August- Around the World in Comedy
The theme for August at the Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series is "Around the World in Comedy.”
Karen and Paul will show you some films from around the world to help us have a few much needed laughs, but also to think about some more serious aspects of our planet and its history. “Everyone has a story” and this series presents some that are true, and some that might be.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
The Wedding Plan (2016) A story about faith. When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, the prospective bride refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband for the wedding, which has been scheduled for the eighth night of Hanukkah, the commemoration of a historical miracle. 110 minutes, Israeli, in Hebrew with subtitles. Rated PG.
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The true story of Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer in spite of the fact that her singing was wildly off-key. Lovingly enacted by Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, in a UK production directed by Stephen Frears. 111 min. PG-13. In English, but we'll subtitle it anyway.
The Boss of It All (2006) From director Lars von Trier comes a comedy about corporate culture, Danish-Icelandic relations, and a host of other topics, combined into the story of a small company that might have to close. But who is in charge to tell the staff? The “boss” is an unemployed actor brought in for the purpose. Complications ensue. 99 min. Not rated, but equal to PG-15? In Danish, Icelandic, English and Russian, with subtitles.
The Death of Stalin (2017) A satirical black comedy, set in Moscow, 1953, following the death of the Soviet dictator after 30 years. Olga Kurylenko, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi (as Khrushchev!), Michael Palin and many others portray the main characters in this “historic drama” to hilarious results. 107 min. In English! As usual, we'll put on subtitles so the audience won't miss a word.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) A romantic comedy/drama that combines a sharp satire of political “spin” with a not-quite-current Middle Eastern reality. Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas enact this story of a dream to transplant Scottish fish into desert waters. 107 Min. PG-13. In English, Arabic, Mandarin, with subtitles.