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Films & Schedules - Thursday, February 25, 2016

DHEEPHAN

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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DHEEPHAN

DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard - FRANCE

Jacques Audiard won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this gripping tale of three Sri Lankan refugees and their immigrant struggle. Escaping the Civil War, a couple and a girl—all complete strangers—pose as a family and seek refuge in France. Supporting each other like a real family, Dheepan, the father, finds work as a custodian; Yalini, the mother, gets a job as a caregiver; and the daughter, Illayaal, adjusts to school life. Unfortunately, the place they’ve chosen as a home is in the middle of a gangland, and the family must cope with the threat. In Tamil, English, and French...

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MY GOLDEN DAYS

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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MY GOLDEN DAYS

DIRECTOR: Arnaud Desplechin - FRANCE

An intoxicating ode to romance and youthful coming-of-age, My Golden Days is a prequel to Desplechin’s debut, My Sex Life… Or How I Got into an Argument (1996). When Paul Dédalus returns to France after living in Tajikistan for several years, he is detained at the airport and questioned by the police. It transpires that a Russian with the same name died in Australia. This news provokes a recollection of three memories from Paul’s youth—his childhood with his eccentric mother who died young and his apathetic father; an eventful school trip to Russia with a secret; and, most passionately, his...

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A WAR

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Roseway Theater)
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A WAR

DIRECTOR: Tobias Lindholm - DENMARK

Examining the moral complexities of split–second decision-making, Lindholm’s film follows Danish commander Claus Pedersen as he does his best to keep his troops safe and morale high on their deployment in Afghanistan. During a routine mission, the soldiers come under heavy fire, and Pederson must make an impossible decision to save his men, one that will bring grave consequences. “Retaining the structural simplicity and procedural meticulousness of Lindholm’s superb thriller A Hijacking [PIFF 36], A War doesn’t seek to break new ground in the ongoing cinematic investigation of the Afghanistan conflict; rather, it scrutinizes the ground on which it stands...

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THE IDOL

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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FATIMA

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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FATIMA

DIRECTOR: Philippe Faucon - FRANCE

A Moroccan immigrant now living in Lyon, Fatima works long hours as a cleaning lady to support her two daughters, Nesrine, 18 and a promising pre-med student, and Souad, 15 and rebellious. Her relationship with her younger daughter is especially tense, with the two often bickering as Souad seems too easy to abandon her ethnic heritage for assimilation while Fatima’s poor grasp of French is a constant source of embarrassment. Faucon finds gentle humor in the confusions of assimilation that Fatima experiences, while also revealing the harsh realities of life as an immigrant in France. (79 mins.)

 

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7 LETTERS

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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7 LETTERS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SINGAPORE

Seven of Singapore’s most illustrious filmmakers, including Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, K Rajagopal, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan, and Kelvin Tong, have gathered their creative storytelling and filmmaking talents to create a one-of-a-kind anthology that pays tribute to Singapore’s 50 years of independence. The resulting film, 7 Letters, offers thought-provoking pieces that revolve around tales of lost love, identity, familial bonds, traditional folklore, community, and more. The seven “letters” to Singapore are fascinating vignettes reflecting the personal and poignant relationship the directors—all award-winning filmmakers—have with the country they call home. (116 mins.)

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COUNTING

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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COUNTING

DIRECTOR: Jem Cohen - UNITED STATES

Cohen (Museum Hours) evokes the fabric of urban life with this richly textured combination of sound and image. A essayistic documentary in 15 chapters, Counting  weaves 15 “snapshots” of New York, Moscow, Istanbul, and more into a tapestry that captures a range of ephemeral moments with an elegiac tenderness—from street protests to flickering lights and the movement of clouds across the sky. Cohen, who has noted that the film initially began in response to the death of cine-essay pioneer Chris Marker, emerges as both rigorous documentarian and consummate flaneur. “Counting is like taking a Sunday walk through spatial and temporal...

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L'ATTESA

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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SHORT CUTS VI: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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SHORT CUTS VI: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE STRONG

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE STRONG

DIRECTOR: Burhan Qurbani - GERMANY

The gripping true story of one night in August 1992 in the East German town of Rostock, when a racist mob, watched by around 3,000 onlookers, attacked an apartment building containing over 100 Vietnamese men, women, and children.  This so-called “Night of the Fire” became synonymous with German xenophobia in the newly united country and highlighted the inherent political failings of local government. Told from the point of view of three very different characters —a Vietnamese woman, a young rioting German, and the boy’s father, a politican trapped in a dilemma— We Are Young is a compelling and astute study...

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