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2013 Oscar Selection, Iran
THE PAST [Le Passé]
Sun, Dec 8, 3:30
Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi (Oscar winner, A
SEPARATION), makes a smooth transition to France with this
film, the filmmaker’s grasp of moral complexity and the nuances
of family psychology fully intact. THE ARTIST’s Bérénice Bejo
was awarded the Best Actress award at Cannes for her
performance as Marie, twice-married and now in need of a
quick divorce from her amicably estranged husband Ahmad
(Ali Mosaffa) before she can marry her new love, Samir (Tahar
Rahim). Returning to Paris after four years away in Tehran in
order to finalize the divorce, Ahmad, ironically, becomes
reintegrated into this unconventional family structure as an
honest broker, slowly unraveling the tangled web of grudges,
secrets, half-truths and misunderstandings circulating among
Marie, her daughters Lucie (Pauline Burlet) and Léa (Jeanne
Jestin), and Samir and his son Fouad (Elyes Aguis). Prize of the
Ecumenical Jury, 2013 Cannes Film Festival; Official Selection,
2013 Telluride, Toronto Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Asghar Farhadi; SCR
Massoumeh Lahidji; PROD Alexandre Mallet-Guy. France/Italy, 2012, color, 130 min. In French and
Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
[Nos héros sont morts ce soir]
Fri, Dec 13, 10:15; Sat, Dec 14, 7:40
Its title an obscure reference to
Robert Wise’s 1949 boxing
noir THE SET-UP (released
TONIGHT in France), David
Perrault’s arty, black-and-white
homage to the French crime
thrillers of yesteryear, set in
the mob-controlled world of
Parisian professional wrestling
in the early 1960s includes
an additional, Lynchian touch
of madness. Two wrestling
stars, buddies in real-life, but masked rivals in the ring, become
fan favorites for their grappling exploits and charismatic
showmanship. But one of the duo’s worsening identity crisis
threatens to undo the act. Official Selection, 2013 Cannes
Critics’ Week, Austin Fantastic Fest.
DIR/SCR David Perrault; PROD Farès
Ladjimi. France, 2013, b&w, 100 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS [2 automnes 3 hivers]

Fri, Dec 20, 5:20; Sun, Dec 22, 7:40
Sébastien Betbeder’s inventive indie rom-com combines 16mm
New Wave-inspired visuals, whimsical animation, reality-style
confessionals and a raft of pop cultural references, in-jokes
and appropriations to create a 21st century portrait of young
Parisians in love. Arman, a 33-year-old hipster with a comb-
over and an affinity for Judd Apatow’s FUNNY PEOPLE, half-
gallantly, half-accidentally saves the beautiful Amélie from a pair
of muggers. And their meet-cute (and dangerous) allows love
to bloom. Meanwhile Benjamin, Arman’s best friend from art
school, has recently suffered a stroke, and falls for his physical
therapist. “A quintessential example of mélancomédie…As
for soon-to-break-out talents, I’m betting on Betbeder.” –Gavin
Smith, Film Comment. Official Selection, 2013 Cannes,
London and Seattle Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Sébastien Betbeder; PROD Frédéric
Dubreuil. France, 2013, color, 93 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
STRANGER BY THE LAKE [L'inconnu du lac]
Fri, Dec 20, 10:00; Sun, Dec 22, 9:45
Franck is a regular at a secluded lakeside beach, a popular
hotspot for gay men to sunbathe in the nude and sneak off
for casual sex in the nearby woods. On the first day of the
season, he spots the rugged, mustachioed Michel and is
infatuated. Even after Franck witnesses Michel commit a sudden
and shocking crime, it only serves to deepen Franck’s carnal
attraction to the stranger, and the two men descend into a truly
dizzying bout of amour fou. Filmmaker Alain Guiraudie’s tense,
erotic and lurid thriller won the top-directing prize in the Un
Certain Regarde section at Cannes. Official Selection, 2013
Toronto and New York Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Alain Guiraudie; PROD Sylvie
Pialat. France, 2013, color, 100 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
NOTE: Viewers are advised that this film contains scenes of a
sexually explicit nature. No one under 18 will be admitted.
THE TOWER [Der Turm]
“Marathon” Screenings—Parts 1 & 2 back-to-back (w/10 min.
intermission): Fri, Dec 6, 12:45; Mon, Dec 9, 12:45;
Tue, Dec 10, 12:45; Wed, Dec 11, 12:45; Thu, Dec 12, 12:45;
Fri, Dec 13, 12:45
Part 1: Fri, Dec 13, 9:30; Part 2: Sat, Dec 14, 9:45
A searing look at Communist East Germany in its final decade,
revealing the intimate realities of life behind the Berlin Wall.
Based on Uwe Tellkamp’s acclaimed novel, this riveting
miniseries introduces respected surgeon Richard Hoffmann (Jan
Josef Liefers, THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX), his wife
(Claudia Michelsen), their teenage son (Christian Sengewald)
and their community of privileged intellectuals in suburban
Dresden. Richard hides a passionate double life and shocking
secrets that come back to haunt him. Against this tense climate
of fear and mistrust, with the secret police lurking, choices are
made and actions taken that have devastating repercussions.
DIR Christian Schwochow; SCR Thomas Kirchner, from the novel by Uwe Tellkamp; PROD Nico
Hofmann, Matthias Adler, Benjamin Benedict. Germany, 2012, color, Part 1: 90 min; Part 2:
90 min. (daytime “marathon” screenings will include Parts 1 and 2 back-to-back with a 10-min
intermission, 190 min total). In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED
[Das merkwürdige Kätzchen]
Sat, Dec 14, 1:00; Tue, Dec 17, 7:20
Ramon Zürcher’s inventive debut film, a festival circuit favorite,
finds the surreal humor inherent in the mundane details of the
family home, closely observing three generations of a Berlin
family gathered in their cramped apartment before a family
meal. “The 30-year-old Zürcher appears to be channeling
the comic maestros of French cinema here, from Jacques Tati
to Michel Gondry, with just a twist of François Ozon to keep
the sweetness in check.” –Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood
Reporter. New Talent Grand Prix, Copenhagen PIX Film
Festival; Official Selection, 2013 Berlin, Cannes, San
Francisco, Toronto Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Ramon Zürcher; PROD Johanna
Bergel, Silvan Zürcher. Germany, 2013, color, 72 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED
2013 Oscar Selection, Germany
TWO LIVES [Zwei Leben]

Sun, Dec 15, 8:30; Tue, Dec 17, 5:10; Wed, Dec 18, 9:25
1990. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold
War, a flood of information from East Germany makes its way
through Europe. Like most Norwegian children fathered by
the German occupying troops during WWII, Katrine (Juliane
Köhler) was sent to Germany as a child, only able to return to
her Norwegian mother, Ase (Liv Ullmann), long after the war's
end. Not all the war-children were as lucky—most were never
reunited with their parents—and now a German-Norwegian
lawyer is building a case against the Norwegian government
for its exclusionary policy. Although a victim herself, Katrine fears
exposing the darkest secrets of her past.
DIR/SCR Georg Maas, Judith
Kaufmann; SCR Christoph Tölle, Ståle Stein Berg, from the novel "Eiszeiten" by Hannelore Hippe;
PROD Axel Helgeland, Rudi Teichmann, Dieter Zeppenfeld. Germany/Norway, 2012, color, 97 min.
In English, German, Norwegian, Russian, and Danish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
THE CHEF [Comme un Chef]
Special Presentation: Fri, Dec 13, 7:30 (also showing
Sun, Dec 15, 4:15)
Foodies will delight at this effervescent comedy set in the
Parisian restaurant world. Seasoned chef Alexandre Lagarde
(Jean Reno) is the famous face of Paris staple and three-star
restaurant Cargo Lagarde. But Stanislaw (Julien Boisselier),
the meddlesome son of his deceased business partner,
wants to modernize the chef’s classic French cuisine, and
cut costs and corners to turn a profit. Jacky (Michaël Youn)
is an oddball self-taught cook and father-to-be who dreams
of making it as a professional chef to provide for his new
family. Fate introduces the two men, and together they cook
up a scheme to save the Cargo Lagarde. Official Selection,
2012 Berlin Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Daniel Cohen; PROD Sidonie Dumas.
France/Spain, 2012, color, 84 min. In French with English subtitles. RATED PG-13
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Courtesy of Cohen Media Group
Courtesy of The Festival Agency
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