February: War’s Shadow
For February's Friday Night Flix , Karen and Paul remind us about war's cost, before, during, after....These films have been chosen to coincide with two events: this month's Camden Conference, theme on China, and Paul Sheridan’s Belfast Senior College class on alternative war films.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
CITY OF WAR: THE STORY OF JOHN RABE (2009) Rabe, a German businessman in China, used his Nazi Party membership to create a protective International Safety Zone, helping to save over 200,000 Chinese from the Nanking Massacre in 1937-38. Condemned by his own country, he is considered a hero by the Chinese. 134 min. In Cantonese, Mandarin, German, Japanese, English, Ukrainian with subtitles. Rated approx. PG-13.
REMEMBER (2015) An elderly Holocaust survivor living in a nursing home is given the chance to find the Nazi guard from Auschwitz who he believes killed his family. In spite of dementia, he goes on his search. Directed by Atom Egoyan, it stars the 89-year old Christopher Plummer, with Bruno Ganz, and Martin Landau. 94 min. In English and German with subtitles. Rated R.
EYE IN THE SKY (2015) Helen Mirren is the British commander of an anti-terrorist operation in Kenya. Suddenly a young girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern drone warfare. With Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, and Barkhad Abdi. 102 minutes. In English and Somali with subtitles. Rated R.
A PERFECT DAY (2015). Set “somewhere in the Balkans” in 1995, a rag-tag international group of humanitarian aid workers (Tim Robbins, Benicio Del Toro, Melanie Thierry) and their interpreter (Fedja Štukan) handle the less-than-glamorous realities of life in a former combat zone the only way they know how: with selfless bravery and a healthy dose of irreverent humor. In English, Serbian, Spanish, French, Bosnian with subtitles 106 minutes. Rated R.