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Drama

35 Shots of Rum (35 Rhums)

Directed by: Claire Denis, France, 100 minutes, Rating: MT

The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man. A widowed subway conductor, approaching retirement, lives with his beautiful grown daughter—the object of a neighbor’s growing romantic interest. The man’s former girlfriend also lives in their building and plays a role in their closely-knit lives.

A Christmas Tale (Un Conte de Noël)

Directed by: Arnaud Desplechin, France, 150 minutes, Rating: MT

The Vuillard family is no stranger to physical/mental illness, loss and familial disagreements. However, when the matriarch becomes in need of a transplant, the whole family is forced to come together, emotional baggage and all, just in time for Christmas. Featured as the Best Film of 2008 on many critics’ top ten lists, A Christmas Tale features incredible performances from Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos.  This film will be presented by film critic Farihah Zaman of The Huffington Post and Reverse Shot magazine.

A Screaming Man

Directed by: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun,
Chad/France/Belgium
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92 minutes, Rating: MT

A father and son who both serve as pool attendants at a luxury hotel in the country of Chad must negotiate the challenges of a living amid the turmoil of civil unrest. As the web of war inches ever closer to them and the hotel is taken over by new Chinese owners, each must make difficult decisions to ensure the future of the family.

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away

Directed by: Rob Sterling, USA, 12 minutes, Rating: MT

Based on the Stephen King short story of the same name, this film follows a traveling salesman named Alfie Zimmer throughout one night on a stop over in Nebraska.  Alfie’s life is hard and he contemplates ending it all until a few fleeting memories confuse the situation.

All the President's Men

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula, USA, 138 minutes, Rating: PG

As a companion piece to These Amazing Shadows, we wanted to screen a seminal work that was recently accepted to the National Film Registry in 2010. This incredible film, winner of four Academy Awards, follows two young journalists, Woodward and Bernstein, as they uncover what seemed to be a minor break-in at the Watergate building in DC but instead turned out to be the downfall of President Richard Nixon.

Bal (Honey)

Directed by: Semih Kaplanoglu,
Turkey/Germany
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103 minutes, Rating: MT

Uncertainty enters into the lives of a Turkish family when the year’s honey harvest, their main source of income, is inexplicably lacking.  Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Bal’s rich cinematography provides a stunning portrait of young Yusuf as he struggles to grasp the dramatic changes hovering ever nearer with each fading season.     

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

Directed by: Craig McCall, UK, 90 minutes, Rating: TN

Essentially a master’s thesis on the life and work of famed cinematographer Jack Cardiff, Cameraman demonstrates for audiences the stunning work Cardiff created for the screen. Cinematographer of such seminal films as The Red Shoes, African Queen and Last Days of Pompeii, Jack Cardiff’s work in the film industry began in 1918 and has left the world with an unforgettable film legacy.  Director to be in attendance for screenings

Crab Trap

Directed by: Oscar Ruiz Navia,
Colombia/France
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95 minutes, Rating: MT

Set in the Afro-Colombian community of La Barra on Colombia’s verdant and moody Pacific coast, Crab Trap details the story of a young man trying to flee his past and the clash between a remote village and modernity, represented by two intruding foreigners.

Curling

Directed by: Denis Côté, Canada, 92 minutes, Rating: MT

The growing rift between a brooding single father and his sheltered, tween-aged daughter manifests itself in a waking dreamscape laden with surreal encounters and surprising imagery. Their relative isolation invokes enigmatic (if not out-and-out seasonal affective) visions of crime scenes and tigers held captive on the snow-coated wastelands of rural Quebec, among other fascinating mysteries.

First Sunrise

Directed by: Kenneth Price,
USA/Japan
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11 minutes, Rating: TN

An American teaching in Japan finds acceptance through a journey to witness the first sunrise of year.

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