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, Dec. 15 King of Masks China (Drama, NR, 1996) 91 minutes
An aging street performer finds new joy in life as he plans to teach his art to a young orphaned child.
Friday, Jan. 5 Ikiru (Japan, Drama, NR, 1952) 140 min. Famed director Akira Kurosawa’s classic tale of a civil servant who tries to find a meaning in his life after discovering he has cancer.
Friday, Jan. 19 Dear Frankie (UK, Drama, Romance, PG-13, 2004) 105 min.After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad.
Friday, Feb. 2 Three Wise Cousins (New Zealand, Comedy, NR, 2016) 89 min. Keen to impress a girl, a spoiled young urbanite heads to Samoa to learn how to become a “real island guy.”
Friday, Feb. 16 Pink (India, Courtroom Drama, NR, 2016) 136 min. When three young women are implicated in a crime, a retired lawyer steps forward to help them clear their names.
Friday, March 2 The Sea Inside (Spain, Docudrama, PG-13, 2004) 125 min. Based on the life story of quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity.
Friday, March 16 Heartbreaker (France, Romantic Comedy, NR, 2010) 105 min. Contracted to break up undesired couplings, Alex hits a snag when he is hired to prevent a rich young lady from marrying an English millionaire.
Friday, April 6 The Salesman (Iran, Drama, Thriller, PG-13, 2016) 124 min. While participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator.
Friday, April 20 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Israel, Drama, NR, 2014) 115 min. After an incompatible marriage of over twenty years, a woman appeals to her husband's compassion to obtain the desirable divorce document in front of a court.
Friday, May 4 Cirkus Columbia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Black Comedy, NR, 2010) 113 min. After the fall of the communist regime in 1991 and signs of civil war coming, a man returns to his former home with a beautiful girlfriend and a pocketful of cash.
Friday, May 18 Guten Tag (Buen Día), Ramón (Mexico, Drama, PG-13, 2013) 120 min. A beloved box office hit in Mexico, the story of a young man from a small Mexican town who travels to Germany to find work to support his family.
Friday, June 1 Shower (China, Drama, Comedy, PG-13, 1999) 92 min. The film revolves around a family-run bathhouse in Beijing. When the elder son abruptly returns one day, it puts under stress long-broken family ties.
Friday, June 15 The Wave (Norway, Action, Thriller, R, 2015) 105 min. No one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates a violent tsunami.
The 2017 Foreign Film Fridays series is made possible in part by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.