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Film Festival
Disappearing Act IV:
European Film Festival
in New York

Friday–Saturday, April 13–14, 2012
FIAF, Tinker Auditorium, 55 East 59th Street, NYC [map]

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New York’s only European film festival, Disappearing Act IV, shares some of Europe’s most celebrated, contemporary films that are largely unknown in the U.S. For the fourth edition, FIAF is thrilled to partner with the festival to present five screenings of these rare films.

Visit disappearingact.org for complete festival schedule.

Screenings at FIAF
Eastern Plays, Friday, April 13 at 6:15pm
Police, Adjective, Friday, April 13 at 8:15pm
Our Beloved Month of August, Saturday, April 14 at 2:30pm
Amador, Saturday, April 14 at 5:30pm (NY Premiere)
The Misfortunates, Saturday, April 14 at 8pm

Free and open to the public.

Disappearing Act IV Festival

Eastern Plays
Friday, April 13, 2012
6:15pm

FIAF, Tinker Auditorium
Free!

Iztochni piesi
Directed & written by Kamen Kalev
Bulgaria-Sweden, 2009. Color. 83 min
With Christo Christov, Ovanes Torosian, Saadet Isil Aksoy
In Bulgarian with English subtitles

Presented by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York

The paths of two brothers cross during a fateful meeting one night on the streets of Sofia. The older, Itso (played as a version of himself by the late Christo Christov), is abstaining recovering drug addict who’s trying to hang on for dear life, but has a hard time finding a reason to persevere. His teenage brother still lives with their domineering and insensitive father. He’s running with a gang of racist thugs and this fateful night marks his initiation to the group. Though in themselves brutal, the night’s events help the brothers to realize where they stand in life.

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Disappearing Act IV Festival

Police, Adjective
Friday, April 13, 2012
8:15pm

FIAF, Tinker Auditorium
Free!

Politist, adjectiv
Directed & written by Corneliu Porumboiu
Romania, 2009. Color.113 min.
With Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Irina Saulescu
In Romanian with English subtitles

An IFC Films release, presented by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York

Another quiet hard hitter of Romanian cinema, this time coming from the director of 12:08 Bucharest East, Corneliu Porumboiu, Police, Adjective delves into the system of contemporary Romanian policing. Described by A.O. Scott in his glowing New York Times review, the film“is a story of law enforcement with a special interest in grammar.” Humor aside, the question at the heart of the film is what role othe police should play in our society. The central character—a young detective on the look out to catch an even younger marijuana dealer—doubts whether the task he’s been given is a police matter at all. His doubts increase with every hour he spends on his pursuit, and when his conscience finally wins over his sense of professional duty, he decides to bring his conundrum up with the Chief of Police.

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Disappearing Act IV Festival

Our Beloved Month of August
Saturday, April 14, 2012
2:30pm

FIAF, Tinker Auditorium
Free!

Aquele Querido Mes de Agosto
Directed & written by Miguel Gomes
Portugal-France, 2008. Color. 147 min.
With Sonia Bandeira, Fabio Oliveira
In Portuguese with English subtitles

A FiGa Films release, presented by the Embassy of Portugal

Deep in the Portuguese mountains, activities swell during the month of August. People come home, set off fireworks, fight fires, perform karaoke, jump off a bridge, hunt wild boar, drink beer, and make babies. Had director Miguel Gomes taken a straight forward approach to the subject, resisting the lure of the festivities, the synopsis for his film could be reduced to an account of the romantic relations of a father, his daughter, a cousin, and musicians in a dance hall band during the beloved month of August. Instead, Gomes has crafted a wonderfully chaotic hybrid of documentary and fiction that delicately captures the vibrant spirit of a local Portuguese community.

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Disappearing Act IV Festival

NY Premiere
Amador
Saturday, April 14, 2012
5:30pm

FIAF, Tinker Auditorium
Free!

Directed & written by Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Spain, 2010. Color. 112 min.
With Magaly Solier, Celso Bugallo, Pietro Sibille.
In Spanish with English subtitles

A special preview of a Film Movement release
Presented by Instituto Cervantes, The Cultural Center of Spain in New York, together with Spain Culture New York and the Consulate General of Spain, co-presented by Pragda

A Latin-American immigrant living in Spain, Marcela is ready to leave her live-in boyfriend, but in unable to when she learns news that forces her to stay. To help out her boyfriend’s fledgling business, she gets a new job caring for the ailing Amador. They have an immediate connection, and it seems like things are finally looking up in Marcela’s life. However, things change quickly and in order to keep her job and money, Marcela must tell a devastating lie. As noted by Jonathan Holland of Variety, the film “successfully blends black comedy, lyricism, and social critique.”

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Disappearing Act IV Festival

The Misfortunates
Saturday, April 14, 2012
8pm

FIAF, Tinker Auditorium
Free!

De helaasheid der dingen
Directed by Felix van Groeningen
Belgium, 2009. Color. 108 min.
With Koen De Graeve, Kenneth Vanbaeden,
Valentijn Dhaenens.
In Dutch with English subtitles

A Neoclassics Films release, presented by Flanders House

Considering depictions of dysfunctional families, the one at the center of this bitter comedy may top the list: four lazy, irresponsible, binge-drinking, 30-something brothers who still live in their mother’s house. She’s the only corrective to their bad behavior and the only one looking after the 13-year-old son of one of her offspring. The boy could truly testify to “the shittyness of things,” which is the literal translation of the film’s original title. But even in such a family, there are moments of tenderness and positive emotion, which eventually allow the young hero to become a successful writer. Based on one of the most popular contemporary novels in Dutch, the film has a striking formal and visual style, making it as successful as its literary source.

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Disappearing Act IV is curated & produced by Irena Kovarova

Disappearing Act IV is organized by the Czech Center New York and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Belgian Tourist Office – French Speaking Belgium – Brussels Wallonia, the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia, the Consulate General of Estonia, the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic, the Consulate General of Slovenia, the Consulate General of Sweden, the Consulate General of Switzerland, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Embassy of Portugal, the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), Flanders House, the Goethe-Institut New York, the Hungarian Cultural Center, the IFC Center, Instituto Cervantes – The Cultural Center of Spain in New York together with Spain Culture New York – the Consulate General of Spain, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and with the support of the +421 Foundation, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the Slovak Film Institute, Slovenian Film Fund, and Wallonie Bruxelles Images. An official project of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), with the support of the EU Delegation to the United Nations.

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