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600 MILES

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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600 MILES

DIRECTOR: Gabriel Ripstein - MEXICO

Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin Film Festival, 600 Miles is a riveting thriller about gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico how the war against drugs has ruined lives on both sides of the border. Arnulfo is a low-level Sinaloa cartel operative who moves weapons illegally to Mexico. All appears to be going well but, unbeknownst to him, he is being tracked by American ATF agent Hank Harris. When an attempted arrest goes wrong, Harris is kidnapped and spirited across the border to Mexico. When things get desperate for both of them, the two...

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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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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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BASKIN

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 10:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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BASKIN

DIRECTOR: Can Evrenol - TURKEY

While en route to answer distress calls from a rural village, a small group of policemen find themselves diverted to investigate a mysterious figure that skitters out into the road in front of their van. Evrenol takes viewers on a ride to hell as his characters stumble upon a ceremony with dire consequences for all involved. “Baskin has cult midnight written all over it. It’s the kind of art house horror that becomes a household name among genre fans.”– Bloody Disgusting.com (97 mins.)

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THE CHICKENING
Dir. Nick DenBoer, Davy Force | Canada. ?
What if Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining...

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COURT

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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COURT

DIRECTOR: Chaitanya Tamhane - INDIA

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Tamhane’s film is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folksinger and grassroots organizer is arrested on a trumped-up charge and his trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. With a cast made up mostly of non-actors, Court weaves a stirring story of class politics, bureaucracy, and justice that winningly captures the societal complexity and contradiction....

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DUKHTAR

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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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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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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HEAVENLY NOMADIC

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 4 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 1:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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HEAVENLY NOMADIC

DIRECTOR: Mirlan Abdykalykov - KYRGYZSTAN

A family of horse-herding nomads lives in the remote high mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Tabyldy is the head of the household; his wife Karachach does the cooking and looks after their granddaughter, while their daughter-in-law Shaiyr takes their herd to graze. Shaiyr’s husband died some years ago and the absence of men is keenly felt. But another male (Ermek, a middle-aged meteorologist) does come into the picture and, his sudden liking for horse milk and friendship with Tabyldy arouses Karachach’s suspicion. Mirlan Abdykalykov’s feature debut uses simple narrative and majestic visuals to tell a gentle story about the inevitable clash of...

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HOME CARE

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 1:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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HOME CARE

DIRECTOR: Slávek Horák - CZECH REPUBLIC

Writer-director Slávek Horák’s mother, a home care nurse, inspired the central character of this insightful feature debut. Working in the Czech wine country, nurse Vlasta (Alena Mihulová, awarded Best Actress at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival) puts the needs of her patients, husband Lá?a, and daughter above her own – until an accident puts her on the receiving end of the healthcare system. “Wryly humorous and bittersweet, Home Care is an appealing humanist tale that puts a poignant spin on that perennial staple of the Czech cinema, the village dramedy.”—Alissa Simon, Variety. (92 mins.)

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KING GEORGES

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 4:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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KING GEORGES

DIRECTOR: Erika Frankel - UNITED STATES

Fiery French chef Georges Perrier is on a crusade to save his world-renowned 40-year-old Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin from closing. For decades, Perrier was on top of the world and Le Bec-Fin was consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the country. But times and tastes have changed: what was once cutting edge is now out of favor. Frankel captures the mastery in the kitchen and charisma on the dining room floor, and has us rooting for a determined, tragi-comic figure and his quixotic fight to keep his cherished culinary traditions alive. Interviews with such legends as Thomas...

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LAMB

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 1:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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LAMB

DIRECTOR: Yared Zeleke - ETHIOPIA

Set against the magnificent mountains of southern Ethiopia, Lamb is heartwarming and visually stunning coming-of-age fable about a boy learning to come to terms with profound loss. After the death of his mother, nine-year-old Ephraim is taken from his drought-stricken home and placed in the care of his uncle, a hard-working peasant farmer. Ephraim and his pet sheep Chuni are inseparable, spending all their time playing together. When he learns that Chuni will be sacrificially slaughtered at the next religious feast, Ephraim decides that he must take drastic action to save his only friend, even if that means returning home....

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L'ATTESA

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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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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LIZA THE FOX-FAIRY

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 10 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 1 PM (Moreland Theater)
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LIZA THE FOX-FAIRY

DIRECTOR: Károly Ujj Mészáros - HUNGARY

Liza’s a lonely nurse whose search for a companion always ends in the same way— with the death of her suitor. Now the bodies are piling up and Liza, whose only friend is the ghost of a 1950s Japanese pop singer, is coming under the suspicion of a bumbling detective. Reminiscent of both Amélie and Takashi Miike’s The Happiness of the Katakuris, Mészáros blends whimsy, death, Japanese lore, and catchy pop songs into a delightfully dark cocktail. “Rarely has grisly death been packaged in such adorable wrapping.”—Film School Rejects. (98 mins.) 

PRECEDED BY:
KNIFE OF THE PARTY
Brian Henderson,...

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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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ROAD TO LA PAZ

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 7 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 1:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sun, Feb 28, 2016
at 2 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ROAD TO LA PAZ

DIRECTOR: Francisco Varone - ARGENTINA

Varone’s warm and funny South American road trip opens up a world of understanding between two strangers. Unemployed and adrift, Sebas decides to become a private driver almost on a whim. When an elderly client, Jalil, offers him a large sum to drive him to La Paz, Sebas can’t refuse and the two set off on an epic 2,000 mile, life-changing journey. Jalil is a devout Muslim, something that initially makes Sebas very uncomfortable, but little by little life on the road brings the two men closer together. (92 mins.)

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SIVAS

Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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SIVAS

DIRECTOR: Kaan Müjdeci - TURKEY

Sivas is set in remote, eastern Anatolia, where Aslan, a troubled 11-year-old boy, rescues and adopts a shepherd dog who has been injured and left to die after a vicious, illegal dog fight. Sivas is at first just an impressive weapon in Aslan’s fight for the affection of his classmate Ay?e, but the potential for the animal to return to a more brutal and cruelly competitive world is always simmering below the surface. Müjdeci doesn’t try to make a comment about the macho culture of fighting dogs, but instead paints a portrait of a boy trying to make his way...

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SLEEPING GIANT

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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SLEEPING GIANT

DIRECTOR: Andrew Cividino - CANADA

Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered when he befriends Riley and Nate, smart aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with wit, debauchery, and recklessness. The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion a series of irreversible events that will change the boys forever. Cividino conjures a vivid and emotionally rich universe filled with equal measures of euphoria and pain as his young protagonists grapple with friendship, betrayal, masculinity, perceptions of love and sexuality, and death. Best Canadian First Feature Film, Toronto...

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SWORN VIRGIN

Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SWORN VIRGIN

DIRECTOR: Laura Bispuri - ALBANIA

A memorable telling of a fascinating and little-known Albanian custom, Sworn Virgin features a remarkable performance by Alba Rohrwacher as a woman who lives her life as a man. While still a girl, Hana decides to escape fate as a wife and servant in the mountains. She takes an oath of eternal virginity, which gives women the chance to pick up a rifle and live free as a man. For everybody in the village Hana becomes Mark, a ‘sworn virgin’. But as years of solitude pass, Mark begins to question his choice and sets out on a journey of discovery,...

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THE THIN YELLOW LINE

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 7 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE THIN YELLOW LINE

DIRECTOR: Celso García - MEXICO

Winner of the Audience Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, The Thin Yellow Line is the buddy-comedy story of five financially strapped men hired to paint the center stripe of a lonely rural road that connects two villages. While the crew makes their own fun in the middle of nowhere, their foreman (Damián Alcázar) promises to impart the reward of a hard day’s work. “As in the best road movies, the journey of the workers changes their way of seeing and understanding life. For them and us, the line they paint comes to symbolize the thin line between right...

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WHAT WE BECOME

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 10 PM (Cinema 21)
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WHAT WE BECOME

DIRECTOR: Bo Mikkelsen - DENMARK

Idyllic suburban life is shattered when news spreads of a viral infection at a neighboring rest home. Soon enough, the military rolls in, placing the entire town under quarantine. As the virus spreads, the strictures of quiet family life begin to break down under the pressures of impending danger. Mikkelsen’s debut is a tense and clever take on the zombie genre and far more compelling than any season of The Walking Dead. “It’s the kind of noirish horror that is rapidly becoming extinct.” —Peter Martin, Twitch Film. (85 mins.)

PRECEDED BY:
Invaders, Jason Kupfer | US.

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