Schedule for Tuesday, August 11
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"An exceptionally well-made documentary that unfolds like a spy thriller, complete with bugged hotel rooms, clandestine derring-do and mysterious men in gray flannel suits.” (New York Times)
In this suspenseful eco-thriller, a crack team of divers, activists, and special effects artists—including director Louis Psihoyos, a veteran National Geographic photographer, and Richard O'Barry, a former trainer of "Flipper" who now rescues dolphins from captivity—infiltrate a secret cove in Japan to expose a shocking and unimaginable crime against nature. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope. Winner of the Audience Award (and repeat standing ovations) at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
IT'S ALWAYS THE SAME STORY ("Animation Shorts Suite")
Louie Psihoyos. 2009. 92 m. US. Lionsgate.5:05 PM 7:15 PM 9:25 PM
In the Loop
"A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft." (New York Times)
The US President and the UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war would be a good thing. When one British official makes a passing comment to a reporter that "war is unforeseeable," it becomes a major news story that accelerates a run-up to war in the Middle East. A laugh-out-loud political satire on the diplomatic misunderstandings and behind-the-scenes power plays between the British and US governments preceding the Iraq war. The Village Voice calls it "a flying circus of backstage political damage control and deal-making."
LULU ("Animation Shorts Suite")
Armando Iannucci . 2009. 106 m. NR. UK. IFC Films.5:10 PM 7:25 PM 9:40 PM
High and Low
Tense from beginning to end, Akira Kurosawa’s masterwork combines human drama with the police procedural to create a dizzying two-act thriller. The great Toshiro Mifune gives one of his best performances as a wealthy executive who becomes the target of a ruthless kidnapper. Paying the ransom means personal financial ruin; refusing to pay means the loss of his humanity. Adapted from a novel by American crime legend Ed McBain. Look out for the pink smoke!
Akira Kurosawa. 1963. 142 m. NR. Japan, Japanese with subtitles. Janus Films.5:15 PM 8:00 PM