Spring 2014 movie lineup

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Friday, February 14th, 2014 - Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Friday, February 28th, 2014 - Elena (2011)
Friday, March 14th, 2014 - White Material (2009)
Friday, March 28th, 2014 - Good Ol' Freda (2013)
Rescheduled for Friday, June 13th, 2014 - Breaking the Waves (1996)
Friday, April 25th, 2014 - Paradise Now (2005)
Friday, May 9th, 2014 - Frances Ha (2012)
Friday, May 23rd, 2014 - Hero (2002)
Friday, June 6th, 2014 - Wadjda (2012)
Friday, June 20th, 2014 - Beyond the Hills (2012)

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Seattle-based magazine reporter Jeff (Jake Johnson) and interns Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and Arnau (Karan Soni) are sent to investigate a personal advertisement placed in the newspaper: guy seeking partner for time travel. "Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed." So says the classified ad. They venture to the coast and set up a haphazard surveillance. Darius is recruited as the shill; her dry wit and cynical nature are perfectly suited to trap this enigmatic oddball, Kenneth (Mark Duplass), and get a good story. But it is she who first sees past the paranoid loner facade to the compelling person inside. The drawback? This still doesn't rule out the possibility that he just might be crazy.
Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly have woven an ingenious tale: a modern version of the classic madcap romantic comedy. Clever dialogue and outlandish antics, peppered with misfit characters, each one charming yet flawed, are wrapped in a love story tingling with the tantalizing possibility of time travel. In a world where moments are fleeting and soul mates are scarce, it seems that even the simple act of falling in love is never safe. Shot on location in Washington, Safety Not Guaranteed is a quirky and hilarious treat that delivers a most unexpected mix of comedy, romance and science fiction.
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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Winner of Cannes' Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize, Elena is a gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment - he's a still-virile, wealthy businessman; she's his dowdy former nurse who has clearly "married up." Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir openly despises his wife's freeloading son and family. But when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan. Masterfully crafted by award-winning Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (Golden Globe nominee for The Return) and featuring evocative, Hitchcockian music by Philip Glass, Elena is a subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature. © Zeitgeist
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(2003) Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev. Writers: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin. Genres: Drama. Country: Russia. Language: Russian. Runtime: 109 min. Unrated.

Awards: Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Best Direction at the 2011 Durban International Film Festival.

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Friday, March 14th, 2014

In the death throes of French colonial Africa, a civil war is brewing. The French army is pulling out of the country leaving the rebels and the nationals to fight it out, urging white European families to leave or face the wrath of decades of pent-up racial tension colonial oppression has wrought. Maria Vial (played with ferocious intensity by Isabelle Huppert), the white owner of a coffee plantation, is hell-bent against all odds to finish the harvest. As the nation plunges into chaos, she holds on to all she holds dear in the face of an uncertain future.
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(2009) Director: Claire Denis. Writer: Claire Denis, Marie N’Diaye, Lucie Borleteau. Genres: Drama, war. Country: France, Cameroon. Languages: French. Runtime: 106 min. Not rated (contains violence, disturbing images, some nudity).

Awards: Out of a total of 3 nominations and 2 wins, the following are worth mentioning: one of the National Board of Review’s Top-Five Foreign films of 2010, National Society of Film Critics 3rd best film of the year, nominated for Golden Lion at 2009 Venice Film Festival.

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Friday, March 28th, 2014

When they decided to shock the world with a new music sound and style, The Beatles needed the help of everyone willing to be part of an uncertain, but adventurous journey. They chose Freda Kelly, a shy teenager from Liverpool, to be their secretary. Her loyalty and devotion got stronger and stronger, as many others kept coming in and out the band's circle. The Beatles' evolution to stardom, with all advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges, did not scare her away. She stood by them, both as employee and friend, throughout their 10 year career together, and even continued to help them one year after their break-up.
Fifty years after their success landed in the Ed Sullivan Show, Freda tells The Beatles story in a documentary that received the support of the living band members. Featuring original Beatles music, Good Ol' Freda offers an insider view on Paul's, John's, George's and Ringo's career and life as one the most influential bands of the century.
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(2013) Director: Ryan White. Writers: Jessica Lawson, Ryan White. Genres: Documentary, biography, history, music. Country: USA, UK. Language: English. Runtime: 86 min. Rated PG for some thematic material and smoking.

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Friday, April 11th, 2014
RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 13th, 2014.

Bess McNeill (Emily Watson), a naive young Scottish woman marries Norwegian oil rig worker Jan (Stellan Skarsgård), despite the apprehensions of her religiously conservative family and community. When paralyzed in an accident, Jan implores Bess to have affairs with other men and to relate her experiences to him. She complies, wanting to make him happy and to prove to God that she loves him; but her actions lead to condemnation from her church. This disturbing, but deeply moving film explores the nature of love, guilt, regret, religious faith, and madness. Emily Watson gives a stunning performance as Bess.
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(1995) Director: Lars von Trier. Writers: Lars von Trier, Peter Asmussen, David Pirie. Genres: Drama, romance. Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, Spain. Language: English. Runtime: 159 min. Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some violence.

Awards: Among all the nominations and wins, there were nominations for Best Actress in a Leading role at the 1997 Oscars, Golden Globes, and the BAFTA Awards, Best Movie at the 1997 Golden Globes, Palme d'Or at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, and wins for Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Film, Best Director, Best Acrtress, and Best Cinematography at New York Film Critics Circle Awards in 1996, etc.

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Friday, April 25th, 2014

Palestinians Khaled (Ali Suliman) and Said (Kais Nashef) appear to be just two regular guys, drinking tea and having a smoke on a sunny afternoon. But when they're called upon to sacrifice themselves in a revenge attack on Tel Aviv, they quickly comply. They are shaved and dressed to look like Jewish settlers, fitted with bombs, and record final video messages before being sent on their mission. However, there are doubts in Said's mind thanks to Suha (Lubna Azabal), a late Palestinian fighter's daughter who only believes in peaceful protest. Nevertheless, the men set off to meet their destiny. Then they get separated. Director Hany Abu-Assad deftly takes on a controversial subject in this powerful and well-made thriller.
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(2005) Director: Hany Abu-Assad. Writers: Hany Abu-Assad, Bero Beyer. Genres: Crime, drama, thriller, war. Country: Palestine, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel. Language: Arabic, English. Runtime: 90 min. Rated Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language.

Awards: Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film for Palestine at the 2006 Golden Globes, Amnesty International Film Prize at the 2005 Berlin INternational Film Festival, and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 2006 Oscars, among others.

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Friday, May 9th, 2014

Frances lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she's not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness.
Twenty-seven year old Frances (Greta Gerwig) is still trying to find her way in life in this honest and effervescent comedy directed by Noah Baumbach and co-written by Baumbach and Gerwig. "Sublime, an enchanting riff on friendship and the late-20-something rite of passage into true adulthood." (Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire).
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(2012) Director: Noah Baumbach. Writers: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig. Genres: Comedy, drama. Country: USA. Language: English. Runtime: 86 min. Rated R for sexual references and language.

Awards: 12 nominations including Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, and winner of the 3rd place for Noah Baumbach at the 2013 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and for Greta Gerwig at the 2014 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Original title: Ying xiong

It is the third century, and Nameless (Jet Li), a rural prefect has been summoned to the palace fortress of the King Qin (Daoming Chen) to be honored for defeating the assassins who have been out to kill the monarch for 10 years. Nameless is asked to recount the tale of how he defeated the assassins Sky (Donnie Yen), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), and Broken Sword (Tony Leung) and Broken Sword's assistant Moon (Zhang Ziyi). In Rashomon-like manner, three versions of each encounter are related in spectacular fashion during the course of the film. A film like Hero demonstrates how the martial arts genre can transcend action and violence and move into poetry, ballet, and philosophy. The film has won numerous awards and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003.
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(2002) Director: Yimou Zhang. Writers: Feng Li, Bin Wang, Yimou Zhang. Genres: Action, drama, history. Country: China, Hong Kong. Language: Mandarin. Runtime: 99 min. Rated PG-13 for stylized martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality.

Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at both 2003 Golden Glob Awards and Academy Awards among many other nominations. Winner of the 2004 Toronto Film Cristics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the 2004 Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography.

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Friday, June 6th, 2014

Wadjda is the fun, feel good story of an adventurous 10-year old Saudi girl who pushes the boundaries of gender norms in her pursuit of a bicycle. In her drive to beat her friend Abdullah in a race, Wadjda sees her dream bike and decides to raise the money for the bike herself by entering Koran recitation competition at her school in hopes of winning the cash prize.
Like Wadjda, writer and director Haifaa Al Mansour is boundary pushing herself by becoming the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, and by making a feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia.
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(2012) Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour. Writer: Haifaa Al-Mansour. Genres: Drama. Country: Saudi Arabia, Germany. Language: Arabic. Runtime: 98 min. Rated PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking.

Awards: Nominations include Best Film not in the English Language at the 2014 BAFTA Awards

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Friday, June 20th, 2014

Influenced by the coldness with which the national and international press presented the tragedy that happened in 2005 at an isolated monastery in Vaslui, in the North-East of Romania, when a girl died after an exorcism ritual, Cristian Mungiu decided to make a movie that would not only present some facts, but also try to answer some profound questions about human relationships. What makes violence crawl into our lives? At what moment in our existence can we consider somebody lost all senses and it is up to us to make decisions for him/her? How does the will to do well get along with the necessity to force it on people? How do we know it is not us who lost all the faculties?
In this movie two friends would do anything out of love: the love of one for the other, and the love of the other for God. Convinced the other follows the wrong path, each of them fights stubbornly to save her friend.
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(2012) Director: Cristian Mungiu. Writers: Cristian Mungiu, Tatiana Niculescu Bran Genres: Drama. Country: Romania, France, Belgium. Language: Romanian. Runtime: 150 min. Unrated in US, but PG-12 is appropriate.

Awards: Winner of Best Actress and Best Screenplay, and Palme d'Or nominee at the 2012 Cannes Festival, among other winnings and nominations.

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