Carlsbad CA— The City of Carlsbad’s popular Foreign Film Fridays series returns beginning Sept. 4 at Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, located 1775 Dove Lane. Films are screened at 4 and 7 p.m. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Admission is free.
Films are screened in their original language with English subtitles.
The following are this season’s films.
Friday, Sept. 4
Departures (Japan, PG-13, 2008, 130 min.)
An unemployed cellist answers a classified ad entitled “Departures” thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a funeral home. The film follows his profound, poignant and sometimes comical journey as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. Departures won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Friday, Sept. 18
Mostly Martha (Germany, PG, 2001, 109 min.)
Martha is a headstrong chef with a passion for one thing: cooking. When she has to take charge of her equally stubborn niece, the tensions between them mount … until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood. With a tantalizing blend of comedy, romance and food, this “delicious” film won over 10 international film awards.
Friday, Oct. 2
Mr. Kaplan (Uruguay, NR, 2014, 98 min.)
After fleeing Europe for Uruguay during WWII, Jacob Kaplan built a quiet life in Montevideo. Now 76, he begins to question his worth. After learning of a mysterious German café owner, he becomes convinced that he’s found a fugitive in hiding and plans to expose him. With a mixture of emotional depth and deadpan comedy, Mr. Kaplan was Uruguay’s submission to the 2015 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
Friday, Oct. 16
Tell No One (France, NR, 2006, 131 min.)
Pediatrician Alex was the prime suspect when his beloved wife Margot was brutally murdered eight years before. When new evidence emerges and the police reopen the case, Alex is on the run after he is once again accused of murder and Margot seemingly returns from the grave. This heart-stopping thriller is based on the bestselling novel by Harlan Coben. For mature audiences.
Friday, Nov. 6
As it is in Heaven (Sweden, NR, 2004, 132 min.)
A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in the far north of Sweden. It doesn’t take long before he is asked to come and advise the fragment of a church choir. He can’t say no, and from that moment, nothing in the village is the same again. For mature audiences.
Friday, Nov. 20
I’m Not Scared (Italy, R, 2003, 108 min.)
For nine-year old Michele, the familiar routines of childhood in his southern Italian village are shattered when he discovers something shocking in a hole near an abandoned house. No one can be trusted and everyone is a suspect as he risks everything to expose the truth in this Academy Award winning thriller.
Friday, Dec. 4
Le Grand Voyage (Morocco, NR, 2004, 108 min.)
A few weeks before his college exams, a young French-Moroccan man finds himself obligated to drive his stern elderly father to Mecca in order for him to do his pilgrimage. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by their lack of communication. From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia, the two embark on a road trip that will change their lives.
Friday, Dec. 18
Vitus (Switzerland, PG, 2006, 123 minutes)
Vitus is a child prodigy who has everything he wants – except the chance to be a normal kid. When it becomes evident that he has an exceptionally high IQ and can play piano like a young Mozart, expectations run high. His parents love him, his grandfather understands him, but no one knows the truth – that his real genius is in his heart. Vitus was Switzerland’s submission to the 2007 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of the AFI Film Festival Audience Award.