In Whale Rider (2002, PG, 101 min.), a Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership of the Ngati Konohi dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai. Certain of her calling, Pal trains herself in the ways and customs of her people.
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A beautiful woman is set adrift in Paris as she awaits test results of a biopsy. From acclaimed filmmaker Agnes Varda,Cleo from 5-7 (1961) is a classic of French cinema.
A female vampire stalks the streets of Bad City, a place overrun with crime, drugs and despair. Meanwhile, hardworking Arash cares for his father while struggling to make ends meet. When the vampire and Arash meet, a bizarre relationship begins. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2015, 99 min.) is a genre-bending horror drama.
Ferrante Fever aims to dissect and understand the success behind the faceless writer Elena Ferrante. Ferrante Fever (2019, 74 min.) features interviews with authors and high-profile readers as well as words from the author herself.
In a dystopian future, a young woman abandons her daughter and goes on the run to hide her seismic superhuman abilities. After a eight-year drought, she returns home to her judgmental mother and a daughter who doesn't know her but who has inherited similar powers. Fast Color (2019, 100 min.).
Friday, December 20 Lion in Winter 1968 / 138 min. / PG
It’s 1183. Though exiled from her husband Henry II’s court, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn) is allowed to visit her husband and sons at the holidays. Because Henry (Peter O’Toole) is about to name his successor, the court fills up with schemers set on promoting their favorite for king among Eleanor and Henry’s three sons.
Friday, December 13 Carol 2016 / 118 min. / R6
The most highly acclaimed film of 2016, this is a 1950’s-era melodrama about a tentative romance between a well-to-do NYC woman, Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara), a salesgirl / photographer. The two meet while Carol is shopping for a doll for her daughter at Christmas time, but Carol’s divorce and custody dispute complicate things.
Friday, December 6 Holiday 1938 / 95 min. / NR
While on holiday, a successful man from humble beginnings, Johnny Case (Cary Grant), asks Julia Seton (Doris Nolan) to marry him. He soon learns that Julia is from a Park Avenue banker’s family. A free thinker, Johnny is not thrilled about that. Then he meets Julia’s older sister, Linda (Katharine Hepburn), and starts to enjoy himself.
Celebrate Friday the 13th with popcorn and friends and a screening of Nightmare Before Christmas!
This event is brought to you by the Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch teen leadership group and sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library.
Daniel Day-Lewis : My Left Foot 1989 / 103 min. / R
Based on the autobiography of Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis), an Irish writer and artist born with severe cerebral palsy. The title refers to the fact that Brown only has control of his left foot. Yet, encouraged by his mother (Brenda Fricker), he has the determination and grit to draw, paint and write by holding brushes, pencils and pens between his toes. Directed by Jim Sheridan (In America, Station Agent). Day-Lewis and Fricker won Academy Awards for acting.