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April 2015 Events

 
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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventEnvironmental Film Series – Trashed – No Place for Garbage

Highland Park High School Environmental Club Program
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


Lunchbox

green star for adult eventLunchbox (2014)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


May 2015 Events

 
Dog Day Afternoon

green star for adult eventDog Day Afternoon (1975)

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


June 2015 Events

 
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red star for teens eventAnime and Manga Club for Teens

Manga and Anime Fun
Monday, June 8, 2015, 7:00 pm

Enjoy everything to do with Anime and Manga! watch anime, read manga, discuss and do crafts!


July 2015 Events

 
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green star for adult eventForce Majeure (2014)

Friends of the Library International Summer Film Series
Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


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green star for adult eventPride (2014)

Friends of the Library International Summer Film Series
Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


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green star for adult eventLand Ho (2014)

Friends of the Library International Summer Film Series
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


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green star for adult eventTimbuktu (2014)

Friends of the Library International Summer Film Series
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


August 2015 Events

 
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green star for adult eventZero Motivation (2014)

Friends of the Library International Summer Film Series
Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


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green star for adult eventWild Tales (2014)

Friends of the Library International Summer Film Series
Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


Past Films

April 2015 Events

 
Ida

green star for adult eventIda (2014)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventBlue Gold – World Water Wars – Environmental Film

Highland Park High School Environmental Club Program
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


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green star for adult eventManhattan (1979)

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventBlackfish – Environmental Film

Highland Park High School Enviromental Club Program
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


March 2015 Events

 
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green star for adult eventLe Chef (2014)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


Jaws

green star for adult eventJaws (1975) Tonight

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


February 2015 Events

 
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green star for adult eventThe Conversation (1974)

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


January 2015 Events

 
cabaret film

green star for adult eventCabaret (1972)

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

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.


December 2014 Events

 
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purple star for childrens eventHow to Train Your Dragon 2

Winter School Break Celebration Movie
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 1:30 pm

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.


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green star for adult eventIlo Ilo (2014)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:30 pm

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.


Three Days of the Condor

green star for adult eventThree Days of Condor (1975)

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:30 pm

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.


November 2014 Events

 
The Candidate

green star for adult eventThe Candidate (1972)

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:30 pm

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.


Mr Peabody and Sherman

purple star for childrens eventMr. Peabody and Sherman (2014)

Holiday Break Film Series
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:00 pm

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.


October 2014 Events

 
The Harmonists

green star for adult eventThe Harmonists (1997)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30 pm

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.


Chinatown

green star for adult eventChinatown (1974)

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

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.


September 2014 Events

 
The Past movie

green star for adult eventThe Past (2013)

Friends of the Library International Film Festival
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:30 pm

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.


The Fault in Our Stars movie

red star for teens eventThe Fault In Our Stars (2014)

After School Teen Movie
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 3:00 pm

Watch the hit new movie based on the bestselling teen novel and be sure to bring tissues! Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Rated PG-13. Two hours, 6 minutes.


Klute

green star for adult eventKlute (1971)

Films in the Seventies: Hollywood's Second Golden Age
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:30 pm

Six months after his best friend has unaccountably disappeared and nobody official has been able to find him, John Klute, a small town cop, sets out for New York City. He questions Bree Daniels, a call girl to whom the missing man has allegedly written obscene letters and who holds the only possible clues to his disappearance. Directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert knoll. One hour, 54 minutes. Rated R. ** Recommended for adults only.


August 2014 Events

 
Wadjda

green star for adult eventWadjda

The Friends of th Library International Film Festival
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:30 pm

Wadjda is not only the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, it is the first feature length film made by a female Saudi director, Haifaa al-Moansaur. An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. Arabic (Saudi Arabia) Rated PG. One hour, 38 minutes.


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green star for adult eventCaesar Must Die

The Friends of the Library International Film Series
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:30 pm

This Italian film melds narrative and documentary in a powerful drama-within-a-drama. Caesar Must Die follows the inmates in Rebibbia Prison in Italy as they audition and rehearse for the artistic challenge of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. One hour, 16 minutes.