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!
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.
As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan. This French-German historical drama was adapted from the play Diplomatie by Cyril Gely. Not Rated. One hour, 28 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
This simple but painfully emotional story of the disintegration of a seemingly perfect family and Robert Redford’s directorial debut ended up the 1980 Oscar winner for Best Picture. Conrad, a teen, lives under a cloud of guilt after his brother drowns when their boat capsizes in Lake Michigan. Despite intensive therapy sessions with his psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch), Conrad can’t shake the belief that he should have died instead of his brother, nor do his parents offer much in the way of solace. The teen is brought out of his doldrums through his romance with Jeannine (Elizabeth McGovern). Ordinary People, adapted from Judith Guest’s novel, scores highest in the scenes with Mary Tyler Moore, who portrays an ever smiling suburban wife and mother for whom outward appearance is all that matters. Rated R. Two hours, 4 minutes.Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Farewell Party follows a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma. This bittersweet tragic comedy, which adds a jolt of comedy to the serious subject of assisted suicide, won the Venice Days’ People’s Choice Award. Hebrew. One hour, 30 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Relive the adventure and magic in one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time, E.T. from Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg. Captivating audiences of all ages, this timeless story follows the unforgettable journey of a lost alien and the 10 year old boy he befriends. Join Elliot (Henry Thomas), Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and Michael (Robert Mac Naughton) as they come together to help E.T. find his way home. Now digitally remastered with enhanced picture and sound, Leonart Maltin called E.T., “one of the great American films”. Rated PG. One hour, 55 minutes.
Disney’s 2015 live action re-imagining of Cinderella features Lily James as Cinderella, Richard Madden as Prince Charming and Cate Blanchett as Lady Trenaine, Cinderella’s step mother. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film closely follows the animated 1950 film. Stylishly filmed and costumed, with an elegant cast,the film has been a smash hit since its February 2015 premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Rated PG. One hour, 52 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Walt Disney’s Classic 1950 animated fairy tale adventure will have you singing along to “Bibbidi-Bobbiddi-Boo” and “A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes” among other favorite songs. Enjoy the first of a Cinderella Double feature on your school vacation. Walt Disney’s live action 2015 remake will follow after a break at 3:00 PM. One hour, 14 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Tangerines was the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Winner. The story takes place during the 1992–1993 War in Abkhazia in a rural village in Abkhazia (Georgia) , where Estonian farmers had settled to tend a tangerine orchard. With the start of hostilities, most of the Estonians who lived in the area returned to their homeland. However, two Estonian men, Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) and Margus (Elmo Nüganen), remain in the village in order to harvest the season’s crop of tangerines. But they get caught in the crossfire between two small bands of warring soldiers. Only two of the fighters survive: Ahmed (Giorgi Nakashidze), a Chechen mercenary on the Abkhazian side, and Niko (Mikheil Meskhi), a Georgian volunteer. Both are badly wounded, but the two Estonian farmers take them in and begin to nurse them back to health. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel.They have had their summer cottage since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea–whom they haven’t seen for years–feels she must be there for Norman’s birthday. She and her fiance are on the way to Europe the next day but will be back in a couple of weeks to pick up her fiance’s son. When she returns, Chelsea is married and her stepson has the relationship with her father that she always wanted. Will father and daughter be able to communicate at last? Directed by Mark Rydell, and starring Henry Fonda,Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda. Rated PG. One hour, 49 minutes. Selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
It is 1954, and the larger than life, swashbuckling movie star Alan Swann is set to make his first television appearance on the hugely popular show, The Comedy Cavalcade. Given Swann’s reputation as a wild, unpredictable alcoholic, the producers give their new writer, young Benjy Stone, the job of babysitting Swann and getting him to the show on time and sober. The experience is far more stressful than Benjy expected, but after some adventures, he and Swann both learn some valuable lessons and develop a friendship. Directed by Richard Benjamin, starring Petter O’ Toole, Mark Linn-Baker and Jessica Harper. Films are selected and discussed with film historian Dr, Robert Knoll. One hour and 32 minutes. Rated PG. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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