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21st Annual Foreign Film Festival, Oct. 9-15


In Turkish with English subtitles

A family whose failings blow up into extravagant lies battles to stay together by covering up the truth. In order to avoid hardship and responsibilities that would otherwise be impossible to endure, the family chooses to ignore the truth — not to see, hear or talk about it. But does playing "Three Monkeys" invalidate the truth of its existence? Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Starring Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Ercan Kesal, Cafer Kose. Not rated, adult themes/109m/S/Zeitgeist


In Farsi with English subtitles

Karim works at an ostrich farm outside of Tehran. He leads a simple and contented life with his family in his small house, until one day when one of the ostriches runs away. Karim is blamed for the loss and is fired from the farm. He travels to the city and finds himself mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver. But the people and material goods that he deals with daily start to transform Karims generous and honest nature. It is up to those closest to him to restore the values that he had once cherished. Directed byMajid Majidi. Starring Reza Naje, Maryam Akbari, Hossein Aghazi PG for brief mild language/96m/F/Regent Releasing


In Japanese with English subtitles — Academy Award Winner, Best Foreign Language Film

See review, Page 10

PG-13 for thematic material/131m/F/Regent Releasing


In French, Wolof, English and Arabic with English subtitles

See review, Page 10

PG for thematic elements and brief smoking/102m/F/Shadow Distribution


In German, English, French and Swedish with English subtitles

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet-fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society, but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. Directed by Uli Edel. Starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz. R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity and language/150m/F/Vitagraph Films


In Portuguese with English subtitles — Nominee Best Documentary European Film Awards

Using Lisbon as a backdrop, Carlos Saura explores Portugal's most emblematic musical genre and its haunting spirit of saudade (melancholy). Tracing its African and Brazilian origins up to the new wave of modern faudistas, he ingeniously deploys mirrors, back projections, lighting effects, and lush colors to frame each song, ranging from a campfire ringed by sinuous dancers to a balletic catfight between two jealous women to a thrilling desgarrada (musical duel) in a fado cafe. The result is a ravishing fusion of cinema, song, dance and instrumental number. Directed by Carlos Saura. Starring Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Camane, Carols do Carmo, Lila Downs, Cesaria Evora. Not rated, sensual dance scenes/92m/F/Zeitgeist

Also at the Varsity:

Julie & Julia

With Julia Child's stern warble always in her ear, Julie Powell eclipses her life's ordinariness through spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance, all centered around cooking. Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina. PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality/123m/F/Sony


People live their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates — physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. A world with no crime, pain, fear or consequences. When a murder jolts this utopia, an FBI agent discovers a conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and abandons his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery. Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Boris Kodjoe, James Francis Ginty, Michael Cudlitz, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene/89m/S/Disney

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Couples Retreat

Four Midwestern couples discover that participation in a tropical resort's couples therapy is not optional. Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, Jean Reno. PG-13 for sexual content and language/108m/F/Universal

Invention of Lying

In a world where no one has ever lied, a down-on-his luck loser seizes his ability to lie for personal gain. Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey. PG-13 for language including some sexual material and a drug reference/105m/F/Warner Bros.Capitalism: A Love Story

See review, Page 11

Directed, written and starring Michael Moore. R for some language/127m/S/Overture

Love Happens

See review, Page 11

Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Martin Sheen. PG-13 for some language including sexual references/109m/F/Universal


A horror-comedy focusing on two men who have found ways of surviving in a world overrun by zombies. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin. R for zombie horror violence/gore and language/88m/S/Sony

The Informant!

Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history. Starring Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey. R for language/108m/F/Warner Bros.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a young scientist and a town where food falls from the sky like rain. Voice talents of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Andy Samberg, Mr. T., Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris. PG for brief mild language/90m/S/Sony