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The year is 1942 and Olga, a beautiful Russian countess is in France and a member of the French Resistance. Then she is arrested for sheltering two Jewish boys. Jules is a French-Nazi collaborator assigned to investigate her case. When Olga is finally sent to a concentration camp, Helmut, a handsome, high-ranking German SS officer recognizes her, and remembers he had once fallen in love with her.

This Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s selection, Paradise, from Russia, written and directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy. Running time is 130 minutes and the film is not rated but would not be appropriate for children. In Russian, German, French and Yiddish with subtitles in English.

In this Holocaust story, each character tells their story in a series of interviews and in flashbacks.   Critics raved about its black and white cinematography.

Film Movement allows us to advertise and show their films one time in public. Then it goes into the library’s collection for anyone to borrow.

The Murphy Library is showing Blush, Film Movement’s drama from Israel, about two teenage girls who fall in love, this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 81 minutes. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.  Not rated but not appropriate for high school.

Call 837-2417.


A police band from Egypt is on its way to inaugurate an Arab arts center in the Israeli town of Petah Tiqva. When no one meets them on their arrival they take a bus. It lets them off in the remote town of Beit Hatikva — and drives off — it was the wrong bus.

Try saying “Are you going to Petah Tiqva” and “Are you going to Beit Hatikva” and you will see why they thought they had the right bus. By the way, you will see that English is the common language Arabs and Israelis use to communicate.

The Murphy Library is showing The Band’s Visit, a film about a group of Arabs who spend the night in an Israeli town so tiny it makes Murphy look huge, this Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 87 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. In Hebrew, Arabic and English with subtitles.

The band realizes its mistake when Dina, a lunch shop owner, tells them the town has no Arab cultural center, nor Israeli cultural center, nor any culture at all. But she takes charge, invites a couple of the police to her place and finds customers who willingly take the others into their homes for the night. The result is a story of isolation and coming together, of sadness and laughter, and most of all, of understanding.

Call 837-2417 for details.

Moving to another country is never easy, not even when you are Jewish and Israel beckons.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing its Film Movement selection from France, Aliyah, about a young Jewish man in Paris planning a move to the “promised land.” The film is shown in French with English subtitles and is not appropriate for children. Running time is 90 minutes.

“Aliyah” means “moving up” and that is why Alex is going to Israel. He is not happy with his life. He sells drugs for a living and often the money pays off his manic brother’s bad loans. Then, too, he and his girlfriend have split. When his cousin announces plans to open a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Alex wants in.

First, his required “aliyah,” is for immigration documents and studying Hebrew. His personal “aliyah” includes good-byes to friends, girlfriends, and to his brother, and none of them are easy. Call 837-2417 for details.

 Libby is quiet on her return to Israel but her eyes take everything in.  Her mother has sent her to live with her father, rather than deal with her anymore.

The Murphy Public Library is showing the Israeli film, Off-White Lies, from Film Movement this Thursday at 6 p.m., in Hebrew and English with English subtitles.  Running time is 86 minutes. The film is not rated but may be appropriate for high school students.

Libby’s father, Shaul, is an interesting case.  What he calls being “in-between apartments;” others might call homeless.  Luckily for him, unluckily for others, the second war has started between Israel and Lebanon.  He suggests he and Libby pose as refugees from northern Israel and see if a family in Jerusalem will take them in.  They do and they are.

But lies can weigh heavy on a teenager who has heard them all her life and one day Libby shouts out the truth.  What will happen to them now?

Call 837-2417 for details