SPRINGFIELD–The Summer International Film Festival begins at the Springfield Free Public Library on Thursday, July 11. The library will screen The Intouchables (2011) at 1 and 7 p.m. After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. Starring Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, and Anne Le Ny. In French with English subtitles. 112 minutes. Rated R.
The library will screen Free Men (2011) on Thursday, July 18 at 1 and 7 p.m. In Paris during World War II, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man. Directed by Ismael Ferroukhi. Starring Michael Lonsdale and Tahar Rahim. France. In French with English subtitles. 99 minutes. Not rated.
On Thursday, July 25, at 1 and 7 p.m., the library will screen Elena (2011). When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Starring Nadezhda Markina, Andrei Smirnov, Yelena Lyadova and Alexey Rozin. Russia. In Russian with English subtitles. 109 minutes. Not rated.
The festival will continue on Thursday afternoons and evenings until Aug. 15. Upcoming films include Quartet (2012) on Aug. 1, A Royal Affair (2012) on Aug. 8, and A Simple Life (2011) on Aug. 15.
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, Springfield. For more information, call 973-376-4930 or visit www.sfplnj.org.
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