Posts Tagged ‘Film Movement’
Posted May 19, 2013on:
If you love photography, whether it’s your own and perhaps those Appalachian photographs by Doris Ulmann, then you may want to take off an hour or two and watch the next movie at the Murphy Library.
On Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Found Memories, a Film Movement selection from Brazil. A young woman photographer discovers an old village in Brazil and records the beauty she finds in the people like elderly Madalena, in the stone buildings, and in life itself. She also learns to make bread. Portuguese with subtitles in English. 98 minutes. Not rated.
The small village of Jotuomba is mostly elderly — the young have left to find work. But Antonio is still working at his bar and his friend Madalena gets up early and makes bread for the bar.
The film shows Madalena bringing the bread to the bar and arguing with Antonio about where to store it.
Then, a few scenes later, again Madalena brings bread to the bar and argues with Antonio about where to store it. At first you think something has gone wrong with the DVD player, but no. That is just how every day occurs in Jotuomba.
Then the young woman Rita arrives and with her camera she sees things differently. In fact, she sees the art in everyone – even in those who lie peacefully in the old cemetery.
The year is 1982. Ellie, a 12 year-old Jewish girl from Israel has just immigrated with her family to Connecticut. She is homesick and lonely. The one bright spot is her mail (not e-mail) correspondence with her best friend back in Israel.
The Murphy Library is showing Foreign Letters, a coming-of-age story about the intersection of old friends and new ones from Film Movement this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 100 minutes and the film is shown in English, Hebrew and Vietnamese with English subtitles. The film is not rated but would be appropriate for middle school students and up.
Life at school is not easy for Ellie. She is shunned by the other students and struggles with her new language. Then she befriends a fellow immigrant, Thuy, a quiet Vietnamese girl intently studying for the SATs — in 6th grade no less. Call 837-2417 for details.
Posted December 22, 2012on:
Fate gives us the next library movie.
Spanish screenplay writer and director, Fernando León de Aranoa originally wanted to study Fine Arts in college. Instead, due to a clerical error, he ended up in Film & Communication Studies. That mistake started him on a successful writing and filmmaking career and we are the better for it.
Barcelona, Spain is the location for his recent film Amador, the next Film Movement selection at the Murphy Library. Marcela, a young immigrant woman from Latin American finds a summer job taking care of an elderly man named Amador. They slowly hit it off and she adds friendship to her caretaker role. But nothing is forever or is it?
The Murphy Library is showing Amador in its original Spanish with subtitles in English this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 112 minutes and it is not rated but would not be suitable for children.
Director León de Aranoa writes that he wanted the film to have “a deliberate elegance and serenity” in the music, photography and framing of each scene. It has this and great acting as well. Call 837-2417 for details.
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Library is showing Film Movement’s Norwegian import, King of Devil’s Island, this Thursday, August 23 at 4 pm. and 6 p.m.
Posted August 19, 2012on:
This coming Thursday, August 23, the Murphy Library is showing King of Devil’s Island, a Norwegian film from Film Movement at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. A young man is sent to an infamous boys’ island reformatory. In Norwegian w/ English subtitles. Not for young children. 115 min.
“Haunting! Skarsgård is excellent as always and moody atmospherics enhance the conventional structure.” – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
“Excellent! Marius Holst gives the proceedings a fresh look, thanks to his sturdy acting, direction and cinematography.” – V.A. Musetto, New York Post
“Conceptually ambitious…[KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND] evokes a blood-chilling climate of eternal winter.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Film Movement’s sexy French comedy, Queen of Hearts, at Murphy Library this Thursday, April 26 at 4 pm. and 6 p.m.
Posted April 22, 2012on:
Murphy Library’s Thursday, April 26 movie is Queen of Hearts, a sexy French comedy set in Paris. It is not suitable for children or teens, but if you have ever been jilted, this movie is for you. It is in French with English subtitles. Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 84 minutes.
Adele is down and out. Her boyfriend has just dumped her and she’s lost her zest for anything. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted March 19, 2012on:
Believe it or not, there is an empty factory in China. That’s where the next movie at the Murphy Library takes place. This comedy is filled with music, family drama, and a fearless hero who plays the accordion. Did I mention welders are in it too? The library is showing The Piano in a Factory this Thursday, March 22 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Chen and his wife are divorcing and each wants custody of their daughter. She is holding out for the one who can give her a piano. Chen is the musical one, he’s in a band and he may be fearless, but he is also penniless, unless you count his many friends. However, they decide that together, perhaps, they could build a piano by making use of an empty factory. Go to www.friendsofmurphylibrary.wordpress.com to see the trailer. And don’t miss the Russian music that permeates the Chinese background.
Hana is an actress in Prague who finds her film career taking off. Meanwhile her husband Emil stays in the background. But it is 1938 and soon the Nazis march into Czechoslovakia. There is one more item of importance: Hana is Jewish.
The Murphy Library is showing “Protektor”, a Film Movement selection from the Czech Republic on Thursday, February 16 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It will be shown in Czech with subtitles in English. Not suitable for children.
To protect himself and his wife, Emil collaborates with the Nazis when they take over his radio station. Now Hana rarely leaves their apartment and Emil enjoys his time before the microphone. Suddenly, a top German official, Deputy Protektor Heydrich is assassinated in Prague and everyone is a suspect, especially those who ride bicycles.
Film Movement offers a view from Columbia with a story for the world: one woman’s search for herself
Posted January 17, 2012on:
Karen is numb but determined to find her own way after ten years in a loveless marriage. When she leaves her husband, he warns her she will not be able to support herself. As she wanders the streets of Bogota, his dire warning begins to carry a note of truth.
The Film Movement selection at the Murphy Library is Karen Cries on the Bus. This Columbian film has adult themes and is not suitable for children. Running time is 98 minutes. The film shows this Thursday at 4 and 6 p.m.
Director Gabriel Rojas Vera could not afford a car in his hometown of Bogota in his early days of scriptwriting. During the many hours he spent on local busses he amused himself by making up stories about the people he encountered. Then one day he saw a young woman look off in the distance and begin to cry. Rojas Vera had a story in the works about a woman who leaves her husband. This chance encounter pulled it sharply into focus.
Rojas Vera notes in an interview how surprised he was that women relate so strongly to this film. He realized the universal truth he unmasked, that “machismo is not a Latin American issue, but a worldly one disguised in many ways.” See for yourself this Thursday. Call 837-2417 for details.
Posted December 12, 2011on:
This month’s Film Movement selection at the Murphy Library is “Little Sparrows” about three grown sisters and their wise and loving mother. But they may not have much time left with her; her cancer has come back.
This gem of a film from Australia is the first feature film by Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen. Born in Taiwan, she studied film at the University of Utah, and now works with her own film company in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted October 23, 2011on:
He is the human resources manager at a large Jerusalem bakery, but he is missing his own humanity. He is close to a divorce from his wife and distanced from his daughter. And he is anything but attached to the people at work. Then news comes that one of the bakery’s employees has been killed in a terrorist bombing. Her body has been sitting in the morgue because no one missed her at work.
The emotional detachment of the bakery to this employee brings out a rabid news reporter and the human resources manager must do what he can to calm the waters. Even if it means accompanying her body back to her native Romania. It is an emotional road trip.
Don’t miss Film Movement’s “The Human Resources Manager” at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday at the Murphy Library. Running time is 103 minutes. In Hebrew, English and Romanian with subtitles in English. Call 837-2417 for details.
Israeli director Eran Riklis says in his director’s notes that he liked that no one in the film has a name except the dead woman, Yulia. He adds “everybod is alive but maybe dead inside, and the only dead person is actually alive.” His film won 5 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Posted September 25, 2011on:
Mountain vistas and children playing are welcome parts of our local scenery just like all parts of the world. Both show up in a movie made in Columbia that is next at the library. Film Movement’s The Colors of the Mountain, about children trying to play in the time of guerrilla war is not to be missed. The Murphy Library is showing this family drama Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 93 minutes and the film is in Spanish with subtitles in English.
No matter how tragic the reality of the children,” says director Carlos Cesar Arbelaez in his director’s notes, “they’re always ready to defend games and laughter as fundamental parts of their lives.” And that is how the film’s main character, Manuel and his hardworking family live in the province of Antioquia in the Andean mountain area of Columbia. He goes to school, helps his parents and always has time for soccer with his friends.
All the while, families keep a wary eye out for the national military, and guerrilla rebels, as they fight each other in the countryside. Fathers and mothers tread a fine line to keep their families safe. Both sides demand loyalty and staying out of the way is not easy. Especially when a quiet meadow becomes a minefield and the boys kick a soccer ball into it.
This is a drama but mature children are welcome. Call 837-2417 for details.