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April 19, 2012, 10:50 p.m. | Movies — by Daryna Shevchenko

A screenshot of Tirza, a Dutch movie about a man who is looking for his missing daughter in Africa.
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Daryna Shevchenko

Russia, Germany, France, 2011
Directed by Alexander Sokurov
Language: German with Russian dubbing and Ukrainian subtitles
April 13-18 at 11:20 a.m., 3:25 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

Russian director Sokurov’s Faust is the final part of a tetralogy looking at history and its leading characters, as well as totalitarian ideas. Loosely based on Goethe’s literary masterpiece, it sets the original characters Faust, Margaret and Mephistopheles in 19th century Europe. The film nevertheless examines some modern issues, such as totalitarianism, consumerism and the consequence of losing touch with the non-material dimension of being.

Netherlands, 2004, 94’
Directed by Joram Lürsen
Language: Dutch with English and Ukrainian subtitles
April 20, 22, 25 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Remko is an ordinary 11-year-old boy whose dream to become a famous football player becomes an obsession for his father, who loves football. His father failed to become a football star because of a knee injury, but his dream lives on in his son. When his father dies, Remko decides to give up on his football dream because he now lacks motivation and support. But a miracle and some love reignite the dream and help Remko to see his father again.

Drama, mystery
Netherlands, 2008, 110’
Directed by Erik Van Looy
Language: Dutch with English and Ukrainian subtitles
April 20, 23 at 7 p.m.

A friend in need is a friend indeed, and life offers plenty of proof. Five married men have been friends for ages, and they even share a secret. There is a penthouse in the loft of one of their city’s skyscrapers where they all meet with their mistresses. Only they are in on the secret, and it seems to be the perfect deal – until one day they find a dead body of a young woman in their fashionable apartment. None of them knows the woman or how she got there. They start suspecting each other, and eventually discover they have never been frank with each other. Their friendship is now put to the test.

Drama, mystery
Netherlands, 2010, 100’
Directed by Rudolf van den Berg
Language: Dutch with English and Ukrainian subtitles
April 19, 22 at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Middle-aged, divorced literary editor Jorgen is depressed and sees little sunshine in his life. To add to his ordeal, his young beloved daughter Tirza disappears in Namibia, where she went on a trip with her boyfriend to celebrate her graduation.
After a few weeks of uncertainty, Jorgen decides to go to Africa to look for his missing daughter. But the trip becomes a much bigger challenge than he had expected. Help comes unexpectedly, as prostitute Keitumetse joins the search for his daughter, and for his own cheerful self.
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