New Foreign Films Spring/Summer 2014

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New Foreign Films Spring/Summer 2014

New Foreign Films Spring/Summer 2014

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Singapore, late 90s. The friendship between the maid Teresa and young boy Jiale ignite the mother's jealousy, while the Asian recession hits the region. Chinese, 99 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

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A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. Polish, 83 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

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On the desolated coast of Veracruz, seventeen-year-old Sebastian takes over running his uncle's small and cozy rent-by-the hour motel. There he meets Miranda, a regular customer who comes to the motel to meet a lover who always keeps her waiting. As Sebastian and Miranda get to know each other, an ambiguous game of seduction begins between them. Spanish, 100 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

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An updated take on the famous play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander Sokurov directs Johannes Zeiler as Faust, a man who sells his soul to the devil. German, 132 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is a human whirlwind. In this hilarious send-up of diplomacy and international politics, he takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and the opportunistic Chinese while his hapless speech writer endures the eccentricities of his megalomaniacal boss and his sycophantic entourage. French, 114 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

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Now in her early sixties, former beauty queen Bettie finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family's restaurant. What begins as a quick drive to clear her head turns into a full-fledged road trip. French, 113 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

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In Jordan, in 1967, tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, eleven, and his mother Ghaydaa are placed in a temporary refugee camp. Seeking to escape the difficulties of camp life, Tarek's free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives. Arabic, 98 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

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In this humorous look at relationships, two couple face upheavals with their significant others: a married man has a gay reawakening, while his sexy sister, conflicted about her impending marriage, dumps her wimpy fiancé at the grocery. Chinese, 106 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

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Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. Indonesian, 150 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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Affluent architect Ryota and his wife Midori face a terrible dilemma when they learn that their six-year-old son, Keita, was accidentally switched at birth and is not their biological child. Japanese, 121 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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Cecilia is a young actress who spends her days rehearsing. Viola, meanwhile, spends her time on a bike delivering pirated DVDs throughout the city. The film tells the story of a single day among the youth of Buenos Aires; Cecilia and Viola's stories are brought together by a coup de theatre which transforms their lives. Spanish, 65 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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The complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the fascinating world of human intelligence. Hebrew, 99 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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Ila prepares a special lunchbox for her husband at work. Unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another worker, Saajan. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a note in the next day's lunchbox. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the communication soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Hindi, 105 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy builds a giant rocket to prove he's not cursed and to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: a rocket festival. Lao, 92 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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From director Jia Zhangke (Still Life, 24 City, The World), a portrait of modern China. Inspired by shocking and true events, the film focuses on four characters who are driven to violent ends. Winner for best screenplay at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Chinese, 130 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Arabic, 98 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge. French, 114 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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Following his brother-in-law's suicide, sea captain Marco goes AWOL to rescue his estranged sister and teenaged niece from a powerful, wealthy businessman, who just so happens to be his lover's husband. But Marco's attempt at heroism is soon thwarted as he delves further into the hellish world his sister has involved herself. French, 100 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings; a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. Hebrew, 110 min. highlandpark.bibl...

Big Bad Wolves (2013)

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Adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi. It tells a story of a young woman watching over her older husband, in a country torn apart by war. A bullet in the neck has reduced him to a comatose state. One day, the woman's vigil changes. She begins to speak truth to her silent husband, telling him about her suffering, her dreams and her secrets. Persian, 102 min. highlandpark.bibl...

The Patience Stone

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A well-to-do Bucharest architect is determined to keep her deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses, and even the victim's family that her son was not recklessly speeding? Romanian, 112 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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The latest film from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami which is set in Tokyo, may appear to be among his most straightforward films. Yet with this simple story of the growing bond between a young student and part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client, he has constructed an enigmatic but crystalline investigation of affection and desire. Japanese, 109 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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Gao and his friends are the happiest kids in the city of Galilee. Living on the rooftops of this bustling metropolis, sometimes life can be tough, but they still churn out songs all day, and dance under the stars at night. But when Gao meets his dream girl, a billboard beauty named Sian, fate takes him on a wild ride through the high and low parts of the town he loves. Chinese, 122 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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Franck spends his summer vacation searching for companionship and sexual encounters at a popular cruising spot. He meets Michel, an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, they both become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their potentially lethal relationship. French, 100 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. German & English, 106 min. highlandpark.bibl...

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