Marshall Artists Series
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Spring Film Festival

February 7-13, 2014

The Flat (Israel)

Director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away at age 98, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 30’s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, he uncovers clues that seem to point to a greater mystery and soon a complicated family history unfolds. What starts to take shape reflects nothing less than the troubled and taboo story of three generations of Germans – both Jewish and non-Jewish – trying to piece together the puzzle of their lives in the aftermath of World War II.

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Like Someone In Love (Japan)

When Tokyo student Akiko, who moonlights as a call girl, is dispatched to a new client in the suburbs, she is surprised to find the shy and elderly man,Takashi, a committed academic constantly distracted by work-related phone calls. She finds the lonely widower is far more interested in playing house than sex, and promptly falls asleep. The next day, the two encounter Akiko’s volatile boyfriend. Takashi plays into the boyfriend’s assumption that he is actually Akiko’s grandfather. As all three settle into their new roles, Takashi finds himself becoming the protector that Akiko so desperately needs.

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A Royal Affair (Denmark)

The true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, the man of enlightenment and idealism, Struensee, and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda, A Royal Affairis the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people. Above all it is the story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.

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The Sessions (USA)

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessionstells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

** The Sessions will also screen simultaneously at the Grace Rardin Doherty Auditorium at the Huntington Museum of Art with narrative description for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. This screening will be free to the public.

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Una Noche (Cuba)

Fed up with living in poverty while catering to privileged tourists, Cuban teens Raul and Elio are tantalized by the idea of fleeing the confines of their broken-down country for a new life in Miami. When Raul is accused of assaulting a foreigner, he has no choice but to escape, but Elio must decide whether his desire for freedom and helping Raul are worth abandoning his beloved twin sister, Lila. Brimming with the nervous energy of Havana’s restless youth and scenes of the sun-bleached capital, Una Nochefollows one sweltering day, full of hope and fraught with tension, that burns to a shocking climax.

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War Witch (Canada)

Komona is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her “War Witch”), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician. Together, they manage to escape the rebels’ clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past.

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Film Schedule

Friday, February 07, 2014

5:30 PMLike Someone In Love
7:30 PMA Royal Affair

Saturday, February 08, 2014

12:30 PMThe Sessions
2:30 PMThe Flat
5:30 PMUna Noche
7:30 PMWar Witch

Sunday, February 09, 2014

12:30 PMUna Noche
2:30 PMA Royal Affair
5:30 PMThe Flat
7:30 PMLike Someone In Love

Monday, February 10, 2014

5:30 PMThe Flat
7:30 PMWar Witch

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

5:30 PMThe Sessions
7:30 PMA Royal Affair

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

5:30 PMUna Noche
7:30 PMLike Someone In Love

Thursday, February 13, 2014

5:30 PMWar Witch
7:30 PMThe Sessions

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