Austin Film Society Announces Jan/Feb 2020 Film Program

Brady Dyer, Communications Manager

December 5, 2019

AFS Announces January/February 2020 Programming
Includes series featuring films of Jeanne Moreau and Sidney Poitier, an Austin Studios 20th Anniversary series, John Cameron Mitchell live in-person, Love Stories for Valentine’s Day, and much more.

AUSTIN, TX—Austin Film Society announces its January and February calendar featuring our signature programs, special events and screenings, and a new, diverse lineup of films that filmgoers can only see at the AFS Cinema. Highlights include:For our Essential Cinema program this January, AFS presents Jeanne Moreau: High Season, featuring a selection of masterpieces Moreau starred in from 1958-1963. Too often narrowly viewed as an art house sex symbol or icon of the French New Wave, Moreau was a mesmerizing performer whose performative insights defined an era. Films by five European cinema giants will be presented, including: Diary of a Chambermaid, Elevator to the Gallows, Bay of Angels, Jules & Jim, and La Notte.

Sidney Poitier: The Measure of a Man will be the focus of our February Essential Cinema—showcasing some of the most memorable performances by actor, director, activist and cultural force Sidney Poitier, including The Defiant Ones, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, Paris Blues, and Buck & the Preacher. The series is guest programmed by Mark D. Cunningham, adjunct professor at Austin Community College, who will join us at select screenings to discuss the legacy of the remarkable artist who bore the burden of Hollywood’s race problem during the Civil Rights era.

This February marks the 20th Anniversary of Austin Studios. 20 years and over 600 film and television productions in, we commemorate the milestone of one of the key catalysts for film production in Austin, Austin Studios, operated by AFS. To celebrate, we are presenting three of the most storied productions to shoot at the 20-acre production facility based at the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. The series includes the first big-budget production that took a chance on the fledgling studio, Miss Congeniality; the daring and unforgettable Idiocracy, which brought the construction of a derelict White House to the studio lot, and a favorite from one of Austin Studios’ most regular tenants, Troublemaker Studios, with their Grindhouse trailer-turned-film, Machete.

AFS is excited to host a number of special events and screenings in January and February. On January 19, we welcome filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig & The Angry Inch) and composer Bryan Weller as they bring their musical podcast Anthem: Humonculus to Austin. On February 9, we will host an Oscar Red Carpet Viewing Party and livestream the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at AFS Cinema.

Part of our Doc Nights program, we will screen the new documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, which takes a deep look into sound design—the January 6 screening will be hosted by Austin sound designer and Foley artist Buzz Moran. Writer/director Susan Seidelman joins us on February 8 for a special screening of her feature directorial debut, 1982’s Smithereens, in which a young woman makes her way among the ashes of the declining NY punk scene.

This winter we also spotlight the 10-year anniversary of Brooklyn-based distributor Factory 25 with a special retrospective series. Founded in 2009, Factory 25 has been a force championing uniquely cinematic artistic work by emerging artists. Films in the series include Alex Ross Perry’s The Color Wheel, Nathan Silver’s Stinking Heaven, among others.

Lastly, we invite you to celebrate Valentine’s Day throughout the month of February with our Love Stories series featuring some of our romantic favorites on the big screen. Starting with the 1940’s classic Casablanca, the series continues with Richard Linklater’s beloved Before Trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as lovers in three different parts of their lives, the beautiful and unforgettable cross-country love story Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Weekend, a nuanced look at a gay romance that begins as a casual hookup but changes over the course of 48 hours.

The full January/February 2020 calendar announcement continues below.

Ticket prices range from $9 to $11.25, with discounts for AFS members. Special pricing is noted if applicable.

For a complete list of film screenings and special events, please visit ​www.​austinfilm​.org.​
High resolution images and a PDF of the calendar can be downloaded HERE.


Modern Masters

Matthew Barney, USA, 2019, DCP, 134 min.
January 1, January 4
The latest film from Matthew Barney (the CREMASTER cycle) brings to life the mythological overtones of the hunt through movement and dance.

Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece, 2005, DCP, 95 min, Greek with English Subtitles.
January 26, January 28, January 29
This is the first US release of the solo directorial feature debut from Yorgos Lanthimos (DOGTOOTH, THE LOBSTER, THE FAVOURITE). It is a darkly comic tale of three strange people in a Greek resort town.

Essential Cinema: Jeanne Moreau: High Season
In the six years from 1958-1963, Jeanne Moreau was the leading lady in a string of masterpieces that made her an icon of a golden age of auteur cinema. Too often sidelined as an art house sex symbol, Moreau was a brilliant performer whose attention to the inner life of her characters made these films into timeless classics.

Diary of a Chambermaid
Luis Buñuel, France, Italy, 1964, DCP, 97 min, French with English Subtitles.
January 2, January 4
Moreau’s keen sense of satire and physical comedy is at the heart of Luis Bunuel’s torching of the bourgeoisie. Based on Octave Mirbeau’s decadent 1900 novel of manners.

Elevator to the Gallows
Louis Malle, France, 1958, DCP, 91 min, French with English Subtitles.
January 9, January 12
Louis Malle took the lessons of American Noir and made this unbelievably distinct debut feature, scored by Miles Davis. Jeanne Moreau, at the center of the action, is uniquely inspiring as the perpetrator of a crime gone wrong.

Bay of Angels
Jacques Démy, France, Monaco, 1963, DCP, 90 min, French with English Subtitles.
January 16, January 18
Jeanne Moreau plays a lost woman with a vice threatening to undo her in Jacques Démy’s stunning, tragic love story set in the seaside casinos of Nice. Features one of Michel Legrand’s greatest scores.

Jules & Jim
François Truffaut, France, 1962, DCP, 105 min, French with English Subtitles.
January 23, January 26
Jeanne Moreau’s star making performance was in the role of Catherine, a woman whose heart is unknowable, even to herself, in François Truffaut’s glorious adaptation of Henri Pierre-Roché’s novel about a love triangle among three friends/lovers during and after the first World War.

La Notte
Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, France, 1961, DCP, 122 min, Italian and French with English Subtitles.
January 30, February 2
Moreau made a perfect Antonioni heroine. The drama and emotion of a marriage in peril can be read through her expressive performance. Co-stars Marcello Mastroianni and Antonioni muse Monica Vitti, a year after L’AVVENTURA.

Essential Cinema: Sidney Poitier: The Measure of a Man
As an actor, director, activist and cultural force, Sidney Poitier has occupied a unique position in film history. As the first black male movie star he bore a special burden, which he carried with both grace and a sense of its gravity. We will be joined at select screenings by series programmer Mark D. Cunningham, adjunct professor at Austin Community College, for discussions about Poitier and his work.

The Defiant Ones
Stanley Kramer, USA, 1958, 35mm, 96 min.
February 6
Sidney Poitier’s breakthrough role came in this very exciting allegorical tale of two prisoners shackled together—one black (Poitier) and one white (Tony Curtis)—who escape from a southern chain gang and must learn to cooperate to survive. In 35mm.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Stanley Kramer, USA 1967, DCP, 108 min.
February 10
This film, very popular when released, pairs the beloved tandem of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn with rising star Sidney Poitier in the original MEET THE PARENTS. It also provides a convenient window into the attitudes of its times. We will discuss the social and political implications of the movie’s message in our post-film discussion. Free Member Monday — free for all AFS members.

In the Heat of the Night
Norman Jewison, USA, 1967, DCP, 110 min.
February 13, February 15
When a big city homicide inspector (Sidney Poitier) finds himself stuck in a small Deep South town, he finds himself drafted by the sheriff (Rod Steiger) into helping with a murder investigation. Winner of Best Picture at the 1968 Academy Awards, this truly great American film was a genesis moment of the New Hollywood.

Paris Blues
Martin Ritt, USA, 1961, 35mm, 98 mins.
February 27
Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman play American jazz musicians in Paris who make music and romance a pair of tourists (Diahann Carroll and Joanne Woodward). Soundtrack by Duke Ellington.

Buck & The Preacher
Sidney Poitier, USA, 1972, 35mm, 102 mins.
March 5
Sidney Poitier directs and stars in this western as a tough trail guide who butts heads with charismatic preacher Harry Belafonte, until they must join forces against a common enemy.

Love Stories

Y Tu Mama Tambien
Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico, 2001, DCP, 106 min, Spanish with English Subtitles.
February 7, February 9, February 12
More a lust story than a love story, Alfonso Cuarón’s road movie about a carefree trio of young people (Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, Maribel Verdú) having a wild sex-filled summer together is, as we might expect from Cuarón, deceptively deep and full of interesting subtext. Presented in partnership with Cine Las Americas.

Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942, DCP, 102 mins.
February 14, February 15, February 18
It really is a perfect film. In the French colonial outpost of Casablanca, miles away from the guns of WWII, an American nightclub owner (Humphrey Bogart) sees an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) again, but the forces that are driving the world apart threaten to extinguish the fire.

Before Trilogy
Richard Linklater, USA, 1995, 2004, 2013, DCP, 290 mins.
February 16
Starting with BEFORE SUNRISE, Linklater’s 1995 tale of a man and woman (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) who meet on a train and spend an overnight layover together, this series has grown organically with the two subsequent films to encompass a kind of romance that is physical, intellectual and spiritual. In short, it is a particularly Austin kind of Valentine’s week trilogy. Please note: Individual tickets for these screenings will also be available

  • Before Sunrise
    Richard Linklater, USA, 1995, DCP, 101 mins.
    February 16
  • Before Sunset
    Richard Linklater, USA, 2004, DCP, 80 mins.
    February 16
  • Before Midnight
    Richard Linklater, USA, 2013, DCP, 109 mins.

Andrew Haigh, UK, 2011, DCP, 97 min.
February 21, February 23
Andrew Haigh’s (45 YEARS, LEAN ON PETE) breakthrough feature takes a nuanced look at a gay romance that begins as a casual hookup but becomes much more, even as it is restricted to the time-frame of a single weekend.

Factory 25 Turns 10
This series highlights the impact of Brooklyn-based distributor FACTORY 25, founded in 2009 by Matt Grady. In its short life, FACTORY 25 has helped to change the way we see independent films, and their place in film culture. This influence can be seen today in the work of FACTORY 25 filmmakers like the Safdie Brothers, Lynn Shelton, Andrew Bujalski, and the directors represented in this series.

The Color Wheel
Alex Ross Perry, USA, 2011, DCP, 83 mins.
January 11
We kick off our 10-year anniversary retrospective of the independent distributor Factory 25 with this breakthrough provocative, witty, and perverse black comedy from writer-director Alex Ross Perry (HER SMELL, LISTEN UP PHILIP).

You Won’t Miss Me
Ry Russo-Young, USA, 2009, DCP, 81 mins.
January 18
Our Factory 25 retrospective continues with Ry Russo-Young’s highly stylized and prismatic portrait of a young woman (Stella Schnabel) who attempts to put her life back together after a stay at a mental hospital.

The Misogynists
Onur Tukel, USA, 2017, DCP, 85 mins.
January 25
From the mind of Onur Tukel (CATFIGHT) comes a deeply dark black comedy about a pair of Donald Trump supporters who celebrate election night in style in a luxury hotel room.

Stinking Heaven
Nathan Silver, USA, 2015, 35mm, 70 mins.
February 1
In Nathan Silver’s sick comedy, the occupants of a New Jersey rehab facility explore their various psychodramas together under the tutelage of its cultish directors.

20th Anniversary of Austin Studios
20 years ago, the Austin Film Society moved onto the tarmac of Austin’s decommissioned Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, with a dream to grow Austin’s film industry by establishing production spaces and soundstages in a group of empty airplane hangars. 20 years and over 600 film and television productions later, we commemorate the anniversary of one of the key catalysts for film production in Austin, and the film people who make Austin Studios a community. On this special anniversary, AFS presents three of the most storied films shot on site at Austin Studios including: MISS CONGENIALITY, IDIOCRACY, and MACHETE. Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Commission. Each screening will feature a post-film discussion with local cast and crew.

Mike Judge, USA, 2006, DCP, 84 min.
February 15
A dystopian future rendition of Costco, a derelict White House and a secret army base were among the sets based at Austin Studios for Mike Judge’s classic 2006 satire of the dumbing down of the American public.

Miss Congeniality
20th Anniversary Screening
Donald Petrie, USA, 2000, 35mm, 109 mins.
February 22
Sandra Bullock’s unbelievable movie star charisma made her the most sought-after leading lady of the aughts and this film a number one box office hit. Hundreds of local crew and cast brought this entirely Austin-shot film to life. One of the few Austin Studios productions where the buildings were used as featured locations in the film (not sets).

10th Anniversary Screening
Robert Rodriguez, USA, 2010, DCP, 105 mins.
February 29
The artistic ninjas at Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios created the wild and crazy world of MACHETE and utilized Austin Studios sound stages to bring their vision to life.

Family Style

Bye Bye Birdie
George Sidney, USA 1963, DCP, 112 mins.
February 1
In this original high school musical, teen idol Conrad Birdie (a nod to Elvis) is drafted into the U.S. Army, much to the dismay of his frenzied fans. A publicity stunt puts one lucky girl (Ann-Margaret in the role that made her a star) in the spotlight as the recipient of his farewell kiss—to the exasperation of her father (the fabulous Paul Lynde) and her jealous boyfriend. Birdie sets hearts afire and mucks up relationships all in the name of catchy songs and hilarious chaos.
Join us for a talk afterwards with local actor and theater teacher, Michelle Malia, as she discusses the historical perspective of the musical and film versions of BYE BYE BIRDIE and suggests other great musicals to view with the whole family.


Princess Mononoke 
Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1997, DCP, 134 min, Japanese with English Subtitles|
January 8, January 10, January 11, January 18
Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece PRINCESS MONONOKE is a film that, in its story of a struggle between forest gods and the villagers who deplete their resources, traces a dense yet delicate fable about the choice that the human race at large faces.

John Waters, USA, 1990, DCP, 85 min.
January 14, January 17, January 18
John Waters’ loving homage to the ’50s teen angst movie is itself a thrilling and hilarious example of the form. Johnny Depp leads an Olympian cast.

Rear Window
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, DCP, 112 min.
January 24, January 25, January 27
Alfred Hitchcock distilled the quintessence of cinematic voyeurism in this classic murder mystery about a newspaper photographer (Jimmy Stewart) temporarily laid up with a broken leg, and looked after by his fiancee (Grace Kelly), who witnesses a murder in an apartment across the way.

Easy Rider
Dennis Hopper, USA, 1969, DCP, 95 min.
February 2, February 5
Yes, of course it is a defining moment of the New Hollywood, a generational touchstone and all that, but Dennis Hopper’s motorcycle odyssey, starring himself and co-producer Peter Fonda, is a legitimately great movie, and much more experimental than many first- time viewers expect.


Immoral Tales
Walerian Borowczyk, France, 1973, 35mm, 103 min.
January 3, January 4
Before THE BEAST, director and provocateur Walerian Borowczyk filmed four shocking erotic tales. Bloodlust, incest, murder, masturbation — in a word — IMMORAL. In 35mm.

Belladonna of Sadness
Eiichi Yamamoto, Japan, 1973, DCP, 86 min.
January 10, January 11
Following a horrific encounter after her wedding, a woman encounters both a mysterious spirit and the power her femininity holds. A shockingly erotic, hallucinatory masterpiece of animation from 1970s Japan.

Fruit of Paradise
Vera Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, 1970, DCP, 99 min.
January 17, January 18
The Garden of Eden is a health spa and Satan is a serial killer in director Vera Chytilova’s anarchic follow-up to DAISIES. Surreal, absurd, and completely subversive — a sinful delight.

Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, Bong Joon Ho, France, Japan, South Korea, Germany, 2008, DCP, 112 min.
January 24, January 25
Three directors. Three tales. One city. From the visionary minds behind PARASITE, HOLY MOTORS, & ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND comes a wildly inventive love letter to a city.

The Inner Scar (La cicatrice intérieure)
Philippe Garrel, France, 1972, 35mm, 60 min.
January 31, February 1
In this ‘collage of dreams’ under the influence of acid, Nico (of The Velvet Underground fame) stars opposite Philippe Garrel and Pierre Clementi in a mystical battle of the sexes shouted in three languages against the painterly landscapes of Sinai, Death Valley, & Iceland. In 35mm.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2010, 35mm, 114 min.
February 7, February 8, February 9
Relatives, forest spirits, and ghosts bear witness to the last days of a man as he prepares to pass on to the next life. An uncanny, floating, meditative look at memory and death from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In 35mm.

The Cremator
Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 1969, DCP, 95 min.
February 14, February 15
1930s Prague is beset from the outside by the rise of fascism, and from the inside by a deranged cremator who believes himself the Dalai Lama. Banned shortly after its release, Juraj Herz’s hallucinogenic horror is newly restored and more relevant than ever.

Robert Sigl, West Germany, 1989, DCP, 84 min.
February 28, February 29
Something evil is amiss in a port town where children mysteriously vanish, and a young girl has uncanny visions of their fate in Robert Sigl’s candy-colored coming of age Argento send-up.

Doc Nights

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
Midge Costin, USA, 2019, DCP, 94 min.
January 6, January 11
The aural component of Cinema is in many ways the key to its emotional impact. This new doc takes us deep into the aesthetics and applications of sound design. The January 6th screening will be hosted by Buzz Moran, sound designer and Foley vision artist.

Along for the Ride 
Nick Ebeling, USA, 2016, DCP, 90 min.
February 2
This new doc chronicles the amazing life and work of Dennis Hopper, as seen through the eyes of his longtime assistant Satya de la Manitou. From the Peruvian mountain sets of THE LAST MOVIE through to Hopper’s subsequent cycles of obscurity and fame, all bases are covered, and, as you would expect, things got pretty wild. A must for fans of the eccentric and brilliant Hopper. With Director Nick Ebeling in attendance.

Afterward with director Ofra Bloch and producer Jack Riccobono
Ofra Bloch, USA, 2018, XX, 95 mins. In English, German, Arabic, and Hebrew with English subtitles.
February 9
Jerusalem born trauma expert Ofra Bloch explores the legacies of trauma in her own life, from the holocaust to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and offers the possibility of reconciliation in this thought-provoking new documentary. With participation of the Austin Jewish Film Festival. Featuring a post-screening dialogue with the filmmakers and community members.
“A brilliant personal exploration of the psychological obstacles to peace in the Middle East, and the tectonic plates of history that have brought two peoples to this tragic impasse.”
– Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer prize-winning author

Varda by Agnes
Agnès Varda, France, 2019, DCP, 120 min, French with English Subtitles.
February 3, February 5, February 8
Agnes Varda’s last feature is an essay film summing-up of her life and work – as good a starting place as it is an ending. You’ll leave the theater breathless with admiration for Varda’s enormous life force.

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
Rob Garver, USA, 2018, DCP, 95 min.
February 12, February 17
For over 20 years a single critic held an almost unimaginable amount of influence over movie tastemakers. Love her or hate her—and both camps are large—an understanding of Pauline Kael’s life and work is important to understanding her era. This new doc helps us understand Kael and her times.

Newly Restored

Gold Diggers
Sally Potter, UK, 1983, DCP, 89 min.
February 23, February 26
The first feature from Sally Potter (ORLANDO). Made with an all-female crew, including cinematographer Babette Mangolte, it counterpoints a woman’s journey to understand the value of money with an aging film star’s realizations about male ideas of beauty. Starring Collette Lafont and Julie Christie in the two key roles.

Homo Arigato

Jewel’s Catch One
Fitz, USA, 2016, DCP, 85 min.
January 21
An inspiring portrait of activist Jewel Thais-Williams, and her famed nightclub Catch One, L.A.’s longest running Black-owned queer dance bar.

Sally Potter, UK, Russia, Italy, France, Netherlands, 1993, 35mm, 94 min. In English and French with English subtitles.
February 25, February 28
Tilda Swinton gives one of her best performances as a gender-bending immortal noble person in Sally Potter’s opulent, visionary saga, which unfolds over 4 centuries. In 35mm.

Special Events

John Cameron Mitchell Presents The Anthem: Humonculus Listening Party
January 19
Filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH) and composer Bryan Weller bring their musical podcast Anthem: Humonculus to Austin! Featuring the vocal talent of Glenn Close, Patty LuPone, Laurie Anderson, and more, the podcast will screen with a film accompaniment and conversations with John Cameron Mitchell and Bryan Weller in person.
Anthem: Humonculous is written by John Cameron Mitchell and Bryan Weller, and a production of Luminary Podcast Network and Topic Studios. Digital imagery by Michael Zumbrun, 5.1 cinema mix by Gregg Swiatlowski.

Oscar Red Carpet Viewing Party
February 9
We’re rolling out the red carpet for a livestream Academy Awards viewing party at AFS Cinema. Come prepared for costume contests, voting ballots, themed drinks, and more.
Proceeds from this event benefit the artistic and educational programs of the Austin Film Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Don Hertzfeldt: Rejected at 20
February 21
20 years after Don Hertzfeldt burst onto the scene with REJECTED, he joins us to present the film and talk at length about its impact on culture and his subsequent work. This show also features selections of Hertzfeldt’s subsequent work. Don Hertzfeldt in attendance.

Special Screenings

Know Your Mushrooms w/ Ron Mann
Ron Mann, Canada, 2008, DCP, 74 min.
January 5
Documentarian Ron Mann joins us for this special screening of his 2008 doc about the Telluride Mushroom Festival and the mycologists and other mushroom enthusiasts who gather there.

Tales of The Rat Fink w/ Ron Mann
Ron Mann, Canada, 2006, DCP, 78 min.
January 12
Filmmaker Ron Mann presents his 2006 portrait of custom car maniac Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and the subculture of car customizers that Roth epitomizes.

Australian Shorts
January 13
One of our favorite annual programs is this traveling series of new short films from Australia, featuring the best and brightest of new Australian talent. Free and open to the public. Free Member Monday – free to all AFS members.

Eyeslicer Tour
January 29
The Eyeslicer is a secret live “TV show” blending the boldest new American filmmaking into mind-expanding, mixtape-style episodes. This new episode continues their self-described “quest to build a radical film culture on the fringes of America’s late-capitalist hellscape.”

Smithereens w/ Susan Seidelman
Susan Seidelman, USA, 1982, DCP, 93 min.
February 8
Writer/director Susan Seidelman joins us for a special screening of her feature directorial debut, in which a young woman (Susan Berman) makes her way among the ashes of the declining NY punk scene.

AFA Cine-Club
January 19, February 16

Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS creates life-changing opportunities for filmmakers, catalyzes Austin and Texas as a creative hub, and brings the community together around great film. AFS supports filmmakers’ career leaps through grants, support services, and professional development programs. Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, attracts, and grows the creative media ecosystem. Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse mediamakers to train and collaborate, provides many points of access to filmmaking and film careers, and offers youth programming. The AFS Cinema is an ambitiously programmed, non-profit arthouse cinema with broad community engagement. By hosting premieres, special events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. AFS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To learn more about the AFS Cinema or about Austin Film Society’s mission visit: and follow @AustinFilm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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