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Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 27, 2016

7 LETTERS

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 12:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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SHORT CUTS VIII: INTERNATIONAL TIES

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 12:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS VIII: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS

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COUNTING

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 3 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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DUKHTAR

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 3:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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DUKHTAR

DIRECTOR: Afia Nathaniel - PAKISTAN

In the mountains of northern Pakistan, ten-year-old Zainab has been promised to Tor Gul a cruel, aging tribal leader six times her age, in order to broker peace between two warring camps. On the eve of the nuptials, Zainab’s mother refuses to have her daughter meet her same fate, and the two make a harried escape, beginning an epic journey fraught with danger and both tribes hot on their trail. Finding shelter, solace, and perhaps romance in the form of Punjabi trucker, they set off for Lahore, hoping to create a new life away from their oppressive upbringing. (93 mins.)

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MY GOLDEN DAYS

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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LAND AND SHADE

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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THE CLAN

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 8:30 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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A WAR

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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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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MAN VS. SNAKE

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 11 PM (Cinema 21)
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MAN VS. SNAKE

DIRECTOR: Andrew Seklir, Tim Kinzy - UNITED STATES

In 1983, Tim McVey claimed the highest score ever achieved on a classic video game. The game in question was Nibbler, an obscure title that allows for marathon sessions of 40+ hours. Now in his forties, and with his title bested by another player, Tim undertakes the challenge of reconquering the mountain that is Nibbler. “While MAN VS. SNAKE owes a certain thematic debt to THE KING OF KONG, it is its own film, one whose universal appeal should go beyond the ranks of video-game lovers to anyone who understands that primal need for greatness.” – Matt Singer, Screen Crush...

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