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archive: spring 2011

FILM@UC Spring 2011

Garbo the Spy January 20 
Garbo the Spy
[Edmon Roch, Spain, 2009, 88 minutes]

A fascinating account of the life of Catalán Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during World War II who, at the peak of his career in 1944, succeeded in diverting German defense forces to Calais while the Allied landings were taking place in Normandy, averting considerable bloodshed, and who later retired by faking his own death.
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Breaking The Silence: Burma's ResistanceFebruary 3 
Breaking The Silence: Burma's Resistance
[Pierre Mignault and Hélène Magny, Canada, 2009, 75 minutes]

Two Quebec filmmakers clandestinely enter one of Burma's most dangerous zones, penetrating into the heart of the Karen Nation, where few foreigners have ventured and where civil war has been waging for 60 years, to document the many forms of resistance against the military junta employed by these displaced people hiding in the jungle near the Thai border.
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Love TranslatedPostponed - Date T.B.A. 
Love Translated
[Julia Ivanova, Canada, 2010, 84 minutes]

This funny and disturbing documentary about consumerism, sexism, globalization and romance, follows a small group of men who've come to Odessa, Ukraine, for ten days with the help of Anastasia Dating Tours looking for beauty, love and - in almost every case - submissive women, only to learn that the gorgeous women they're after have their own take on where the power lies in these exchanges.
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Mademoiselle Chambon
 
February 10
Mademoiselle Chambon
[Stéphane Brizé, France, 2009, 101 minutes]

Flirtation slowly builds between a happily married housing contractor and his son’s school teacher over lingering glances, subtle movements, and an impromptu violin solo in her apartment, until he must choose between his desire for her and the responsibility and love he feels for his wife and child.
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My Dog Tulip
 
February 17
My Dog Tulip
[Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Fierlinger, USA, 2009, 83 minutes]

A beautifully animated adaptation of distinguished British author J. R. Ackerley’s bittersweet memoir in which he recounts his 16-year relationship with Tulip, a beautiful, yet intolerable 18-month-old German shepherd who, to his surprise, turned out to be the love of his life, the “ideal friend” he had been searching for in vain for so many years.
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Metropia
 
February 24
Metropia
[Tarik Saleh, Sweden, 2009, 86 minutes]

In a dystopian not-so-distant future, the world is running out of oil and Europe has been connected by a massive underground subway network where one man keeps hearing a stranger’s voice in his head, until a chance encounter with a beautiful advertising model leads him further into the network and deeper into a dark conspiracy.
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Black HeavenMarch 3
Black Heaven
[Gilles Marchand, France, 2010, 105 minutes]

The real world and virtual reality perilously collide in this stylized cyber-goth noir about a fresh-faced teen who, enamored with a mysterious girl, is lured into “Black Hole,” a dark, obscure video game world of avatars with deadly serious intentions in the real world.
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Red Chapel
 
March 10 
Red Chapel
[Mads Brügger, Denmark, 2009,
88 mins]

A trio of Danish comedians, pretending to be a theater troupe sympathetic to the totalitarian regime in North Korea, travel there to perform an absurd variety show in this gutsy, unconventional, and hilarious documentary in the tradition of Borat and The Yes Men, offering a damning peek into one of the world’s most notorious surveillance societies.
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