Springfield Library Announces Spring International Film Festival

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SPRINGFIELD–The Spring International Film Festival begins at the Springfield Free Public Library on Thursday, March 15. The library will screen “A Matter of Size” (2009) at 1 and 7 p.m.

Four overweight friends from the Israeli city of Ramle are fed up with dieting. When Herzi (340 pounds) starts working as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant he discovers the world of Sumo where large people such as himself are appreciated. Through Kitano (132 pounds), the restaurant owner, a former Sumo coach in Japan, he falls in love with a sport involving “two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos.” This is a comedy about a “coming out” of a different kind – overweight people learning to accept themselves. In Hebrew and Japanese with English subtitles. 90 minutes. Not rated.

The Spring International Film Festival will continue in April 19 and May 17 with screenings of “Toast” and “Piano in a Factory.”

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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