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|FRIDAY, September 12, 2014 7:30 pm
Paraguay, 100 min., PG-13, Spanish with English subtitles.
Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow leader, dreams of becoming famous, often absorbed by the TV in the appliance store in the Municipal Market. He receives an unusual proposal, to carry seven boxes of unknown content, in exchange for a torn half of a $100 bill. He will get the other half when he completes the job. With a borrowed cell phone, the contractor uses to tell him the way, Víctor embarks on the journey. Crossing the eight blocks of the market seemed easy but things get complicated along the way. There is something in those boxes that starts a high-speed wheelbarrow chase in the secret and gloomy corridors of the market. Without even realizing, Víctor and his pursuers will get involved in a crime of which they know nothing.
|FRIDAY, September 26, 2014 7:30pm
105 min, UK, PG, English with subtitles
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
|FRIDAY, October 3, 2014 7:30 pm
100 min, Saudi Arabia, PG, Arabic with English subtitles
Wadjda is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Even more impressive, Wadjda is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new, excellent film.
|FRIDAY, October 17, 2014 7:30 pm
ON MY WAY
113 min, France, N-R, French with English subtitles
Now in her early sixties, former beauty queen Bettie , played by Catherine Deneuve, finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family's restaurant. What begins as a quick drive to clear her head turns into a full-fledged road trip, and along the way there are chance meetings, an ex-Miss France gala, renewed ties with her estranged daughter and grandson, and possibly, at the end of the road, love...will resonate with women 'of a certain age.'
|FRIDAY, November 14, 2014 7:30 pm
97 min, Norway, N-R, Norwegian and German with English subtitles
In Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled. Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a "war child"; the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during World War II. She enjoys a happy family life with her mother, her husband, daughter and granddaughter. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to witness in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealments and secrets is unveiled, until Katrine is finally stripped of everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand. What carries more weight, the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on? The great Liv Ullman appears in a supporting role.
|SATURDAY, November 22, 2014 7:30 pm
DANCING IN JAFFA
100 min, Israel, PG, Arabic/Hebrew/English with English subtitles
Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer, fulfills a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to the city of his birth, Jaffa. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches 10-year-old Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish- Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three different children, who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. The classroom becomes a microcosm of the Middle East's struggle to work together harmoniously while still caught in the politics and religion of the region. With the guidance of Pierre, the children learn to dance together and trust one another.
|FRIDAY, December 12, 2014 7:30 pm
ERNEST AND CELESTINE
80 min, France, PG, animated, In English with subtitles
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer—and she forms and unlikely bond with ursine troubadour Ernest with delightful on-screen chemistry ensuing. Before long their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Ernest & Celestine is like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen. Based on a classic Belgian book series. Winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes.
|FRIDAY, January 9, 2015 7:30 pm
110 min, Italy, N-R, Italian with English subtitles
Human Capital begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV on the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, both privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli, in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife. Meanwhile, Dino's teenage daughter's relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi's playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. This Donatello award-winning film is not scheduled to have a US release date before FLICS’ screening—so, aside from a few film festivals, this is its US debut!
|FRIDAY, January 23, 2015 7:30 pm
THE AMAZING CATFISH
89 min, Mexico, N-R, Spanish with English subtitles
Claudia, a product demonstrator in her twenties who has been on her own her entire life, meets ailing matriarch Martha in a hospital room when she is admitted for appendicitis. Martha, an HIV-positive mother of four rambunctious and imaginative children, has an endless lust for life. Martha finds solace when she meets the younger woman and quickly the two build a strong relationship. When Martha invites Claudia to live with her family, Claudia unwittingly takes on the responsibility of becoming a surrogate mother to Martha's children. Reluctant at first, Martha's family eventually gives new meaning to Claudia's life and as Martha gets sicker with each passing day, Claudia's bond with her children grows stronger.
|FRIDAY, February 6, 2015 7:30 pm
80 min, Poland, PG-13, Polish with English subtitles
18-year old Anna, a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative, her aunt Wanda, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; a most powerful and affecting film.
|Friday, February 20, 2015 7:30 pm
THE WAY HE LOOKS
96 minutes, Brazil, N-R, Portuguese with English subtitles
Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. Leonardo has never even seen the face of his devoted best friend, Giovana, who walks him home from their Sao Paulo school every day. To the disappointment of Giovana, he begins planning to go on an exchange program abroad. When a new student in town, Gabriel, arrives at their classroom, new feelings blossom in Leonardo making him question his plans. The director's command of tone is key in making this story believable, focusing on the innate goodness of his young characters before slowly allowing them the space to rebel as they try to assert themselves and leave their protective childhood cocoon behind.
|Friday, February 27, 2015 7:30 pm
112 minutes, Romania, N-R , Romanian with English subtitles
A sharply crafted family thriller, Child’s Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as a steely, upper-class Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim's family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. This film is another impressive landmark of the Romanian New Wave.
|FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 7:30 pm
117 minutes, France, R, English and French with subtitles
"The next Proust" is the dubious marketing tag applied to Xavier Rousseau, a flighty, footloose novelist, by his editor in Cédric Klapisch’s romantic comedy. So what if there is nothing remotely Proustian about Xavier, the womanizing charmer with an idiot grin from two earlier Klapisch films—L’Auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls. Xavier, like the other returning characters from those movies, is about to turn 40, but with his carefree attitude; he might as well be 25. This is a sprightly, feel-good film whose cuteness factor is amplified by scenes in which the ghosts of Schopenhauer and Hegel pop in to offer enigmatic tidbits of observation for no particular reason. It’s a slight comic conceit for the purpose of enhancing the film’s levity. Also starring Audrey Tautou and Kelly Reilly.
|FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 7:30 pm
WE ARE THE BEST!
102 min, Sweden, N-R, Swedish with English subtitles
We are the Best! is director Lukas Moodysson's adaptation of his wife Coco's graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early '80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments--or discernible musical talent--the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig as the third wheel. With tender affection for his young characters and the period in which his film is set, Moodysson paints an ebullient and sharply observant portrait of DIY spirit and growing up different.