan Sarandon in one of her most richly satisfying roles. The Meddler is about that force of nature known as the doting mother. For Marnie Minervini (Sarandon), motherhood is not a familial duty. It’s a vocation. A compulsive advice-giver, ceaselessly cheerful Marnie cannot stop texting, calling, and showing up unannounced at the home of her daughter, Lori (Rose Byrne). Desperate to gain some control over her life following a messy breakup, Lori attempts to draw boundaries, but that only serves to unleash Marnie’s mom-to-everyone meddling.”—Toronto...

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SHORT CUTS IV: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 6 PM (Roseway Theater)
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SHORT CUTS IV: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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SONGS FROM THE NORTH

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 6:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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SONGS FROM THE NORTH

DIRECTOR: Soon-Mi Yoo - SOUTH KOREA

An intimate essay, Songs from the North provides a deep look at the enigma of North Korea. Bypassing and decoding the country’s jingoistic propaganda, as well as derisive satire from the West, Soon-Mi Yoo interweaves footage from three visits to North Korea with songs, spectacle, popular cinema, and archival footage to understand, on their own terms, the psychology and popular imagery of the North Korean people and the political ideology of absolute love. “Rare and extraordinary… profoundly strange, immediate, and real.”–The Village Voice. Best First Feature at both the Locarno International Film Festival and Bueos Aires International Festival. (75 mins.)

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Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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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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KLOWN FOREVER

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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KLOWN FOREVER

DIRECTOR: Mikkel Nørgaard - DENMARK

Five years have passed since their camping antics in Klown [PIFF 35] and Casper and Frank are standing at a crossroads in their lives and friendship. Casper has moved to Hollywood to pursue his dream of fame while Frank, now the father of two small children, is engulfed in the routines of family life. What is it they want? And what do they really mean to each other, when it all comes down to it? In an attempt to save their friendship, Frank travels to LA—but as always, chaos ensues. “Just when one might think that Klown Forever won’t possibly...

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MARSHLAND

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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MARSHLAND

DIRECTOR: Alberto Rodriguez - SPAIN

Winner of ten Goya Awards, including best film, director, actor, and screenplay, Marshland is a taut neo-noir set in 1980 against the civil unrest in the wake of Francisco Franco’s death. Two teenage sisters have mysteriously disappeared and detectives Pedro and Juan reluctantly head to repressed southern marshland town in Andalusia to investigate. Met with hostility by the community, the missing girls are just the beginning of a dark labyrinth of discoveries which yield more dead bodies. Mirroring the political tensions within Spanish society, the two detectives find themselves increasingly at odds but must work together in a race against...

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SCHNEIDER VS. BAX

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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SCHNEIDER VS. BAX

DIRECTOR: Alex Van Warmerdam - NETHERLANDS

The twists and turns surprise in this unsparing, deadpan, black comedy. Schneider, a contract killer, gets a phone call from Mertens who has a rush job for Schneider. The killer refuses to take it; it’s his birthday and he has promised his wife to help with the celebratory dinner. Mertens stresses that it is important and needs to be done that day. “It’s Ramon Bax, a writer over sixty. He lives on his own on a lake. He’s got no neighbors. It’s an easy job, you’ll be back before lunchtime.” Reluctantly, Schneider agrees, but the easy job turns out to...

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EVOLUTION

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 11 PM (Cinema 21)
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EVOLUTION

DIRECTOR: Lucile HadžIhalilovic - FRANCE

After diving below the waves surrounding his coastal village, a young boy claims to have seen the body of another child trapped in the coral reef. Bizarrely, there appears to be a starfish blooming from the belly button of the corpse. Eleven years after her last feature (Innocence), Hadžihalilovic (who co-authored Enter the Void with Gaspar Noé) returns with a dark, feminist fairytale peppered with stylistic nods to David Lynch and the body horror of David Cronenberg. (81 mins.)

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