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September 22-24
LEMON TREE/ETZ LIMON*. Israel/Germany/France, 2008 (106 min.) Dir: Eran Riklis. With: Hiam Abbass, Doron Tavory, Ali Suliman. True story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon trees when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her grove torn down. Panorama Audience Award, Berlin IFF 2008.
THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE/CE QU'IL FAUT POUR VIVRE*. Canada, 2008 (102 min.) Dir: Benoît Pilon. With: Natar Ungalaaq, Eveline Gelinas, Paul-Andre Brasseur. In 1952, an Inuit hunter with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Best Film Jutra Award 2009.

October 27-29
THE CLASS/ENTRE LES MURS*. France, 2008 (128 min.) Dir: Laurent Cantet. With: François Begaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Cherif Bounaidja Rachedi. Teacher and novelist François Begaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. Golden Palm, Cannes 2008; Best Foreign Language Film, Oscar 2009 Nominee.
WALTZ WITH BASHIR/VALS IM BASHIR*. Israel/Germany/France/USA, 2008 (90 min.) Dir: Ari Folman. With: voices of Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ari Folman. Animated feature. The Israeli film director, Ari Folman, is interviewing his fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globe 2009; Best Foreign Language Film, Oscar 2009 Nominee.

November 17-19
MONGOL*. Kazakhstan/Russia/Mongolia/Germany, 2007 (126 min.) Dir: Sergei Bodrov. With: Tadanobu Asano, Honglei Sun, Khulan Chuluun. Early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206. Best Foreign Language Film, Oscar 2009 Nominee.
SIN NOMBRE/WITHOUT NAME*. Mexico/USA, 2009 (96 min.) Dir: Cary Fukunaga. With: Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado. Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young Honduran woman, Sayra, joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en route to the United States. Best Director and Cinematography Awards, Sundance FF 2009.

December 15-17
DEPARTURES/OKURIBITO*. Japan, 2008 (130 min.) Dir: Yôjirô Takita. With: Daigo Kobayashi, Ikuei Sasaki,Mika Kobayashi. A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Best Foreign Language Film, Oscar 2009; Grand Prix des Amériques, Montreal WFF 2008.
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. UK, 2008 (118 min.) Dir: Mike Leigh. With: Sally Hawkins, Kate O'Flynn, Eddie Marsan. A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colourful North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. Best Actress Awards: Silver Bear, Berlin 2008 and Golden Globe 2009.

January 19-21
CHE: PART ONE*. France/Spain/USA, 2008 (134 min.) Dir: Steven Soderbergh. With: Julia Ormand, Benicio Del Toro, Demián Bichir. In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. Best Actor, Cannes 2008.
THREE MONKEYS/UÇ MAYMUN*. Turkey/France/Italy, 2008 (109 min.) Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. With: Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan, Rifat Sungar. A family is slowly torn apart by secrets and lies after the husband accepts money from a rich politician to take the blame for an accidental killing. Best Director, Cannes 2008.

February 16-18
IL DIVO*. Italy/France, 2008 (110 min.) Dir: Paolo Sorrentino. With: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Piera Degli Esposti, Paolo Graziosi. The story of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti who has been elected to Parliament seven times since it was established in 1946. Jury Prize, Cannes 2008.
IN BRUGES*. UK/USA, 2008 (107 min.) Dir: Martin McDonagh. With: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes. Holed up in Bruges, Belgium after a difficult job, two hit men begin to differ on their views of life and death as they become used to local customs. Best Actor, Golden Globe 2009.

March 9-11
SILENT LIGHT/STELLET LICHT*. Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany, 2007(127 min.) Dir: Carlos Reygadas. With: Cornelio Wall, Maria Pankratz, Miriam Toews. Johan and his family are Mennonites from the north of Mexico. Against the law of God and man, Johan falls in love with another woman. Jury Prize, Cannes 2007.
MAN ON WIRE*. UK/USA, 2008 (90 min.). Dir.: James Marsh. With: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel. A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, which some consider, "the artistic crime of the century." Best Documentary Feature, Oscar 2009.

April 13-15
FOUR MINUTES/VIER MINUTEN*. Germany, 2008 (112 min.) Dir: Chris Kraus. With: Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Sven Pippig . At a women's penitentiary, an elderly piano teacher trains a young convict who had been a musical prodigy. Best Debut Performance, Seattle IFF 2007.
THE WORLD UNSEEN*. South Africa/UK, 2007 (94 min.) Dir: Shamim Sarif. With: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas. Tale of two women who engage in a dangerous lesbian relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

May 11-13
THE POOL*. USA, 2007 (98 min.) Dir: Chris Smith. With: Jhangir Badshah, Venkatesh Chavan, Ayesha Mohan, Nana Patekar. A boy working in a hotel becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa in India. His life gets turned upside down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family that arrives at the house. Special Jury Prize, Sundance 2007.
CHE: PART TWO*. France/Spain/USA, 2008 (131 min.) Dir: Steven Soderbergh. With: Rodrigo Santoro, Benicio Del Toro, Demián Bichir. In 1967, following the success of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia. Best Actor, Cannes 2008.

* English subtitles / Sous-titres anglais

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