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FATIMA

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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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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THE FENCER

Thu, Feb 11, 2016
at 7:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Thu, Feb 11, 2016
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE FENCER

DIRECTOR: Klaus Härö - FINLAND

Fleeing from Russian secret police in early 1950’s, a young Baltic dissident leaves Leningrad to settle in the small coastal village of Haapsalua, Estonia. There, he finds work as a school gym teacher and becomes a father figure to his students by teaching them his great passion—fencing. As a fencing tournament in Leningrad approaches, he’s forced to make a difficult choice. Will he take the children to compete or will he abandon them in order to save himself? Based on a true story, Härö’s rousing historical drama opens a window into Soviet and sports history alike. In Estonian and Russian with...

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FOR GRACE

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (World Trade Center)
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FOR GRACE

DIRECTOR: Kevin Pang, Mark Helenowski - UNITED STATES

An in-depth look at what it takes to create and manage one of the world’s greatest restaurants—from concrete box to its opening night—For Grace also tells the complex story of a man in a quest to overcome his past and create his own future. Curtis Duffy, one of the country’s most renowned chefs, is building his dream restaurant. Already the recipient of two coveted stars from the Michelin Guide, Duffy has ambitions for his Chicago restaurant Grace to become the best in the country, but his laser focus on his cooking career cost Duffy his family. A story about food, family,...

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THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

DIRECTOR: Guy Mddin, Evan Johnson - CANADA

A film that “has more ideas in ten minutes than most filmmakers have in their entire oeuvres” (Sight and Sound), The Forbidden Room has been favorably compared to taking LSD in a film archive. Reshaping cinematic images into surreal juxtapositions and ingeniously impossible narratives, we are led through delirious visions with an equally eclectic cast that includes Geraldine Chaplin, Udo Kier, Mathieu Amalric and Charlotte Rampling. “A wild, demented cinephiliac feast from the mind of Guy Maddin.”—Hollywood Reporter. Best Canadian Film, Toronto Film Critics Association. (133 mins.)

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FRANCOFONIA

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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FRANCOFONIA

DIRECTOR: Aleksandr Sokurov - FRANCE

Celebrated for his daring and landmark films—such as Russian Ark (2002,) which was filmed in one sequence in the Russian State Hermitage Museum—Francofonia transforms Paris’ Louvre Museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relationship between art, culture, and power. Sokurov examines the story of Jacques Jaujard, Director of the French National Museums and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich, who conspired to protect and preserve the art treasures of the Louvre Museum from the cataclysm about to visit Europe in 1940, and asks what art tells us about ourselves in the face of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has...

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FROM AFAR

Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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FROM AFAR

DIRECTOR: Lorenzo Vigas - VENEZUELA

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, From Afar uncovers common ground between two men divided by socioeconomic realities but connected by troubled pasts. Armando, middle–aged and wealthy, chooses to live in a poor neighborhood in Caracas. He wanders the streets looking for young men to bring home. In exchange for money, they follow his precise instructions: no touching—he will only watch them. Armando’s routine is broken, however, when his latest conquest, the street–tough Elder, assaults him and runs off with the money. From that volatile first encounter, the unlikeliest of relationships develops. “As probing, subtle,...

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