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The Danish Girl

Following his Oscar® winning crowd-pleaser The King’s Speech (MVFF 2010), director Tom Hooper explores another remarkable story from 20th-century European history with The Danish Girl, the story of renowned painter Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Marvelously played by Academy Award®-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, MVFF Spotlight 2014), Lili, born Einar, is in a happy marriage with fellow painter Gerda (rising star Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina) in this drama set in 1920s Copenhagen. When Gerda’s model doesn't show up for one of her portrait sessions, Einar takes her place, dressing in women's clothes for the first time, discovering a brand-new identity as Lili, and subsequently creating a new, complex dimension to the marriage. Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), Sebastian Koch (Black Book), and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) also star in this beautifully lensed portrait of one of the pi
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 6:30 PM6:45 PM7:00 PM7:15 PM
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Day One

First days on the job range from the harrowing to the bewildering in this trio of exceptional short films. DAY ONE US 2014, 25 min Director Henry Hughes Director Henry Hugheshimself a combat veteran who served two tours in Afghanistanvividly depicts a new translator’s first day accompanying a US Army unit as it searches for a local terrorist. As she quickly discovers, her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance. MEAT US 2015, 15 min Director Michael Forstein An anthropology graduate encounters a cultural disconnect when the only job he can find is selling meat door-to-door in the Midwest. The result is a mordantly funny meditation on the skills required to adapt to life's curveballs. THE VISIT Israel 2014, 27 min Director Inbar Horesh A young woman visiting her father in the hospital is accidentally mistaken for a nurse and quickly finds herself integrating into the routine there. It's n
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 2:45 PM
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The Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Dheepan tells an intimate story about the immigrant experience with sympathy and candor. The film stars Antonythasan Jesuthasan, a writer and former Sri Lankan child soldier, as a Tamil Tiger hoping to start a new life in the slums of Paris, but there’s one catch: In order to gain asylum, he must take along a woman (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and child (Claudine Vinasithamby) and pretend they are his wife and daughter. Directed by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone), Dheepan is a gritty look at poverty, racism, and the unlikely communities that spring up in the darkest of times. Audiard partly drew on Jesuthasan’s own experiences for this drama, which morphs from a tale of survival and family into a tense thriller as Dheepan soon learns that the war zone he’s left behind has, in its own way, come back to haunt him in this strange new land.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 5:30 PM
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Dirty Wolves (Lobos sucios)

Under ancient yew trees in the Nazi-controlled tungsten mines of northwest Spain, a single mother decides to fight someone else’s warand ends up risking everything. Known mockingly as “The Widow,” Manuela was abandoned by her baby’s father and now works processing the wolfram (aka tungsten) that the Germans will use to tear through Allied flesh. But it turns out there is more than just the wolf of poverty to keep from the door as Manuela comes to realize thatunlike her countryshe cannot remain neutral in a time of war. In a thrilling first feature inspired by actual events, director Simón Casal de Miguel imbues the unrelenting grayness of the Galician countryside with a mysticism as old as the twisting yews and howling wolves that roam beneath them. And in Marian Álvarez’s steely, nuanced Manuela, along with the terrific supporting cast, he has mined rich and subtle talent.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 2:15 PM
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 11:30 AM
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Dogtown Redemption

We’ve all woken up to the late-night clanking of bottles and cans while a stranger rummages through our recycling. Once we drift back to sleep, these mysterious men and women continue their long journey toward survival. Dogtown Redemption captures the fascinating faces and sturdy souls of Oakland recyclers, including a former punk rocker and a misplaced minister, who often cover over 10 miles of city streets as they haul hundreds of pounds of recyclables for a modest payout. By focusing on the dramatic personal plights of these hardworking individuals, the film also raises intriguing questions about the socioeconomic reality of West Oakland. For example, does a for-profit recycling center in the heart of a low-income area help or hurt the community? Are these recyclers empowered or exploited? Filmmakers Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush combine intimate interviews and powerful all-access footage to craft an intensely honest, and sometimes hopeful, portrait of society’s forgotten
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 1:45 PM
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 5:00 PM
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A Dozen Summers

Twelve-year-old Leicester twins Daisy and Maisie McCormack take advantage of an opportunity to make a movie about their lives, bringing the “crazy” people they knowparents, friends (and enemies), teachers, and even the local shopkeeperalong for the ride. There’s drama (and plenty of laughs) in the smallest matter for these girls, but their sometimes silly yet wise dad keeps them safely grounded through victory and adversity. Whether it’s a bike chase with bullies in pursuit, navigating their way through a series of their mum’s baffling boyfriends, or imagining themselves at the center of a heist, Maisie and Daisy face every challenge with wry pre-teen bemusement. Director, screenwriter, co-producer, and co-editor Kenton Hall audaciously casts himself alongside his daughters, Scarlet and Hero, but this inventive family film is no vanity project. The McCormacks emanate heartfelt affection, which enables comedic turns, mutual bewilderment, understanding, and emotional
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 11:45 AM
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 11:00 AM
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The Dressmaker

Tilly Dunnage is back. And the tiny desiccated town of Dungatar is in for one heck of a dressing downand an even more spectacular dressing up. Clad in her own spin on Dior and armed with her Singer sewing machine like a gunslinger on a catwalk, Tilly (Kate Winslet) has returned to her childhood home with a vendetta to enact, a mystery to solve, a relationship to mend, and a whole lot of dresses to make. But first she must deal with her reclusive, misanthropic mother Mad Molly (Judy Davis), a corral of mealy-mouthed townsfolk, a cross-dressing police chief (Hugo Weaving), and the hunky boy-in-the-trailer-next-door (Liam Hemsworth) who’s determined to win her love. Featuring a brilliant cast of Australia’s finest, Jocelyn Moorhouse’s (Proof, 1991) kangaroo western offers a surprise at every turn: from murder to romance, drama to uproarious comedy. Because when haute couture comes to the outback, all hell is gonna break loose.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 7:00 PM
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 11:00 AM
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