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40 Days of Silence

Uzbekistan | 2014 | 88 minutes | Saodat Ismailova

In an isolated Uzbek village, young Bibicha takes a traditional vow of silence and moves into her grandmother’s old house, along with three other women, to be part of a chilla, or spiritual “quarantine.”

Blind Dates

Georgia | 2013 | 95 minutes | Levan Koguashvili

A 40-year-old teacher still living with his parents finally meets the right woman in this lovely, compassionate comedy from Georgia. Unfortunately, not only is she the mother of one of his students, she has a husband about to be released on probation.

Class Enemy

Slovenia | 2013 | 112 minutes | Rok Biček

In this award-winning Slovenian drama (shortlisted for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®), a group of teens blame their demanding new teacher and his cold, demeaning teaching methods when one of their classmates commits suicide.

Clownwise

Czech Republic | 2014 | 120 minutes | Viktor Tauš

After thirty years, retired clown Oskar returns to his hometown of Prague and reunites with the other two-thirds of his estranged clowning trio for a final show. Clownwise offers a darkly comic look at taking chances late in life and having the last laugh. Actress Eva Jenickova in attendance.

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

United Kingdom | 2013 | 76 minutes | Madeleine Sackler

Facing tyranny, KGB raids, and even exile, the members of the Belarus Free Theatre perform their internationally acclaimed, uncensored live dramas as an act of defiance against Europe’s last surviving Communist dictatorship.

Free Range: Ballad on Approving of the World

Estonia | 2014 | 104 minutes | Veiko Ounpuu

This stylish Estonian joy ride follows slacker Fred, who struggles with feelings of nihilism after getting fired for writing an unfavorable review of Terrence Malick’s film Tree of Life. Finland’s official OSCAR® submission for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Geographer Drank His Globe Away

Russia | 2013 | 120 minutes | Alexander Veledinsky

Middle-aged mess Viktor Sluzhkin takes a job as a geography teacher, promising his successful students an end-of-the-year trip. This prize-winning and quirky tragicomedy centers on an unorthodox, maverick teacher who may have lost his way, but never his optimism or empathy.

Ida

Poland | 2013 | 80 minutes | Pawel Pawlikowski

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Acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) returns to his homeland for this intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

The Japanese Dog

Romania | 2013 | 85 minutes | Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

In this honest, gently comic Romanian fable, recently widowed Costache, having lost his wife and possessions in the 2010 floods, reunites after 20 years with his estranged son, back from Japan with a wife and child.

Land of Storms

Hungary | 2014 | 105 minutes | Àdám Császi

A closeted, Germany-based soccer player, reeling after a terrible loss on the field, returns to his native Hungary in search of a simpler life, only to encounter complications with lovers old and new.

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