Film Screening - "Gun Fight"

Showing Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.
Showing Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m., Darien Library, in co-sponsorship with the League of Women Voters, will present the film Gun Fight.

There are an estimated 250 million guns in the United States today. Over the past dozen years, a string of deadly shootings has pockmarked the nation as guns – licensed and unlicensed – have found their way into the wrong hands. Blending archival and original footage, two-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County, U.S.A.,” “American Dream”) investigates the complex issues surrounding guns and the heated debate over how best to reduce gun violence in the U.S., telling stories of citizens and activists on different sides in Gun Fight.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Playing for Keeps'

We will screen PLAYING FOR KEEPS in our Community Room April 19.
We will screen PLAYING FOR KEEPS in our Community Room April 19.

Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Playing for Keeps (2012) Starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This romantic comedy follows a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an adult are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him at every turn.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in April.

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

Friday Night Feature - "To Rome with Love"

Screening in our Community Room Friday, January 18
Screening in our Community Room Friday, January 18

Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.To Rome with Love (2012) Starring Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Roberto Benigni, and Penelope Cruz; Rated R; 112 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Set in the romantic city of Rome, this movie features intertwining stories. There is the worker who wakes up to find himself a celebrity, an architect who takes a trip back to the street he lived on as a student, a young couple on their honeymoon, and a frustrated opera director who has a talent for discovering talented singers.

"Allen's story moves along quite wonderfully, primarily because of his nuanced casting." --Ricardo Baca, Denver Post

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in January.

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

 

Documentary Film Screening followed by Q&A with the Filmmaker

We will screen MY PERESTROIKA March 18 in our Community Room.
We will screen MY PERESTROIKA March 18 in our Community Room.

Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m.My Perestroika (2010); Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 87 minutes.

When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities. An intimate epic about the extraordinary lives of this last Soviet generation, Robin Hessman’s feature documentary debut tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost, and reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. Through candid first person testimony, revealing verité footage, and vintage home movies, Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely ever seen on film, where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country.

"...playful, insightful, hypnotic, and, ultimately, superb." -- Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the Director/Producer/Cinematographer Robin Hessman.

This event is co-sponsored by the Brown Club of Fairfield County.

About the Filmmaker

Robin Hessman graduated from Brown University with a dual degree in Russian and Film. She received her graduate degree in film directing from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow (with a “red diploma” of honors). She received an Academy Award® in 1994 – with co-director James Longley – for their student film, Portrait of Boy with Dog. During her eight years living in Russia, Robin worked for the Children’s Television Workshop as the on-site producer of Ulitsa Sezam, the original Russian-language Sesame Street.

Robin is also an Associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since 2006, Robin has served as the Director of documentary programming for Amfest, the American Film Festival in Moscow.

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

Wednesday Matinee - "The Kid with a Bike"

Showing in our Community Room March 20.
Showing in our Community Room March 20.

Wednesday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. - The Kid with a Bike (2011); Starring Thomas Doret, Cécile De France, and Jérémie Renier; Rated PG-13; 87 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends.

“The film should be required viewing for everyone who has lost faith in the power of random acts of kindness.” -- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"There is not a wasted shot in this stripped down, pared back fable. Yet, it accrues a deep and lasting power. You won't see many better this year." -- Tom Charity, CNN.com

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

Family Programs Today: Crafts, Films & More.

The Secret World of Arrietty
The Secret World of Arrietty

Friday, February 8

9:15 a.m.- Art sheets and paper crafts in the Children's Library

10 a.m.- Craft Stations in the Children's Library (make a snowflake, learn how to draw a penguin)

10 a.m. – The Secret World of Arrietty Starring (running time: 95 minutes) Rated G

In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. Tiny Arrietty goes on an extraordinary adventure. Based on the classic children's book The Borrowers.

11 a.m.- Lego Club in the Children's Library for ages 5 and up.

Afternoon programs TBD pending weather conditions.

Friday Night Feature - "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

We will screen THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER February 15.
We will screen THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER February 15.

Friday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. This is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope—and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.

"This somewhat disjointed but refreshingly earnest movie ultimately establishes itself as a charmer." -- Jen Chaney, Washington Post

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in February.

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

Friday Night Feature - "The Intouchables"

We will screen THE INTOUCHABLES March 8
We will screen THE INTOUCHABLES March 8

Friday, March 8 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.The Intouchables (2012) Starring Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, and Anne Le Ny; Rated R; 112 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

A true story of two men who should never have met — a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.

"It's the classic odd-couple buddy movie setup, only it'll pull at your heartstrings, whether you want it to or not." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in March.

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

Friday Night Feature - "Life of Pi"

We will screen LIFE OF PI March 22
We will screen LIFE OF PI March 22

Friday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Life of Pi (2012) Starring Irffan Kahn; Rated PG; 123 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

"This transcendent fable carries a real sting in its tail. Ang Lee has made a bold and wondrous movie, one of his best." -- Tom Charity, CNN.com

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in March.

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

Wednesday Matinee - "Anna Karenina"

Showing in our Community Room Wednesday, February 20.
Showing in our Community Room Wednesday, February 20.

Wednesday, February 20 at 1:30 p.m. - Anna Karenina (2012); Starring Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, and Jude Law; Rated R; 130 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community.

“A handsome, grandly theatrical reimagining of the Tolstoy novel starring his muse, Keira Knightley.” -- Lou Lumenick, New York Post

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

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