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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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WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE STRONG

Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
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WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE STRONG

DIRECTOR: Burhan Qurbani - GERMANY

The gripping true story of one night in August 1992 in the East German town of Rostock, when a racist mob, watched by around 3,000 onlookers, attacked an apartment building containing over 100 Vietnamese men, women, and children.  This so-called “Night of the Fire” became synonymous with German xenophobia in the newly united country and highlighted the inherent political failings of local government. Told from the point of view of three very different characters —a Vietnamese woman, a young rioting German, and the boy’s father, a politican trapped in a dilemma— We Are Young is a compelling and astute study...

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WEDDING DOLL

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 6 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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WEDDING DOLL

DIRECTOR: Nitzan Gilady - ISRAEL

Winner of the Best Israeli Debut Feature and Best Actress (Assi Levi) at the Jerusalem Film Festival, Wedding Doll is set in a small town in southern Israel’s Negev desert. Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental disability, works in a toilet paper factory and lives with her mother, Sarah, a divorcée who has given up her life for her daughter. Hagit is obsessed with romantic fantasies and spends her evenings making bridal gowns from paper she gets at the factory. Hungering for a life on her own, when Hagit embarks on her first romantic relationship she tries to...

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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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WHEN A TREE FALLS

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 23, 2016
at 6 PM (Roseway Theater)
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WHEN A TREE FALLS

DIRECTOR: Asier Altuna Iza - SPAIN

A film about the passing of Basque rural culture, When A Tree Falls lyrically explores spirit of place, ancestry and the inevitability of change. Gaizka is the eldest son in the family, but refuses to take over the caserio – the farm that has been with the family for generations. His sister Amaia is the one who must deal with the protest from their stubborn, old-fashioned father. He insists that the farm represents a way of life and values that must be upheld. Amaia finds herself torn between tradition and her life in the modern world, but she cannot leave...

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