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archive: spring 2008

FILM@UC
Tekkon Kinkreet
 
January 24
Tekkon Kinkreet
[Michael Arias, Japan, 2006,
100 min.]

Two mysteriously powerful, yet vulnerable, street urchins who have cast themselves as the protectors of Treasure Town get caught in the crosshairs of a Yakuza turf war in this visually stunning animated spectacle that weds frenetic action with surprising poignancy and emotional depth.
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A New Day In Old Sana'a
 
January 31
A New Day In Old Sana'a
[Bader Ben Hirsi, Yemen, 2005,
86 min.]

A well-to-do young photographer is torn between protecting his family’s honor and following his heart in this achingly romantic film shot entirely on location in Yemen’s ancient capitol city of Sana’a.
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Belle De Jour
 
February 7
Belle De Jour
[Luis Buñuel, France, 1967, 101 min.]

Fantasy and reality become blurred in the life of an unsatisfied young bourgeois wife who turns to prostitution in the afternoons while her husband is at work.
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Belle Toujours
 
February 14
Belle Toujours
[Manoel de Oliveria, France, 2006,
68 min.]

This homage to Buñuel’s classic film reunites the lead characters 38 years later in an elegant meditation on aging, memory, and yearning.
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An Unreasonable Man
 
February 21
An Unreasonable Man
[Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan, USA, 2007, 122 min.]

The life and career of legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader are explored in this illuminating and often entertaining -- and balanced – documentary, the title of which was inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s insight that “all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
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Khadak

 
February 28
Khadak
[Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, Belgium/Mongolia, 2007, 104 min.]

A young man destined to become a shaman discovers the truth behind a mysterious plague that is killing his people’s animals and destroying their nomadic way of life in this gorgeous and absorbing drama set in the snow-swept steppes of Mongolia.
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Linda, Linda, Linda
 
March 6 
Linda, Linda, Linda
[Nobuhiro Yamashita, Japan, 2005,
114 min.]

Three high school girls in Japan, determined to form a rock band and play in their school’s festival, are faced with the sudden departure of their lead singer and her last minute replacement, a Korean exchange student who can hardly speak a word of Japanese.
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Half Moon
 
March 13 
Half Moon
[Bahman Ghobadi, Iran/Iraq, 2006, 107 min.]

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, an aged Kurdish folk musician leads his many sons from Iran into Iraqi Kurdistan to perform a final concert in this unconventional road film about life, death, and music.
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