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Films & Schedules - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

THE CLAN

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE CLAN

DIRECTOR: Pablo Trapero - ARGENTINA

The Clan tells the true story of a middle-class family pulled into a world of kidnapping, ransom, and murder by its charismatic patriarch. As a member of the secret police of the Videla military regime of the late 70s and early 80s, it was Arquímedes Puccio’s job to kidnap dissidents during the reign of terror when more than 30,000 citizens simply “disappeared.” But after the fall of the regime, the upper middle class Puccio kept right on going, kidnapping his rich neighbors and demanding huge ransoms – and then killing the victims even after the ransoms were paid. Trapero tackles...

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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 5:45 PM (OMSI Empirical Theater)
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LITTLE BIG MASTER

DIRECTOR: Adrian Kwan - HONG KONG

Faced with a broken education system and misguided parents and school board, headmistress Lui Wai-hung resigns her post at a prestigious private school and takes on the job running a failing rural kindergarten. With only five children enrolled, it’s slated for shutdown if one of them drops out, and because the kids have poor parents and tough lives, she figures her job will be to ease their transition. But after meeting the kids she vows to keep the doors open by any means necessary. Based on a true story, Director Adrian Kwan fashions an enlightening, moving and culturally complex chronicle...

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THE JUDGMENT

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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THE JUDGMENT

DIRECTOR: Stephan Komandorev - BULGARIA

Mityo, a poor milk-truck driver, has lost everything that matters to him: his wife, his work, and his hopes. And now he’s losing the trust of his only son, Vasko. Out of desperation, Mityo agrees to smuggle illegal immigrants from Syria through a steep Turkish border mountain pass. Left at the mercy of Judgment Mountain and in desperate need of help from his ever more distant son, Mityo will soon discover if he can be forgiven for a terrible sin committed 25 years ago. “A timely, well-crafted thriller.”—Hollywood Reporter. (107 mins.)

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L'ATTESA

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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L'ATTESA

DIRECTOR: Piero Messina - ITALY

Anna (Juliet Binoche) sits alone in an old country house in Sicily. Her son Giuseppe has just died and there is nothing to do but mourn. When Jeanne (Lou de Laâge), her son’s girlfriend arrives—unaware of his passing—Anna chooses to withhold the truth, knowing that the secret must come out. As they wait and the days pass, they grow closer as the drama builds. A moving debut from Paolo Sorrentino’s (The Great Beauty) former assistant director. (100 mins.)

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WHEN A TREE FALLS

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 6 PM (Roseway Theater)
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WHEN A TREE FALLS

DIRECTOR: Asier Altuna Iza - SPAIN

A film about the passing of Basque rural culture, When A Tree Falls lyrically explores spirit of place, ancestry and the inevitability of change. Gaizka is the eldest son in the family, but refuses to take over the caserio – the farm that has been with the family for generations. His sister Amaia is the one who must deal with the protest from their stubborn, old-fashioned father. He insists that the farm represents a way of life and values that must be upheld. Amaia finds herself torn between tradition and her life in the modern world, but she cannot leave...

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CHEVALIER

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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CHEVALIER

DIRECTOR: Athina Rachel Tsangari - GREECE

“While on a fishing trip in the Aegean Sea, six men decide to play Chevalier, a game that measures every aspect of who they are. Things will be compared. Blood will be spilled. At the end of the game, one man will emerge as the best and receive a signet ring. Tsangari further solidifies her place as a master of the Greek cinema new wave with a cleverly written script with co–writer Efthymis Filippou (The Lobster, PIFF39) that is an acute and humorous study of male egotism. Chevalier is an absurdist farce that explores the competitiveness of male relationships as could only be observed by a female auteur.”—AFI Fest. (99 mins.)

Filmography: Attenberg (2010), The Slow Business of Going (2000)

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KLOWN FOREVER

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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ONE FLOOR BELOW

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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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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SHORT CUTS VII: SPACE TIME BEING

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS VII: SPACE TIME BEING

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

Parallel universes, bi-location, autohypnosis, alternate dimensions, and past lives: this program of new experimental films, programmed and introduced by Cinema Project, follows the idea that mental movement between imagined, physical, or psychological spaces is also at the core of the cinematic experience.

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THE THIN YELLOW LINE

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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