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Battle Of Tabatô Battle Of Tabatô

Guinea Bissau and Portugal
Director: João Viana

After years of European exile, Imatur returns to his native village of Tabatô to attend his daughter’s wedding, his head still saturated with horrific visions of a war he fought long ago. When tragedy strikes on the road to Tabatô, the entire village must come together in this entrancing, surreal film that blends music and magic with the lingering effects of Guinea-Bisseau’s history.

Mandinka with English Subtitles, 83 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFBAT1 – $14/$11 Director João Viana Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFBAT2 – $14/$11 Director João Viana Scheduled to Attend
Black South-Easter Black South-Easter

South Africa
Director: Carey McKenzie

When a body washes up on a Cape Town beach, ambitious township cop Sizwe seizes the opportunity to prove himself and earn the promotion he desperately needs. But when the investigation leads him to a black market smuggling ring, Sizwe is caught in the middle of a deadly power play orchestrated by an old friend. With no one left to trust, Sizwe must take the law into his own hands in this gritty crime drama.

Sotho, Xhosa, Afrikaans with English Subtitles, 92 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFBSE1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFBSE2 – $14/$11
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFBSE3 – $5
Bluebird Bluebird

USA
Director: Lance Edmands

The quiet lives in a small logging town in northern Maine are irrevocably changed when a seemingly minor oversight leads to tragedy in the dead of winter. Lesley (Steppenwolf’s Amy Morton), a school bus driver, is overwhelmed with remorse, while her husband (Mad Men’s John Slattery) offers little solace. Another family grieves its own immeasurable loss and must deal with questions of culpability. Gorgeously shot in a severe, unforgiving landscape, Bluebird presents a moving meditation on family, responsibility, and redemption.

90 min

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  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFBLU1 – $14/$11 Director Lance Edmands and Actress Amy Morton Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFBLU2 – $14/$11 Director Lance Edmands and Actress Amy Morton Scheduled to Attend
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 1:45pm , EFBLU3 – $5 Actress Amy Morton Scheduled to Attend
Burn It Up Djassa Burn It Up Djassa

France / Ivory Coast
Director: Lonesome Solo

Shot on a miniscule budget but positively bursting with style and energy, this hugely inventive DIY crime thriller follows Tony, a young cigarette seller in an Abidjan ghetto. Ignoring the pleas of his policeman brother to stay on the right side of the law, Tony gets increasingly mixed up in local gambling and criminal activities until a moment of violence puts him on the run from the law.

French and Nouchi (Ivorian dialect) with English Subtitles, 70 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFBUR1 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 9:30pm , EFBUR2 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:45pm , EFBUR3 – $14/$11
Closed Curtain Closed Curtain

Iran
Director: Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi

Filmed in secret in defiance of director Jafar Panahi’s 20-year filmmaking ban, Closed Curtain tells the story of a writer whose plans of working in seclusion are disrupted when strangers break into his home. Just as the situation between the mysterious, inquisitive visitors and the paranoid writer reaches its apparent resolution, the film takes a step back with a surreal blend of fiction and autobiographical documentary, as Panahi himself finds the fiction film bleeding into his everyday life.

Farsi with English subtitles, 106 min

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  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFCLO1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFCLO2 – $14/$11
Domestic Domestic

Romania
Director: Adrian Sitaru

A lighter take on the Romanian New Wave, Adrian Sitaru's wry comedy presents the exploits of three families living in a single building. All share a love for (or malice towards) various domestic and/or edible animals, which somehow keep finding a way of bringing out strains within their families. Sitaru captures this all with a formal precision attuned to both the slyly hilarious comedic timing of each scene and the expressive potential of long-take aesthetics.

Romanian with English Subtitles, 85 min

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  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFDOM1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFDOM2 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFDOM3 – $14/$11
The Don Juans The Don Juans

Czech Republic
Director: Jirí Menzel

A brilliantly-observed, hilarious sex farce from Czech New Wave master Jirí Menzel (Closely Watched Trains), The Don Juans looks at a small town opera company’s efforts to mount a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The eccentric director Vitek has unusual views on opera and uses the production as an excuse to bed every woman he meets. Passions flare onstage and behind the scenes as the small company prepares for a wholly unique adaptation of the Mozart classic.

Czech with subtitles, 98 min

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  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 3:45pm , EFDON1 – $5
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFDON2 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 1:30pm , EFDON3 – $14/$11
Floating Skyscrapers Floating Skyscrapers

Poland
Director: Tomasz Wasilewski

When the self-assured Kuba, a promising swimmer who lives with his gorgeous girlfriend, meets shy young student Michal, he finds himself falling in love. But his family’s overwhelmingly negative response to his new relationship compounds his own deep-seated internal conflicts and insecurities. Kuba attempts to find peace and fulfillment while keeping one foot in the closet in this moving depiction of the psychic turmoil wrought by homophobia.

Polish with English Subtitles, 93 min

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  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:45pm , EFFLO1 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFFLO2 – $14/$11
The German Doctor The German Doctor

Argentina / France / Norway / Spain
Director: Lucia Puenzo

In Patagonia, 1960, an Argentine family meets a German physician on the long road to Bariloche. The first guest at the family’s newly opened inn, the wealthy doctor ingratiates himself into their home life with his charisma and his scientific knowledge. Little do they know, however, that they are housing one of history’s most monstrous criminals, and that he might be continuing his experimental practice in their own community in this chilling, captivating story.

Spanish, German, Hebrew with English Subtitles, 93 min

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  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFGER1 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 7:45pm , EFGER2 – $14/$11
Grigris Grigris

Chad
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Despite a paralyzed leg that keeps him on the fringes of society, Grigris comes alive at the local nightclub, tearing up the dance floor every night. When a relative’s hospital bills start piling up, Grigris must turn to the black market for work. After double-crossing his new boss in a desperate attempt at fast money, Grigris finds himself on the run in this sensitive depiction of a desperate, marginalized man by one of Africa’s most celebrated directors.

French and Arabic with English Subtitles, 101 min

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  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFGRI1 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 3:00pm , EFGRI2 – $14/$11
H4 H4

USA
Director: Paul Quinn

Touted as the first Shakespeare adaptation to deal with contemporary African American issues, H4 re-imagines Henry IV Part I and Part II in the context of modern-day Los Angeles, performed by a top-notch cast of black actors led by Harry Lennix (Man of Steel). As Henry’s unreliable son Hal comes of age, events compel him to increase power and responsibility as he becomes the face of a new nation and prepares to succeed his father.

114 min

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  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFHEN1 – $14/$11 Producers Albena Dodeva and Danny Green, Executive Producers Harry Lennix and Giovanni Zelko, and Actors Amad Jackson and Geno Monteiro scheduled to attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFHEN2 – $14/$11 Producers Albena Dodeva and Danny Green, Executive Producers Harry Lennix and Giovanni Zelko, and Actors Amad Jackson and Geno Monteiro scheduled to attend
Harmony Lessons Harmony Lessons

France / Germany / Kazakhstan
Director: Emir Baigazin

Writer-director Emir Baigazin announces himself as a major new voice with this startling, ecstatically received debut feature. 13-year-old Aslan lives with his grandmother in rural Kazakhstan, where young thugs run the local schoolyard like an extortion racket, systematically bullying children for their money. After a humiliating incident during a medical examination, Aslan becomes a social outcast, growing increasingly isolated until he decides to take grim revenge on his tormentors. Warning: contains scenes of animal violence.

Kazakh / Russian with English Subtitles, 115 min

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  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFHARM1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFHARM2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 3:15pm , EFHARM3 – $5
Heli Heli

Mexico
Director: Amat Escalante

Factory worker Heli lives a modest life with his father and his sister Estela in rural Mexico. In a misguided attempt to finance his elopement with the 12-year-old Estela, police cadet Beto steals two large packages of cocaine, setting off a string of increasingly bloody, painful, and even fatal consequences. Awarded the prize for Best Director at Cannes, Heli takes an unflinching look at the cycle of drugs and violence in contemporary Mexico, depicting immense brutality with shocking frankness. Warning: this film contains extreme violence.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 95 min

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  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 9:30pm , EFHEL1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFHEL2 – $14/$11
Hide Your Smiling Faces Hide Your Smiling Faces

USA
Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone

The death of a 9-year-old boy sends ripples through a bucolic town, jarring his friend Tommy and Tommy’s older brother Eric out of their routines and forcing them to stare their own mortality straight in the face. Battling chronic unhappiness and implacable restlessness, the boys look to escape their drab reality by retreating further into their natural surroundings - a lush, densely-wooded expanse that seems to represent both a sought-after freedom and an inexorable mortal peril in this patient and beautifully melancholic film.

80 min

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  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFHID1 – $14/$11 Director Daniel Patrick Carbone Scheduled to Attend
  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFHID2 – $14/$11 Director Daniel Patrick Carbone Scheduled to Attend
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 1:30pm , EFHID3 – $5
Imbabazi: The Pardon Imbabazi: The Pardon

Rwanda
Director: Joel Karekezi

Best friends Manzi and Karemera find themselves on opposing sides in Rwanda’s ethnic civil war, with Tutsi Karemera’s family paying a horrific price for Manzi’s allegiance to his Hutu heritage. When Manzi is released from prison fifteen years later, his return re-opens old wounds. Filmmaker Joel Karekezi draws from his own experience as a survivor of Rwanda’s violence in creating this moving account of two former friends who must contend with the unimaginable horrors in their past.

73 min

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  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFIMB1 – $14/$11 Director Joel Karekezi Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFIMB2 – $14/$11 Director Joel Karekezi Scheduled to Attend
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  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFIMB3 – $5 Director Joel Karekezi Scheduled to Attend
In The Name Of… In The Name Of…

Poland
Director: Malgoska Szumowska

Catholic priest Adam works at a home for troubled boys in the isolated Polish countryside. Deeply committed to the Church, Adam’s convictions are thrown into turmoil when his close bond with a young teen named Łukasz forces his repressed homosexuality to the surface. Desperate to keep his secret but increasingly confronted by his desires, Adam must face who he is and who he has chosen to be in this humane, non-judgmental portrait of an earnest priest in conflict.

Polish with English Subtitles, 102 min

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  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFNAM1 – $14/$11 Actor Andrzej Chyra Scheduled to Attend
  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFNAM2 – $14/$11 Actor Andrzej Chyra Scheduled to Attend
The Invisible Collection The Invisible Collection

Brazil
Director: Bernard Attal

After a tragedy throws his life into turmoil, the self-absorbed young Beto ventures deep into the Brazilian countryside in search of a collection of rare prints his absent father had sold to a wealthy plantation owner decades earlier. When he locates the plantation, he finds it devastated and its inhabitants staunchly resistant to visitors. A sophisticated, engrossing thriller, the film follows Beto’s efforts to uncover the mystery of the prints and the family keeping them hidden from the world.

Portuguese with English Subtitles, 89 min

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  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 8:40pm , EFTIC1 – $14/$11 Director Bernard Attal Scheduled to Attend
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFTIC2 – $14/$11 Director Bernard Attal Scheduled to Attend
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFTIC3 – $5
It's All So Quiet It's All So Quiet

Germany / Netherlands
Director: Nanouk Leopold

Stifled by his ailing father’s oppressive presence, Helmer moves him to the second floor of their isolated rural farmhouse. Free from his father’s judgmental gaze, Helmer finds himself developing increasingly warm relationships with the milk truck driver and an attractive young farmhand who moves into the house. Helmer quietly develops a newfound self-confidence and openness towards his own sexuality in this gorgeously acted, intricately plotted film.

Dutch with English Subtitles, 93 min

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  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFITS1 – $5
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 7:15pm , EFITS2 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFITS3 – $14/$11
La Paz La Paz

Argentina
Director: Santiago Loza

Returning home to Buenos Aires following a stint at a psychiatric clinic, sensitive, reserved teen Liso must work to rebuild his life. Struggling to reconnect with family and friends, he drifts from one experience to the next, while those around him unsuccessfully try to understand him. A quiet but impactful drama about one young man’s search for peace, La Paz explores the depths of unyielding loneliness with subtle yet intricate imagery, drawing the viewer into its complex emotional universe.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 73 min

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  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFPAZ1 – $5
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFPAZ2 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFPAZ3 – $14/$11
Lad: A Yorkshire Story Lad: A Yorkshire Story

UK
Director: Dan Hartley

After the death of his father, young and sensitive Tom sees his life devolve into chaos. Getting into trouble with the law, Tom is assigned to work in the service of avuncular park ranger Al Thorpe. Initially resistant to the compulsory service, Tom eventually finds a father figure and a friend in Al and a sense of place in the Yorkshire countryside. A lyrical, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story, Lad delicately captures a pivotal moment in a troubled young life.

96 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFLAD1 – $14/$11 Director Dan Hartley and Co-Producer Denise Ehren scheduled to attend
  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFLAD2 – $14/$11 Director Dan Hartley and Co-Producer Denise Ehren scheduled to attend
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 1:30pm , EFLAD3 – $5
Lasting Lasting

Poland and Spain
Director: Jacek Borcuch

Love-struck college students who meet on a working summer holiday in the idyllic Spanish countryside, Michal and Karina’s blissful moment of first love is cut short when Michal has a fateful - and shocking - encounter with a stranger. When Michal reveals his secret to Karina, their lives are thrown into chaos. With gorgeous, award-winning cinematography, the film sensitively explores the devastating fallout of Michal’s actions as their relationship is put to the test and the future grows increasingly unpredictable.

Polish and Spanish with English Subtitles, 93 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 3:45pm , EFLAS1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFLAS2 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 3:00pm , EFLAS3 – $5
Like Father Like Son Like Father Like Son

Japan
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hard-working architect Ryota spends his days meticulously planning his family’s future. His plans are turned upside down when he and his wife discover that, due to a hospital mix-up six years earlier, their young son Keita is not their own. The foundations of their identities as loving parents begin to crumble as they must negotiate their newly complicated circumstances, as they meet their biological child and send Keita to live with his new family.

Japanese with English Subtitles, 130 min

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  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFLIK1 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFLIK2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFBLIKE – $14/$11
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Malak Malak

Morocco
Director: Abdeslam Kelai

When 16-year-old Malak discovers that she’s pregnant, she quickly finds herself alone in a community that marginalizes and mistreats single mothers. Abandoned by the baby’s father, shunned by her family, and in dire need of cash, Malak is forced to take desperate measures. An elegantly-photographed portrait of a young woman’s struggles, Malak garnered major awards at Morocco’s National Film Festival, including the Jury Prize, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress for its young star Chaimae Ben Acha.

Moroccan Arabic with English Subtitles, 97 min

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  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFMAL1 – $14/$11
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 7:45pm , EFMAL2 – $14/$11
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFMAL3 – $5
Melaza Melaza

Cuba / France / Panama
Director: Carlos Lechuga

With the closure of the local sugar mill, the picturesque Cuban town of Melaza has become desolate and lifeless. School teacher Aldo and now-unemployed Monica eke out a meager living, going as far as renting out their tiny home to the local prostitute for extra cash. When they get in trouble with the authorities, resulting fines lead to more desperate measures. This funny, heartfelt romantic drama explores the limits of love and trust in the face of hardship.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 80 min

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  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFMEL1 – $5
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFMEL2 – $14/$11 Director Carlos Lechuga and Producer Claudia Calviño Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFMEL3 – $14/$11 Director Carlos Lechuga and Producer Claudia Calviño Scheduled to Attend
Memories They Told Me Memories They Told Me

Brazil
Director: Lúcia Murat

Old friends, all onetime members of Brazil's radical resistance, come together around Ana, the charismatic, fearless heart of their circle, now on her deathbed. As they think back on their choices and the paths they have tread, Ana’s spirit is a constant presence, reminding them of their failed utopia and their shared, mythologized past. This Brazilian Big Chill passionately reflects on revolution and terrorism, love and sex, and the compromises that time exacts.

Portuguese with English Subtitles, 95 min

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  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 2:30pm , EFMEM1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFMEM2 – $14/$11 Director Lucia Murat scheduled to attend
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 3:00pm , EFMEM3 – $5
Monsoon Shootout Monsoon Shootout

India
Director: Amit Kumar

As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a rookie cop out on his first assignment, raises his gun in the face of a criminal and is suddenly faced with the most vital decision of his life: to shoot or not to shoot? Monsoon Shootout presents three alternate scenarios, each sending Adi on a on a spiraling journey downward that pits him against fate and a system mired in moral ambiguity.

Hindi with English subtitles, 88 min

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  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 9:00pm , EFMON1 – $14/$11 Director Amit Kumar Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 12:30pm , EFMON2 – $14/$11 Director Amit Kumar Scheduled to Attend
  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFMON3 – $5 Director Amit Kumar Scheduled to Attend
The Motel Life The Motel Life

USA
Director: Alan and Gabe Polsky

This haunting melodrama from Chicago filmmakers Gabe and Alan Polsky follows Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry Lee Flannigan, brothers who scrape out a paltry living, working odd jobs and drinking hard while living in a motel. Everything changes after a hit-and-run accident sends them on the lam, making their way to the home of Frank’s old flame Annie (Dakota Fanning). Although they seem to be safe from the law, Jerry Lee’s instability and all-consuming guilt renders their future increasingly uncertain.

85 min

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  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFMOT1 – $14/$11 Directors Alan and Gabe Polsky scheduled to attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFMOT2 – $14/$11
Nordstrand Nordstrand

Germany
Director: Florian Eichinger

In this brooding, sharply written drama, long estranged brothers Marten and Volker reunite at their abandoned childhood home. Hoping to convince his still angry younger brother to reconcile with their imprisoned mother, Marten finds his efforts to reunite the family thwarted by Volker’s deep-rooted resentments. Steadily paced and saturated with intriguing twists, Nordstrand tracks the troubled history and painful present of a family torn apart.

German with English Subtitles, 89 min

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  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFNOR1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 5:00pm , EFNOR2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFNOR3 – $5
Northwest Northwest

Denmark
Director: Michael Noer

A gritty gangster film set in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Northwest follows small-time thief Casper. Still only 18, Casper’s self-serving ambition leads him to abandon the neighborhood boss, Jamal, for his rival Björn, who promises him more - more money and more responsibility. Tensions are high between the two gangs, however, and Casper soon finds himself and his family at the center of a conflict that threatens to destroy them.

Danish with English Subtitles, 91 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFNWT1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFNWT2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 4:15pm , EFNWT3 – $14/$11
The Nun The Nun

Belgium / France / Germany
Director: Guillaume Nicloux

Forced to join a convent against her will at 16, Suzanne describes, in a series of letters written in secret, her yearnings for freedom and her persecution and mistreatment at the hands of her fellow nuns - including Isabelle Huppert in an electrifying performance as her Mother Superior. Her tragic life of suffering and her confrontations with hypocritical church authorities are chronicled with raw, powerful emotion in this moving adaptation of Denis Diderot’s treasured novel.

French with English Subtitles, 114 min

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  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 12:40pm , EFNUN1 – $5
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFNUN2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 5:00pm , EFNUN3 – $5
A Pact A Pact

Germany and France
Director: Denis Dercourt

A dark psychological thriller, A Pact tells the twisted story of a contentious love triangle. As teenagers, Paul tricked Georg into handing over his girlfriend Anna to him. Georg agrees, on the condition that he can have her back whenever he wishes. After decades of silence, when Anna and Paul have a family together, Georg suddenly re-appears. Strange things start happening to Paul, and it soon becomes clear that Georg has not forgotten the pact.

German with English Subtitles, 83 min

Links: Website Trailer

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  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFPAC1 – $14/$11 Director Denis Dercourt Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFPAC2 – $14/$11 Director Denis Dercourt Scheduled to Attend
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFPAC3 – $5 Director Denis Dercourt Scheduled to Attend
Papusza Papusza

Poland
Directors: Joanna Kos-Krauze and Joanne Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze

From the celebrated directors of My Nikifor comes a stunning account of the life of Papusza, Poland’s first celebrated Roma poet. Jowita Budnik gives a masterful lead performance, fully inhabiting the poetess over five decades as she finds and refines her voice against the backdrop of the Nazi invasion, subsequent Communist persecution, and eventual excommunication from her Roma community. Exquisitely filmed with painterly precision, this ravishing biopic pays tribute to a beloved but under-recognized literary figure.

Roma Language and Polish with English Subtitles, 131 min

Links: Website Trailer

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  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFPAP1 – $14/$11 Actress Jowita Budnik Scheduled to Attend
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFPAP2 – $14/$11 Actress Jowita Budnik Scheduled to Attend
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 2:45pm , EFPAP3 – $5 Actress Jowita Budnik Scheduled to Attend
Pieces Of Me Pieces Of Me

France
Director: Nolwenn Lemesle

Teenager Erell (Blue Is The Warmest Color’s Adèle Exarchopolous) connects with the people in her life from behind her camera, documenting her friends and family, including her ailing mother and moody father. After years in which Erell had been left alone to run the household and care for her mother, her older sister Sarah suddenly returns. With her sister around, Erell begins to find her own voice without the safety of her camera in this refreshingly honest coming-of-age drama.

French with English Subtitles, 89 min

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  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFPIE1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 12:30pm , EFPIE2 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFPIE3 – $5
Sable Fable Sable Fable

UK
Director: Stephen Lloyd Jackson

The lives of several couples intertwine through a complex web of love and infidelity in this intimate exploration of race and contemporary relationships. At the center of this romantic network is blogger Dark Mark, whose profile as a writer is growing as his penetrating essays on race relations earn him a regular magazine column and a book contract. When he leaves his girlfriend Vanessa for his white editor, a twisted, tragic fate awaits him and those he loves.

83 min

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  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFSAB1 – $14/$11 Director Stephen Lloyd Jackson Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 11:30am , EFSAB2 – $14/$11 Director Stephen Lloyd Jackson Scheduled to Attend
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 4:15pm , EFSAB3 – $5
Sadourní’s Butterflies Sadourní’s Butterflies

Argentina / Italy / United Kingdom (England)
Director: Dario Nardi

Thrown in jail for a violent crime of passion, dwarf and former circus performer Sadourní finds re-assimilation difficult upon his release. Quickly realizing that society holds his height against him, Sadourní goes to tortuous extremes for a “treatment” that will alter his physical appearance, allowing him to fit in and to gain the attention of the woman he loves. A surrealistic melodrama reminiscent of Fellini and Jodorowsky, Sadourní’s Butterflies endows its strange, magical subject with hallucinatory beauty.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 94 min

Links: Website Trailer

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFSAD1 – $14/$11 Producer Donald Ranvaud scheduled to attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 12:15pm , EFSAD2 – $14/$11 Producer Donald Ranvaud scheduled to attend
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 3:00pm , EFSAD3 – $5 Producer Donald Ranvaud scheduled to attend
Salvo Salvo

Italy
Director: Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza

Mafia hitman Salvo is solitary, callous, and ruthless. His deep-rooted cold-bloodedness is tested, however, when, on a job, he comes across his target’s sister, a blind woman named Rita. Disturbed by her unseeing stare, Salvo cannot bring himself to silence the potential witness. In choosing to spare her, he must become her protector. The once amoral Salvo must risk his life to save hers in this masterfully executed story of love and redemption.

Italian with English Subtitles, 104 min

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  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFSAL1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFSAL2 – $14/$11
Sex, Drugs, and Taxation Sex, Drugs, and Taxation

Denmark
Director: Christoffer Boe

The true story of an unlikely friendship between a radical libertarian and a hedonistic capitalist, this unconventional biopic follows two outsiders who bond despite antithetical worldviews. Simon Spies was one of Denmark’s most powerful tycoons whose enormous appetite for sex and drugs was legendary. Mogens Glistrup was a right-wing provocateur who built a political career on anti-tax activism. Director Christoffer Boe (Allegro) traces their remarkably colorful, volatile history together in this hugely entertaining story of two larger-than-life figures.

Danish with English Subtitles, 110 min

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  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 3:15pm , EFSEX1 – $5
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFSEX2 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFSEX3 – $14/$11
Silent Films: Louder than Words! Silent Films: Louder than Words!

Director:

David Robinson, director of the famed Pordenone Silent Film Festival, presents a program of silent short films, including rediscovered rarities that have emerged in his relentless search for the lost treasures of film history. This year’s program includes 21st century silent films made in the wake of The Artist, and films featuring the glorious Anny Ondra, known in her native Czechoslovakia as “Buster Keaton in skirts.”

90 min

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  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFDAV1 – $9
Snails in the Rain Snails in the Rain

Israel
Director: Yariv Mozer

In the summer of 1989, beautiful yet melancholy linguistics student Boaz finds his quiet life with his devoted girlfriend Noa derailed when he begins receiving amorous letters from a closeted secret male admirer. Both flattered and troubled, Boaz is thrown into a profound internal conflict, questioning his own sexuality and alienating Noa in this tender, affecting drama.

Hebrew with English subtitles, 85 min

Links: Website

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  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 8:45pm , EFSNAIL1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFSNAIL2 – $14/$11
Something Necessary Something Necessary

Kenya and Germany
Director: Judy Kibinge

Anne struggles to rebuild her life after Kenya’s civil unrest has killed her husband, gravely injured her son, and left her isolated farm in ruins. Joseph, a quiet and troubled young gang member who took part in the countrywide violence, is drawn to Anne and her farm, seemingly in search of connection and redemption. This powerful story of forgiveness and reconciliation presents an intimate look at the aftermath of violence on both perpetrators and victims.

Swahili with English Subtitles, 85 min

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  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 8:45pm , EFSOM1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFSOM2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 12:30pm , EFSOM3 – $5
Soul Soul

Taiwan
Director: Chung Mong-Hong

In this deeply unsettling psychological thriller, A-Chuan, a quiet young chef, unexpectedly collapses one night and becomes catatonic. When he finally awakens in his childhood mountain home, he doesn’t seem quite like himself, as if he is possessed. As he evinces unstable and even dangerous tendencies, his father grows more and more wary until A-Chuan’s strange, violent behavior sets off a sequence of chilling events in the remote, hazy alpine locale.

Mandarin with English Subtitles, 112 min

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  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFSOU1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 8:45pm , EFSOU2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFSOU3 – $5
Stranger By The Lake Stranger By The Lake

France
Director: Alain Guiraudie

In a secluded cruising spot tucked away on a picturesque lake, Franck notices the muscular Michel and quickly falls for him. Franck’s desire continues to grow even as he witnesses Michel commit a terrible, violent act. Aware of the potential danger, possibly even excited by it, Franck ignores the advice of his wary friend Henri and indulges his passion in this brilliantly observed, sharply insightful meditation on sex and desire that was awarded a directing prize at Cannes.

French with English Subtitles, 97 min

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  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 9:15pm , EFSTR1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 4:10pm , EFSTR2 – $14/$11
Tanta Agua Tanta Agua

Mexico / Netherlands / Uruguay
Director: Ana Guevara Pose and Leticia Jorge

Since his divorce, Alberto has not spent much time with his children, Lucia and Federico. A trip to the hot springs seems like an ideal getaway, but an unrelenting storm traps the three of them inside their tiny rented cabin. Alberto’s sunny optimism begins to drain as floodwaters and close quarters bring out the worst in everyone. By turns achingly funny and poignant, this all-too-familiar drama is an affectionately drawn portrait of the classically fraught family vacation.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 90 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFTAN1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFTAN2 – $14/$11
There Will Come A Day There Will Come A Day

Italy / France
Director: Giorgio Diritti

After a series of devastating events, the beautiful young Augusta leaves Italy for Brazil to work as a missionary among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. When her dissatisfaction with the Church reaches a breaking point, she settles with a family in a port favela hoping to lead a more authentic life, far removed from her painful past. Filled with astonishing imagery, this gorgeous, meditative film follows Augusta’s spiritual quest in search of meaning and solace.

Italian and Portuguese with English Subtitles, 109 min

Links: Website

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  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFTHE1 – $5
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFTHE2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 7:45pm , EFTHE3 – $14/$11
Trapped Trapped

Iran
Director: Parviz Shahbazi

Moving to Tehran for her studies and desperate for a place to live, quiet, studious Nazanin rents a room from vivacious shop girl Sahar. Although the two are unlikely companions, Sahar coerces Nazanin into joining her circle of friends. When Sahar ends up in trouble, Nazanin is drawn into the complex web of debt and deceit surrounding her roommate. With pitch-perfect performances by the two female leads, Trapped draws an intelligent portrait of the subtleties of inter-personal power dynamics.

Farsi with English Subtitles, 92 min

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  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFTRA1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFTRA2 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFTRA3 – $5
Under The Rainbow Under The Rainbow

France
Director: Agnès Jaoui

Agnès Jaoui (Look At Me) returns with a witty, charming modern-day mélange of familiar fairy tales. Jaoui populates her film with delightful variations on well-worn tropes - shoes lost at midnight, big bad wolves, evil stepmothers, fairy godmothers - in telling the story of Laura, who must choose between two Prince Charmings as they, and their families, deal with the tragicomic complications of romance.

French with English subtitles, 112 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFUND1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 5:00pm , EFUND2 – $5
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFUND3 – $5
Viva La Libertà Viva La Libertà

Italy
Director: Roberto Andò

When Enrico (Tony Servillo), the leader of Italy’s opposition party, abandons politics and disappears without a trace, the party leadership finds itself at a loss - until they uncover his long-estranged mad genius lookalike brother, Giovanni, fresh out of a mental institution. Passing perfectly for Enrico, Giovanni quickly garners overwhelming public support with his bracingly candid political ravings. Equal parts absurdist and contemplative, Viva la Libertà offers a droll satire of contemporary Italian politics.

Italian with English subtitles, 94 min

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  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFVIV1 – $5
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFVIV2 – $14/$11 Screenwriter Angelo Pasquini Scheduled to Attend
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFVIV3 – $14/$11
Voyage Voyage

Hong Kong
Director: Scud

Young psychiatrist Ryo attempts to find catharsis by ruminating on the stories of his patients who have taken their own lives. While on a lone voyage off the coast of Southeast Asia, he writes about each patient, the film staging each of these vignettes in a beautiful surrealist landscape. As Ryo tries to find solace, he realizes that life and death are both part of the same great journey in this surprisingly playful meditation on depression.

100 min

Links: Website Trailer

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  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFVOY1 – $14/$11 Director Scud Scheduled to Attend
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFVOY2 – $14/$11 Director Scud Scheduled to Attend
Die Welt Die Welt

Netherlands and Tunisia
Director: Alex Pitstra

In the summer of 2011, Tunisia is finally free of its dictatorial shackles, but 23-year-old Abdallah is still a slave to his mundane life, dreaming of an escape to Europe - or “die Welt” - to fulfill his dormant ambitions. Following a chance encounter with Dutch tourist Anna, Abdallah’s passion to reach the other side of the Mediterranean burns brighter than ever before, prompting a desperate gamble for escape in this at turns comic and heartbreaking story.

English, Arabic and Dutch with English Subtitles, 80 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFWEL1 – $14/$11 Director Alex Pitstra Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFWEL2 – $14/$11 Director Alex Pitstra Scheduled to Attend
    Harper Theater (5238 S. Harper)
  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFWEL3 – $5 Director Alex Pitstra Scheduled to Attend
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Taiwan
Director: Arvin Chen

Introvert Weichung’s measured life as a family man is shaken up when a chance encounter revives feelings from his long suppressed gay past, forcing him to choose between love and security. Meanwhile, his sister, engaged to the nicest of men, begins to question her own desire for conventional family life. Fantastical flourishes and a sunny musical score color this bittersweet romantic comedy that is at once wise and funny in its exploration of formal notions of family, sexuality, and friendship.

Korean, Mandarin with English Subtitles, 104 min

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  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFWILL1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFWILL2 – $14/$11
With You, Without You With You, Without You

Sri Lanka
Director: Prasanna Vithanage

In this lushly photographed romance set just after the end of Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war, Buddhist pawnbroker Sarathsiri falls in love with the beautiful, enigmatic Tamil refugee Selvi. The couple avoids discussing their pasts on opposite sides of the bloody conflict until a chance visit from an old friend reveals a terrible secret, opening old wounds that threaten to rend the couple and their still-healing community as it comes to grips with the war’s lasting trauma.

Sinhala and Tamil with English Subtitles, 90 min

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  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFWIT1 – $5
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFWIT2 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFWIT3 – $14/$11
Workers Workers

Mexico and Germany
Director: Jose Luis Valle

After decades of working in a Tijuana factory, Rafael finds that, due to a technicality, he won’t be receiving a pension. Lidia works as a maid whose demanding boss devotes all her attention to her dog Princess. When her boss dies and leaves her fortune entirely to Princess, Lidia finds herself working for a canine millionaire. Gorgeously observed with striking visuals, Workers tells the moving, often absurdly funny story of two employees who are pushed to the breaking point.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 120 min

Links: Website

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 12:15pm , EFWOR1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFWOR2 – $14/$11
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 3:15pm , EFWOR3 – $5
Yema Yema

Algeria / France
Director: Djamila Sahraoui

In an isolated house on a drought-stricken mountainside, Ouardia must bury the body of her son Tarik, a victim of the civil conflict waging between the government and the fundamentalists. She suspects her other son, Ali, a mujahedeen fighter, has had a hand in the killing. And their mutual distrust is evidenced in the young soldier that Ali has sent to guard her. Beautifully capturing the expansive Algerian countryside this minimalist tale of a single family’s tragedy takes on mythic proportions.

Arabic with English Subtitles, 90 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 1:30pm , EFYEM1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 2:45pm , EFYEM2 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFYEM3 – $14/$11