This month's features are stories of gifted educators helping young people to expand their worlds. Two are fact-based films, one fictional. All highlight the difficulty and importance of good education to our civilization.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
To Be and To Have (2002) This documentary showcases George Lopez, teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in the Auvergne region of rural France. The students range from 4 to 12, and against a landscape of mountains and farmland, from snow, rain and sun, the children gather in Lopez's warm and colorful classroom, to read, write dictation, cook, and sort things out. 104 minutes. Not rated. In French, with subtitles.
Words and Pictures (2013) English teacher Clive Owen and art teacher Juliette Binoche collide at an upscale prep school in Canada. Each brings their own personal baggage to their teaching styles and to the school's debate: which is more important, words or pictures? Binoche herself did the paintings for her character. 111 min. Rated PG-13. In English.
The Class (2008) Based on a French-language memoir written by star François Bégaudeau, who was once a teacher, this semi-documentary follows teachers at a racially mixed inner city high school in Paris, where the students are often teaching the teachers about life. Many of Bégaudeau's students play themselves in this compelling look at modern urban education. 128 min. Rated PG-13. In French, with subtitles.
Diner (1982) As a preview of July’s comedy lineup, Eddie will host tonight’s movie. It’s December, 1959… As the decade is about to strike midnight, five men in their early 20’s resist falling into adulthood by seeking refuge in their beloved Baltimore diner. The ensemble cast includes rising stars Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Steve Guttenberg and Paul Riser who turn this film into a one-of-a-kind, tour de force comedy for director Barry Levinson.