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Foreign Film Festival comes to Westfield Memorial Library

The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to present three foreign films in the months of October, November and December. They will be shown on Mondays: Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.and 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

The first Film, “Marguerite,” is in French and runs 129 minutes. It’s party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle in 1921, not far from Paris. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around. Rich and passionate about music, Marguerite sings, wholeheartedly, but terribly.

When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. With the help of a has-been diva, both funny and mean, she decides to train for her first recital in front of a crowd of complete strangers.

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The second film, “Dough,” which runs for 94 minutes in English on November 14, stars Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones) and Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine).

An old Jewish baker (Pryce) takes on a young Muslim apprentice (Jerome Holder) to save his failing kosher bakery. When his apprentice's marijuana stash accidentally falls in the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves! Dough is a warmhearted story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unlikely places.

Set in Wales, “Dark Horse,” which is in English and run 86 minutes, is the inspirational true story of a group of friends who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on the most meager of diets, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners, he makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-stopping comeback.

The films are free and open to the public.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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