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Films & Schedules - Oscar Submissions

100 YEN LOVE

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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100 YEN LOVE

DIRECTOR: Masaharu Take - JAPAN

“Play video games with your nephew, pick up junk food, and pass out reading manga. Such is the life of Ichiko Saito, a 32-year-old living with her parents and recently divorced sister. When their working class home gets too small for both sisters, her mother pushes Ichiko into the world and she gets a job at the nearby konbini. She befriends a gruff amateur boxer but cruel reality soon pushes her to don the gloves herself. As Derek Elley of Film Business Asia writes, ‘Ando triumphs in [this] quirky tale of a social misfit’s transformation, exceeding all expectations in a...

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50 Feet from Syria

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 3:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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50 Feet from Syria

DIRECTOR: Skye Fitzgerald - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND, OR)

For Dr. Hisham Bismar, a successful hand surgeon in the United States, images of wounded Syrian refugees flowing across international borders compels action. Hisham’s journey serves as a portal into a tragic conflict and remarkable people working to save lives at great personal risk. (39 min.)

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OPEN YOUR EYES
DIRECTOR: Irene Taylor Brodsky - UNITED STATES

Living under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly gone milky white. Manisara and Durga have cataracts, and their mountain home in Nepal has become a warren of darkness. Shot over three days, Open Your Eyes follows their extraordinary journey down the mountain for a chance...

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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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7 LETTERS

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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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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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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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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THE CLAN

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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THE CLUB

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 4 PM (Moreland Theater)
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THE CLUB

DIRECTOR: Pablo Larraín - CHILE

A meditation on justice and the Catholic Church, Larraín’s darkly comic, but no less angry, film presents the moral dramas of four exiled priests who live together in a secluded house in a seaside town. A cozy monastery home for priests with “problems,” the men have been sent there to purge sins from the past and spare the church from embarrassment. Living under strict rules and the watchful eye of a female caretaker, the fragile stability of their routine is disrupted by the arrival of a fifth man, a newly-disgraced companion, who brings with him the past they thought they had left behind. Golden Globe nominee. (98 mins.)

Filmography: No (2012), Post Morten (2010), Tony Manero (2008)



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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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EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

DIRECTOR: Peter Greenaway - NETHERLANDS

Greenaway’s lively, provocative film follows the great Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (Finnish actor Elmer Bäck) in his travels to the Mexican city of Guanajuato in 1931. Following the international success of Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein goes to Mexico to shoot a new film, “Que viva México!,” having recently been spurned by Hollywood. He soon falls under Mexico’s spell and that of his guide Palomino Cañedo, and opens up to his suppressed fears as he embraces a new world of sensual pleasures and possibilities that will shape the future of his art. “An outrageously unconventional and deliriously profane biopic.” – Variety. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. (105...

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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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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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THE IDOL

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE IDOL

DIRECTOR: Hany Abu-Assad - PALESTINE

The Idol maps the true story of Palestine’s first pop celebrity, Mohammed Assaf, and his stellar rise to fame following his victory in the 2013 season of Arab Idol. Abu-Assad (Omar) follows the remarkable story of Assaf’s journey from a refugee camp in Gaza, through to his audition in Egypt with a fake passport, to his crowning victory in Beirut which stirred the dreams, hearts, and aspirations of Palestinians at home and abroad. The first feature to be (partially) filmed on location in Gaza in decades and The Idol is sure to inspire and delight. (100 mins.)

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IRAQI ODYSSEY

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 7 PM (World Trade Center)
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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IRAQI ODYSSEY

DIRECTOR: Samir - SWITZERLAND

Bombs, war, angry bearded men, shrouded sobbing women, shattered cities: Iraq, as seen through the eyes of the Western media these days. In this riveting and timely film, author and director Samir tells the compelling story of his globalized middle-class Iraqi family—now scattered between Auckland, Moscow, Paris, London and Buffalo, New York—recounting their stories of departures and uprootings. Samir also engrossingly chronicles how Iraqis’ dreams of building a modern and just society after their nation achieved independence in the 1950s were brutally dashed over the course of half a century of dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation. (162 mins.)

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THE JUDGMENT

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 12:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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THE JUDGMENT

DIRECTOR: Stephan Komandorev - BULGARIA

Mityo, a poor milk-truck driver, has lost everything that matters to him: his wife, his work, and his hopes. And now he’s losing the trust of his only son, Vasko. Out of desperation, Mityo agrees to smuggle illegal immigrants from Syria through a steep Turkish border mountain pass. Left at the mercy of Judgment Mountain and in desperate need of help from his ever more distant son, Mityo will soon discover if he can be forgiven for a terrible sin committed 25 years ago. “A timely, well-crafted thriller.”—Hollywood Reporter. (107 mins.)

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RAMS

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 4 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 29, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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RAMS

DIRECTOR: Grímur Hákonarson - ICELAND

Funny, moving and stunningly shot, Rams was awarded the top prize of Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In a secluded valley, brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral stock is considered one of the country’s best. But although they share the land and a way of life, the two have not spoken to each other in over 40 years. Their world is upended, however, when the valley comes under threat from infection. While others abandon their land, Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up so easily, and each brother tries...

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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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THE THRONE

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 4 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE THRONE

DIRECTOR: Lee Joon-ik - SOUTH KOREA

 “There are kings who have killed their own brothers and nephews to preserve the dynasty.” These words are spoken by the 16th-century Korean monarch Yeongjo, unaware of the grave irony that he will one day have his own son put to death in The Throne, an outstandingly crafted period drama that recounts a famous historical outrage with a sense of empathy as potent and measured as its anger. Led by a towering performance from Song Kang-ho, but well cast down to the last courtier and concubine, this is a gripping return to Joseon-dynasty intrigue . . .stranding two men on opposite...

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VIVA

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:30 PM (OMSI Empirical Theater)
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VIVA

DIRECTOR: Paddy Breathnach - IRELAND

Jesus does hair and make up for the drag queens at a bar in Havana. Wanting to be a performer himself, he finally gets his chance on stage, but only to be greeted by a punch in the face from a stranger. It’s his father, Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. Furious about his son’s sexuality, Angel forbids Jesus from performing. Unwillingly giving up his dream to reconnect with his father, the two clash over their opposing expectations of one other as they struggle to become family again. “Confidently mixing melodrama, fairy...

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A WAR

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Roseway Theater)
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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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THE WAVE

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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THE WAVE

DIRECTOR: Roar Uthaug - NORWAY

Kristian, an experienced geologist, has accepted a job offer that will require moving from the town of Geiranger. While getting his family ready to go, he and his colleagues record small movements in the earth that indicate that disaster is imminent. With less than ten minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many people as possible, including his own family. Uthaug’s gripping tsunami-peril thriller will resonate with anyone who has contemplated the inevitability of shifting plates beneath us. (104 mins.)

Sponsored by the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation.

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