BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Public Library Thursday afternoon movies celebrate LGBT Pride Month this June in the Little Theatre at 12:15 p.m.
June 1, 2017 – MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE
In a seedy corner of London during the Thatcher era, Omar (Gordon Warnecke), a young Pakistani, is given a run-down laundromat by his uncle (Saeed Jaffrey), who hopes to turn it into a successful business. Soon after, Omar is attacked by a group of racist punks, but defuses the situation when he realizes their leader is his former lover, Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis). The men resume their relationship and rehabilitate the laundromat together, but various social forces threaten to compromise their success. Day- Lewis won the Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review. The National Society of Film Critics gave their award for Best Screenplay (Hanif Kureishi) to the film – 1985 – Color – 1hr 37min -R.
June 8, 2017 – SAVING FACE
Wilhelmina (“Wil”) (Michelle Krusiec) is a successful New Yorker, but she dare not tell her widowed mother, Hwei-lan (Joan Chen), or her very traditional grandparents that she is a lesbian. She is shocked, however, to find out she is not the only one in her family with romantic secrets when she learns that her 48-year-old mother is pregnant. Unwilling to reveal who the father is, Hwei-lan is kicked out of her parents' home and must move in with Wil. This move puts a strain on Wil's budding relationship with openly gay Vivian (Lynn Chen) – 2004 – Color – 1hr 31min – R.
June 15, 2017 – THE CELLULOID CLOSET
A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of the LGBT community and the attitudes behind them throughout North American film history. It shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed include secrecy as well as the demonization of the homosexual community with the advent of AIDS, and finally the shift toward acceptance and positivity in the modern era. Narrated by Lily Tomlin. Based on Vito Russo’s book of the same name first published in 1981 – 1995 – Color/B&W – 1hr 42min – R.
June 22, 2017 – BOYS DON’T CRY
Based on actual events. Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) is the popular new person in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the people, drinking, and cussing, and he charms the young women, who have never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he is one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana (Chloë Sevigny). No one in the town knows that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. Swank won the Oscar, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, LA Film Critics, and NY Film Critics awards for Best Actress. Sevigny won the Independent Spirit, LA Film Critics, and National Society of Film Critics awards for Best Supporting Actress – 1999 - Color – 1hr 58min – R.
June 29, 2017 – BEAUTIFUL THING
Shy Jamie (Glen Berry) and athletic Ste (Scott Neal) are teen boys who live near each other in the London projects. Both boys think they could be gay, and finally explore their feelings when Ste is allowed to stay over at Jamie's place after an incident with his abusive father. There, the boys grow close and open themselves up to the idea of homosexuality, while Jamie's caring mother, Sandra (Linda Henry), and quirky teen neighbor, Leah (Tameka Empson), offer much needed emotional support – 1996 – Color – 1hr 30min – R.
All films start at 12:15 PM in the barrier-free Library Theatre. Admission is free and all are welcome.
90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003, 973-566-6200
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