Films at the Library
THANK YOU to The Friends of The Library for sponsoring FREE International Film events!
THANK YOU to The Friends of The Library for sponsoring FREE International Film events!
Against the will of his immediate superior, young prosecutor Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling) begins to examine the case of a recently identified teacher who was a former Auschwitz guard. He devotes himself with utmost commitment to his new task and is resolved to find out what really happened. He oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, and colleagues, and is sucked deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever. Two hours. German.
Lu (Chen Daoming) and Feng (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. When Lu is released years later, he returns home to find his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize him, she still patiently awaits her husband’s return. A stranger within his own family, Lu is determined to awaken his wife’s memory through gentle displays of unconditional and eternal love.
The true story of a mediocre student who drives himself through sheer will to play football for Nortre Dame. Rated PG. One hour, 54 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The longtime housekeeper for a wealthy Sao Paulo family, Val is committed to loyalty and respect. But her values and the dynamic of the whole household are challenged when her teen daughter visits in this astute, socially conscious comedy. Rated R. One hour, 52 minutes. Portuguese.
When Samba is suddenly ordered to Leave France, he enlists the help of Alice, an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocate with little experience but plenty of heart. As the immigrant aspiring chef and the burned out corporate executive tentatively explore an unexpected bond, they inspire each other to reinvent themselves in this vibrant comedy full of tender humor and heartfelt optimism. Rated R. 2 hours. French Film.
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Auslander is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in their extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames and find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish. Rated R. One hour, 47 minutes.
This British film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepard, a woman of uncertain origins, who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Rated PG-13. One hour, 44 minutes.
This true story is the first in the library’s Summer Afternoon Film Series. The comedy starring Tom Hanks, Madonna, Geena Davis and Rosie O’Donnell, follows the women’s professional baseball league during World War II. Rated PG. Two hours, seven minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
In this animated adventure, from the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder. Rated PG. One hour, 48 minutes.
The paratroopers of the paranormal face their greatest challenge when a woman discovers that her refrigerator leads directly to the gates of Hell! With the whole world watching, it’s up to the Ghostbusters to keep Manhattan from becoming a madhouse. Directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson. Rated PG. One hour, 45 minutes.Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
This is the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around…which doesn’t exactly come in handy while working every day in his family’s noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po’s dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five, including Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. Guru, Master Shifu, is their mindful guru. One hour, 32 minutes. Rated PG.
In this English film, Jimmy Gralton’s sin in 1921, on the brink of Civil War, was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland. Young people come to the hall to learn, argue, dream, and above all to dance. As the hall grew in popularity, its socialist and free spirited reputation brought it under scrutiny of the church leaders and politicians. Jimmy was forced to flee. A decade later Jimmy rejoins the community only to find it culturally oppressed and poverty stricken. Jimmy courageously reopens the hall in the face of whatever trouble it may bring. Rated R. One hour, 49 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Enjoy a film screening by Sarah Liebau and other members of the Highland Park High School Environmental Club on the Eve of Earth Day! YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) is an adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity – a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary about the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history. Called into action by the ever increasing threats of planetary catastrophe (from climate change to toxic pollution, from water scarcity to habitat destruction), the three of us – Mark Dixon, Ben Evans, and Julie Dingman Evans – upended our lives, pooled our collective life-savings, and set off on a first-of-its-kind, 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: Are we doomed? The Highland Park Environmental Club is also providing pizza for all participants!
Jacques Audiard, director of the award winning film, The Prophet, brings us a new drama about two souls reunited in tragedy. Marion Cotillard Academy Award winner for 2007 Best Actress, LaVie En Rose) gives a tourde force performance as Stephanie, an orca trainer whose life is transformed when during a show tragedy strikes. Faced with unbearable circumstances she turns to Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) a street boxer fighting his own battle of life-changing events. As their stories intersect, they navigate a gritty relationship in a world where love and courage appear in many forms. French. Rated R. Two hours. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Vote for the Earth Day film you would like to see and then watch it! Earth Day is celebrated on April 22.In preparation, see a movie that will tell you how to help the Earth.
Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his friends take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemsis! Meanwhile Charlie Brown begins his won serarch for the love of his life! Rated G. One hour, 28 minutes.
Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. Directed by James Kent and featuring Emily Watson, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, and Dominic West. Rated PG-13. Two hours and 9 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The last week of 1959 finds a group of old high school friends at ‘their’ Baltimore diner. There they find that more has changed than just the menu as they struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood. One in a trilogy about the city of Baltimore directed by Barry Levinson as a tribute to his birthplace. Starring Mickey Rourke, Daniel Stern, Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Bacon and Ellen Barkin. Rated R. One hour, 50 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. Back to the Future is a 1985 American science-fiction adventure comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Rated PG. One hour, 54 minutes.
Enjoy an animated adventure comedy about a young girl named Riley who is up rooted from her quiet mid west home and moved to San Francisco. Her emotions, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, come alive to help her navigate her new life. Rated PG. One hour, 34 minutes.