Spring 2016 movie lineup

All shows start on Friday at 7:30PM, unless specified otherwise, at Battelle Auditorium on PNNL campus.

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Date Movie Title (release year) Venue
January 22nd Death at a Funeral (2007) Battelle Auditorium
February 5th Slow West (2015) Battelle Auditorium
February 19th Fill the Void (2012) Battelle Auditorium
March 4th Life Itself (2014) Battelle Auditorium
April 15th Paprika (2006) Battelle Auditorium
April 29th The Woman with the 5 Elephants (2009) Battelle Auditorium
May 6th The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013) Battelle Auditorium

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January 22nd

Daniel, the dutiful son of a father who has just died, has to coordinate the funeral while dealing with incompetent funeral directors, a successful but selfish brother, his bereaved mother, and a variety of family and friends who come to mourn the patriarch. Lurking in the background is a diminutive man with a secret. Throw in some pharmaceuticals, and chaos ensues while Daniel attempts to cope with a dark secret threatening to be exposed.

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(2007) Director: Frank Oz. Writers: Dean Craig. Genres: Comedy. Country: USA, Germany, UK, Netherlands. Language: English. Runtime: 87 min. Color: Color. Rated R for language and drug content.

Awards: Winner of the Audience Award at the 2007 Locarno International Film Festival, and at the 2007 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

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February 5th

A Scottish teenager travels across the 19th century American wilderness in pursuit of the girl he loves. Along the way a mysterious man named Silas, who acts as a guide joins, him. Slow West is the directorial debut for John Maclean who also wrote the screenplay.

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(2015) Director: John Maclean. Writer: John Maclean. Genres: Action, thriller, western. Country: UK, New Zealand. Language: English. Runtime: 84 min. Color: Color. Rated R for violence and brief language.

Awards: A total of 2 wins and 9 nominations. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic category, and of the Audience Award at the 2015 Transatlantyk International Film Festival. Nominated for the European Discovery of the Year at the 2015 European Film Awards.

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February 19th

Original title: Lemale et ha’halal

Shira is an 18-year-old Hasidic Jewish woman living in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She is pressured into considering an arranged levirate marriage with an older widower, her recently widowed brother-in-law with a newborn son. Fill the Void is a beautiful and fascinating look into the life-style and customs of Orthodox Jews as well as the nature of love and duty. Director and writer Rama Burshtein is the first Orthodox Jewish woman to direct a film intended for distribution outside the orthodox community, dispelling many misconceptions.

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(2012) Director: Rama Burshtein. Writers: Rama Burshtine. Genres: Drama. Country: Israel. Language: Hebrew. Runtime: 90 min. Color: Color. Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking.

Awards: A total of 13 wins and 16 nominations, which include the notable wins at the 2012 Awards of the Israeli Film Academy for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, and Best Makeup, the 2013 win for Best Foregin Language Film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the 2012 nomination for the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the 2012 Venice Film Festival wins of the SIGNIS Award - Honorable Mention and of the Volpi Cup.

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March 4th

Life Itself covers the life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times. Taken from his autobiographical memoir the film chronicles his life from childhood, to becoming a reporter and film critic, his association with Gene Siskel, to finally his own battle with cancer.

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(2014) Director: Steve James. Writer: based on Roger Ebert’s memoir “Life Itself.” Genres: Documentary, biography. Country: USA. Language: English. Runtime: 120 min. Color: Color. Rated R for brief sexual images/nudity and language.

Awards: A total of 22 wins and 28 nominations. Awarded winner of Best Documentary in 2014 by the Boston Online Film Critics Association, in 2015 at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, in 2014 at the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards.

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April 15th

Original title: Papurika

Based on Yasutaka Tsutsui’s 1993 novel of the same name, this Japanese animated film is about three research psychologists who use a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. When the machine is stolen, chaos ensues. The three scientists, Chiba, Tokita, and Shima, must work with the police and Chiba’s counterpart Paprika, to save the world.

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(2006) Director: Satoshi Kon. Writers: Yasutaka Tsutsui (novel), Seishi Minakami and Satoshi Kon (screenplay). Genres: Animation, mystery, sci-fi. Country: Japan. Language: Japanese, English. Runtime: 90 min. Color: Color. Rated R for violent and sexual images.

Awards: A total of 6 wins and 5 nominations. Winner of the Public’s Choice Award at the Montréal Festival of New Cinema, the Feature Film Award at the 2007 Newport Beach Film Festival, Best Music and Notable Entry awards at the 2007 Tokyo Anime Award, and nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.

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April 29th

Original title: Die Frau mit den 5 Elefanten

Svetlana Geier is an octogenarian who has built a life through translating the great works of Russian literature in German. Born in the Ukraine, her father was a victim of Stalin’s prison camps. Her teenage precocity and facility with languages brought her to the attention of Nazi occupiers in WWII. In this documentary, Geier discusses her life and work of translating Dostoyevky’s five major novels, or elephants, into German, her life during the war, and her complicated relationship with Nazis and the German people. Greier completed her 20-year translation effort in 2007, and passed away at the age of 87 in 2010.

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(2009) Director: Vadim Jendreyko. Writer: Vadim Jendreyko. Genres: Documentary. Country: Switzerland, Germany. Language: German, Russian. Runtime: 93 min. Color: Color. Not rated for US.

Awards: A total of 4 wins and 6 nominations. Winner of the Citizen’s Prize, Prize of Exellence, and Runner-up Prize at the 2011 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and nominated for the Best Documentary Award at the 2009 European Film Awards.

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May 6th

Original title: Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann

Based on the 2009 comic novel by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson, the film tells the story of Allan Karlsson as he is about to celebrate his 100th birthday at the retirement home in which he resides. Still mentally sharp, he decides against attending the party, climbs out the window, and disappears. Shuffling along in his slippers, he decides to steal a suitcase from a passenger at the bus station, which happens to contain an enormous amount of drug money. Soon, Karlsson finds himself being chased by drug dealers and the police. Flashbacks depict his fascinating life as a participant in key events of the 20th century. This film is the third highest-grossing Swedish film of all time.

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(2013) Director: Felix Herngren. Writer: Jonas Jonasson (novel), Felix Herngren and Hans Ingemansson (screenplay). Genres: Adventure, comedy. Country: Sweden, Russia, UK, France, Spain. Language: Swedish, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian. Runtime: 114 min. Color: Color. Rated R for language and some violence.

Awards: A total of 5 wins and 7 nominations, the most notable being the Audience Choice Award win in 2014 at the Chicago International Film Festival, and the nomination for Best European Film at the 2014 Goya Awards.

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