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In Florence, Italy, during the 14th century, the “black death” was killing hundreds of people.   To save themselves from this terrible plague, three young men and seven young women flee to the countryside for safety. As they spend time together each has a story to tell about love, some funny, others tragic, innocent, or erotic.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Wondrous Boccaccio, from Film Movement made in the Tuscany area of Italy. Running time is 120 minutes and the film is in Italian with subtitles in English. The film is not rated but would not be appropriate for high school.

Want to make this a “dinner and a movie night?” Brother’s Restaurant is hosting Community Night for the library on Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and they do make pasta dishes!


As the Murphy Library movie begins a cyclist is killed in a hit-and-run accident on Christmas Eve. Then the film turns back to the events leading up to that tragedy. The library is showing Human Capital, Film Movement’s mystery drama from Italy, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m.   Running time is 110 minutes. The film is not rated but is not suitable for children. It will be shown in Italian with subtitles in English.

The son of a wealthy hedge-fund manager is dating the daughter of a real estate agent in dire financial straits. When the agent manipulates his way into the hedge fund, the tensions between status, money and ambition mount. The film also has a North Carolina connection: it was based on the novel by American writer, Stephen Amidon, a graduate of Wake Forest University.

Rade Serbedzija is a Yugoslavian actor, Tao Zhao is a Chinese actress and Andrea Segre is an Italian documentary filmmaker making his first feature film. Together they offer a poignant glimpse into the struggles immigrants face in Italy.

The Murphy Library is showing their film, the Film Movement selection, Shun Li and the Poet, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is not rated but would be appropriate for teens. Running time is 100 minutes. In Italian and Mandarin with subtitles in English. Filmed in Chioggia, near Venice.

Shun Li is a Chinese immigrant working in a textile factory to pay off her broker so her young son can come to Italy also. The work is hard, but soon she is moved to a small fishing village to run a local bar. There, among the locals, is an older fisherman who is formerly from Yugoslavia. When he befriends her, gossip threatens them both.

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Thirteen-year-old Marta has returned to Italy with her mother and sisters after ten years away in Switzerland.  It is one thing to be back with family, but another when she feels like a stranger as she walks the streets of the town where she was born. 

The Murphy Library is showing Corpo Celeste, Film Movement’s quietly moving coming-of-age story filmed in Calabria, Italy, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Italian with subtitles in English.   Running time is 100 minutes.  The film is not rated but may be appropriate for upper high school levels.

Marta is enrolled in a class at the local Catholic church to study for her confirmation, and in hopes she will make some friends.  Instead, she finds herself with many questions and no one to answer them….yet. 

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