FILM MOVEMENT SERIES

This monthly series features foreign and independent films. Films are not rated by the MPAA and are intended for a mature audience. Admission is free, and a discussion follows the screening. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library.

Nov. 29, 7 p.m.

AmnesiaAmnesia
France, Switzerland, 2015, 96 min.
Jo is a 25-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years. One night Jo knocks on her door. Her solitude intrigues him. They become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak. As Jo draws her into his world of techno music, Martha puts everything she had previously lived by into question.





 


Dec. 27, 7 p.m.

Schneider vs. BaxThe Ardennes
Belgium, 2015, 93 min.
Brothers Dave and Kenneth are reunited on Kenneth's release after four years in prison following a failed home invasion. While Kenneth is anxious to dive headfirst into the drug-centered existence that ensnared him in the first place, both Dave and Kenneth's erstwhile girlfriend, Sylvie, have adopted clean lifestyles. Drugs, crime and the bonds of brotherhood create this dark crime thriller journey in The Ardennes.








 


Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

Automatic HateBlush
Israel, 2015, 85 min.
Seventeen-year-old Naama spends most of her free time drinking and partying in the hopes of escaping from her parents' constant bickering, worsened by the recent disappearance of her AWOL soldier sister. When a free-spirited new girl shows up at school, Naama falls deeply in love for the first time and the intensity of the experience at once confuses her and gives her life new meaning.







 


Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Soul on a String
China/Tibetan, 2016, 142 min.
After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a slain deer, Taibei, a young Tibetan wanderer, embarks on a mission of redemption in order to bring the divine artifact back to its rightful home, the holy mountain of Buddha. Danger and treachery await at every step, as black market traders and two brothers in search of vengeance stand in his path. Along the way, however, Taibei encounters a motley band of followers that help him on his strange and mystical journey.







 

March 28, 7 p.m.

After the Storm
Japan, 2016, 117 min.
Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.






 

April 25, 7 p.m.

Harmonium
Japan, 2016. 120 min.
Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) sees his seemingly ordinary life take an ominous turn when Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano), a mysterious friend from his past, arrives unexpectedly. Recently released from prison and in need of a helping hand, Toshio gives him a job and generously takes him in to live with his wife and daughter. Toshio soon regrets this decision, as Yasaka gradually disrupts the family before finally causing irreparable damage. Koji Fukada's acclaimed companion piece to his black comedy Hospitalite treads darker waters as it unravels a searing tragedy that has captivated critics and audiences alike.





 

May 23, 7 p.m.

Complicity
Japan/China/France, 2018, 116 min.

Cheng Liang is a young Chinese immigrant living illegally in Japan. Desperate for work, he feigns his identity in order to get a job in a traditional Japanese soba restaurant. He starts his new life living and working with the elderly soba master (Tatsuya Fuji, In The Realm of the Senses), but always fearing to have his real identity disclosed at any moment.