The Foreign Film Festival continues at The Westfield Memorial Library on Monday, December 18 with a 2:00 and 6:30 p.m. viewing of “Mia Madre,” an Italian film running 107 minutes. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny.
Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother’s illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant. Mia Madre premiered in the Main Competition of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won Ecumenical Jury prize, while Margherita Buy received the Best Actress prize at Italy’s 2015 Donatello Awards.
In 2018 the festival will resume with “United Kingdom” on March 12, “Frantz” on April 9 and “After the Storm” on May 14. Check the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org to learn more about the movies. They 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; 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday.
The library will be closed Saturday, December 23 to Monday, December 25 for Christmas weekend and will also be closed December 31 and January 1 for New Year’s Eve and Day.
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.”