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Winter 2016

25. Pan's Labyrinth

Spanish / 2006 / 118 min. / Guillermo del Toro

Following a bloody civil war, young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer. Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother. But soon, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and before Ofelia can turn back, she finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil.

 

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37. When Marnie Was There

Japanese / 2014 / 103 min. / Hiromasa Yonebayashi

When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the House, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.

 

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03. Moolaade

French, Bambara / 2004 / 120 min. / Ousmane Sembène

For fear of enduring genital mutilation, a group of girls flee their own “purification” ceremony and take refuge with Collé, a woman who had spared her daughter from the same fate. Collé casts a spell to protect the girls, which causes much consternation among among the village elders.

Part of the Women in Film Series and Black History Series.

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04. Master of the House

Silent / 1924 / 107 min. / Carl Theodor Dreyer

As his business fails, Viktor takes out his frustrations on his wife, Ida, and his timid children. When Ida has a nervous breakdown, her mother places her in a sanitarium. The family’s undaunted nursemaid, who had been Viktor’s governess, schools her former charge in the trials of running a household, teaching him to appreciate his wife.

Part of the Women in Film Series.

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05. The Fast Runner

Inuktitut / 2001 / 172 min. / Zacharias Kunuk

The Fast Runner is an epic film made by and about the Inuit peoples of the Canadian arctic. It tells the story of a crime that ruptures the trust within a closely knit group, how justice is achieved, and how healing begins.

Part of the Indigenous Voices Series.

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00.Borgen

Danish / 2010 / 120 min. / Adam Price

Borgen tells the story of charismatic politician Birgitte Nyborg who unexpectedly becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. “Borgen” (“the Castle”) is the nickname of Christiansborg Palace, which houses all three of Denmark’s branches of government: the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court.

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06. Red Army

Russian, English / 2014 / 84 min. / Gabe Polsky

Hockey captain Slava Fetisov and four other players form a nearly unbeatable unit known as the “Russian Five,” but their coach’s brutal regimen leads Fetisov and others to defect from the Soviet Union.

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07. Ilo Ilo

Mandarin / 2013 / 99 min. / Anthony Chen

Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family. Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to find her footing in her new community.

 

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00.Borgen

Danish / 2010 / 120 min. / Adam Price

Borgen tells the story of charismatic politician Birgitte Nyborg who unexpectedly becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. “Borgen” (“the Castle”) is the nickname of Christiansborg Palace, which houses all three of Denmark’s branches of government: the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court.

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08. The Wind Journeys

Spanish / 2009 / 117 min. / Ciro Guerra

Ignacio Carrillo is a vallenato singer who decides, after his wife’s sudden death, to stop playing and return his accordion, which is said to be cursed, to his master. He is joined by Fermín Morales, a teenage boy who admires Ignacio and wishes to become a juglar like him. Carrillo reluctantly accepts, given his loneliness.

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English / 2011 / 85 min. / Gary Hustwit

This documentary discusses the design of cities, looking at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.
Part of the Urban Lives Series.

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10. La Grande Illusion

French / 1937 / 114 min. / Jean Renoir

A group of French soldiers grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein.

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10. The Last of the Mohicans

English / 1992 / 112 min. / Michael Mann

The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans, live in peace alongside British colonists. But when the daughters of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part: the French and Indian War. Part of the New World Series.

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00.Borgen

Danish / 2010 / 120 min. / Adam Price

Borgen tells the story of charismatic politician Birgitte Nyborg who unexpectedly becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. “Borgen” (“the Castle”) is the nickname of Christiansborg Palace, which houses all three of Denmark’s branches of government: the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court.

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11. Copenhagen Dreams

Danish / 2009 / 80 min. / Max Kestner

Copenhagen Dreams is a documentary that focuses on the physical surroundings that shape our lives. It documents the buildings we wake up in, the front doors we walk out of, and the streets we traverse, as well how our lives shape our surroundings.

Part of the Urban Lives Series.

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12. The Cranes are Flying

Russian / 1957 / 97 min. / Mikhail Kalatozov

Veronika and Boris meet in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris’ family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.

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13. The New World

English / 2005 / 172 min. / Terrence Malick

Arriving with a British expedition in Virginia in 1607, Capt. John Smith is captured by Native Americans. His life is spared thanks to Pocahontas. Smith and Pocahontas fall in love, but Smith is sent away, and his death is reported. An unhappy Pocahontas marries settler John Rolfe. When Smith turns up alive, Pocahontas is torn between the two men. Part of the New World Series.

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14. The Naked City

English / 1948 / 96 min. / Jules Dassin

After a former model is drowned, Detective Halloran and Lieutenant Muldoon attempt to piece together her murder. As Muldoon and Halloran start to fill in the details of the victim’s past, they find that she had a lively social life, filled with many suitors, and the mystery becomes even more complex.

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00.Borgen

Danish / 2010 / 120 min. / Adam Price

Borgen tells the story of charismatic politician Birgitte Nyborg who unexpectedly becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. “Borgen” (“the Castle”) is the nickname of Christiansborg Palace, which houses all three of Denmark’s branches of government: the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court.

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Sapienza Blu

Italian, French / 2014 / 114 min. / Eugene Green

An aging architect tries to rediscover his passion by going on a research expedition to the birthplace of 17th-century master Francesco Borromini. La Sapienza is a  story of rediscovering the joys of life and of overcoming anxiety.

Part of the Urban Lives Series.

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English, Hindi / 2001 / 114 min. / Mira Nair

The exuberant ensemble comedy unites a Punjabi family for the wedding of a family member. Relatives from all over the world descend on Delhi for the wedding ceremony. Universal in theme, the film explores the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic, and comedic ways.

 

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24. Cosy Dens

Czech / 1999 / 115 min. / Jan Hrebejk

In this bittersweet coming-of-age story, two families, Sebkovi and Krausovi, are celebrating Christmas but not everyone is in a good mood. The teenage kids think their fathers are out of touch while their fathers are sure the children are nothing more than rebels.

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25. Carte Blanche

Polish / 2015 / 106 min. / Jacek Lusinski

Kacper, a middle-aged high-school history teacher, begins to lose his eyesight. The medical diagnosis leaves no hope. Initially heartbroken, he attempts to hide his health problems from the outside world.

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26. Wings of Desire

German / 1987 / 127 min. / Wim Wenders

Two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, observe life on Earth and the human condition. Damiel falls in love with a trapeze artist and wants nothing more that to be human – to feel, to touch, to smell, to have emotions. When his wish is granted he learns that being human also has its limitations.

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Romanian / 2007 / 135 min. / Hanno Hofer

Tales from the Golden Ages is composed of six whimsical yet blackly comic short stories, each one set in the late communist period in Romania and based on urban myths from the time, reflecting the perspective of ordinary people.

 

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Swedish / 2013 / 102 min. / Lukas Moodysson

Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band.

 

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French / 2014 / 103 min. / Celine Sciamma

Marieme joins an all-girl gang in the projects of Paris and is slowly turned out of her shell by her three sassy neighbors. As she falls further under their bravado and volatile energy, she begins making brave and foolish choices.

 

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Arabic / 2014 / 52 min. / Feriel Ben Mahmoud

This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism’s largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today’s tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring.

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English / 2009 / 90 min. / Lucy Bailey

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s controversial “Land Reform” system has forced most white farmers out of the country, turning their properties over to inexperienced government officials. Michael Campbell — a white, 75-year-old farmer — is determined to defend his farm (including the black workers and family members who live there) and takes his case to international court.

 

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English / 2010 / 89 min. / Werner Herzog

In this documentary, filmmaker Werner Herzog and a small crew are given a rare chance to film inside France’s Chauvet Cave, where the walls are covered with the world’s oldest surviving paintings. Examining the 30,000-year-old drawings, Herzog discusses how the artwork represents humanity’s earliest dreams with scientists and art scholars conducting research at Chauvet.

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Portuguese / 2015 / 112 min. / Anna Muylaert

Val spends 13 years working as nanny in Sao Paulo, having left her daughter Jessica in the care of relatives. Now, Jessica wants to come to Sao Paulo to take her college entrance exams. When Jessica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. Part of the Women in Film Series.

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Arabic, Hebrew / 2008 / 106 min. / Eran Riklis

Salma Zidane tends her lemon grove in the West Bank. When Israeli Defense Minister Navon moves in across the way, his security guards demand she removes the trees, which could shelter terrorists. Refusing, she engages lawyer Ziad Daud to take her case to the Supreme Court, which brings international attention.

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Persian / 2009 / 119 min. / Asghar Farhadi

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher before her introduction to a potential suitor during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.

 

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Mandarin / 2007 / 58 min. / Weijun Chen

At Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China, a 3rd grade class experiments with democracy when an election for class monitor is being held. Three children are chosen by the teacher as candidates and they have a few days to campaign and convince their classmates to vote for them.

 

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38. Pathfinder

Sami / 1987 / 86 min. / Nils Gaup

Pathfinder is based on an ancient Sami legend about a boy, Aigin, who witnesses his family’s murder by a brutal gang of thieves and sets out to take his revenge. It was the first full-length film in Sami.

Part of the Indigenous Voices Series.

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39. Cart

Korean / 2014 / 110 min. / Boo Ji-Young

Sun-Hee, a single mother, works at a large discount retail store. Her coworker Hye-Mi is also a single mother. Soon-Rye works as a janitor at the same store. Dong-Joon is the only male member of the labor union at the discount store. Suddenly, the workers are laid off and must stand up against their unfair dismissal.

Part of the Women in Film Series.

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40. The Salt of the Earth

French, Portuguese / 2014 / 110 min. / Wim Wenders

This documentary follows the the life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

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