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Film Series for Adults

Noel Wien Library Third Thursday Film Series for Adults

Award winning independent and international films for adult audiences.

Each program consists of two films: a short film first, followed by a feature film. Both films are on a single DVD that will be added to the library’s circulating DVD collection following the program.

7:00 p.m.; Noel Wien Library Auditorium

January 16

The Dynamiter (U.S.) All Robbie, 14, ever wanted was a family. Yet, as another Mississippi Summer begins, his mother has run off again, and he’s left caring for his half brother, Fess. As the days pass without her return, and with older brother Lucas dangerously in their lives again, Robbie must face the fact that his dreams may never come true. With social services looming over them, Robbie may even lose Fess, the only family he’s ever really had. (2011; 74 min; English)

The Roundup (U.S.) In the 1880s, a young sheriff sets out to find the notorious bandit “Lawless” Jack Jackson and his gang. After a shoot-out, the sheriff gets Lawless. But will either of them survive the trek back to town? (21 min; English)

February 20

Off White Lies (Israel) After years of living apart, Libby, a quiet yet sharp-witted teen, is sent to live with her dad in Israel. She arrives with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war and soon learns that her dad, Shaul, is ‘in-between apartments’ (i.e., homeless). Shaul comes up with a plan to put a roof over their heads – they pose as refugees from the bombarded northern region of Israel, and are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. Finally in a ‘normal’ household, Shaul and Libby begin to build a father-daughter relationship, but their false identities can’t last forever, especially as Libby unleashes her fury at the lies filling her life: those she must tell now, and those she’s been fed since childhood. (2011; 89 min; comedy; Hebrew & English with English subtitles)

Catherine the Great (Israel) Catherine, a young woman from Moldova, answers a want-ad for work overseas. She receives a plane ticket and arrives in Tel Aviv without the slightest notion of the fate that awaits her. (5 min; animated; Hebrew with English subtitles)

March 20

Shun Li and the Poet (Italy) Shun Li works in a textile factory near Rome, slowly paying off the broker who brought her from China, and saving money to bring her young son to join her. Then she is transferred to tend bar in a pub in a small town along the Venetian Lagoon. The pub is the hangout of the local fishermen, including Bepi, a Slav immigrant nicknamed “The Poet.” A tender, delicate friendship grows between Shun Li and Bepi. But gossip soon threatens their relationship, a bond that had once transcended two very different cultures. (2011; 98 min; Italian & Mandarin with English subtitles)

Shanghai Love Market (China/Singapore) Every weekend in Shanghai’s famous Peoples’ Park, a mother puts up a poster advertising her unwed son to potential brides. But, when true love is at stake, sometimes the best-laid plans have a way of coming undone. (9 min; Mandarin with English subtitles)

April 17

La Sirga (Colombia) Alicia is helpless. War memories invade her mind like threatening thunder. Uprooted by the armed conflict, she tries to reshape her life in La Sirga, a dilapidated hostel on the shores of a lake in the Andean highlands. There, on a swampy beach, she tries to settle down until her fears and the threat of war surface again. (2012; 90 min; Spanish with English subtitles)
Simiente (Colombia) Ana lives in isolated wetlands. Returning home from a quest for candles, she finds a lone child, and the silence between them becomes deafening. This short was the inspiration for the feature La Sirga. (2012; 14 min; Spanish with English subtitles)

May 15

Three Worlds (France) Al, a young man, is ten days away from marrying the daughter of his boss – and succeeding him as the head of the car dealership where he works. One night, while coming back drunk from his bachelor party, Al hits a man by accident and is urged to leave the scene of the crime by the two friends with him in the car. The next day, gnawed by guilt, he decides to go to the hospital to inquire anonymously about his victim. What he does not know is that the accident was witnessed by a young woman, Juliette, who not only called 911, but also helped to contact the victim’s wife, Véra, an illegal immigrant whom she decides to help. But when Juliette recognizes Al as the reckless driver in the hospital corridor, she finds herself unable to denounce him. Gradually they get to know each other, and Juliette becomes a mediator between Al and Véra. Things get complicated when romantic feelings arise between Juliette and Al, and Véra finds out about their relationship. (2012; 100 min; crime/thriller; French & Moldovan with English subtitles)

The Piano Tuner (France) To attract more business, a piano tuner pretends to be blind. When he witnesses a customer commit a terrifying act, he does not know how to react. (2010; 14 min; French with English subtitles)

June 19

Aliyah (France) Alex, 27, lives in Paris, sells drugs for a living, and frequently pays off his brother’s debts. When a cousin tells him he’s opening a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Alex thinks that this might be the opportunity he has been waiting for. But in order to leave, Alex must find enough money and accomplish his “aliyah” which involves, among other things, Hebrew lessons and connecting with his Jewish roots. He would also have to leave his beloved Paris, his former lover Esther, his lifelong friend Mathias, and Jeanne, a woman who has the potential of becoming important to his life. (2012; 18 min; crime/thriller; French with English subtitles)

On the Road to Tel-Aviv (Israel) In the wake of a terrorist attack, a young Israeli and his fiancé are in a tricky situation when a suspicious-looking Arab woman boards their bus (2008; 15 min; Hebrew with English subtitles)

Information about the films has been adapted from content on the Film Movement web page

Library Contact: Georgine Olson – 459-1063 or

updated June 12, 2013