Friday Night Feature - "My Best Friend"

Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - My Best Friend (2006) Starring Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet, Julie Durand, and Jacques Mathou; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes. French with English subtitles.

François is a gently ruthless art trader who will do nearly anything to make a deal, and when his colleague Catherine throws him a birthday party, someone points out that all the guests are business associates, not personal friends. While François protests that he does indeed have friends, Catherine calls him on it and makes a bet. François agrees to the challenge, but while going through his address book, he begins to realize he really doesn’t have any especially close friends. Over the course of several days, François keeps running into Bruno, a gregarious and friendly taxi driver, and while Bruno’s personality rubs François the wrong way, he notices that the cabbie has a way of making people like him. Eager to win his bet with Catherine, François recruits Bruno to give him a crash course in making friends and influencing people, hoping to find a buddy before his deadline.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

April is our Foreign Film Series month!

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Darien Land Trust and Audubon Connecticut Present Vanishing of the Bees

Tuesday, April 10 at 7 PM

In an event co-sponsored by Darien Land Trust and Audubon Connecticut, we will be screening the film Vanishing of the Bees in our Community Room. The event will include a presentation from a local Eagle Scout about building bee hives.

Vanishing of the Bees (2009) Narrated by Ellen Page; Not rated; 99 minutes.

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

“The most important documentary film since An Inconvenient Truth.” - Filmstar 

“A ‘bees knees’ of a film. Powerfully argued and very timely.” Sunday Times

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

 

Friday Night Feature - "Baran"

Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.-- BARAN (2001) Starring Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Hossein MahJoub, and Abbas Rahimi; Rated PG; 94 minutes. In Persian with English subtitles.

This documentary style film was done with many non-professional actors to tell this story of unrequited love in Teheran. Lateef, an Iranian, is a young man whose only concern is with making money in his job as a construction worker. He happens upon Rahmat, an Afghani illegal immigrant whom he plays malicious tricks on. Through their interaction, Lateef discovers that Rahmat has disguised herself as a boy to stay in the country. Lateef falls in love with the refugee and wants to make her life easier when the company is ordered to fire all employees of Afghan descent, but his love only leads to more heartache.

"It reminds us of what a film can be when it's drawn from the heart of an artist who believes in the medium as something more than a product or commodity." -- Jay Carr, Boston Globe

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday Night Features in April

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

 

Friday Night Features in April

We're showing Caramel on Friday, April 13.
We're showing Caramel on Friday, April 13.

April marks the return of our very popular foreign film series!

Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - My Best Friend (2006) Starring Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet, Julie Durand, and Jacques Mathou; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes. French with English subtitles.

François is a gently ruthless art trader who will do nearly anything to make a deal, and when his colleague Catherine throws him a birthday party, someone points out that all the guests are business associates, not personal friends. While François protests that he does indeed have friends, Catherine calls him on it and makes a bet. François agrees to the challenge, but while going through his address book, he begins to realize he really doesn’t have any especially close friends. Over the course of several days, François keeps running into Bruno, a gregarious and friendly taxi driver, and while Bruno’s personality rubs François the wrong way, he notices that the cabbie has a way of making people like him. Eager to win his bet with Catherine, François recruits Bruno to give him a crash course in making friends and influencing people, hoping to find a buddy before his deadline.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Caramel (2008) Starring Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Elmasri, and Joanna Moukarzel; Rated PG; 95 minutes. In Arabic with English subtitles.

This Lebanese film follows the lives and loves of five women whose paths criss-cross in Beirut. They work and play in and around a beauty parlor where their issues involve an affair with a married man, an engagement to a stubborn alpha male, and dalliances with the customers both male and female in this sweet comedy.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Baran (2001) Starring Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Hossein MahJoub, and Abbas Rahimi; Rated PG; 94 minutes. In Persian with English subtitles.

This documentary style film was done with many non-professional actors to tell this story of unrequited love in Teheran. Lateef, an Iranian, is a young man whose only concern is with making money in his job as a construction worker. He happens upon Rahmat, an Afghani illegal immigrant whom he plays malicious tricks on. Through their interaction, Lateef discovers that Rahmat has disguised herself as a boy to stay in the country. Lateef falls in love with the refugee and wants to make her life easier when the company is ordered to fire all employees of Afghan descent, but his love only leads to more heartache.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Monsoon Wedding (2002) Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty, and Vasundhara Das; Rated R; 114 minutes. In Hindi with English subtitles.

Here comes the bride--but is she ready? This romantic comedy from New Delhi native Mira Nair is set in contemporary India where bride to be Aditi has to contend with her traditional father Lalit Verma who loves his family dearly but does not have time for their “modern ways.” The Punjabi family travels from all over to enjoy the festivities surrounding the wedding. Aditi faces the dilemma of an arranged marriage and how it conflicts with her contemporary take on relationships.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - "Caramel"

Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Caramel (2008) Starring Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Elmasri, and Joanna Moukarzel; Rated PG; 95 minutes. Arabic with English subtitles.

This Lebanese film follows the lives and loves of five women whose paths criss-cross in Beirut. They work and play in and around a beauty parlor where their issues involve an affair with a married man, an engagement to a stubborn alpha male, and dalliances with the customers both male and female in this sweet comedy.

"One of those small films that give a glimpse into a culture that's both foreign and familiar. It's filled with real-life touches and small insights and wonderfully human characters, and the whole thing feels as real as crossing the street." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

April is our Foreign Film Series month!

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Wednesday Matinee - "Titanic"

Showing Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Showing Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. -- TITANIC (1997) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and Billy Zane; Rated PG-13; 194 minutes.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, we will host a special screening of James Cameron's epic love story. Revisit the tale of Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater as they meet and fall in love aboard the RMS Titanic during the vessel's ill-fated maiden voyage.

"My heart will go on...loving this movie." -- Grace Drake, Fandango.com

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

And check out these new books released in time with the anniversary:

- The Dressmaker

- Shadow of the Titanic

- Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage

This Month's Wednesday Matinee - The Prince and the Showgirl

Aging in Place+Gallivant, in collaboration with Darien Library and Michael Joseph's Catering, invites seniors to attend a luncheon at Michael Joseph's prior to the film. Beginning at 11:45 a.m., seniors are welcome to enjoy a complimentary drink and dessert with the purchase of lunch. Afterward, we'll attend this month's Wednesday matinee at the Library next door. Seniors can choose to simply attend the lunch or just the movie. To book transportation to and from the lunch and the movie, call the Gallivant dispatcher at 203-655-2227. For more information, and to register, call Aging in Place+Gallivant at 203-585-4094.

Wednesday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. - THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL (1957) Starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier; Rated PG; 115 minutes

A saucy American showgirl in London is wooed by a roving-eyed Duke, but his estranged son, the young King, interrupts their late supper with politics and angry accusations.

The plot of 2012’s “My Week With Marilyn” centers around the filming of “The Prince and the Showgirl.” We’ll be screening the latter to lead up to our screening of “My Week With Marilyn” on Friday, March 23 at 6:30 and 8:30 PM.


Nominated for four British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards:

Best British Actor (Laurence Olivier); Best British Film; Best British Screenplay; Best Film from any Source; Best Foreign Actress (Marilyn Monroe)

For more information, please view the film's trailer.

A Special Friday Night Feature Event - "Being Elmo"

Elmo and Kevin Clash in BEING ELMO, a Submarine Deluxe release
Photo courtesy of Scott McDermott
Elmo and Kevin Clash in BEING ELMO, a Submarine Deluxe release Photo courtesy of Scott McDermott

Whether you're a Jim Henson fan or you're just a fan of films that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, we have a very special documentary screening of Being Elmo planned for you. But that's not all! Corinne LaPook (Producer) will join us along with Tau Bennett, a young puppeteer featured in the film, to introduce Being Elmo and engage in a Q & A session afterward. We can't wait!

Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. -- BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER'S JOURNEY (2011) Documentary feature starring Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, and Frank Oz; Rated PG; 80 minutes.

Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

“THUMBS UP!” - Roger Ebert, Ebert Presents At the Movies

“CRITICS' PICK! A winning tale of the persistence and creativity behind one of the most famous and fuzziest faces in the world.” - Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

List of Friday Night Features in March

Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations cannot be accomodated. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. sharp. This performance is free and open to the public.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Tricks of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud

Showing Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Showing Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: OUTSMARTING INVESTMENT FRAUD; 2011; Not Rated; 57 minutes.

This documentary is about preventing investment fraud. Utilizing compelling stories of victims and perpetrators, the movie uncovers the persuasion tactics that con artists use to defraud their victims and the basic tools investors can use to defend against fraud. The program is segmented into three primary areas: risk, persuasion and prevention. This video was developed by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, in partnership with AARP.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Retirement Revolution: The New Reality

Showing Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Showing Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m.

RETIREMENT REVOLUTION: THE NEW REALITY; 2009; Not rated; 90 minutes.

The months since Spring of 2008 have not been kind to the American economy or to the retirement accounts of millions of Americans. Retirement Revolution: The New Reality undertakes the mission to help older citizens do better with a bit less and to navigate tougher financial waters with determination and good cheer. This special features different, personal stories as well as expert commentaries and is hosted by Paula Zahn. Not Rated; 90 minutes (2009).

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

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