Marriage is a favorite subject of writers, artists and filmmakers since time began. This series shows some unions in the midst of the complications of life.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
A Separation (2011) A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. This was the first Iranian film to win an Oscar, for Best Foreign Language Film. 123 min. in Persian/Farsi with subtitles. Rated PG-13 for themes.
Locke (2013) Leaving the construction site on the eve of a major project, a construction manager receives news that sends him driving the hours from Birmingham to London, and causing him to make a life-altering decision. This film is unusual, as it has only one on-screen actor, the other cast members are off-screen. 85 min. In English, with subtitles. Rated R for language.
The Patience Stone (2012) Adapted from the best-selling novel by a French-Afghan writer. In Persian folklore, the patience stone absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. But here, the “stone” to whom a wife confides is her husband lying brain-dead with a bullet lodged in his neck. As the wife dutifully cares for her husband, she speaks of her life under Islamic fundamentalism. Afghanistan and France. 102 min. In Dari, with subtitles. Rated R for some sex, language and violence.
Ushpizin (2004) “Ushpizin” (literally, Sukkot guests) is the story of an ultra-orthodox couple in Jerusalem who rely on their faith for miracles to happen on the eve of the feast of Sukkot. “An Isaac Bashevis Singer story come to life” said one reviewer. 90 min. Israel, in English and Hebrew, with subtitles. Rated PG.