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|FRIDAY, September 14, 2012 7:30 pm
Dir: Asghar Farhadi, 2011, Iran, 125 min, PG-13
The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, begins with a couple, at odds and in distress, arguing in front of a judge. Simin wants to leave the country with her daughter, but her husband, Nader insists on staying at home in Tehran to care for his frail and elderly father. This film sketches a portrait -- perhaps an unnervingly familiar picture that transcends cultures -- of a society divided by sex, generation, religion and class. In Iranian with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, September 28, 2012 7:30pm
Dir: Philippe Falardeau, 2011, Canada, 94min, PG-13
In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar, a 55 year old Algerian immigrant, decides to offer his services as a substitute teacher. He is quickly hired to replace the deceased, in an establishment in crisis, while going through his own personal tragedy. Lazhar is a man of tact, probity and a rich sense of humor. In fact it is a serious, unsentimental film of real insight into loss, grief, guilt, exile and the true meaning of education. In English and French with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, October 12, 2012 7:30 pm
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan , 2011, Turkey, 150 min, Not Rated
At night, near the Anatolian town of Keskin, a team of Turkish state officials is being led to a murder victim by a suspect accused of the crime, except he can’t remember where he buried the body. As the night draws on, details about the murder emerge, along with the investigators’ own secrets and hypocrisies. The slow pace, and moody, atmospheric cinematography allow us to be drawn into the characters, their stories, and the beautiful but menacing countryside. Cannes Grand Prix Winner. In Turkish with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, October 26, 2012 7:30 pm
Dir: Morten Tyldum, 2012, Norway, 100 min, R
A relentless thriller, adapted from Jo Nesbø’s crime-series novels,. Roger, both scoundrel and Norway's most accomplished corporate headhunter, is living a luxurious life well beyond his means, and stealing art to subsidize his lifestyle. A short, homely man who believes that he retains his statuesque wife through luxurious upkeep. When she introduces him to a former mercenary with an extremely valuable painting, Roger decides to risk it all to get his hands on it, and in doing so discovers something, which makes him a hunted man. In Norwegian with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, November 9, 2012 7:30 pm
Dir: Agnieszka Holland, 2011, Poland, 143 min, R
A true Holocaust story, this film is suspenseful and deeply moving. Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, Poland, encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the maze of the town's sewers. What starts out as a straightforward, yet cynical business arrangement, turns into an unlikely alliance. An extraordinary story of survival as these men, women and children try to outwit death during 14 months of intense danger. In Polish with English subtitles
|FRIDAY, November 30, 2012 7:30 pm
Sound of Noise
Dir: Ola Simonsson, 2012, Sweden, 102 min, R
A group of guerilla musicians terrorize their city with anarchistic public performances. Each is one movement in a larger overall “symphony for the devil” in which these percussionists use everyday items as their musical weapons to commit their perfect, rhythmic crimes. In pursuit of the offenders is Amadeus Warnebring, a tone-deaf police officer, who reluctantly investigates but whose personal failure in music may find him unable to keep to the beat. Winner of the Young Critics Award for Best Feature at Cannes, 2010. In Swedish with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, December 14, 2012 7:30 pm
Dir: Taika Waititi, 2012, New Zealand, 87 min, Not Rated
It's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king, even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his grandma, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky, who thinks he has magic powers. Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum, who has returned to find loot he buried years before. This is where the goat enters…
|FRIDAY, January 11, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Aki Kaurismäki, 2011, France, 93 min, Not Rated
In this warmhearted portrait of this French port city, fate throws a young African refugee, Idrissa, into the path of Marcel Marx, a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, “Le Havre” is a charming, deadpan delight. In French with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, January 25, 2013 7:30 pm
The Other F Word
Dir: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins, 2011, USA, 98 min, R
Sometimes a little anarchy can be a life-changing experience. What happens when a generation's ultimate anti-authoritarians, punk rockers, become society's ultimate authorities: DADs? With a large chorus of Punk Rock's leading men: Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Rise Against's Tim McIlrath, The film follows, Jim Lindberg, 20-year veteran of skate punk band, Pennywise, on his moving journey from belting his band's anthem, 'F**k Authority', to embracing his ultimately pivotal authoritarian role in mid-life: fatherhood. In vulgar Punk with un-hip Closed Captions.
|FRIDAY, February 8, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Gustavo Taretto, 2011, Argentina, 95 min, Not Rated
In busy and crowded Buenos Aires, two strangers -- Martin and Mariana -- navigate through their days and nights amid the isolation that quick-paced, technologically modern metropolitan living has to offer. Though these two seeming soul mates live opposite one another in separate buildings and, occasionally, come in close proximity, they have yet to meet. But destiny, even when lost in the big city, may just find a way to knock down some barriers. In English, Spanish and French with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, February 22, 2013 7:30 pm
Shun Li and the Poet
Dir: Andrea Segre, 2011, Italy, 100 min, Not Rated
Shun Li is working in Italy to get her papers and enable her eight-year-old son to join her from China. After a transfer to a new city and job, she meets Bepi, a Slavic fisherman, nicknamed ‘The Poet’ by his friends. Their encounter and growing friendship is a poetic escape from solitude, and a dialogue between cultures that are different, but not distant. But it upsets both the Chinese and Italian communities, whose preconceptions lead them to interfere. Beautiful cinematography, in Italian with English subtitles.
|Friday, March 8, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Jeff Malmberg, 2010, USA, 83 min, Not Rated
This is the story of Mark Hogancamp, of Kingston, New York, brutally beaten outside a bar in 2000, virtually stripping him of his memory. While recovering over the next decade, he constructs Marwencol, a 1/6 scale miniature WWII-era town filled with doll versions of himself, and people in his life and imagination. He documents his therapeutic town’s own narrative of love, adventure, and revenge through carefully composed photographs. As the walls of his town become less a barrier and more a gateway into his world, Hogancamp finds himself at the threshold of rediscovery. In English with Closed Captions.
|FRIDAY, March 22, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Xiaogang Feng, 2010, China, 128 min, Not Rated
Two massive earthquakes frame this story of a family struggling for survival. The first earthquake is in Tangshan, China in 1976 and the second in Sichuan, China in 2008. Amidst the wreckage, a decision is made by the mother that dramatically changes the lives of her surviving family. The film follows the family members as their lives diverge in the aftermath of this disaster. This is the most commercially successful film ever produced in China and was China's entry for the Academy Awards in 2010. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, April 5, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Maïwenn, 2011, France, 127 min, Not Rated
Polisse follows the daily lives of a tightly knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. The accomplished cast of French actors convey the emotional strain of the unit's work with gritty realism. We are immersed in the lives of these cops as they attempt both to see justice done and to preserve their own sanity. Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2011 and nominated for 13 Cesar Awards. In French with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, April 19, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Kevin Macdonald, 2012, UK / USA, 144 min, PG-13
The journey of Bob Marley -- from rural Jamaica, to international superstardom, and ascension into cultural icon, are the bones of director, this documentary. The flesh of this engrossing film exists in the insightful interviews of Marley’s friends and family with rare footage woven throughout. But the heart of the film is in the music -- showcasing the Marley’s impact on the world: Musician, Revolutionary, Prophet, Icon. In English with Closed Captions.
|FRIDAY, May 3, 2013 7:30 pm
The Skin I Live In
Dir: Pedro Almodovar, 2011, Spain, 117 min, R
Since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert now requires a human subject. This psychological thriller won the Best Film Not in English Award at BAFTA, 2012. In Spanish with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, May 10, 2013 7:30 pm
Nobody Else but You
Dir: Gérald Hustache-Mathieu, 2011, France, 102 min, Not Rated
David Rousseau is a crime novelist, desperately looking for a good story. Candice Lecoeur is a young, attractive woman who thinks she is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe. Born in a remote village she manages to become a model for its small cheese factory and becomes a local star. The two will meet only after Candice has been found dead… suicide by sleeping pills. Rousseau doesn't buy it and who wants to know the true cause of her death. In his search for the truth, he’s confronted with many difficulties: especially going beyond what some people want to keep secret forever. In French with English subtitles.