SPRINGFIELD–The Summer International Film Festival begins at the Springfield Free Public Library on Thursday, July 7. The library will screen The King’s Speech (2010) at noon and 6:45 p.m.
The King’s Speech is the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. George (“Bertie”) reluctantly assumes the throne after his brother abdicates. He is plagued by a terrible stammer and is considered unfit to be king. Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue and an unlikely friendship develops. Logue uses a set of unexpected techniques that allow Bertie to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war. The King’s Speech received twelve academy award nominations and won four. Rated PG-13. 119 minutes.
The Summer International Film Festival will take place on Thursday afternoons and evenings for a period of six weeks. Future screenings include White Wedding, Mademoiselle Chambon, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Way Home and The Concert.
Funding for the film program has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and by the Friends of the Springfield Free Public Library.
Admission is free and refreshments are served. Assistive listening devices are available upon request. The Springfield Free Public Library is located at 66 Mountain Avenue. For more information, call 1-973-376-4930 or visit www.sfplnj.org.
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