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The Flight of the Red Balloon December 31, 1969
The Flight of the Red Balloon

Synopsis: In 1956, Albert Lamorisse made THE RED BALLOON, a short in which a young boy, played by his son, makes friends with a red balloon. Some 50 years later, Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao Hsien has made his first French-language film, the charming and subtle FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON, commissioned by the Musée d'Orsay and inspired by Lamorisse's children's classic.

Starring: Simon Iteanu, Hippolyte Girardot, Juliette Binoche
Directed by: Hou Hsaio-Hsien
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The Band's Visit December 31, 1969

Synopsis: Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin's debut feature, THE BAND'S VISIT, is a subtle, heartfelt, and humane work that goes a long way toward dissolving the incredibly complex cultural divide that continues to plague the Middle East.

Starring: Saleh Bakri, Ronit Elkabetz, Sasson Gabai
Directed by: Eran Kolirin
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My Brother Is An Only Child December 31, 1969
My Brother Is An Only Child

Synopsis: Already a smash in its native Italy, MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD, which was presented at this year?s Cannes and Toronto film festivals, reunites director Luchetti with longtime collaborators Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli, best known as screenwriters of the highly acclaimed ?The Best of Youth.? Set in a small Italian town in the 60?s and 70?s, the film tells the story of two brothers who want to change the world ? but in completely different ways.

Starring: Angela Finocchiaro, Elio Germano, Luca Zingaretti
Directed by: Daniele Luchetti
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Mister Lonely December 31, 1969
Mister Lonely

Synopsis: After the success of indies GUMMO and JULIEN DONKEY-BOY in the late 1990s, writer-director Harmony Korine's follow-up is this dramedy. Diego Luna (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN) stars as a Michael Jackson impersonator who follows a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe (Samantha Morton) to a Scottish commune filled with celebrity lookalikes.

Starring: Denis Lavant, Samantha Morton, Diego Luna
Directed by: Harmony Korine
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Blind Mountain December 31, 1969
Blind Mountain

Synopsis: Known for making films that expose the corrupt, seedy underbelly of modern China, director Li Yang found his previous outing, BLIND SHAFT, banned in its native country. Its successor, BLIND MOUNTAIN, shows that he hasn't lost any of his edge.

Starring: Huang Lu, Zhang Yuling, Yang Youan
Directed by: Li Yang
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Young Yakuza December 31, 1969
Young Yakuza

Synopsis: Filmed over an 18-month period, Young Yakuza explores the Japanese crime underworld, through the portraits of two figures: 20-year-old Naoki, a new recruit of the Kumagai crime organization, and his boss, confronted by new social trends which are gradually edging out the yakuza gangsters.

Directed by: Jean Pierre Limosin
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Water Lilies December 31, 1969
Water Lilies

Synopsis: In this French film, a group of teenage girls reveal that it's not just adults who scheme and plot. WATER LILIES (LA NAISSANCE DES PIEUVRES) is set in the seemingly innocent world of synchronized swimming, where Floriane (Adele Haenel) seduces everyone around her, including late bloomer Marie (Pauline Acquart). Writer-director Celine Sciamma makes her debut with this compelling drama that played at Cannes.

Starring: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blanchere, Adele Haenel
Directed by: Celine Sciamma
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California Dreamin' December 31, 1969
California Dreamin'

Synopsis: US Marine Cpt Jones is assigned to escort a train carrying NATO equipment headed for Yugoslavia during the war in Kosovo. His mission is held back by Doiaru, apparently a very thorough station master in a godforsaken village, who halts the train over a paperwork technicality.

Starring: Jamie Elman, Razvan Vasilescu, Armand Assante
Directed by: Cristian Nemescu
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You, the Living December 31, 1969
You, the Living

Synopsis: Film Forum is proud to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of Roy Andersson?s You, The Living, an absurdist take on the everyday foibles of human nature. Andersson couples his iconic visual style (stationary shots, a monochromatic palette of grays and greens) with a meticulous eye for composition (compared by some critics to the work of German painters Otto Dix and Max Beckmann) to yield a brilliant succession of dreamlike tableaux: a bride and her electric guitar-playing groom sail along in a house moving like a train; a distraught man complains of his financial woes while his wife tries to make love to him; a drunken woman shouts ?No one understands me? to a bar full of silent patrons; a man waiting in line to buy a train ticket changes queues repeatedly, to no advantage.

Directed by: Roy Andersson
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The Pope's Toilet December 31, 1969

Synopsis: Bouncing between moments of humor and gentle drama, this Uruguayan film is set in the late 1980s in a small town that is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Pope John Paul II. While the swell of visitors promises to be a boon for the local economy, smalltime crook Beto (César Troncoso) thinks he has figured out a unique way to capitalize on the pope?s visit: charge a fee for the visitors to use a toilet on his front lawn.

Starring: Cesar Troncoso, Virginia Mendez
Directed by: César Charlone, Enrique Fernandez,
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Munyurangabo December 31, 1969
Munyurangabo

Synopsis: This acclaimed Rwandan drama--the first full-length, narrative film in the Kinyarwanda language--explores the friendship between two boys as they try to overcome the gap between the Hutus and Tutsis. Munyurangabo (Jeff Rutagengwa) and Sangwa (Eric Ndorunkundiye) escape the city of Kigali with two different purposes: the titular boy desires revenge for the death of his parents who were victims of genocide, while his friend wants to see his childhood home.

Starring: Jeff Rutagengwa, Eric Ndorunkundiye, Narcicia Nyirabucyeye
Directed by: Lee Isaac Chung
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Le Rêve de la Nuit d'Avant December 31, 1969

Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Directed by: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
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Calle Santa Fe December 31, 1969

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Et Toi, T'Es Sur Qui? December 31, 1969

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La Novia Errante December 31, 1969

Starring: Daniel Hendler
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Magnus December 31, 1969

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La Soledad December 31, 1969

Starring: Petra Martinez
Directed by: Jaime Rosales
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L'Avocat de la Terreur December 31, 1969

Directed by: Barbet Schroeder
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And Along Come Tourists December 31, 1969

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Kuaile Gongchang December 31, 1969

Starring: Ananda Everingham, Yang Kuei-Mei
Directed by: Ekachai Uekrongtham
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Cartouches Gauloises December 31, 1969

Directed by: Mehdi Charef
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Night Train December 31, 1969

Directed by: Diao Yinan
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