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Foreign film series at the Albany County Public Library

The Albany County Public Library will be showing a series of free foreign films from late January to early June, 2018. The Sundries of the World winter and spring film series runs from January 28 to June 3, 2018. All films are scheduled to be shown at the library on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. during this period. This series is sponsored by the Albany County Public Library and co-sponsored by the Laramie Film Society.

Admission is free for all these films, and there are free snacks served as well. Each film starts at 7 p.m. All films will be shown in the large meeting room of the Albany County Public Library, 8th and Grand. All films feature English subtitles.

The first film in the free Sundries of the World winter/spring film series at the Albany County Public Library is the French language film “MicMacs” (2009) playing Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the library, 8th and Grand. Admission is free and snacks are provided.

MicMacs (Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot) is an action comedy about a man and his friends who come up with a complicated plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. This film is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who also directed the award-winning films, “A Very Long Engagement” and “Amélie.”

Here is the rest of the film schedule (with film summaries, ratings and links to reviews for all films in the series):

February 4 — The Salesman (Iran, 2016)[3 stars]

The Salesman (Forushande) — The lives of a husband and wife are upended when they are forced to flee their apartment due to structural failure, and then the wife is assaulted during the move into their new home. The husband becomes obsessed with revenge while both of them are participating in a production of Arthur Miller's play, “Death of a Salesman.” This film won nine international film awards. Languages, Persian and English, rated PG-13, running time, two hours and 4 minutes.

February 11 — Tanna (Australia, Vanuatu, 2015)[3 stars]

Tanna — After a young woman runs away with the man she loves to avoid an arranged marriage, villagers wrestle with preserving their traditional culture or adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. Winner of eight international film awards. Language, aboriginal, running time, one hour and 44 minutes, unrated.

February 18 — 1944 (Estonia, 2015)[3 stars]

1944 — This is a Estonia, Finland war time drama about Estonia being squeezed between Soviet Union and German armies during World War II. It was Estonia's official entry for the Academy Awards in 2015. Winner of two awards at a Baltic Film Festival. Running time, one hour and 40 minutes, languages, Estonian, Russian and German.

February 25 — Glory (Bulgaria, Greece, 2016)[3.5 stars]

Glory (Slava) — A reclusive railway worker's life falls victim to the chaos of bureaucracy after he turns in millions of dollars he found on the tracks. Winner of 30 international film awards. Rated G, running time, one hour and 41 minutes, language, Bulgarian.

March 4 — Neruda (Chile, 2016)[3 stars]

Neruda — This is a wildly romantic biographical drama about the great Chilean poet and activist widely known by his pen name, Pablo Neruda. The beauty of Neruda's poems and how the people of Chile were inspired by him are at the heart of this film. This Chile, Argentina, France, Spain and U.S. film won 10 international film awards. Languages, Spanish and French, rated R, running time, one hour and 47 minutes.

March 11 — Where do We Go Now? (Lebanon, 2011)[2.5 stars]

Where do We Go Now? (Et maintenant on va où?) — Muslim and Christian women join forces to stem the tide of violence in their war-torn Middle Eastern village. Winner of eight international film awards, this Lebanese, French, Egyptian and Italian production is rated PG-13. The running Time is 100 minutes. Spoken languages are Arabic, Russian and English.

March 18 — Heartstone (Iceland, Denmark, 2016)[3 stars]

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) — A young man discovers he has feelings for his best friend as he watches him pursue a young woman. Winner of 29 international film awards. Unrated, running time, one hour and 129 minutes, language, Icelandic.

March 25 — The Lunchbox (India, 2013)[3 stars]

The Lunchbox (Dabba) — A misplaced lunch box leads to an unusual relationship between a lonely housewife and an irritable widower. This Indian, French, German, U.S. and Canadian movie won 29 international film awards. Languages, Hindi and English, rated PG-13, running time, one hour and 45 minutes.

April 1 — 13 Minutes (Germany, 2015)[2.5 stars]

13 Minutes (Elser) — In 1939, Georg Elser attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler as the dictator gives a speech in Munich. Imprisoned, he recalls events that led up to his attempt to kill Hitler. This film by the director of “Downfall” won four film awards. Language, German, rated R, running time, 114 minutes.

April 8 — The Treasure (Romania, France, 2015)[3.5 stars]

The Treasure (Comoara) — Two men hunting for buried treasure unearth more than they bargained for, traces of Romania's tumultuous history. Winner of five international film awards. Unrated, running time, 89 minutes, language, Romanian.

April 15 — Ma Vie En Rose (Belgium, 1997)[3 stars]

Ma Vie En Rose — Seven-year-old Ludovic announces to his startled parents that he identifies himself as a girl. Under pressure from family and friends, a “cure”is attempted. This Belgium, France and British film won 13 international film awards. Language, French, rated R, running time, 88 minutes.

April 22 — Bad Lucky Goat (Columbia, 2017)[3 stars]

Bad Lucky Goat — After accidentally killing a goat with their father's pick-up truck, two bickering teenage siblings try to work together to dispose of the goat, conceal the accident, and repair the truck in time to pick up tourists that will be staying at their family's Caribbean hotel. Winner of a best first feature award at the 2017 Philadelphia Film Festival. Running time, 76 minutes, language, Creole.

April 29 — Right Now, Wrong Then (South Korea (2015)[3.5 stars]

Right Now, Wrong Then (Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da) — Two different versions of a bittersweet romantic interlude between two strangers are presented in this film. In each story, different choices lead to different outcomes. This film won 11 international film awards. Language, Korean, rated PG-13, running time, 121 minutes.

May 6 — The Teacher (Slovakia, 2016)[3 stars]

The Teacher (Ucitelka) — A middle school teacher with political connections manipulates her student's parents into doing favors for her in exchange for previews of test questions and good grades for their children. This film won eight international film awards. Language, Slovak, unrated, running time, one hour and 42 minutes.

May 13 — Paradise (Russia, 2017)[3 stars]

Paradise (Rai) — A Russian woman in a concentration camp crosses paths with an SS officer who once was madly in love with her. This Russian and German film won 16 international film awards. Languages, Russian, German, French and Yiddish, rated PG-13, running time, 131 minutes.

May 20 — After the Storm (Japan, 2016)[3.5 stars]

After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) — A former author now working as a private detective attempts to reconnect with his distrustful family following the death of his father. This film won an Online Film Critics Society Award award for best foreign language film. Language, Japanese, unrated, running time, 117 minutes.

May 27 — Il Postino (Italy, 1994)[3.5 stars]

Il Postino — An Italian postman who begins delivering mail to exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, is transformed by poetry and by his love for a local woman. This Italian, French, Belgian film won 30 international film awards. Languages, Italian and Spanish, rated PG, running time, 116 minutes.

June 3 — Land of Mine, (Denmark, 2015)[3 stars]

Land of Mine (Under sandet) — A group of German POWs are forced to dig up millions of land mines with their bare hands. This Danish, German film won 27 international film awards. Languages, German, Danish and English, rated R, running time, one hour and 40 minutes.

Outdoor movies at the Alibi Pub

The Laramie Film Society, in cooperation with one of its sponsors, The Alibi Pub Wood Fire Pizzaria and Bakery, 404 S 4th St., showed three outdoor movies last summer on two dates, July 29 at 9 p.m. and August 12 at 8:30 p.m. at the outdoor stage in the Alibi Pub's patio area.

The July 29 movie was the cult classic zombie movie The Night of the Living Dead (1968) directed by the late George Romero, who died shortly before this showing. This film kick-started the modern zombie film genre. It has been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a culturally significant film. Please note: Only those 21 and older will be admitted to this outdoor film showing due to liquor license regulations.

On August 12, two Laurel and Hardy films were shown, The Flying Deuces (1939) and Utopia (1951) the last film starring the comedy duo. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy both began their film careers separately more than 100 years ago in the silent era.

Laurel and Hardy's first film together was in 1921, but it wasn't until both men were separately signed by Hal Roach Studios that they became one of the top comedy teams in movies. The two actors made 107 films together. They worked 20 years with Hal Roach, and later, for 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers studios, many of these films were highly profitable. Stan Laurel also helped to write many of the screenplays for their films.

The Flying Deuces was one of the last Laurel and Hardy films produced by Hal Roach Studios. In it, Hardy, his heart broken, decides to join the French Foreign Legion. He drags Laurel along with him to become a Legionnaire, with disastrous results.

Utopia (original title, Atoll K) was a French-Italian co-production plagued by many problems, including serious health problems for both Laurel and Hardy. This marked the end of the duo's long film career. The story has Laurel and Hardy traveling to a remote island to claim a property inheritance.

In 2005, Laurel and Hardy were voted one of the 10 top comedy acts of all time in a British poll of fellow comedians. There are three Laurel and Hardy museums. One is in Laurel's birthplace in England, another is in Germany, and the third is in Hardy's birthplace in Georgia. There are over 150 chapters worldwide of the Laurel and Hardy appreciation society, The Sons of the Desert, named after a Laurel and Hardy film of the same name.

These film showings gave us a chance to test out some new equipment, mainly a metal frame for the film society's 8x12 foot movie screen. Rainy weather and problems with the frame led to a late start for the July 29 film. Even though we could not get the frame completely assembled, it worked. After some modifications, the frame, made from electrical conduit, went together much better and faster for the August 12 movies.

To be notified by e-mail of upcoming Laramie Film Society Activities, including film series schedules, subscribe to the Laramie Film Society's e-mail announcement list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/laramie-film-society-announcements.

LFS shows other summer films

The Laramie Film Society presented three historic silent films, “Easy Street,” “The Goat” and “An Eastern Westerner” outdoors downtown on Friday, July 14, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Second Street and Grand Avenue during Jubilee Days. These films were not shown in 2016 for the first time in 16 years, due to an absence of volunteers. We also showed a Jubilee Days Western, “Shane” on Sunday, July 16 at the Albany County Public Library (more on that below).

We had a volunteer to help with the outdoor movies year, thanks to Phil White. Special thanks to the people at the Papa Johns Pizza tent for letting us use their gas powered generator to power our 16mm projectors.

We also showed a Jubilee Days Western Movie, “Shane,” (1953) at the Albany County Library on Sunday, July 16 at 7 p.m. The library co-sponsored this event and let us use their large meeting room.

Filmed in Wyoming, Shane is on a number of great films lists and is considered a top 10 film in the Western genre by many. It was listed number 45 in AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies list, and ranked number three in AFI's Western genre voting. In 1993, Shane was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

“Easy Street,” released in 1917 is one of Charlie Chaplin's early comedy classics. This 19-minute Mutual studio silent film pits the diminutive Chaplin, who plays a policeman, against a huge street thug played by Eric Campbell. Chaplin also wrote and directed this film. Chaplin creates humor from the unlikely subjects of poverty and violence in some mean city streets.

“The Goat” is a classic 1921 comedy. It is about a man (played by the legendary Buster Keaton) who is mistakenly identified as a murderer in newspapers and posters. He desperately dodges the police, and a variety of other pursuers, displaying incredible acrobatic skills and ingenuity. This film was selected by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of Keaton's two best short films (the other was “The Boat”). Keaton, a legendary movie actor, writer and director, also co-directed and scripted this film with Malcolm St. Clair. Keaton (1895-1966) was one of the true comic geniuses of film, with a brilliant career that spanned decades. His acrobatic physical style of comedy is similar to that of Charlie Chaplain, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Chan.

“The Goat” is the first film purchased by the Laramie Film Society. “Easy Street” was purchased in the summer of 2004. Prior to that we rented all of the films we have shown. By shopping around on the Internet, LFS found a source of 16 millimeter films for a reasonable price. We found we could buy a 16mm print for about the same amount of money it cost to rent one.

“An Eastern Westerner” is a 1920 film starring Harold Lloyd, one of the biggest stars of silent films. The print we bought in 2010 is essentially the second half of this 20-minute film (which is O.K., because it is the funnier half and we got it at half price). The first half of the film takes place in a large city, probably New York. The half of the movie we have takes place in a town in the west populated by bad guys and crooked card sharks. There is also a group of hooded riders who look a lot like the KKK, menacing people in the town. The nimble Lloyd outsmarts the bad guys and gets the girl, of course.

Thanks to the cooperation of Music Box building owner for letting LFS use its north wall as a screen upon which to project a moving picture all those years for this annual event. Thanks to the Cross Country Connection for agreeing to letting us use electricity from the store for the projector all those years, too.

All Laramie Film Society events are sponsored by The Alibi Pub Wood Fire Pizzaria and Bakery, Mizu Sushi restaurant and The Pedal House.

Wyo Theatre news


[Picture of Wyo Theatre]

Laramie's historic Wyo Theatre, 309 S. Fifth St. in Laramie, is closed indefinitely. For more information, visit the Wyo Theatre's website: http://www.wyolaramie.com/.

Report on the 501 (c)(3) status of LFS

The IRS has determined that the Laramie Film Society is exempt from federal income tax as described in section 501 (c)(3) of the tax code. The LFS received the determination letter in 2002. For more about this, including the IRS determination letter and IRS rules related to tax free donations to the Laramie Film Society, click on this link to see these documents.

More About the Group

Join, Donate to LFS

You can join LFS by sending $15 to the Laramie Film Society, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: The Laramie Film Society, 3019 Pope Springs Road, Laramie, WY, 82070. Donations to LFS can be sent to the same address. Donations are tax deductible. IRS rules on tax deductible donations can be found here.

Join the LFS E-Mail Lists

The best way to keep up with the group's activities is to join the LFS e-mail lists. To do this, visit  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/laramie-film-society-announcements and sign up. This is an announcement list only. Notices will include upcoming films, polls, meetings and other LFS announcements. There is no discussion among list participants. We expect an average of less than one announcement per week. You can also view all of the messages that have already been posted to the list at this location.

We also have a discussion list. You can subscribe to the discussion list by visiting this website http://groups.google.com/group/laramie-film-society-discussions?hl=en. As with most Google features, these sites work best when you are using a Google Chrome browser. If all else fails, e-mail Robert Roten (address at bottom of page) and ask him to send you invitations to either list.

Our Mailing Address

Laramie Film Society
3019 Pope Springs Road
Laramie, WY  82070
 

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