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City of Carlsbad’s Foreign Film Fridays

Carlsbad CA— The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents a free film series focused on international cinema. “Foreign Film Fridays” takes place on two Fridays each month through June 2015. Due to popular demand, screenings are now at 4 and 7 p.m. in Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, located 1775 Dove Lane in southern Carlsbad.

“Foreign Film Fridays” is curated by Cannon Art Gallery Curator Karen McGuire and provides an opportunity to see the best cinematic work by filmmakers from many nations. “There is no place in North County to see foreign films on a regular basis, and the Cultural Arts Office wanted to provide that,” said McGuire. “These films offer truly unique perspectives and stories, along with exciting locations, cultures different from our own and other ways of using cinema to present ideas.”

The following films will be screened at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

April 3: Volver (Spain, 2006, R) A comic mystery by Pedro Almodóvar starring Penélope Cruz about an eccentric family of women from a wind-swept corner of Spain; Cannes Film Festival, Best Actress, Best Screenplay.

April 17: The Rocket (Australia, 2013, NR) In Laos, a boy believed cursed to bring bad luck builds a giant rocket. This hopeful film is an unabashed crowd-pleaser. Australian Film Institute Best Film of 2014.

May 8: After the Wedding (Denmark, 2006, R) An invitation to attend a wedding sets in motion a series of surprises and revelations that changes peoples’ lives.

May 22: Monsieur Lazhar (Canada, 2011, PG-13) An Algerian immigrant helps a middle school class heal after the death of their well-liked teacher.

June 5: A Separation (Iran, 2011, PG-13) A couple is torn between the decision to leave the country with their daughter or to stay in Iran to look after an ill parent.

June 19: Son of Ranbow (UK, PG-13) Two boys from differing backgrounds spend a summer making a home movie with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions.

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