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Amateurs (Amatörer)

The picturesque Swedish town of Lafors has fallen on hard times: Once a thriving center of leather and textile production, outsourcing has shuttered the factories. In addition, the community’s demographics are changing: Immigrants, refugees, and the homeless are now part of the face of Lafors. To stimulate the job market, the town council decides to entice SuperBilly, a German cut-price superstore, into opening an outlet in Lafors. When councilman Musse enlists the help of high schoolers to create a promo film, the results are so hilariously bad that the town recruits a filmmaker from Stockholm. His efforts to portray the town as a bucolic Scandinavian paradise backfire badly, so plucky teenage BFFs Aida and Dana decide to take matters into their own hands, with surprising results. At once light-hearted and socially prescient, this delightfully charming and thought-provoking film is a meditation on globalism, the power of film, and what it means to "represent."
Fri, Oct 4, 2019 6:30 PM
Wed, Oct 9, 2019 9:00 PM
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And Then We Danced

In Tbilisi, Georgia, teenage Merab lives in a crowded apartment where the electricity gets turned off as regularly as his phone runs out of data, forcing him to panhandle. After a lifetime of rigorous training alongside his dance/romantic partner Mary, Merab has hitched his hopes for an escape from his circumstances to a coveted slot in the Georgian National Dance Ensemble. But the tradition-bound regional ensemble leader thinks Merab is too “soft” to master the challenging, athletic choreography. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli—gifted with perfect form and movement, and equipped with a rebellious streak and eyes full of mischief—upends Merab’s dedication to the company and his relationship with Mary, with galvanizing results. Levan Akin’s gorgeous film is a feast for the senses and an emotional tug on the heart. With his exuberant physicality, star Levan Gelbakhiani, who won the Best Actor award at the Sarajevo Film Festival, shapes Akin’s story into a joyous
Thu, Oct 10, 2019 6:00 PM
Fri, Oct 11, 2019 2:45 PM
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Scheme Birds

They call them "scheme birds:" the young women of Scotland’s working-class housing developments who drink, smoke, and fight alongside the boys. Sixteen-year-old Gemma can scrap with the best of them. This tough-as-nails lass doesn’t care that most folks in her hardscrabble hometown of Motherwell, a former steelworks hub, end up "locked up or knocked up." She was born here and she’ll die here. Then she gets pregnant, and the soon-to-be mother realizes she has to take control of her future. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature and the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, this extraordinary debut from Swedish filmmakers Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin gives us a lyrical nonfiction portrait of the city’s petty criminals, pigeon breeders, and backyard brawlers, but it’s the movie’s everyday heroine, a petite blond with a steel backbone and a capacity to find hope in the darkest corners, that gives the movie its tender heart and soul.
Tue, Oct 8, 2019 6:00 PM
Thu, Oct 10, 2019 11:45 AM
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