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!
Force Majeure as a legal term is an unexpected and disruptive event that my operate to excuse a party from a contract. In this Swedish drama, the term has more than one meaning when a family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over the father in particular. Nominated for a 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Rated R. Two Hours.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, comes Big Hero 6, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called Big Hero 6. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for the Best Animated Film. Rated PG. One hour, 42 minutes.
United Kingdom Lesbian and Gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mine Workers in the summer of 1984. The alliance was unlike any seen before and also very successful. Rated R. 119 minutes.
In this adventure comedy, a pair of former brother-in-laws embark on a road trip through Iceland. Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz co wrote and directed this American-Icelandic film. Rated R. One hour, 35 minutes.
A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.”Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rated PG. Two hours.
This French-Mauritanian drama follows a proud cattle herder, Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino). Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, he lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema. Rated PG-13. One hour, 36 minutes.
Zero Motivation (Hebrew title: אפס ביחסי אנוש, Zero on interpersonal relations) is a 2014 Israeli comedy-drama film directed by Talya Lavie. The film premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival where it received two awards. It was nominated for twelve Ophir Awards, and won six of them including prizes for writer/director Talya Lavie. It was the most successful Israeli film of 2014, seen by 590,000 people in Israel alone. Darkly funny and understatedly absurd, Zero Motivation is a refreshing addition to the canon of irreverent war comedies — and an intriguing calling card for writer-director Talya Lavie. Not Rated. One hour, 40 minutes.
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one. Rated PG. One hour, 21 minutes.
Wild Tales is a 2014 Argentine-Spanish black comedy film written and directed by Damián Szifron and starring an ensemble cast consisting of Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, and Darío Grandinetti. The film’s musical score was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. An anthology film, it is composed of six standalone shorts united by a common theme of violence and vengeance. The first story and prologue is “Pasternak”: Two passengers on a plane discover that they know a man named Pasternak: the woman was his former girlfriend, and the man was a music critic who savagely reviewed his work. They find out that everybody else on the flight is also connected in some way to Pasternak. It turns out that the whole flight was a trap organized by Pasternak, who was the purser. Pasternak crashes the plane into his parents’ house. Rated R. Two hours.
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Based on a true story about a bank robbery gone haywire one hot August day when two optimistic losers, the frantic master-mind Sonny, and his slow-witted buddy Sal, attempt to rob a Brooklyn bank. Directed by Sidney Lumet, Starring Al Pacino and Jon Cazale. Rated R. Two hours and 4 minutes. Selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
This romantic Hindi film is the first directed and written by Ritesh Batra and is one of the most successful foreign films released to the United States in 2014. A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan, become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. Rated PG. One hour, 45 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Trashed: No Place for Garbage is the third film in the series that the Highland Park High School Environmental Club is showing at the library. Jeremy Irons, the actor, narrates this film that looks at the risks from the pollution of the air, land and sea to the food chain and the environment. Irons has conversations with scientists, politicians and individuals affected by waste pollution from Iceland to Indonesia. The film has been praised as a political wake up call that provides much needed sustainable approaches to how the world deals with trash. Special guest speaker Lauren Singer will talk about living a waste free life. Singer is the owner of The Simply Co., where she manufactures organic laundry detergent. Sarah Liebau, co-leader of the Environmental Club will also be on hand with other members to present the environmental programs.
Poland 1962. On the eve of her vows, 18 year old Anna meets her estranged Aunt Wanda, a cynical Communist judge who shocks the naive Anna with a stunning revelation: Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida. Ida and Wanda embark on a revelatory journey to their old family house to discover the fate of Ida’s birth parents and unearth dark secrets dating back to the Nazi occupation. This film from Poland is directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) and photographed in stunning black and white. Ida is a vital and cinematic evocation of postwar Poland and an intensely personal tale of moral and spiritual awakening. PG-13. One hour, 54 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Blue Gold-World Water Wars examines environmental and political implications of the Earth’s dwindling water supply. It predicts that in the future wars will be fought over water. It also includes successful stories about activits and calls for community action.
The Highland Park High School Environmental Club will be presenting three films at the library leading up to Earth Day. The three films are, Trashed: No Place for Garbage, Blue Gold:World Water Wars and Black fish, about Sea World’s mistreatment of ocean creatures. Sarah Liebau, co-leader of the Environmental Club will be on hand with other members to present the environmental programs. Guest speakers will also be on hand to offer more information on environmental topics.
Director Woody Allen stars as a frustrated television writer Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced malcontent facing middle age alone after his wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), leaves him for a woman. Isaac is dating fresh-faced Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a high school girl he knows is wrong for him, and begins to wonder if he and brainy writer Mary (Diane Keaton), the mistress of his best friend, might make a better couple. Director Woody Allen stars as a frustrated television writer Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced malcontent facing middle age alone after his wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), leaves him for a woman. Isaac is dating fresh-faced Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a high school girl he knows is wrong for him, and begins to wonder if he and brainy writer Mary (Diane Keaton), the mistress of his best friend, might make a better couple. Woody Allen directed this film that was nominated for two Academy Awards. Black and white photography and the music of George Gershwin highlight and enhance the Manhattan setting. Rated R. One hour, 36 minutes. Selection and introduction by Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Blackfish is a 2013 documentary that follows the captivity of Tilikum, an Orca, since its capture in 1983 from Iceland. Involved in the death of her trainer at Sea World in Florida, the film follows her life at the popular aquarium in Florida. Viewers can see for themselves the consequences of keeping such intelligent and sensitive animals in captivity.The Highland Park High School Environmental Club will be presenting to more films at the library leading up to Earth Day. The next two films are, Trashed: No Place for Garbage, and Blue Gold:World Water Wars. Sarah Liebau, co-leader of the Environmental Club will be on hand with other members to present the environmental programs. Guest speakers will also be on hand to offer more information on environmental topics.
Self-taught aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) has the talent, but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is in danger of losing his reputation, along with his beloved restaurant. Fate brings the two together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine. A legend in his own time, Lagarde is in serious conflict with Stanislas Matter (Julien Boisselier), the new CEO of the group that owns his restaurant. Desperate to cling to his status as a Three Star chef Lagarde teams up with Jacky and together they try to find the balance between tradition and trend, as well as between family life and food obsession. Rated PG-13. One hour, 24 minutes.
When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Drefuss) and grizzled Ship Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man verses nature. Directed by Steven Spielberg in his first major film. Selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. Rated PG. Two hours and 4 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired by a mysterious client’s brusque aide (Harrison Ford) to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco’s Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan (John Cazale) manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case, Caul becomes obsessed with the recording, trying to determine if the couple are in danger. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who with a minimum of physical violence on screen, psychologically creates one of them most terrifying film climaxes ever. Selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. Rated PG. One hour, 53 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
In 1931 Berlin, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) meets British academic Brian Roberts (Michael York). Despite Brian’s confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, but the arrival of the wealthy and decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem) complicates matters for them both. This love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic. Directed by Bob Fosse and also starring Joel Grey. Selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. Rated PG. One hour, 59 minutes.Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Astrid, Snotlout, and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races. Meanwhile Hiccup and Toothless journey through the skies exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of an ice cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Ilo Ilo chronicles the day to day drama of the Lin family, which includes troublesome school boy Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middle class and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live in maid and nanny. An outsider, Teresa struggles to manage Jiale’s antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a strong bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.
Robert Redford stars as CIA Agent Joe Turner. Code name: Condor. When his entire office is massacred, Turner goes on the run from his enemies. After reporting the murders to his superiors, the organization wants to bring Condor in – but somebody is trying to take him out. In his frantic hunt for answers, and in a desperate run for his life, every twist leads Condor to the end of his nerves… and will take you to the edge of your seat. Directed by Sydney Pollack, Starring Robert Redford and Fay Dunaway. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. One hour, 54 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Californian lawyer Bill McKay fights for the little man. His charisma and integrity get him noticed by the Democratic Party machine and he is persuaded to run for the Senate against an apparently unassailable incumbent. It’s agreed he can handle it his own way, on his own terms. But once he’s in the race and his prospects begin to improve, the deal starts to change. Directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Robert Redford and Peter Boyle. One hour, 45 minutes. Rated PG. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
In this animated adventure, we time travel with an advanced canine and his adopted son as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Rated PG. One hour, 32 minutes.
The remarkable and poignant story of the Comedian Harmonists, an early 1930s German singing froup that was forced to disband because three of its members were Jewish. The banning of the group, which enjoyed a level of success on par to the Beatles popularity during the 1960s, was part of the Nazi’s attempt to erase all traces of Jewish life and culture from Germany – an early aspect of the Holocaust. Rated-R. One hour, 54 minutes.
A private detective, Jake Gittes, hired to investigate an adultery case, stumbles on the plot of a murder involving incest and the privatization of water.If he doesn’t drop the case at once he faces legal action, but he pursues it anyway, slowly uncovering a vast conspiracy. Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. Two hours, 11 minutes. Rated R. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The Past is a 2013 French-Italian-Iranian drama directed by Asghar Farhadi. It was nominated for the Palmi d’Or award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Coming back to finalize his divorce procedure, Ahmad, an Iranian man, arrives in France after four years to meet his (soon-to-be) ex-wife Marie and her daughters from her previous marriage. She is in a relationship with an Arab man named Samir who has a son and whose wife is in a coma. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.