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Monday – Oct 22, 2012

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12:30pm – Rat Fever

Rat Fever

Zizo, a true rebel, is content to spend his days spewing subversive poetry to an audience consisting mostly of his fellow outsider friends. That is, until the arrival of the beautiful Eneida injects a love story into this carefree romp through the stoned and casually promiscuous world of Brazilian bohemian life. Gorgeous black and white cinematography and a dryly comedic, stylized tone perfectly convey the idealism of the youthful characters.

Portuguese with subtitles 110 min

1:00pm – The Last Friday

The Last Friday

A slow-burning absurdist comedy, The Last Friday follows Youssef, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver whose lonely life changes suddenly when he learns he must have a testicular operation immediately. His son, meanwhile, must be sent to a private school. The money for both tuition and the operation is due by Friday. Youssef finds himself reaching out to estranged family members and friends, both for the money and to salvage what’s left of his life.

Arabic with subtitles 88 min

1:15pm – Valley of Saints

Valley of Saints

Gulzar, a boatman on Kashmir’s gorgeous, peaceful Dal Lake, plans on leaving his home for the city alongside his best friend Afzal. A military curfew puts their plans on hold, however. Forced to remain in his hometown, Gulzar meets Asifa, a pretty Kashmiri-American researcher studying the lake. A sweet and tender romance soon develops against a backdrop of jealousy, competition, and ongoing political turmoil.

Kashmiri with subtitles 82 min

2:00pm – Coming of Age

Coming of Age

In their 80s, Rosa and Bruno meet and are suddenly reminded what it means to love and live fully. The two - knowing that their time together is limited - discover a new lust for life and run off together, leaving much and many in their wake. This unconventional romantic drama paints a powerful portrait of love and loss by turns stark, passion-filled, and heartbreaking.

German 90

2:00pm – StringCaesar

StringCaesar

With a cast featuring both renowned actors (including legendary thespian Derek Jacobi) and hundreds of prisoners, StringCaesar tells the story of the early, under-documented life of emperor Julius Caesar. Set in three working prisons across the world (in South Africa, Wales and Canada), this remarkable ensemble collaborates to bring to life the thrilling, tumultuous story of one of the most powerful, enduring personalities in Western history.

English 88 min

2:45pm – Agon

Agon

A powerful drama about cultural conflict and the strength of familial bonds, Agon explores the relationship between Albanian brothers who must deal with prejudice treatment and bigotry in a new country. Saimir is well-established and thriving with a stable job and a fiancé in Greece, while Vini, newly emigrated, is involved with dangerous criminals. Family is incredibly important to both brothers, but their differences open a rift between them that they must confront.

Albanian, Greek with subtitles 110 min

3:00pm – Consuming Spirits

Consuming Spirits

A melancholic, mesmerizing vision of backwoods gothic Americana, Consuming Spirits weaves together a spell-binding blend of cut-out, pencil-drawn and stop motion animation techniques, a painstaking artistic process which took Chicago-based director Chris Sullivan nearly 15 years to complete. Folksy storytelling tinged with the dark surrealism of David Lynch, this atmospheric, multi-layered tale of outcasts and misfits is haunting, funny and occasionally heartbreaking.

English 130 min

3:00pm – Student

Student

Following up his adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Darezhan Omirbaev returns to Russian literature, this time adapting Crime and Punishment to modern-day Kazhakstan. Goaded on by a lecture on modern capitalism, a philosophy student murders a local shopkeeper and must ponder the moral and philosophical implications of his actions. This much-adapted story is brought to new light in Post-Communist Kazhakstan, where crime and corruption have lingered following the transition to capitalism.

Student is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.

Kazakh and Russian with subtitles 90 min

3:15pm – The World Is Funny

The World Is Funny

The World Is Funny follows the wanderings of a loose network of characters. Told with meticulous precision, the connections between the characters and the profound implications of their stories grow in richness and complexity as the film progresses. A sharp, ironic sense of humor enriches a melancholy yet inspiring film that has been a gigantic hit in Israel, earning a record-setting 15 Ophir nominations (the Israeli Academy Awards®).

Hebrew with subtitles 122 min

3:45pm – The Exam

The Exam

In late 1950’s Hungary, Andras supervises a network of civilians spying on their neighbors and coworkers. But little does he know that the government is monitoring him as well. His superiors have chosen Christmas Eve to implement “the exam”, an obscure procedure designed to challenge an agent’s loyalty without his or her knowledge. Nothing can be taken for granted in this world of intense secrecy and perpetual surveillance.

Hungarian with subtitles 89 min

6:00pm –

4:30pm – Footnote

Footnote

Footnote is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. Meanwhile his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition.

Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his father’s achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father’s. Will he sabotage his father’s glory?

Part of: A Conversation With Joseph Cedar

Hebrew with subtitles 107 min

5:00pm – The Land of Eb

The Land of Eb

In the stark volcanic landscape of a remote Hawaiian community, Marshallese patriarch Jacob struggles to provide for his large family. When diagnosed with cancer, he eschews treatment in favor of earning as much as possible for his children and grandchildren. As his illness worsens, Jacob turns a small video camera on himself and begins to tell his own story and the tragic history of the Marshallese people in this hauntingly beautiful affirmation of family.

Marshallese with subtitles 87 min

5:30pm – Color of Sky

Color of Sky

When a petty thief attempts to rob an old man, he not only fails but finds himself on a boat heading towards the lonely island where the man lives. A de facto prisoner on the island, the thief spends his days looking for escape, even as he can’t help but become more entangled in the lives of the few island misfits. Filled with beautiful images and light humor, Color of Sky is a thoroughly likeable modern-day fable.

Malayalam with subtitles 117 min

5:45pm – Hemel

Hemel

Since the death of her mother, Hemel has been very close with her father Gijs, her only other consolation being an endless series of men. Gijs has gone through a number of romances with beautiful women, and, similarly, none of them were serious enough to threaten the father-daughter relationship. When Gijs meets Sophie, however, Hemel feels like her close bond with her father is in serious danger in this powerful, erotic melodrama.

Dutch with subtitles 80 min

6:00pm – Sea Shadow

Sea Shadow

When he develops a crush on the lovely young Kaltham, 16-year-old Mansoor finds himself unequipped for wooing her - an especially tricky problem in a society that regulates interaction between boys and girls. His best friend concocts the seemingly perfect solution of declaring his love with a gift, but that brings its own complications and deceits. Sea Shadow’s touching coming-of-age story brings out a tender, personal side of its Dubai setting.

Arabic with subtitles 98 min

6:00pm – The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

By the time he was arrested, Jeffrey Dahmer had killed and dismembered 17 victims, mostly in his nondescript Milwaukee apartment. Through interviews with neighbors and police, this documentary offers new insights even for those who know Dahmer’s story well, and a mixture of archival footage and recreations brings fresh detail and surprising humanity to the life of one of America’s most notorious serial killers.

English 75 min

6:15pm – Caesar Must Die

Caesar Must Die

Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, this docudrama from the Taviani brothers (Padre Padrone) captures the preparations for a staging of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Rome’s Rebibbia Prison. The performers - inmates, some of whom have been jailed for murder and other violent crimes - bring powerful new layers of meaning and emotion to the canonical play. Caesar Must Die is a memorable, emotional meditation on the transformative power of artistic production.

Italian with subtitles 76 min

7:00pm – An Evening with Viola Davis

An Evening with Viola Davis

A powerhouse talent of stage, television, and film,
Viola Davis has deservedly been recognized as one of the most versatile and commanding actresses of our generation. From her Academy Award®-nominated performances in Doubt and The Help to her acclaimed work in Solaris, Antwone Fisher, Far From Heaven and this year’s Won't Back Down, Viola Davis has provided audiences with rich characters and nuanced performances. We are proud to present her with our Career Achievement Award, placing her alongside fellow recipients Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, and Sidney Poitier. Join us for this conversation with Viola Davis as we celebrate her talent and career.

AMC River East 21
322 E. Illinois St.
6:30 pm Red Carpet
7:00 pm Tribute and award presentation
9:00 pm Reception at Cibo Matto at theWit (201 N. State St.)

90 min

7:00pm – Yuma

Yuma

On the Polish-German border just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a group of friends wants to take charge of their lives and make their mark. Bored and lacking any direction, they lead the lives of outlaws, living hard and fast and not worrying about the consequences. Delightfully mixing a Scorsese-inflected gangster film with a modern-day Western, Yuma (based on actual events) makes for surreal, hugely enjoyable viewing.

Polish and German with subtitles 113 min

7:00pm – An Evening with Viola Davis

An Evening with Viola Davis

A powerhouse talent of stage, television, and film,
Viola Davis has deservedly been recognized as one of the most versatile and commanding actresses of our generation. From her Academy Award®-nominated performances in Doubt and The Help to her acclaimed work in Solaris, Antwone Fisher, Far From Heaven and this year’s Won't Back Down, Viola Davis has provided audiences with rich characters and nuanced performances. We are proud to present her with our Career Achievement Award, placing her alongside fellow recipients Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, and Sidney Poitier. Join us for this conversation with Viola Davis as we celebrate her talent and career.

AMC River East 21
322 E. Illinois St.
6:30 pm Red Carpet
7:00 pm Tribute and award presentation
9:00 pm Reception at Cibo Matto at theWit (201 N. State St.)

90 min

7:45pm – Germania

Germania

This gorgeously shot debut feature follows an Argentine family as they prepare to leave their tightly-knit German-speaking village for good. After a plague decimates their farm, they have no choice but to leave their home behind. As they say goodbye to old friends, the family attempts to reconcile the past and all their memories, good and bad, with their uncertain future in a town far away.

Spanish and German Dialect with subtitles 75 min

8:00pm – Dreams for Sale

Dreams for Sale

The lives of married couple Kanya and Satoko are turned upside down when they lose their restaurant in a fire. Depressed and desperate, the couple concocts an unlikely confidence scheme to pay the bills: Kanya marries and swindles lonely spinsters. Successful as they are, the fraud wears on the couple, driving an even greater wedge between them.

Japanese with subtitles 134 min

8:00pm – Everybody's Got Somebody…Not Me

Everybody's Got Somebody…Not Me

Alejandra and Maria make an unlikely couple, to say the least. Alejandra is a painfully shy middle-aged intellectual, while Maria is a loud, outgoing teenager attending a private high school. This stylish film explores the joys, complexities, and limitations of love between two very different people.

Spanish with subtitles 100 min

8:00pm – Surprise Film

Surprise Film

Every year, we love to surprise our audience with a top-secret film that will keep them talking for days. Will it be a hotly anticipated Hollywood blockbuster? Maybe the first look at a Best Picture contender? How about a big-budget 3-D musical about the zombie apocalypse? You won’t know what you’ll see until the lights go down. Here’s the best part: it’s free! The only catch is that you have to wear our festival t-shirt or sweatshirt to get in.

90-120 min

8:30pm – An Oversimplification of her Beauty

An Oversimplification of her Beauty

Starring director Terence Nance as a version of himself, a young man attempts to make a female friend something more. A single event motivates an abstract and witty introspection into the origins of his feelings toward her. Brazenly mixing live action with animation and eschewing classical narrative structure, An Oversimplfication of Her Beauty is a stylish, exhilarating American debut.

English 90 min

8:30pm – Night Across the Street

Night Across the Street

The final completed film from Raúl Ruiz (Time Regained), one of world cinema’s most inventive, iconoclastic filmmakers, Night Across the Street follows the ruminations of Don Celso, an elderly office worker, as he relives memories - both real and imagined - from his life. Stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama.

Spanish and French with subtitles 110 min

10:00pm – John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End

After being introduced to a paranormal street drug known as “soy sauce,” underachieving slackers John and David decide that an otherworldly invasion is about to hit, and only they can save the human race. Meanwhile, an enigmatic journalist (Paul Giamatti) is investigating the drug, which has bizarre, dehumanizing effects on some users. This mind-bending blend of sci-fi and deadpan stoner humor is destined to become a late night cult classic.

English 100 min