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MAGALLANES

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 9 PM (Moreland Theater)
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MAGALLANES

DIRECTOR: Salvador Del Solar - PERU

In this engrossing thriller, Magallanes works as a psychologically scarred taxi driver in the streets of Lima. But he has also has a side job chauffeuring a brutal retired colonel whom he once served in the army many years ago. One day, Celina steps into Magallanes’ cab, and he recognizes her as a former wartime captive the Colonel viciously abused. Haunted and conflicted by his failure to act to help her in the past, Magallanes vows redemption. He digs up an old photo that could be presented as evidence of the Colonel’s crimes and begins to concoct a plot to...

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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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MARGUERITE

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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MARGUERITE

DIRECTOR: Xavier Giannoli - FRANCE

“Imagine a collaboration between Vladimir Nabokov and Billy Wilder and you will have some idea of the riches provided by this tragicomedy from writer-director Xavier Giannoli and co-writer Marcia Romano. A 1920’s French would-be opera diva (Catherine Frot), of great wealth and zero singing talent, finds her intricate fantasy of artistic accomplishment enabled by Madelbos (Denis Mpunga), a butler with his own aesthetic strivings. Meanwhile, her long-suffering husband (André Marcon) remains terrified of telling his wife the truth, and perhaps most memorably, her financially needy singing-coach, spouts his self-serving euphemism, ‘sublimity and the ridiculous are never far apart,’ a phrase...

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MARSHLAND

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 29, 2016
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MARSHLAND

DIRECTOR: Alberto Rodriguez - SPAIN

Winner of ten Goya Awards, including best film, director, actor, and screenplay, Marshland is a taut neo-noir set in 1980 against the civil unrest in the wake of Francisco Franco’s death. Two teenage sisters have mysteriously disappeared and detectives Pedro and Juan reluctantly head to repressed southern marshland town in Andalusia to investigate. Met with hostility by the community, the missing girls are just the beginning of a dark labyrinth of discoveries which yield more dead bodies. Mirroring the political tensions within Spanish society, the two detectives find themselves increasingly at odds but must work together in a race against...

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THE MEDDLER

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 6 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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THE MEDDLER

DIRECTOR: Lorene Scafaria - UNITED STATES

“Striking a winning balance of insight, heart, and laugh-out-loud hilarity, Scafaria’s film stars the magnificent Susan Sarandon in one of her most richly satisfying roles. The Meddler is about that force of nature known as the doting mother. For Marnie Minervini (Sarandon), motherhood is not a familial duty. It’s a vocation. A compulsive advice-giver, ceaselessly cheerful Marnie cannot stop texting, calling, and showing up unannounced at the home of her daughter, Lori (Rose Byrne). Desperate to gain some control over her life following a messy breakup, Lori attempts to draw boundaries, but that only serves to unleash Marnie’s mom-to-everyone meddling.”—Toronto...

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MEN & CHICKEN

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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MEN & CHICKEN

DIRECTOR: Anders Thomas Jensen - DENMARK

“The title might hint at where this brilliant new black comedy from the outrageous mind of Anders Thomas Jensen is going to head, but you won’t have seen anything like it before. Starring Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and breaking box office records on its release in Denmark, Men & Chicken is about two hapless man-fail brothers who head to a dilapidated mansion on a remote island to meet their biological father – and their three seriously eccentric siblings. . .A riotously transgressive satire on family and eugenics that doubles as a surprisingly thoughtful meditation on what makes us human.”—Toronto International Film Festival. (104 mins.)

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MIA MADRE

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 7 PM (Cinema 21)
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MIA MADRE

DIRECTOR: Nanni Moretti - ITALY

Moretti revisits themes of life, cinema, family ties, and guilt through the eyes of Marghertita, a besieged middle-aged director. She (Margherita Buy) is shooting a political film with a famous American actor (John Turturro) who is a pain on set and whose Italian is dismal. Wracked with artistic insecurities, her personal life is equally challenged by her mother’s worsening illness and her daughter’s continuing adolescence. A witty semi-biographical blend of comedy and pathos, Mia Madre revels equally in the comic, absurd, and tragic turns of art and life. Frequent collaborators Philip Glass and Arvo Part provide the music. (106 mins.)

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MISS HOKUSAI

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 7 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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MISS HOKUSAI

DIRECTOR: Keiichi Hara - JAPAN

In 1814 Edo, an accomplished artist works tirelessly in his studio. His name is Katsushika Hokusai and decades later his work will come to mesmerize prominent Western artists. But few were aware of the woman who often painted for him while remaining un-credited. Based on the manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, Miss Hokusai is the untold and beautifully animated story of O-Ei, aka Katsushika Oi, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father—her own art is so powerful that it leads to trouble. (93 mins.)

Sponsored by LAIKA and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland.

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MY GOLDEN DAYS

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