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At Your Library: Foreign Film Festival

Mar 16, 2018 05:06AM ● By Theresa Gilman

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Dracut Library.)

Join us for a month of viewing foreign films that have made their mark.  Each of these films have won numerous awards and accolades.  Please note that this program is not suitable for teens or children. Please register for each film separately.

Saturday, March 17th at 1:00 PM
Ida [Poland]
Summary: A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 
MPAA Rating: PG-13; for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking.

Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 PM
Departures 
[Japan] 
Summary: Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and finds himself without a job. He decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency. He discovers that the job is actually for a 'Nokanshi' or 'encoffineer, ' a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. 
MPAA rating: PG-13; for intense depiction of mature thematic material.

Saturday, March 31st at 1:00 PM
Son of Saul 
[Hungary] 
Summary: October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Auslñder is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames and find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish. 
MPAA Rating: R; for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity.
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