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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 20, 2016

OFFICE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 12:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN OREGON

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN OREGON

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

Directors in attendance.

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HEAVENLY NOMADIC

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 1:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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LAND AND SHADE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 3:15 PM (Roseway Theater)
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LAND AND SHADE

DIRECTOR: César Agusto Acevedo - COLOMBIA

“A poetic and devastating statement on how environmental issues impact every aspect of life, César Augusto Acevedo’s Camera d’Or–winning (Best First Feature) directorial debut is not to be missed. The elderly Alfonso (Haimer Leal) returns to the small house in Valle del Cauca he left 17 years earlier in order to care for his bedridden son Geraldo (Edison Raigosa), who suffers from a mysterious ailment related to the harsh farming techniques of the sugar-cane plantations around them. Tensions quietly simmer between Alfonso and his ex-wife (the wonderful Hilda Ruiz), but familial ties and pride keep them tied to the land...

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ADAMA

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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.)

 

Sponsored by LAIKA and TV5MONDE.

First feature

Ages 10+



Interests: New Directors, Animation, Family Fare.

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LANDFILL HARMONIC

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 3:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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LANDFILL HARMONIC

DIRECTOR: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley - UNITED STATES

A testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit, Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is suddenly catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the band must learn to navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town....

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THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 3:30 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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THRU YOU PRINCESS

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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THRU YOU PRINCESS

DIRECTOR: Ido Haar - ISRAEL

The Israeli musician and artist Kutiman rose to fame with his “Thru You” project, which mashes up samples from You Tube clips featuring amateur musicians. Samantha, a nurse in New Orleans, uploads her songs and candid video diaries, hoping for an audience. Director Ido Haar documents her attempt to make it in the music scene in her hometown and mixes these scenes with footage of Kutiman at home on a kibbutz, watching Samantha online, singing her a cappella vocals and sampling them in a video. Samantha couldn’t possibly imagine that halfway around the world, there’s someone who is about to expand her...

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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Roseway Theater)
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LAST CAB TO DARWIN

DIRECTOR: Jeremy Sims - AUSTRALIA

Rex, a stubborn cab driver, has lived his entire life in the small, outback town of Broken Hill. When he learns he doesn’t have long to live, he sets out for a doctor in Darwin, nearly 2,000 miles away, who is fighting for die-with-dignity legislation and can help him control his fate. But along his epic road trip Rex learns that before you can end your life, you have to live it.  Full of charm, humor, and drama, Sim’s film is “As much about an expiring way of life as the controversial decision of a terminally ill man . ....

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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 2, THE DESOLATE ONE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 2, THE DESOLATE ONE

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gomes - PORTUGAL

“The middle section of Gomes’s monumental yet light-footed magnum opus shifts into a more subdued and melancholic register. But within each of these three tales, framed as the wild imaginings of the Arabian queen Scheherazade and adapted from recent real-life events in Portugal, there are surprises and digressions aplenty. In the first, a deadpan neo-Western of sorts, an escaped murderer becomes a local hero for dodging the authorities. The second deals with the theft of 13 cows, as told through a Brechtian open-air courtroom drama in which the testimonies become increasingly absurd. Finally, a Maltese poodle shuttles between various owners...

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THE IDOL

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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THE IDOL

DIRECTOR: Hany Abu-Assad - PALESTINE

The Idol maps the true story of Palestine’s first pop celebrity, Mohammed Assaf, and his stellar rise to fame following his victory in the 2013 season of Arab Idol. Abu-Assad (Omar) follows the remarkable story of Assaf’s journey from a refugee camp in Gaza, through to his audition in Egypt with a fake passport, to his crowning victory in Beirut which stirred the dreams, hearts, and aspirations of Palestinians at home and abroad. The first feature to be (partially) filmed on location in Gaza in decades and The Idol is sure to inspire and delight. (100 mins.)

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IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN

DIRECTOR: Philippe Garrel - FRANCE

Philippe Garrel’s romantic drama is an examination of marital infidelity and a freewheeling riff on life, art, and the never ending battle of the sexes. Married couple Pierre and Manon (Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau) collaborate on making documentaries. While researching a current subject—an aging Resistance fighter—at a film archive, Pierre falls hard for Elisabeth (Lena Paugam), a beautiful young intern. When Manon discovers the affair, her reaction surprises both Pierre and herself. Garrel deftly manages to depict the characters’ different perspectives in a realistic and sometimes comical way, providing a fresh take on an old story: the mindset of...

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THE PEARL BUTTON

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 6 PM (World Trade Center)
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THE PEARL BUTTON

DIRECTOR: Patricio Guzmán - CHILE

A poetic meditation on the history of brutal colonization and devastation throughout Chile’s history, Guzmán elegantly builds an argument for the importance of preserving memory when all culture is lost. Devastated by foreign conquest, indigenous culture has little left than cherished memory. That genocide is contrasted by the more recent tragedy of Pinochet dictatorship, when thousands of political prisoners were murdered or disappeared, many of whose bodies were dumped into the sea. Using water and Chile’s 2,670 miles of coastline as the entry point to pull diverse experience and ideas together, Guzmán finds the memory and voice that bind a...

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WEDDING DOLL

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 6 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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WEDDING DOLL

DIRECTOR: Nitzan Gilady - ISRAEL

Winner of the Best Israeli Debut Feature and Best Actress (Assi Levi) at the Jerusalem Film Festival, Wedding Doll is set in a small town in southern Israel’s Negev desert. Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental disability, works in a toilet paper factory and lives with her mother, Sarah, a divorcée who has given up her life for her daughter. Hagit is obsessed with romantic fantasies and spends her evenings making bridal gowns from paper she gets at the factory. Hungering for a life on her own, when Hagit embarks on her first romantic relationship she tries to...

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I SAW THE LIGHT

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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I SAW THE LIGHT

DIRECTOR: Marc Abraham - UNITED STATES

British actor Tom Hiddleston inhabits the role of legendary singer/songwriter Hank Williams, an artist who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice, and original songs. While ?I Saw the Light showcases Williams’ meteoric rise to fame and fortune, it also reveals the dark and troubled life that existed away from the spotlight. From the drug and alcohol addictions to troubled relationships to the string of broken hearts he left in his wake, it was Hank Williams’ tumultuous existence that not only fueled his powerful lyrics and heartfelt songs, but also brought his life to its tragically short end....

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MEN & CHICKEN

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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MEN & CHICKEN

DIRECTOR: Anders Thomas Jensen - DENMARK

“The title might hint at where this brilliant new black comedy from the outrageous mind of Anders Thomas Jensen is going to head, but you won’t have seen anything like it before. Starring Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and breaking box office records on its release in Denmark, Men & Chicken is about two hapless man-fail brothers who head to a dilapidated mansion on a remote island to meet their biological father – and their three seriously eccentric siblings. . .A riotously transgressive satire on family and eugenics that doubles as a surprisingly thoughtful meditation on what makes us human.”—Toronto International Film Festival. (104 mins.)

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ONE FLOOR BELOW

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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ONE FLOOR BELOW

DIRECTOR: Radu Muntean - ROMANIA

Muntean’s understated fable about morality in the modern world centers on Sandu, a middle-aged businessman, father, and upright citizen who leads a normal life. Overhearing a neighbor couple in an angry fight, he soon after encounters the man on the apartment stairs. Then the woman is found dead. Sandu suspects the man must be involved, but unsure, says nothing to the police as he wrestles with the right course of action—if there is one. Meanwhile, the man, wondering what Sandu is thinking and if he might implicate him, starts to casually insinuate himself into Sandu’s family’s life, his constant presence...

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THE THIN YELLOW LINE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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THE THIN YELLOW LINE

DIRECTOR: Celso García - MEXICO

Winner of the Audience Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, The Thin Yellow Line is the buddy-comedy story of five financially strapped men hired to paint the center stripe of a lonely rural road that connects two villages. While the crew makes their own fun in the middle of nowhere, their foreman (Damián Alcázar) promises to impart the reward of a hard day’s work. “As in the best road movies, the journey of the workers changes their way of seeing and understanding life. For them and us, the line they paint comes to symbolize the thin line between right...

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VIVA

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:30 PM (OMSI Empirical Theater)
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VIVA

DIRECTOR: Paddy Breathnach - IRELAND

Jesus does hair and make up for the drag queens at a bar in Havana. Wanting to be a performer himself, he finally gets his chance on stage, but only to be greeted by a punch in the face from a stranger. It’s his father, Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. Furious about his son’s sexuality, Angel forbids Jesus from performing. Unwillingly giving up his dream to reconnect with his father, the two clash over their opposing expectations of one other as they struggle to become family again. “Confidently mixing melodrama, fairy...

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600 MILES

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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600 MILES

DIRECTOR: Gabriel Ripstein - MEXICO

Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin Film Festival, 600 Miles is a riveting thriller about gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico how the war against drugs has ruined lives on both sides of the border. Arnulfo is a low-level Sinaloa cartel operative who moves weapons illegally to Mexico. All appears to be going well but, unbeknownst to him, he is being tracked by American ATF agent Hank Harris. When an attempted arrest goes wrong, Harris is kidnapped and spirited across the border to Mexico. When things get desperate for both of them, the two...

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COZ OV MONI 2: FOKN REVENGE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 11 PM (Cinema 21)
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COZ OV MONI 2: FOKN REVENGE

DIRECTOR: King Luu - GHANA

Ghana’s most popular rap group, the FOKN Bois, star in what’s been called “the world’s 2nd 1st Pidgin musical.” One needs no knowledge of the first film to thoroughly enjoy the Bois’ screwball search for much food, love, and finally, revenge. The plot may be thin, but the humor-infused, incredibly catchy melodies keep this hip hop opera swimming along. “It looks great, it sounds fantastic, and it utterly defies its audience to not leave the room with a big ol’ smile plastered on after the final credits roll.” – Todd Brown, Twitch Film. (63 mins.)

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