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ABOVE AND BELOW

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ABOVE AND BELOW

DIRECTOR: Nicolas Steiner - SWITZERLAND

Nicolas Steiner’s sublime exploration of lives lived on the fringe is set in a seemingly apocalyptic world that happens to be our own. Living above ground, April dons a spacesuit to simulate life on Mars as part of a remote science program in Utah, while Dave has left modern society for an abandoned military bunker in the California desert. Meanwhile, finding shelter below in Las Vegas storm drains, are Lalo, Rick, and Cindy, who contend with frequent, dangerous flooding to survive on their own terms. “…[Above and Below] treats its subjects with a dignity that transcends judgment and a poetic...

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ADAMA

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sun, Feb 28, 2016
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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AFERIM!

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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AFERIM!

DIRECTOR: Radu Jude - ROMANIA

Jude won Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival for this visionary historical epic — a European “Eastern” to an American Western. In the principality of Wallachia, life is more Dark Ages than Age of Enlightenment, even in 1835. Constable Costandin and his son have been dispatched by a nobleman to track down a runaway slave accused of seducing the landowner’s wife. Foul-mouthed and quick-tempered, Costandin rides roughshod on the local peasantry in his search, explaining to his teenaged son that he’s upholding the social order. But Costandin’s righteous indignation, fuelled by racism, gives way to a moral crisis, as...

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APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

DIRECTOR: Christian Desmares, Frank Ekinci - FRANCE

1941. Napoléon V is the ruler of an alternative France, and without modern technology, the world runs on coal and steam. Scholars keep mysteriously disappearing, and a young girl named April goes off in search of her scientist parents who vanished. Accompanied by her talking cat Darwin and a young rogue named Julius, she braves mysteries and danger in order to discover the truth. Winner of the Crystal for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Annecy Animation Festival, April and the Extraordinary World is a visually striking, original, and dynamic animated sci-fi adventure based on a graphic novel by Jacques...

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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 1, THE RESTLESS ONE

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 1, THE RESTLESS ONE

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gomes - PORTUGAL

“An up-to-the minute rethinking of what it means to make a political film today, Gomes’s shape-shifting paean to the art of storytelling strives for ‘a fictional form from facts.’ Gomes turns actual events into the stuff of fable, and channels it all through the mellifluous voice of Scheherazade, the mythic queen of the classic folktale. Volume 1 alone tries on more narrative devices than most filmmakers attempt in a lifetime, mingling material about unemployment and local elections with visions of exploding whales and talking cockerels. It is hard to imagine a more generous or radical approach to these troubled times, one that honors its fantasy life as fully as its hard realities.”—New York Film Festival. In Portugese, French and German with English subtitles. (125 mins.)

Filmography: Tabu (2012), Our Beloved Month of August (2008)

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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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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 3, THE ENCHANTED ONE

Mon, Feb 22, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 3, THE ENCHANTED ONE

DIRECTOR: Miguel Gomes - PORTUGAL

“Gomes’s sui generis epic concludes with arguably its most eccentric—and most enthralling—installment. Scheherazade escapes the king for an interlude of freedom in Old Baghdad, envisioned here as a sunny Mediterranean archipelago complete with hippies and break-dancers. After her eventual return to her palatial confines comes the most lovingly protracted of all the stories in Arabian Nights, a documentary chronicle of Lisbon-area bird trappers preparing their prized finches for birdsong competitions. Right to the end, Gomes’s film balances the leisurely art of the tall tale with a sense of deadline urgency—a reminder that for Scheherazade, and perhaps for us all, stories...

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