Films at the Library

THANK YOU to The Friends of The Library for sponsoring FREE International Film events!

May 2017 Events

Highland Park Public Library

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventIllusionist (Animated)

Friends International Film Series
Tue, May 23, 2017, 6:30 pm

Since magic tricks can’t compete with rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s, a French illusionist (Jean-Claude Donda) finds himself touring Scotland’s shabby pubs. Life brightens for him when he meets Alice, a girl who believes his powers are real. Together they travel to Edinburgh for a performance, but he doesn’t have the heart to reveal that his feats are merely tricks, and risks financial ruin by giving her gifts supplied by his magic. This English/French film was a 2011 Oscar nominee in the animated film category. One hour, twenty minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

April 2017 Events

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventBefore The Flood (2016)

Earth Day Week Film
Thu, April 20, 2017, 6:30 pm

Before the Flood is a documentary that explores how climate change effects our environment. It also attempts to answer what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities. “Before The Flood is the product of an incredible three-year journey that took place with my co-creator and director Fisher Stevens,” Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the film’s producers, said. “We went to every corner of the globe to document the devastating impacts of climate change and questioned humanity’s ability to reverse what may be the most catastrophic problem mankind has ever faced”. Rated PG. One hour, 36 minutes.

green star for adult eventLove and Friendship (2016)

Tue, April 18, 2017, 6:30 pm

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-law’s estate and while there is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica, and for herself naturally. This comedy is based on Jane Austin’s novella, Lady Susan. Rated PG. 1 hour, 32 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

December 2016 Events

green star for adult eventDark Horse (Rated PG)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, December 20, 2016, 6:30 pm

This documentary from the United Kingdom takes place in a former mining village in Wales. A group of friends from a working men’s club decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed a racehorse. One hour, 26 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

November 2016 Events

purple star for childrens eventFinding Dory (PG)

Movie Matinee
Wed, November 23, 2016, 1:00 pm

“Finding Dory” reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. Refreshments. One hour, 37 minutes.

green star for adult eventDough (Not Rated)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, November 15, 2016, 6:30 pm

This comedy drama from the United Kingdom tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an old Jewish baker and a young Muslim. Redemption comes in unlikely places! One hour, 34 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

red star for teens eventNew Ghostbusters Film

Movie Afternoon
Mon, November 7, 2016, 1:30 pm

Watch the new released Ghostbusters movie! Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. Rated PG-13. Two hours.

October 2016 Events

green star for adult eventMarguerite (Rated R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, October 18, 2016, 6:30 pm

In 1921 not far from Paris, it is a party day at Marguerite Dumont’s Castle. Nobody knows much about her except that she is rich and that her life is devoted to music. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave review on her latest performance, Marguerite gains even more confidence in her talent. She begins to follow her dream. Two hours, 10 minutes. French. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

August 2016 Events

green star for adult eventLabyrinth of Lies (R)

Friends International Summer Film Series
Tue, August 16, 2016, 6:30 pm

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.

green star for adult eventComing Home (PG-13)

Friends Internationa Summer Film Series
Tue, August 9, 2016, 6:30 pm

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.

Rudy film

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventRudy (PG)

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, August 9, 2016, 3:00 pm

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.

green star for adult eventSecond Mother (R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, August 2, 2016, 6:30 pm

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.

July 2016 Events

green star for adult eventSamba (R)

Friends International Film Festival
Tue, July 26, 2016, 6:30 pm

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.

Son of Saul

green star for adult eventSon of Saul (R)

Friends International Summer Film Series
Tue, July 19, 2016, 6:30 pm

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.

Lady in the Van

green star for adult eventLady in the Van (PG-13)

Friends Internationa Summer Film Series
Tue, July 12, 2016, 6:30 pm

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.

League of Their Own

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventA League of Their Own

Summer Afternoon Film Series
Tue, July 12, 2016, 3:00 pm

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.

June 2016 Events


red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventZootopia (2016)

Kids Afternoon Movie
Mon, June 20, 2016, 1:30 pm

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.


green star for adult eventGhostbusters (1984)

Films of the Eighties
Tue, June 7, 2016, 6:30 pm

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.

May 2016 Events

Kung Fu Panda

red star for teens eventpurple star for childrens eventKung Fu Panda 1 (2008)

Kids Afternoon Movie
Thu, May 26, 2016, 1:30 pm

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.

Jimmy's Hall - film

green star for adult eventJimmy’s Hall (2015)

International Film Series
Tue, May 3, 2016, 6:30 pm

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.