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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join a brilliant young inventor named Lewis as he sets off on a time-traveling journey to find the family he never knew. The wonderfully wacky Robinson family helps him learn to keep moving forward and never stop believing in himself. Rated PG. One hour, 35 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Lucas is a Kindergarten teacher who takes great care of his students. Unfortunately for him, young Klara has a run-away imagination and concocts a lie about her teacher. Before Lucas is even able to understand the consequences, he has become the outcast of the town. The hunt is on to prove his innocence before it’s taken from him for good. One hour, 55 minutes. Danish. Rated R.
Set in 1980, the German film centers on a doctor (Nina Hoss) exiled to a small town from East Berlin as punishment for applying for an exit visa from the GDR (East Germany). Planning to flee, Barbara remains icy and withdrawn around her colleagues. Masterfully controlled and totally absorbing, this Cold War thriller expertly details the costs of telling and withholding the truth. German. Rated PG-13. One hour, 45 minutes.
Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (who also co-wrote the screenplay), the British film tells the story of Philomena Lee (Dench), an Irish woman seeking the illegitimate son she was forced to put up for adoption and the world-weary journalist that picks up her story. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son’s fate. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 39 minutes.
Emmet, an ordinary, rule-following, average LEGO mini-figure is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and key to saving the world. Suddenly, Emmet is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey he is hopelessly and hilariously unprepared!
Rated G. One hour, 40 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
This heartwarming story of love and celebration of life from Argentina, tells the story of Rafeal’s world and the unexpected events that happen to make him re-evaluate everything that happened before. With the help of a childhood friend, he is able to restructure his past and appreciate the little details! Spanish Rated-R. one hour, 39 minutes.