Film Focus: An Independent Film Festival

All films are shown at King Road Branch Library.

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In Syria

Sept. 24 | 6:45 p.m.

France, Arabic, drama

A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale. Photo from Family of Woman Film Festival.

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Jasper Jones

Oct. 1 | 6:45 p.m.

Australia, English, drama

Jasper Jones is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper, the town's mixed-race outcast, shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie's life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1969, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous. Photo from New Zealand International Film Festival.

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Hotel Salvation

Oct. 8 | 6:45 p.m.

India, Hindi, comedy

Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey. Photo from YouTube.

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Paris Opera

Oct. 15 | 6:45 p.m.

France, French, documentary

At the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director. Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season with Schönberg's Moses and Aaron. As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary Opera. But this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning. Even though the show must go on at all costs, there is no end of trouble for the new director. Photo from New Zealand International Film Festival.

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In Between

Oct. 22 | 6:45 p.m.

Israel, Arabic and Hebrew, drama

Three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture. Photo from Hollywood Reporter.

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Somers Town

Oct. 29 | 6:45 p.m.

United Kingdom, English, comedy and drama

Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) has left his depressed English town and his deadbeat dad to try and make it in London. There he befriends Marek (Piotr Jagiello), a budding young photographer who lives with his alcoholic father. Since Marek's dad notices little of what is going on around him, Tomo quietly moves in, and the boys deepen their bond. But when they both fall for the same girl, a local barmaid named Maria (Elisa Lasowski), and Marek's dad gets wise to his new tenant, the friendship is tested. Photo from Film Movement.

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These films are not subject to rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. Recommended for adults; some films may contain strong language, sexual content, and violence.

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