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Modern Masters

This special showcase of international films highlights world-renowned directors who have established themselves as masters in the field, those who set the standard by which contemporary world cinema is measured.


Adam Resurrected   

Adam Resurrected
USA, 2008, 106 min.
Paul Schrader's brilliant new work tells the story of Adam Stein, who grapples with a paralytic case of survivor’s guilt in the aftermath of the Holocaust. An extraordinary performance by Jeff Goldblum captures the essence of the complex central character.... more



Cherry Blossoms   

Cherry Blossoms
Germany, 2008, 122 min.
This profoundly moving story of marital love won the Most Popular Film Award at the Seattle Film Festival. Trudi discovers that Rudi is suffering from a terminal disease, but decides to keep it from him. Instead she plans to take a long-planned trip together to Japan to visit their son.... more



Four Nights with Anna   

Four Nights with Anna
Poland, 2008, 87 min.
This beautifully acted, gracefully told oddball story marks the welcome return of cinematic master Jerzy Skolimowski, after a self-imposed sabbatical. His exquisite new film centers on sad sack Leon, who becomes romantically obsessed with nurse Anna, whose brutal rape he witnessed.... more



Kabei   

Kabei
Japan, 2008, 133 min.
Set in 1940 Tokyo, veteran Yoji Yamada's 80th (!) feature is a deeply affecting drama centering on mother and wife Kayo (Sayuri Yoshinaga), who struggles to get along with her two daughters after her professor husband is jailed for his progressive views.... more



Modern Life   

Modern Life
France, 2008, 90 min.
The third in a series of films centering on the lives of French paysans, director Raymond Depardon's remarkable documentary follows several families who live off the land in rural Haut-Garonne. A deeply personal look at the complexities of "the simple life."... more



Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's   

Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's
Canada, 2008, 98 min.
School's out for the summer of 1966, but for Élise, the abrupt departure of her long-suffering mother means she'll have to care for her father and two brothers. Pool uses the perfect blend of sweet aesthetics and sorrowful subject matter to tell this poignant coming-of-age story.... more



Of Time and the City   

Of Time and the City
United Kingdom, 2008, 74 min.
A cinematic ode to Liverpool, England, Of Time and the City tracks Terence Davies' love/hate relationship with his birthplace over the course of his life.... more



The Window   

The Window
Argentina, 2008, 85 min.
Ailing and close to the end, 80-year-old Antonio has received word that he will soon be visited by his estranged son, sending his caretakers into a frenzy of preparation for this special event. Antonio, meanwhile, has begun to slip into a world of nostalgia.... more





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