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THE IMITATION GAME

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THE IMITATION GAME

Biography/Drama/Thriller – 2014 – UK/USA – 113 Minutes – The Weinstein Company – PG-13

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In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.

Directed by Morten Tyldum

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance

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2015 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: LIVE ACTION

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2015 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: LIVE ACTION

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Directors: Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun
Producers: Yael Abecassis, Hilel Rozman, Pablo Mehler
Co-writer: Tom Shoval
Production: Cassis Films (Israel), Divine Productions (France)
Synopsis: Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.

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Director: Michael Lennox
Producer: Brian J. Falconer
Writer: Ronan Blaney
Synopsis: Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family. Starring Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, Riley Hamilton and Aaron Lynch.

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Director: Hu Wei
Producer: Julien Féret
Synopsis: A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.

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Director: Talkhon Hamzavi
Producer: Stefan Eichenberger
Synopsis: A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.

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Director: Mat Kirkby
Writers: Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Synopsis: “THE PHONE CALL” follows HEATHER, (played by OSCAR nominee SALLY HAWKINS), a shy lady who works at a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner JIM BROADBENT) she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

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2015 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: ANIMATION

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2015 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: ANIMATION

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Directors: Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen
Production: Job, Joris & Marieke
Synopsis: When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.

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Director: Patrick Osborne
Producer: Kristina Reed
Synopsis: “FEAST”, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (Head of Animation, “PAPERMAN”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

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Director: Torill Kove
Producers: Lise Fearnley, Marcy Page
Production: Mikrofilm AS in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada
Synopsis: One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. Me and My Moulton provides a glimpse of its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal”.

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Director: Daisy Jacobs
Producer: Christopher Hees
Synopsis: ‘You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!’ hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won’t go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.

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Directors: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Production: Tonko House
Synopsis: The Dam Keeper, an original animated short film by feature animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything. A first-time collaboration between some of the most talented artists in animation, The Dam Keeper made its world premiere as an official selection at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and is slated to make its US premiere at The New York International Children’s Film Festival this spring.

Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change.

Made up of over 8,000 paintings, The Dam Keeper blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi’s celebrated painting-style to life like never before. The Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen of television’s Forbrydelsen (The Killing), and BBC’s Sherlock, narrates this timeless fable. Directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi are known for their art direction on such beloved films as Ice Age, Ratatouille, Monsters university and Toy Story 3.

ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS:

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Sweet Cocoon – 6 minutes/France/Non-dialogue

A caterpillar about to undergo her metamorphosis finds her cocoon is much too small to squeeze into. Two helpful insects come to her aid.

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Footprints – 4 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue

A gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at a surprising revelation. Directed by Bill Plympton.

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Duet – 4 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue

Animated in its entirety and directed by Glen Keane, DUET tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet.

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Bus Story – 11 minutes/Canada/English

Our protagonist dreams of becoming a bus driver in order to cruise down quiet country lanes and connect with nature, her young charges and their parents. But her idyllic view of her new job is sorely tested after she meets her surly boss, named Killer, and discovers that winding roads can prove treacherous in winter, especially with a faulty clutch.

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2015 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: DOCUMENTARY

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2015 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: DOCUMENTARY

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PROGRAM A:

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Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Producer: Dana Perry
Synopsis: The timely documentary CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of
service members.

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Director: Aneta Kopacz
Producer: Adam Slesicki
Production: Wajda Studio
Synopsis: With great visual poetry, ‘Joanna’ portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of her family. Diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.

PROGRAM B:

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Director: Tomasz Śliwiński
Production: Warsaw Film School
Synopsis: The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator.

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Director: Gabriel Serra Argüello
Producers: Henner Hofmann, Liliana Pardo, Karla Bukantz
Synopsis: Efrain, known as the Reaper, has worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years. We will discover his deep relationship with death and his struggle to live.

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Director/Producer: J. Christian Jensen
Synopsis: Thousands of souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. “White Earth” is the tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.

 
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Encircle Documentary Series presents SHADOWS OF LIBERTY

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SHADOWS OF LIBERTY

Documentary – 2012 – USA – 93 Minutes – Unrated

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Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.

Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values.

In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.

Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? Media reform is urgent and freedom of the press is fundamental.

Directed by Jean-Philippe Tremblay

SPECIAL LIMITED ENGAGEMENT – ONE NIGHT ONLY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 AT 6 PM

Audience Discussion with Norman Solomon, Author-Columnist-Activist

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Norman Solomon is the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and the author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death. He is co-founder of the online organization RootsAction.org, which now has nearly 500,000 active members and of a new whistleblower support organization titled Expose Facts. Described by Utne Reader as one of the “fiercest and most articulate media critics around,” Norman Solomon has appeared on many national TV and radio programs including ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation, and CNN Television’s Crossfire.

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www.encirclefims.org

 
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