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Fall International Film Festival

Friday November 6th to Thursday November 12th


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Citizenfour USA | In English

In January 2013, Laura Poitras was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes and was the Oscar® winner for Best Documentary.

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Landfillharmonic USA/Paraguay | In Spanish & English with English Subtitles

Landfillharmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts. However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

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Phoenix Germany | In German with English Subtitles

Christian Petzold’s riveting new film follows Nelly, a disfigured concentration camp survivor returning to Berlin in search of Johnny, the husband she still loves, who may or may not have betrayed her to the Nazis. Set in post-WWII Berlin, Phoenix is an engrossing reflection on the postwar reconstruction of identity couched as a noirish thriller of mistaken identity. This film is a precisely and exquisitely crafted chamber piece, resonant and gripping, softly building up to a stunning finale

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Tangerines Estonia | In Estonian and Russian with English Subtitles

Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, this compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war comes to their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanizing effect that might transcend ethnic divides. Set against a beautiful landscape defiled by war, this poetic film makes an eloquent statement for peace.

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Two Days, One Night Belgium/France/Italy | In French with English Subtitles

Sandra has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, the Dardenne brothers have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom.

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Wild Tales Argentina| | In Spanish with English Subtitles

Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover’s betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control.

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Film Schedule

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Fri Nov 6th
5:30 pm Tangerines
7:30 pm Wild Tales

Sat Nov 7th
12:30 pm Two Days, One Night
2:30 pm Landfillharmonic
5:30 pm Phoenix
7:30 pm Citizenfour

Sun Nov 8th
12:30 pm Tangerines
2:30 pm Citizenfour
5:30 pm Two Days, One Night
7:30 pm Wild Tales

Mon Nov 9th
5:30 pm Phoenix
7:30 pm Landfillharmonic

Tue Nov 10th
5:30 pm Wild Tales
7:45 pm Citizenfour

Wed Nov 11th
5:30 pm Tangerines
7:30 pm Two Days, One Night

Thu Nov 12th
5:30 pm Phoenix
7:30 pm Landfillharmonic

Spring International Film Festival

Friday February 26th to Thursday March 3rd


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A Hard Day South Korea | In Korean with English Subtitles

Homicide detective Ko Gun-su is having a hard day. His mother has just died, and he and his colleagues are being investigated by the internal affairs over bribery charges. Then on his way to his mother’s funeral, he drives recklessly and commits a fatal hit and run. He tries to cover-up the accident by hiding the man’s corpse in his deceased mother’s coffin. But someone has been watching all along, and Gun-su gets a mysterious call from a person claiming that he was the sole witness to the crime, who now begins to blackmail him.

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Labyrinth of Lies Germany | In German with English Subtitles

A modern day romance set in the city of Mumbai, India. Every day over 5,000 dabbawallas deliver hot lunches prepared by housewives to their busy husbands in the city. Widower Saajan accidentally receives a lunch box prepared by a young neglected housewife, Ila. The two begin sending each other letters through the lunch box. What may have started off innocently, turns into a beautiful story of finding romance and happiness in unexpected places.

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Marshland Spain | In Spanish with English Subtitles

The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past.

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On The Other Side Of The Tracks France| | In French with English Subtitles

A hilarious, high-octane action comedy about mismatched cops in the grand tradition of Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours. Omar Sy is brilliant as Ousmane, a risk-taking, rule-breaking plainclothes detective working in the rough Paris suburbs. When a wealthy woman winds up dead in the hood, Ousmane has to partner with slick city cop, François, to track down the killers. Soon the stakes are raised, and the odd couple partners discover that both sides have more in common than they realized.

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The Farewell Party Israel | In Hebrew with English Subtitles

The Farewell Party is a compassionate dramatic comedy about friendship and saying goodbye. This irreverent and thought-provoking comedy about the end of life follows Yehezkel, an elderly amateur inventor who tries to meet the needs of his suffering friend Max by building a euthanasia machine, only to be inundated by suicide requests from senior citizens.

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Timbuktu Mauritania | In Arabic, Bombara, French, Songhay & Tamasheq with English Subtitles

Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife, daughter, and their 12-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, and even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema.

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Film Schedule

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Fri Feb 26th
5:30 pm A Hard Day
7:30 pm On The Other Side Of The Tracks

Sat Feb 27th
12:30 pm The Farewell Party
2:30 pm Timbuktu
5:30 pm Marshland
7:30 pm Labyrinth of Lies

Sun Feb 28th
12:30 pm Marshland
2:30 pm Labyrinth of Lies
5:30 pm On The Other Side Of The Tracks
7:30 pm The Farewell Party

Mon Feb 29th
5:30 pm A Hard Day
7:30 pm Timbuktu

Tue Mar 1st
5:30 pm Marshland
7:30 pm Labyrinth of Lies

Wed Mar 2nd
5:30 pm Timbuktu
7:30 pm The Farewell Party

Thu Mar 3rd
5:30 pm On The Other Side Of The Tracks
7:30 pm A Hard Day