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This site plans to cover all the press screenings of the 2012 edition of the Film Society of Lincoln Center series New Directors/New Films, but the full slate of this series has not been announced yet (Feb. 20, 1012).

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The 41st New Directors/New Films features selections include:

THE AMBASSADOR (Ambassadøren) (2011) 94min
Directed by Mads Brügger
Country: Denmark

The consummate agent-provocateur--his method fittingly described as “Graham
Greene meets Borat”--Brügger (THE RED CHAPEL, NDNF 2010) shocks and
mightily entertains by performing an artistic intervention in reality using roleplaying and hidden cameras to expose an awful truth about life in central Africa.

BREATHING (Atmen) (2011) 90min
Director: Karl Markovics
Country: Austria

The remarkably assured directorial debut from veteran Austrian actor Karl
Markovics (THE COUNTERFEITERS) creates a slipstream between the
perilousness of youth and the inevitability of death as it tells the story of an
inmate at a juvenile detention center whose last hope of parole rests on his ability
to hold down a job...as a morgue assistant. A Kino Lorber release.

CRULIC: THE PATH TO BEYOND (2011) 73min
Director: Anca Damian
Country: Romania

Anca Damian’s documentary utilizes hand drawn, cutout and collage animation
techniques, combined with some very dark humor to create a striking
documentary about a young Romanian’s hunger strike in a Polish jail.

DONOMA (2011) 133min
Directed by Djinn Carrénard
Country: France

Rumored to have been shot for about $200, DONOMA announces the arrival of
an intriguing new talent on the French scene, Haitian-born, Paris based Djinn
Carrénard. Devised, shot (often guerrilla-style) and edited over a period of years,
the film is a choral piece that chronicles the romantic destinies of three women,
offering a fresh, funny portrait of an emerging French generation.

FEAR AND DESIRE (1953) 72min
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Country: USA

Directed, photographed, and edited by the talented and ambitious 24-year-old
Kubrick, FEAR AND DESIRE was written by his high school classmate, Howard
Sackler, who would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize in playwriting. Some Kubrick
scholars see this wartime drama of five soldiers behind enemy lines and their
encounter with a native woman as a dry run for PATHS OF GLORY; others see it
as the original to the second half of FULL METAL JACKET. A Kino Lorber
release.

5 BROKEN CAMERAS (2011) 90min
Directors: Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
Countries: Palestine/Israel/France

Emad Burnat’s and Guy Davidi’s documentary began five years ago in the
Palestinian town of Bil’in when Burnat bought a camera to record the birth of his
son Gibreel. Gibreel’s arrival, however, coincided with a period of great unrest in
the area, which is witnessed by five video cameras, each subsequently damaged
by bullets or rocks. A Kino Lorber release.

FOUND MEMORIES (Historias Que So Existem Quando Lembradas) (2011)
98min
Director: Julia Murat
Country: Brazil

The original title, which translates as "stories that only exist when remembered,"
beautifully expresses the theme and core sentiment of Julia Murat's poetic
rendering of the fictive town of Jotuomba. A magical confluence of generations
and cultures is occasioned by the visit of Rita, a young photographer, to this
place where time has seemingly stood still and life is rooted in the fixed roles of
tradition soon to be rendered obsolete. A Film Movement release.

GENERATION P (2011) 116min
Director: Victor Ginzburg
Country: Russia

Ginzburg’s GENERATION P could be described as a metaphysical Mad Men
from the go-go 1990s - a wonderland of images and ideas that emerged from the
rebirth of a nation as a marketer’s paradise. The film offers a “view” of postCommunist Russia as the arrival of democracy and Pepsi-Cola brought the
advance of capitalism with all of its mechanisms and fuzzy messages.

GIMME THE LOOT (2012) 81min
Director: Adam Leon
Country: USA

In his feature film debut, Adam Leon has created a raucous, car-less road trip
that is an homage to street-smart kids and New York City. Malcolm and Sofia,
two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti writers. When their
latest masterpiece is wiped out by a rival gang, they must hustle, steal and
scheme to get spectacular revenge and become the biggest graffiti writers in the
city.

GOODBYE (Bé omid é didar) (2011) 104min
Director: Mohammad Rasoulof.
Country: Iran

In his latest film, celebrated Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof creates a
dramatic and tense tale set in Tehran, where a young woman is desperately
attempting to acquire a visa to leave the country. The beautifully shot film uses
the confinement of space to cinematically express claustrophobia, its precise
framing catching every subtle expression on the face of the astonishing Leyla
Zareh, who plays the disbarred human rights lawyer, Noora, looking for a way
out.

HEMEL (2012) 80min
Director: Sacha Polak
Country: The Netherlands/Spain

Sacha Polak’s HEMEL features Hannah Hoekstra as a strong-willed,
complicated, and vulnerable heroine who longs (perhaps too much) to connect
with her elusive father and ultimately find herself. The film is a powerful
investigation of a sexually-empowered woman and her search for physical and
intellectual intimacy.

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (2012) 109min
Director: David France
Country: USA

David France’s immersive moving-image document chronicling the rise of AIDS
activism shows a movement though the lenses of those who captured it
firsthand. Desperate people leveraged the skills they had—some wrote, some lobbied, many marched, and all mobilized—to flight a plague that vast swaths of
society saw as just punishment for immoral actions. A Sundance Selects release.

HUAN HUAN (2011) 90min
Director: Song Chuan
Country: China

Song Chuan’s first feature captures the dreams and desires, disappointments
and regrets, of a life not fully lived via the title character. In a rural Chinese
village, a young woman who is the local doctor’s mistress struggles against her
family, government bureaucracy and social mores to move away and create a life
for herself.

IT LOOKS PRETTY FROM A DISTANCE (Z daleka widok jest piekny) (2011)
77min
Directors: Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal
Country: Poland

Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal’s film is set in a Polish village effectively cut off from
civilization, where rough and impassive Pawel makes a living scavenging for
scrap metal. There’s bad blood between him and the “community” (a more
spiteful collection of individuals would be hard to imagine), and when he goes
AWOL his neighbors loot and vandalize his home. What if he returns? A
brooding, almost wordless drama vision of a world in an advanced state of
entropy.

LAS ACACIAS (2011) 85min
Director: Pablo Giorgelli
Country: Argentina

One of the discoveries of the 2011 Cannes Critics Week, Pablo Giogelli’s road
movie with a difference takes a 900-mile trip from Asunción in Paraguay to
Buenos Aires in the company of Rubén, a gruff, taciturn truck driver and the two
illegal immigrants—a young woman, and her new-born daughter—he is
reluctantly transporting.

THE MINISTER (L’exercice de l’État) (2011) 115min
Director: Pierre Schöller
Country: France

Pierre Schöller’s political thriller focuses on a cabinet minister (Olivier Gourmet)
in charge of national transportation who believes himself to be a man of the
people. He wants both to be and do good, but in order to get anything done he
must, given the exigencies of compromise, cajole, bend and even betray.

[B]NEIGHBORING SOUNDS (O som ao redor) (2012) 124min
Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Country: Brazil
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A thrilling debut from a breakout talent, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s NEIGHBORING
SOUNDS delves into the lives of a group of prosperous middle-class families residing on a quiet street, close to a low-income neighborhood. A private security firm hired to police the street becomes the catalyst for an exploration of the
neighbors’ discontents and anxieties, which are exacerbated by a palpable sense
of unease over their society’s troubled past and present inequities.

NOW, FORAGER (2012) 93min
Directors: Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin
Countries: USA/Poland

A quiet tale about the search for integrity and the perfect mushroom, Jason
Cortlund’s and Julia Halperin’s NOW, FORAGER follows Lucien and Regina, an
urban couple living off the land foraging for fungi in upstate New York with a
dream of following the seasonal emergence of exotic varieties across the
country. That is, until Regina’s decision to take a job in the kitchen of a hip
restaurant offers a more solid opportunity, even as it betrays Lucien’s off-the-grid
ethos.

OMAR KILLED ME (Omar m’a tuer) (2011) 85min
Director: Roschdy Zem
Country: France

Actor-turned-director Roschdy Zem’s OMAR KILLED ME tells a story of racism,
politics, and injustice with the clarity of a documentary and the pacing of a thriller.
When a rich widow was murdered in the south of France 20 years ago, her
Moroccan gardener was convicted and jailed with no evidence; it took a
committed journalist to try to unravel the rush to judgment that laid bare the
racism that was hidden in the French justice system.

OSLO, AUGUST 31ST (2011) 96min
Director: Joachim Trier
Country: Norway

Daylight lingers at the end of August in Oslo, but sunlight is not a friend to
Anders, a semi-recovered addict, facing a new life, which may not be appealing
without former habits. Adapted from the same novel as Louis Malle's THE FIRE
WITHIN (1963), Joachim Trier’s OSLO, AUGUST 31 ST follows Anders as he tries
to adjust - making love, wandering through Oslo, having a job interview, seeing
old friends, and trying to get comfortable with his situation. A Strand Releasing
Film.

AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY (2011) 95min
Directed by Terence Nance
Country: USA

Frank, funny, and bracingly contemporary, visual artist Terence Nance gleefully
bends the cinematic rules for his personal meditation on love in the new
millennium with his film, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF BEAUTY. Passages of
live action sequences and direct-to-camera interviews are accented with a wide
variety of animation styles as Nance analyzes his amorous history as well as his
current circumstances.

PORFIRIO (2011) 101min
Director: Alejandro Landes
Country: Colombia

Paralyzed from the waist down by a stray police bullet, the title character in
Alejandro Landes' remarkable film spends his days selling minutes on his cell
phone when not flirting with his comely neighbor, and secretly plotting his
revenge. Landes worked on the film for five years, creating a tale that joined the
most intimate details of Porfirio's day-to-day life with an astonishing re-creation of
his attempt to hijack an airplane.

THE RABBI’S CAT (Le chat du rabbin) (2011) 89min
Director: Antoine Delesvaux
Countries: France/Austria

Adapted from the graphic novels by Joanne Sfar, THE RABBI’S CAT is a vivid,
lively, and imaginative animated film co-directed by Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux .
Set in 1920’s Algiers, a widower rabbi lives with his voluptuous and dutiful
daughter and their pesky cat who swallows a parakeet and begins to speak,
driving everyone crazy and moving the plot ahead by insisting on having a barmitzvah.

THE RAID (2011) 100min
Director: Gareth Huw Evans
Countries: Indonesia/USA

In Gareth Huw Evans’ sensational thriller, THE RAID, a police SWAT team
storms a housing project ruled by gangsters and inhabited by machete-wielding
lowlifes—but the mission has been leaked, the tables are turned, and a dwindling
band of elite fighters find themselves massively outnumbered in a lethal game of
cat and mouse. What ensues is a relentless and savage succession of closequarters shoot-outs and punishing martial-arts combat sequences, each jawdropping smackdown unbelievably topping the previous one. This film is wild! A
Sony Pictures Classics release.

ROMANCE JOE (Ro-maen-seu Jo ) (2011) 115min
Director: Lee Kwang-Kuk
Country: South Korea

In his playful first feature, Lee Kwang-Kuk expertly weaves several narrative
strands into an elegant web and a meditation on storytelling. A teasing and
pleasing portrait of a filmmaker in search of a story to tell, ROMANCE JOE
begins as a young, self-possessed barmaid in a remote inn recalls the time she
met the title character.

TEDDY BEAR (2012) 92min
Director: Mads Matthiesen
Country: Denmark

Mads Matthiesen's character-based and understated comedy, TEDDY BEAR
tells the story of a gentle giant of a body builder who self sculpts his muscles by
day and lives quietly at home with his mom at night. But at 38, he really wants a
proper girlfriend, and despite his mother's resistance (she is a master of
emotional manipulation) and his own profound awkwardness, he draws up the
courage to find one--even if he has to leave Denmark to do so.

TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (2011) 105min
Director: Angelina Nikonova
Country: Russia

TWILIGHT PORTRAIT is a powerhouse collaboration co-written and coproduced by Angelina Nikonova, who directed, and Olga Dihovichnaya, who
stars in this very dark, provocative and constantly surprising debut feature film. In
a modern Russian city where corruption, apathy and class warfare are the norm,
a woman is raped, rather casually, by the police. What follows explodes the
conventions of sexual politics—and will certainly have filmgoers talking.

WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (2010) 100min
Director: Nadine Labaki
Countries: France/Lebanon/Italy/Egypt

Labaki’s film focuses on a group of women of different religions in a remote
Lebanese village that band together and invent schemes to prevent their men
from killing each other in the intractable religious conflict that surrounds their
community. This entertaining and unlikely near-musical tears down stereotypes
of women in the Middle East and uses humor to explore serious subjects, with
one eye toward Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and the other toward Bollywood. A Sony
Pictures Classics Release.

The 41st New Directors/New Films shorts selections include:

PROGRAM 1 (In alphabetical order) 84min
CHICA XX MUJER (2011) 12min
Director: Isabell Šuba
Countries: Germany/France

In a country with the highest percentage of cosmetic surgery and beauty queens
per capita, a Venezualian girl prepares to be celebrated like a princess on her
quinceañera.
THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (Les enfants de la nuit) (2011) 26min
Director: Caroline Deruas
Country: France

Girl meets boy, the oldest story in the book: but it’s France in 1944, and he’s
German.
GIONGO (2011) 8min
Director: Colin Elliott
Country: France

What did Shakespeare know of love? How many words are there in Japanese for
rain? Can anyone really dance the Mashed Potato?
MEANING OF ROBOTS (2011) 4min
Director: Matt Lenski
Country: USA

"I’ve been working on this robot movie… and over the years it developed into a
sex movie." Seriously.
THE ROOM (Soba) (2011) 5min
Director: Ivana Jurić
Country: Croatia

Stop motion animation explores sensuality and sex through the eyes of a doll.
STREET VENDOR CINEMA (Cine camelô) (2011) 16min
Director: Clarissa Knoll
Country: Brazil

When a filmmaker and his team set up a shop that makes and sells short films on
demand, wild fantasies come to life in the middle of a bustling marketplace.
SUMMIT (2011) 13min
Director: Medeni Griffiths
Countries: UK/USA

A chance encounter on a mountain road can lead to friendship and
understanding or mistrust and betrayal.

[SIZE="4"]PROGRAM 2 (In alphabetical order) 96min [/SIZE]
THE END (2011) 16min
Director: Didier Barcelo
Country: France

A respected actress’ work gets refurbished.
OH SORROW (Ay pena) (2011) 20min
Director: Elisa Cepedal
Country: Spain

When you lose your last connection to the place you once called home, what’s to
keep you there?
THE PLAIN (A chjána) (2011) 21min
Director: Jonas Carpignano
Countries: Italy/USA

Based on real events in Italy, an African immigrant discovers an unexpected cost
to his activism.
REVOLUTION REYKJAVIK (2011) 20min
Director: Isold Uggadottir
Country: Iceland

As Iceland sinks into economic meltdown, 58-year-old Gudfinna tries, against all
odds, not to do the same.
ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING (2011) 19min
Director: Russell Harbaugh
Country: USA

Two sons become over-protective with their mother at a dinner to celebrate her
birthday.

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I will also cover a small handful of the offerings of the Film Society's eclectic Film Comment Selects series, whose 2012 edition runs from February 17 to March 1. The full FCS schedule is provided here. This review of Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust is the first of several from the series that I will review. I'll also comment on James Franco's My Own Private River, Hirokazu Koreeda's I Wish, and Mathieu Kassowitz's Rebellion as I see them. I've previously reviewed Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret and Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope/Habemus Papam. I have seen and reviewed Joshua Marston's The Forgiveness of Blood and will publish that on the US theatrical release day, which is February 24. No others planned as yet. Below is the slate with the festival blurbs from the FSLC website, filmlinc.

FILM COMMENT SELECTS PROGRAM:

A Stoker
Alexei Balabanov, 2010

Sat Feb 25: 5:30 pm
An elderly, not-all-there Afghan war veteran known as “the major” feeds the murder victims of cops and mobsters into an apartment building furnace while working on an epic historical novel in the latest nihilistic crime drama from Russian provocateur Alexei Balabanov (Cargo 200).

All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace
Adam Curtis, 2011

The BBC essay filmmaker behind 2007’s The Power of Nightmares is back with a new three-part work on mankind’s dependency on computer technology. Compulsive viewing.
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Almayer’s Folly
Chantal Akerman, 2011

Sun Feb 26: 1:00 pm
Chantal Akerman updates the first novel by Joseph Conrad from the late 1890s to the 1950s, and uses it as a springboard for an examination of the bankruptcy of colonialism through the struggle between a European father and Malaysian mother for possession of their daughter.

Alps
Yorgos Lanthimos, 2011

Thu Mar 1: 9:30 pm
In the latest warped and absurdly funny exploration of unnatural doings from the director of Dogtooth, a secret society consisting of four members offers a unique service: the recently bereaved can hire them for a few hours a week to act as surrogates for deceased loved ones, in order to help them adjust to their loss.

Altered States
Ken Russell, 1980
Fri Feb 24: 9:30 pm

Fearless scientist William Hurt plumbs the unborn soul of mankind through psychedelic freak-outs in a sensory-deprivation tank. In memory of Ken Russell, who died in November.

Despair
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978

Thu Feb 23: 1:30 pm | Wed Feb 29: 4:30 pm
Based on a novel by Nabokov, scripted by Tom Stoppard, and starring Dirk Bogarde, Fassbinder’s first English-language film, a black comedy about a chocolate manufacturer plotting the perfect murder, is a must-see for all, not just Fassbinder completists.

Face to Face
Ingmar Bergman, 197
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Wed Feb 22: 3:30 pm | Fri Feb 24: 1:30 pm
Liv Ullmann is front and center in this underseen Bergman film, playing a disturbed psychiatrist who has an affair with a fellow doctor (Erland Josephson), only to succumb to a nervous breakdown seemingly triggered by haunting memories from her past.

Faust
Aleksandr Sokurov, 20
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Tue Feb 21: 3:15 pm | Tue Feb 28: 9:00 pm
Winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion, Russian master Aleksandr Sokurov’s idiosyncratic and playful reinvention of Goethe’s play positions Faust’s craving of knowledge and power (i.e., the Enlightenment) as the source of 20th-century evil.

Headhunters
Morten Tyldum, 2011

Thu Feb 23: 6:30 pm | Fri Feb 24: 4:15 pm
A slick, charming corporate recruitment specialist leads a double life as an art thief in this twisty and fast-paced thriller that heralds the arrival of an exciting new directorial talent—and will keep you guessing all the way to its finale.

I Wish
Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2011

Wed Feb 22: 1:00 pm
Japan’s answer to Truffaut, Hirokazu Kore-eda, returns with a truly sweet, low-key film about two brothers trying to reunite their parents. Starring comedy duo Koki and Ohshiro Maeda.

Land Passion War of the Dead Christ Worlds
Special Event! J. Hoberman in person!

Based on 25 years of stunt projections and class presentations at NYU and Cooper Union, it’s Doomsday USA, starring Asia Argento, Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Dennis Hopper, and the mind of Mel “Mad Max” Gibson. With subtitles!

Le sauvage
Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1975

Tue Feb 21: 9:00 pm
The Film Society’s 2012 Gala honoree Catherine Deneuve and Yves Montand co-star in this unlikely, lightning-paced screwball farce set in Venezuela, restored and presented in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s “Classics” section.

Life Is Sweet
Mike Leigh, 1990

Categories:Don't Miss Mon Feb 20: 6:30 pm
In Memoriam: Bingham Ray.
A rare chance to see Mike Leigh’s breakthrough film in the U.S., unavailable here on DVD. Presented in memory of the late Bingham Ray, the man responsible for this film’s U.S. distribution, as the first release of his fledgling company October Films.

Man at Sea
Constantine Giannaris, 2011

Wed Feb 29: 7:00 pm Buy Tickets | Thu Mar 1: 1:00 pm Buy Tickets |
A tale of the transnational now in which characters rarely speak in their native tongues and everybody’s an alien. An ocean tanker picks up a boatload of refugees in the Mediterranean, only to find itself unable to locate a country willing to take them in.

Margaret
Kenneth Lonergan, 2011

Sat Feb 25: 7:15 pm Standby Only |
Director Kenneth Lonergan and cast members in person!
The film maudit of last year and in some critics’ estimation, one of the best, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s years-in-the-works second feature is a fascinating and often wrenching drama of moral crisis in post 9/11 New York.

Mortem
Eric Atlan, 2010

Tue Feb 21: 1:15 pm
Director Eric Atlan in person!
A woman checks into a deserted hotel and finds herself unable to leave her room in this crepuscular trance film that takes inspiration from Bergman’s Persona and Lynch’s Mulholland Dr., but casts an uncanny spell that’s all its own.

My Crasy Life
Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1992

Sun Feb 26: 3:30 pm Buy Tickets |
Winner of a special jury prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, the concluding chapter in Gorin’s SoCal trilogy finds the filmmaker intrepidly venturing into the world of the West Side Sons of Samoa, a Long Beach street gang.

My Own Private River
James Franco, Gus Van Sant, 2011

Director James Franco in person! Music by Michael Stipe! Pre-reception for ticket holders 8-9pm!
Actor-director James Franco creates a dreamlike portrait of actor River Phoenix and his iconic character in Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho, combining footage from the original film and unused outtakes.

Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii
Adrian Maben, 1971

October 1971: the prog gods give a spectacular concert to an audience of ghosts on the volcanically desolate stage of a Roman amphitheater.
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Poto and Cabengo
Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1980

Sun Feb 26: 7:15 pm
Erstwhile Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin’s first American feature is a beguiling documentary about the case of twin San Diego girls believed to be communicating in a language of their own invention.

Rebellion
Mathieu Kassovitz, 2011

Thu Feb 23: 8:45 pm Buy Tickets | Wed Feb 29: 1:45 pm Buy Tickets |
A compelling and tightly directed thriller about a team of elite counter-terrorism hostage negotiators who attempt to resolve a standoff between political separatists and the French military in the Pacific island of New Caledonia.
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Role Models
David Wain, 2008

Wed Feb 22: 8:45 pm
David Wain’s inspired third feature turns Hollywood’s pious, “be yourself” genre deservedly on its ear with the cheerfully irreverent tale of two disillusioned energy-drink salesmen (Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott) serving out a community service sentence in a youth mentoring program
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Routine Pleasures
Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1986

Sun Feb 26: 5:30 pm
Gorin’s unclassifiable second American feature begins as an affectionate group portrait of devoted model-train hobbyists in the San Diego suburb of Pacific Beach (filmed in lustrous black and white), detours through the painting studio of artist-critic Manny Farber (at work on two of his bustling, crowded canvases), and pauses for ruminations on Thelonius Monk, William Wellman, and Howard Hawks—yet somehow, wonderfully, feels all of a piece. The subjects are all miniaturists of a sort, and so too is Gorin, treating us here to another lyrical, inimitable vision of his shoebox America.
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Silent House
Laura Lau, Chris Kentis, 2011

Thu Feb 23: 4:00 pm | Sat Feb 25: 10:45 pm
Directors Laura Lau and Chris Kentis in person for Q&A after February 25 screening!
In this perfectly executed real-time thriller from the directors of Open Water, Elizabeth Olsen finds herself trapped inside the dilapidated cabin her family is readying for sale. With no contact to the outside world and no way out, panic turns to terror.

Sleepwalk
Sara Driver, 1986

Wed Feb 29: 9:00 pm
A beguiling and enigmatic nocturnal adventure set in New York’s no-man’s land, at the intersection of SoHo, Chinatown, and Tribeca, Sara Driver’s first feature begins in mundane daily life but imperceptibly drifts into the dreamlike realm of the trance film.

Snowtown
Justin Kurzel, 2011

Arguably the most disturbing, least sensationalistic serial killer movie since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, director Justin Kurzel’s stark, enormously accomplished debut feature recounts the horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, where police found dismembered bodies rotting in barrels.

Target
Alexander Zeldovich, 2011

Fri Feb 24: 6:30 pm | Thu Mar 1: 3:00 pm
In the year 2020, a Russian oligarch, his wife, a handsome TV host, and a champion equestrian fly together from Moscow to Central Asia in search of a modern-day fountain of youth... only to discover that eternal life has its downside.


The Forgiveness of Blood
Joshua Marston, 2011

Director Joshua Marston, stars Tristan Halilaj, Refet Abazi, and Sindi Lacej, and co-writer Andamion Murataj in person!
In his long-awaited follow-up to 2004’s Maria Full of Grace, director Joshua Marston focuses on a modern-day blood feud in a rural village in Northern Albania. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.

Transfer
Damir Lukacevic, 2010

Mon Feb 20: 4:15 pm | Mon Feb 20: 8:45 pm
In this post-colonial spin on John Frankenheimer’s Seconds, the Menzana Corporation offers its elderly, white German clientele the chance to live new lives inside the bodies of young African refugees who willingly lend out their corporeal residences for 20 hours a day.

Wanderlust
David Wain, 2012

Wed Feb 22: 6:15 pm Standby Only |
David Wain, Alan Alda, Paul Rudd, Kerri Kenney, and Ken Marino will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A!
When on-the-go Manhattanite George (Paul Rudd) is downsized out of his job, he and wife Linda (Jennifer Aniston) hit the road for Atlanta, detouring en route at a modern-day commune where free living reigns. From the director of Wet Hot American Summer.

We Have a Pope
Nanni Moretti, 2011

Mon Feb 20: 2:00 pm Buy Tickets |
In Nanni Moretti’s latest comedy, Michel Piccoli plays a newly elected Pope who gets cold feet and is put under the care of a shrink (Moretti).

Whores’ Glory
Michael Glawogger, 2011

A non-exploitative, matter-of-fact study of the world’s oldest profession, Austrian documentarian Michael Glawogger’s film travels from Thailand to Bangladesh to Mexico, allowing the harsh realities and professional hazards of the trade to speak for themselves.

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