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Fat, Bald, Short Man

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Director(s):

Carlos Osuna

Description:

Lonesome, middle-aged virgin Antonio Farfán is picked on and ridiculed as a matter of course, whether by coworkers or his bullying mooch of a brother (who only calls when he needs money). An employee of a notary’s office, his status improves a bit when his new boss—and strangely affable doppelganger—takes an interest in him. But Farfán’s deep-seated shyness and insecurity are only partly assuaged. And when he joins a self-improvement group, he slowly confirms what the undulating lines of this sly, involving rotoscope story suggest: everything is in motion, and change is inevitable. The question becomes what use one makes of it.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 16, 9:30 pm



The Sacred Family

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Director(s):

Sebastián Campos

Description:

Sometimes we're so asleep we don't know what we're up to, Marco's mother says, explaining why she must rush to Santiago to see a friend who was hurt in a car accident. Family is family, she says, but for a friend you have a commitment, even on Good Friday, when her son's friends will be houseguests for Easter. Using improvised dialogue and hand-held camera work, the film captures the disintegration of the family's polite appearances at the hands of Marco's sensual and outspoken girlfriend. Adding to this potent mixture are Marco's friends – two university students facing exams, and a mysterious young woman with a vow of silence, guests for a weekend on the beach that will change all their lives.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 10, 2:00 pm



My Time Will Come

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Director(s):

Víctor Arregui

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A predawn murder sets in motion a series of interlocking tragedies that eventually find their way to the city morgue's brooding Dr. Arturo Fernandez. Physically and emotionally isolated from the world around him, Arturo develops an oddly intimate relationship with the personal lives of his cases, gradually forcing him to confront his connection to the living, and the dead. Adapted from the novel De Que Nada Se Sabe, director Víctor Arregui's serpentine tale is a dark but sympathetic portrait of one man's solitude set against a richly textured rendering of Quito, Ecuador's capital city.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 9, 4:00 pm



Whiskey

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Director(s):

Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll

Description:

An inspired and beautifully assured tragic-comedy about Jacobo, a sixty-year-old owner of a small, outdated sock factory, is illuminated with deadpan, repetitive, and monotonous detail. When his successful younger brother is expected for a visit, Jacobo asks Marta, his humble, loyal assistant, to pose as his wife. The brother, lively, inquisitive, and open, spontaneously suggests a seaside trip during which the three characters begin to reveal themselves in situations where farce, jealousy and betrayal lead to places of no return. Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll have created a sophisticated, quiet film that tells a story through understatement and modest gestures.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 10, 4:00 pm



Gods

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Director(s):

Josué Méndez

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In director Josué Méndez’s stylishly composed second feature, Elisa—the soon-to-be-wife of a wealthy industrialist—is eager to shed her working-class background in favor of the opulence of her fiance’s elite lifestyle. To her dismay, she soon realizes her hopes to slip into magazine-ready images of domestic splendor must also include her future stepchildren: Diego, who is hounded by his overbearing father and reluctantly preparing to enter the family business, and Andrea, Diego’s party-girl sister and the object of both his desire and disgust. As Elisa embraces her new life of lavish parties and beachfront estates, Diego and Andrea rebel against their upper-class upbringing, setting the stage for an ironic contrast of fate and ambition in this biting satire on upper-crust wealth and privilege.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 9: 2:00 pm



Margarette's Feast

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Director(s):

Renato Falcão

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Brazilian, black-and-white silent film, Margarette's Feast, is director Renato Falcão's stunning debut feature. The phenomenal Hique Gomez plays the stereotypical little-guy-against-the-world whose predicament transforms him into this tall stick of a human alternately tugging at your heart-strings and your laugh-out-loud muscles in a pitch perfect blend of tragedy and comedy. The film makes dazzling use of exhilarating Brazilian music, intentionally under-lit photography, exuberant acting styles, and a cast of characters spanning the social spectrum that would be the envy of Dicken's or Balzac.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 16, 2:00 pm



Craft

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Director(s):

Gustavo Pizzi

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Bianca manages a precarious living as a talented but underemployed actress in Rio de Janeiro, performing for private events dressed as female movie icons. Troubled by the thought she has missed her chance at a “big break,” she perseveres with single-minded dedication to her craft—until an audition leads to a rare opportunity, and possible redemption for years of social marginality. But her world may still prove too insecure, even for one as gifted and deserving as Bianca. Set against rich visuals and a down-to-earth tone, Karine Teles’s remarkable lead performance drives an enveloping drama of everyday tragedy in the working world of an artist.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 16, 4:00 pm



Today and Tomorrow

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Director(s):

Alejandro Chomski

Description:

The seemingly unavoidable downward spiral of Argentina's middle class during the current economic and social crisis is vividly brought to life in the character of young, street-smart Paola. A talented, would-be actress with a paying job as a waitress, she is always on the run: from her landlord, from the gas bill, from being late for work, and from her father's demands. Her energy is matched in the nervous yet intimate camera work that follows her closely though the 24 hours she is given to raise the money required to avoid being evicted. Paola's disillusion and emotional turmoil become increasingly disturbing as her desperation leads her to darker corners of Buenos Aires' nightlife. Alejandro Chomski tracks actress Antonella Costa in every frame lending enormous credibility to the troubled Paolo with her appropriately wired performance.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 17, 4:00 pm



The Field of Stars (El Prado de las Estrellas)

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Director(s):

Mario Camus

Description:

The great poet Claudio Rodríguez said "For me, life is like a fable; it is something legendary, not only history and specific dates". And this is they way this narration is presented to us; as a legend through which certain people are travelling, people who want to live their own lives without becoming dispirited, falling prey to the glittering outward-show the present offers or sinking into melancholy. They carry on their small struggles with humility but also with intelligence and determination. "The meadow of stars" takes its name from the childhood memories of a man called Alfonso who plays a leading part in the film. Fifty odd years later, when these memories have been almost forgotten, Alfonso has retired and is living in the same house as always in a village situated between the violent sea and the foothills of the mountain range which can just be seen in the south above the clouds.. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Goya Awards, ...The Meadow of Stars ( El Prado de las estrellas )


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The Spirit of the Beehive ( El Espiritu de la Colmena)

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Director(s):

Víctor Erice

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Six-year-old Ana is a shy girl who lives in the manor house in an isolated Spanish village on the Castilian plateau with her parents Fernando and Teresa and her older sister, Isabel. The year is 1940, and the civil war has just ended with the Francoist victory over the Republican forces. Her aging father spends most of his time absorbed in tending to and writing about his beehives; her much younger mother is caught up in daydreams about a distant lover, to whom she writes letters. The entire family is never seen together in a single shot. Ana's closest companion is Isabel, who loves her but cannot resist playing on her little sister's gullibility. Teresa writes to her past lover while she seems to stare out the window at the old house where Ana will find the republican soldier : ‘’Little but the walls remain of the house you once knew, I often wonder what became of everything we had there’’. This supposes the house has a history for her, and implies the escaped republican soldi



Nothing More

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Director(s):

Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti

Description:

Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti's Nothing More is a remarkable debut feature that explores the repressive, crippling political and social aspects of today's Cuba while turning upside down all our comfortably cliched expectations about the U.S.'s island neighbor. Carla is a young postal worker who dreams of joining her parents in Miami even as she enlivens her own drab existence by opening and rewriting the very letters she is responsible for processing. Intermittently bursting into song and cleverly mimicking various cinematic styles, the film is hilarious as well as heartbreaking.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 9, 6:00 pm



THE FINGER (El Dedo)

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Director(s):

Sergio Teubal

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After seven years of dictatorship, a remote village in Argentina formally becomes a town with the birth of its 501st inhabitant. Hidalgo, a slick and ingratiating scion, is eager for the new post of mayor. Smelling a rat, Baldomero (a beloved natural leader with a habitually tapping digit) opposes him with his own candidacyand soon turns up dead. His shopkeeper brother vows revenge, keeping Baldomeros severed finger in a jar, initially as a remembrance, but eventually as an absurd icon of leadership that spurs the town to defy crooked elections, interloping powers and Hidalgo to go its own way. Based on real events, this charming dramatic comedy pokes fun at small town ways while celebrating true democratic values.


Showing at Premiere Cinemas 14
Fashion Square
Saturday, February 17, 2:00 pm




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