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. 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.
Friday, January 4 Barbara (Germany, Drama, PG-13, 2012) 105 min. In 1980s East Germany, Barbara is a Berlin doctor banished to a country medical clinic for applying for an exit visa.
Friday, January 18 The Insult (Lebanon, Courtroom Drama, R, 2017) 112 min. In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportion finds a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee in court.
Friday, February 1 The Grocer’s Son (France, Drama, Comedy, NR, 2007) 96 min. When Antoine’s father falls ill, he returns to Provence to assume his father’s business, driving the family grocery cart.
Friday, February 15 The Bookshop (UK, Drama, PG, 2017) 113 min. In 1950s England, free-spirited widow Florence Green risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative coastal town.
Friday, March 1 Ginger and Cinnamon (Italy, Comedy, Romance, NR, 2003) 109 min. When Stefania breaks up with her boyfriend, she winds up on vacation at a Greek resort with her 15-year-old niece.
Friday, March 15 Shoplifters (Japan, Drama, R, 2018) 121 min. A family of small-time crooks take in a teen-ager they find on the street.
Friday, April 5 English Vinglish (India, Comedy, Drama, NR, 2012) 134 min. A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights because of her inability to speak and understand English.
Friday, April 19 Children of Heaven (Iran, Family, Drama, PG, 1997) 89 min. After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them.
Friday, May 3 Strictly Ballroom (Australia, Music, Comedy, PG, 1992) 94 min. A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.
Friday, May 17 Marshland (Spain, Crime, Thriller, MA, 2014) 105 min. Two homicide detectives with deep divisions in their ideology must put aside their differences to bring a serial killer to justice.
Friday, June 7 The Motorcycle Diaries (Argentina, R, Biography, 2004) 126 min. The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.
Friday, June 21 Borg vs McEnroe (Sweden, Sport, R, 2017) 107 min. The story of the 1980 tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.
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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.