Shrewsbury – The Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library announced its 10th annual February Foreign Film Festival Sundays at 2 p.m. beginning Feb. 3 at the library, 609 Main Street. The films are open and free to all. Popcorn is provided. Guest are invited to bring their own beverage.
The films to be shown are as follows:
Feb. 3: “Everybody Loves Somebody,” Not Rated, from Mexico, 2017, English and Spanish with English subtitles, 102 minutes
A successful and single physician provides medical service but also gives couples advice on happiness. She has not enjoyed success in her own romantic life. She travels between her job in the U.S. and her family in Mexico. She asks her co-worker to pose as her boyfriend at a family wedding back in Mexico. When an ex beau shows up, comedy mayhem ensues.
Feb. 10: “Mountain Patrol,” PG-13, from China, 2004, Mandarin and Tibetan with English subtitles, 98 minutes
This film depicts the struggle between vigilante rangers and bands of poachers in a remote area of Tibet. Inspired by the Wild Yak Brigade, a real-life volunteer group that patrolled the Tibetan Plateau during the 1990s, it won the Golden Horse Best Film Award in Taiwan, Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Feb. 17: “The Way Home,” PG, from Korea, 2002, Korean with English subtitles, 87 minutes
The film is a heart-warming story about a grandmother and her city-born grandson, who comes to live with her in a rural village. The film reminds younger generations of the unconditional love and care that old people selflessly give. It won South Korea’s equivalent of the Oscars for best picture and screen play.
Feb. 24: “The Golden Door,” PG-13, from Italy, 2006, Italian with English subtitles, 120 minutes
A desperate and poor Southern Italian family seeks a way out, and, having heard reports of rivers running in milk and coins falling off of trees, leave their stony rural cottage and buy passage to America. The trip to the boat, aboard the boat, and at Ellis Island is one of wonder and hope and usually very little dialogue. The huge disadvantage of illiteracy is beautifully illustrated here, and the risks associated with leaving behind everything. Six time winner at the Venice Film Festival.
For more information, visit the Shrewsbury Public Library website, https://shrewsburyma.gov/344/Library. The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the constant support of the library and special events.