Foreign Film & Discussion Series

June 15, 2012

Walk on Water

Please join former Drexel Professor Ramesh Kajaria on Sunday, June 17th at 2:00 pm to watch and discuss this award-winning film from Israel. In Hebrew & German w/English subtitles, rated R, 2004. Registration not required, but seating is limited.

If you are unable to attend the viewing, you may check the DVD out from the library. (If you are not a member of the Burlington County Library System, check with your own library to see if they carry it or can get it for you.)

Synopsis: American-born Israeli director Eytan Fox lenses this contemporary road movie that takes its Israeli characters to Berlin as they attempt to understand the role that the past still plays in the lives of young Israeli and German people. Lior Ashkenzai, Carola Ranier, Hans Tischler, Israeli Gideon Shemer and Yousuf Swaid co-star, and the soundtrack includes tunes by Esther Ofarim, Bruce Springsteen, Telepopmusic and Gigliola Cinquetti.


Foreign Film & Discussion Series

May 15, 2012

Of Gods and Men  (Des Hommes et des Dieux)

Please join former Drexel Professor Ramesh Kajaria on Sunday, May 20th at 2:00 pm to watch and discuss this award-winning film from France. In French w/English subtitles, rated PG-13, 2010. Registration not required, but seating is limited.

If you are unable to attend the viewing, you may check the DVD out from the library. (If you are not a member of the Burlington County Library System, check with your own library to see if they carry it or can get it for you.)

Synopsis: Nominated for 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and awarded Grand Prix honors at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, this compelling historical drama relates the ordeal of seven French Trappist monks in the mountains of Algeria who are taken captive by Islamic fundamentalists. Before the monks’ abduction, they have ample reason to believe they may be in danger, but their assumption that there can and must be common ground between Islam and Christianity leads them to remain at the monastery.


Sunday Family Matinee: Hugo

May 11, 2012

Join us on Sunday, May 13th at 2:00 pm to watch this beautiful, Oscar-winning film based on Brian Selznick’s children’s novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Registration is not required and snacks are welcome! Rated PG.


Foreign Film & Discussion Series

April 25, 2012

The Thief  (Vor)

Please join former Drexel Professor Ramesh Kajaria on Sunday, April 29th at 2:00 pm to watch and discuss this Oscar-nominated film from Russia. In Russian, not rated, 1997. Registration not required, but seating is limited.

If you are unable to attend the viewing, you may check the DVD out from the library. (If you are not a member of the Burlington County Library System, check with your own library to see if they carry it or can get it for you.)

Synopsis: In this Oscar-nominated film, widow Katya and her young child, Sanya, meet a handsome army captain, Tolyan, on a train in 1952 Russia. Posing as a family, the three find a rooming house where Tolyan becomes everyone’s favorite. Tolyan charms with his good looks and generosity — especially   toward Sanya. But the relationship goes sour when Tolyan’s plans for the rooming house become clear, and his real identity is revealed.


Foreign Film & Discussion Series

March 22, 2012

Tokyo Sonata

Please join former Drexel Professor Ramesh Kajaria on Sunday, March 25th at 2:00 pm to watch and discuss this award-winning film from Japan. In Japanese w/English subtitles, rated PG-13, 2008. Registration is not required, but seating is limited.

If you are unable to attend the viewing, you may check the DVD out from the library. (If you are not a member of the Burlington County Library System, check with your own library to see if they carry it or can get it for you.)

Synopsis: From Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa comes a drama about the Sasakis, an ordinary Japanese family living a bucolic life — until the father is abruptly laid off from his job and decides to keep the news from his wife and kids. Soon, the father’s sense of shame, and the indignity he faces while passing each day in the park in his suit and tie, quickly turns into a rage that proves to hold irrevocable consequences for all concerned.


Did you miss Sunday’s Foreign Film?

March 1, 2012

Incendies

If you missed former Drexel Professor Ramesh Kajaria’s viewing of Incendies on Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 pm, consider checking the DVD or Blu-ray out from the library! If you’re not a member of the Burlington County Library System, check with your own library to see if they carry it or can get it for you.

This award-winning, Oscar-nominated film from Canada is in French w/English subtitles. 2010, rated R.

Synopsis: When their mother’s will implores them to deliver letters to the father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew about, twins Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) journey to the Middle East and attempt to reconstruct their family’s hidden history. Adapted from a Wajdi Mouawad play, director Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated drama flashes back to intense scenes set during the Lebanese civil war in the 1970s.


Page to Screen

January 31, 2012

Oscar Buzz …

Did you ever realize how many books have been made into movies?  Well, visit the library and you may be surprised.  Ms. Danielle of the Pinelands Branch Library has compiled a list of the 2012 Oscar nominees.  Please click HERE and have fun reading, listening, and watching.

Join the Oscar Buzz and tell us what you think of this list of nominees!


Did you miss Sunday’s Foreign Film?

December 5, 2011

The Full Monty

If you missed former Drexel Professor Ramesh Kajaria’s viewing of The Full Monty on Sunday, December 4th at 2:00 pm, why not check the DVD out from the library? (If you’re not a member of the Burlington County Library System, check with your own library to see if they carry it or can get it for you.)

This 1997 Oscar-winning film from the UK is in English and is rated R.

Synopsis: This raucous British comedy follows a group of unemployed British steel-mill workers who, broke and bored, devise a fabulous scheme to get off the dole: Become male strippers! Soon they’re a sensation with the ladies, who encourage the men to show the “full monty.”  This quirky 1997 sleeper is full of character and great humor. Nominated for four Oscars in 1998.


Foreign Film & Discussion Series

November 18, 2011

In a Better World (Hævnen)

Please join former Drexel Professor Ramesh Kajaria on Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 pm to watch and discuss this Oscar and Golden Globe winning film from Denmark. In Danish, rated R, 2010. Registration not required, but seating is limited.

Synopsis: Danish director Susanne Bier delves into the realm of fathers, sons and their perceived burden of male responsibility with this Oscar and Golden Globe-winning drama about the interplay between two dysfunctional families. With his father working abroad, bullied Elias (Markus Rygaard) finds solace in a budding friendship with a volatile new student (William Jøhnk Nielsen). But the boys’ shared revenge only seems to invite more violence.


Foreign Film & Discussion Series

September 23, 2011

I Am Love  (Io Sono L’Amore)

Please join former Drexel Professor Ramesh Kajaria on Sunday, September 25th at 2:00 pm to watch and discuss this Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film from Italy. In Italian, rated R, 2009. Registration not required, but seating is limited.

If you are unable to attend the viewing, you may check the DVD out from the library. (If you are not a member of the Burlington County Library System, check with your own library to see if they carry it or can get it for you.)

Synopsis: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton shows off her multilingual skills in director Luca Guadagnino’s atmospheric melodrama in which family dissension, unbidden desire and other tensions bubble to the surface during the patriarch’s birthday party. When the seemingly picture-perfect Recchi clan gathers at the family villa to celebrate the great old man, the veneer of civility quickly falls away in this Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.