The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to present the Spring Foreign Film Festival on the following Mondays: March 9, April 6 and May 11. The films are shown at 2:00 and 6:30 p.m. at the library, 550 East Broad Street.
The first film in the series is “Le Chef,” a French story that runs 84 minutes. A self-trained cook with haute-cuisine ambitions, Jacky (thespian, singer, comedian and media personality Michael Youn) gets canned from a series of menial cooking jobs for taking exception to his customers' taste. Beatrice (Raphaelle Agogue), Jacky's heavily pregnant girlfriend, tries to halt their financial meltdown by arranging a handyman position for him at an old folks home, but somehow he finds his way back to the kitchen.
The April 6 movie is “Ida,” a Polish film that recently won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski, “Ida,” is a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes the shocking discovery that her parents were Jewish. This revelation sets Anna, now Ida, on a journey to uncover her roots and confront the truth about her family. The film runs 80 minutes.
“The Lunchbox,” a 105 minute movie that is in Hindi, will be show on May 11. A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. But will their virtual relationship jeopardize both their realities?
The films are free and open to the public.
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