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Basketball players and other high school students will enjoy the Film Movement documentary, The Iran Job, at the Murphy Library this Thursday at 6 p.m.

American pro-basketball player Kevin Sheppard goes to Iran to play for their Super League team, A. S. Shiraz, and besides learning to appreciate Iran, he also makes friends with three strong-minded women. Running time 90 minutes. High school appropriate. Call 837-2417.

The Murphy Public Library Thursday film, WarGames, embodies the Summer Reading Program’s theme “Fizz Boom Read!” especially the potential for booms, and it is perfect for computer geeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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.

Trailer from Foreign Letters

 To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Murphy Library is showing Bright Star, a love story about a poet and the young woman who gave meaning to his words.  The library will show the film Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  It is rated PG and will run for 119 minutes.

In the early 19th century John Keats was finishing his studies to become a medical surgeon, but his love of writing kept getting in the way.  He had a poet’s heart and vision, and captured vibrant pictures in his verses.  The only problem two hundred years ago is the same one now – how does one earn a living as a writer.

That question is forgotten momentarily at a summer retreat when Keats meets his lovely eighteen-year-old neighbor, Fannie Brawne.  They soon fall in love.  If only family, friends and finances did not stand in their way. Stars Abbie Cornish and Ben Wishaw.

 Call the library for details at 837-2417.

Twelve young girls live in a Paris boarding school in Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic book turned into a movie.  But don’t let that stop anyone — man, woman or child from watching it at the Murphy Library. 

For starters, sixteen French stuntmen and women are listed in the credits and they stay busy. A little girl falling into the rushing waters of the Seine and a motorcycle chase are two of the thrilling moments.  There are funny ones too. 

The library is showing Madeline, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  This PG-rated comedy-thriller runs 88 minutes.

Young Hatty Jones who plays the school’s littlest troublemaker, Madeline, is as exceptional in her role as Frances McDormand is in hers as Miss Clavel who runs the school, tries to keep order and takes her twelve charges out for walks around Paris and its museums and parks.

“Something is not right” Miss Clavel says when her inner radar detector goes off and she runs to find out what trouble is brewing with the girls.  Parents in the audience will nod their heads.  They’ve been there.  They’re still there.  This week they can take their kids there and nod their heads together.

 “Nothing is as it seems,” the young boy with the big glasses says. Valentin is eight years old and lives in 1960’s Buenos Aires, Argentina with his grandmother.

His parents have split, he rarely sees his dad, and he never sees his mom. What’s a boy to do but study on his own to become an astronaut and fly to the moon.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing, Valentin,  a movie that will tug at your heart making you laugh  —  and cry. Teens who have been studying Spanish, and any adult will fall in love with this kid who needs to take matters into his own hands. It is a movie you will want to see again – I plan to.

 Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti also wrote the screenplay – from his childhood memories.  The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English. Running time is 86 minutes and it is rated PG-13.  Call 837-2417 for details 

I first saw this film several years ago at the Latin American Film Festival at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.  I was involved with the festival for the 25 years it was in existence.  It introduced me to countless filmmakers – some of them who made the trip to Atlanta to introduce their film.

Many of these directors make their way to Hollywood — among them the director of Valentin, Alejandro Agresti who recently directed The Lakehouse.  Want to know what he looks like?  Just watch Valentin — Agresti plays Valentin’s father.


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