Foreign films featured at festival

A quick look a the 16 films to be presented in the Rochester International Film Festival, which opens Friday at the Galaxy 14 Cine:

• "Aftershock" (China), 8:45 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Tuesday. A disaster epic based on the 1976 Tangshan earthquake.

• "Another Year" (UK), 9:10 p.m. Monday, 6:25 p.m. Wednesday. Director Mike Leigh tells the tale of a happily married couple whose life is unsettled by friends and relations.

• "Certified Copy" (France), 2:15 p.m. Sunday, 6:55 p.m. Monday. Juliette Binoche stars in a romantic comedy about one afternoon in the life of a gallery owner and an art expert.

• "Connected: An Autobiography About Love, Death & Technology" (U.S.), 9:10 p.m. Friday, 6:40 p.m. Tuesday. An exploration of the connections between environmental and technological developments.


• "Even the Rain" (Spain/Bolivia), 2 p.m. Saturday, noon Monday. Spanish filmmakers relive history as they make a movie about Columbus in the midst of a revolt about water rights.

• "The First Beautiful Thing" (Italy), 6:55 p.m. Sunday, 2:10 p.m. Monday. A warm-hearted family drama spanning four decades.

• "Happy, Happy" (Norway), 9:25 p.m. Sunday, 6:55 p.m. Thursday. New neighbors threaten to add too much spice to a woman's repressed, but comfortable, life.

• "Hello, How Are You?" (Romania), noon Sunday, 8:50 p.m. Thursday. A married couple try to re-ignite the spark by seeking love in new relationships.

• "How to Live Forever" (U.S.), 2 p.m. Tuesday, noon Wednesday. Writer/director Mark Wexler searches for the keys to longevity.

• "Lila, Lila," (Germany), 7 p.m. Friday, 4:40 p.m. Monday. A hapless young man (Daniel Bruehl) becomes a best-selling author without writing a single word.

• "Little Rose" (Poland), 4:25 p.m. Sunday,  9:05 p.m. Wednesday. Intrigue in 1960s Poland, as the security services attempt to infiltrate a group of dissident writers.

• "The Lutefisk Wars" (U.S.), 6:20 p.m. Saturday, 2:10 p.m. Thursday. A mockumentary that takes a humorous look at life in the Upper Midwest.


• "Plato's Academy" (Greece), 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, noon Thursday. One member of a group of four xenophobic friends is not what he first seems.

• "Poetry" (South Korea), 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 4:05 p.m. Thursday. An elderly woman struggles with disease and a family tragedy.

• "Score: A Hockey Musical" (Canada), 4:15 p.m. Saturday, 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. A musical love-letter to Canada's national sport.

• "This Prison Where I Live" (Burma, UK), noon Saturday, noon Tuesday. The authorities muzzle a popular Burmese comic, while his counterpart in Germany can say what he pleases.


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