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Thursday, Feb. 14, Ogle Center at 7pm
Departures (2008)
Directed by Yojiro Takita, Japanese 130 minutes
Departures tells the story of Daigo Kobayashi, a trained cellist who finds himself without a job. After moving back to his boyhood home with his wife for a fresh start, Daigo answers a classified ad entitled “Departures”. While he thinks it is an advertisement for a travel agency, it is actually for Nokanshi, a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life.

Friday, Feb. 15, Ogle Center at 7pm
1981 (2009)
Directed by Ricardo Trogi, French, 102 minutes
1981 is a saucy, semi-autobiographical coming of age tale. In the film, eleven-year-old Ricardo, who is struggling with his family’s move to Quebec and a new school whose students come from a more privileged background, decides that his only recourse is to become an accomplished liar. With a flare for inventiveness and a desperate desire to impress his fellow classmates, Ricardo dismisses his family and weaves an elaborate web of untruths, inventing a new family history, which he must vigilantly maintain to keep up appearances for his new friends,.

Saturday, Feb. 16, Ogle Center at 7pm
The White Ribbon (2009)
Directed by Michael Haneke, German, 144 minutes
The White Ribbon is an unsettling, cerebral, strange, enigmatic and rewarding film which hints and insinuates, and thoroughly gets under the viewer’s skin. Set just before World War I in a northern German village where a series of strange, sinister and cruel occurrences involving the children takes place over several months.

Sunday, Feb. 17, Ogle Center at 7pm
The Secret in their Eyes (2009)
Directed by Juan Jose Campanella, Spanish, 129 minutes
The Secret in Their Eyes is part cold case mystery, part long lost love story, and part thriller set in Argentina. A recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin decides to write a novel based on a twenty-five year old unresolved rape and murder case which still haunts him. Benjamin’s search for the truth will put him at the center of a judicial nightmare as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, testing the limits of a man seeking justice and personal fulfillment.

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