Film Focus: An Independent Film Festival

All films are shown at Main Library.

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Bye Bye Germany

(M) Oct. 28 | 6:45 p.m.

2017 | Comedy, Drama | Germany, German

Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann and his Jewish friends escaped the Nazi regime and are dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories! The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with ashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items. Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen in the horizon. Close to his aim, David is not only deprived of his savings but also overtaken by his shady past.

Directed by Sam Garbarski, 102 minutes.

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2 Autumns, 3 Winters

(M) Nov. 4 | 6:45 p.m.

2017 | Drama | France, French

Arman is 33 and ready to make a change, starting with a run in the park. When he literally bumps into Amélie - slightly cynical but nevertheless lovely - on the jogging path, he's dead-set on making a connection with her. As a bit of contrived fate brings them together, Arman's best friend Benjamin suffers an unexpected stroke, relegating him to the hospital for weeks where he falls for his doting young physical therapist. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, Arman, Amélie and Benjamin share the incidental moments, unexpected accidents, unconventional love stories and unforgettable memories that will define who they are.

Directed by Sebastien Betbeder, 91 Minutes.

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A Peck on the Cheek

(M) Nov. 11 | 6:45 p.m.

2002 | Drama, Musical | India, Tamil

Amudha (Keerthana) is an eight-year-old girl who learns from her adopted family that her real mother and father were separated by a war. In an attempt to meet her birth mother, she travels with her cousin and her new family to the place her parents came from, and sees for herself the conditions that led to her being separated from her parents.

Directed by Mani Ratnam, 135 Minutes.

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Un Traductor

(M) Nov. 18 | 6:45 p.m.

2018 | Drama| Canada/Cuba, Russian/Spanish

A Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Based on a true story.

Directed by Rodrigo and Sebastian Barriuso, 107 Minutes.

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Stay Human

(M) Nov. 25 | 6:45 p.m.

2018 | Documentary | USA, English

During these turbulent times, the feeling of hopelessness is an epidemic. In a quest to find a path to stay human and hold on to humanity in the craziness of the world we live in today, Michael Franti takes us on an experiential journey through his songs and stories of people who have chosen to overcome cynicism with optimism and hope. Featuring music from Franti's tenth studio album, "Stay Human Vol. II."

Directed by Michael Franti, 95 Minutes.

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Most movies in the series are unrated, and may include content not appropriate for children or teens. All images are from IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes.