Enjoy the best of world-wide cinema twice each month in this film series from the Cultural Arts Office. Selections have been recognized by critics as some of the finest cinema the world has to offer. Films screened with English subtitles. Admission is free.
Friday, Sept. 7 The Divine Order (Switzerland, Comedy, Drama, NR, 2017) 96 min. In 1971, a young housewife organizes the women of her town to petition for the right to vote.
Friday, Sept. 21 Sweet Bean (Japan, Drama, NR, 2015) 113 min. The manager of a pancake stall hires an elderly woman after a taste of her homemade bean jelly. Their relationship becomes about more than just food.
Friday, Oct. 5 A Fantastic Woman (Chile, Drama, R, 2017) 104 min. Marina, a transgender woman whose older boyfriend dies, is left alone to face his bigoted family. Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Friday, Oct. 19 A Taxi Driver (South Korea, Drama, History, NR, 2017) 137 min Based on a true story, in 1980, a foreign journalist hires a down-on-his-luck taxi driver to take him to Gwangju, South Korea. They soon arrive to find a city under siege by student protesters and the military.
Friday, Nov. 2 Finding Your Feet (UK, Comedy, Romance, PG-13, 2017) 111 min. A judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister.
Friday, Nov. 16 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France, Docudrama, PG-13, 2007) 112 minutes The remarkable, true story of Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke at the age of forty-three, becoming almost totally paralyzed.
Friday, Dec. 7 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand, Adventure, Comedy, PG-13, 2016) 101 min. A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Friday, Dec. 21 Babette’s Feast (Denmark, Drama, G, 1987) 103 min. In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters take in French refugee, Babette, who repays their kindness by offering to cook an elaborate French meal for them and their friends. It proves to be an eye-opening experience for everyone.
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The 2018 Foreign Film Fridays series is made possible in part by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.