A lyrical romance of two lonely souls connecting. Chinese textile worker Shun Li finds her plans to bring her son to Italy in disarray when she’s transferred as a barmaid in a shabby waterfront tavern in the fishing village of Chioggia. There she meets Bepi, a fisherman of Slavic origin, nicknamed “the Poet” by friends and a tentative bond emerges to the dismay of both the Chinese and local communities.
Fleeing the violence that claimed those dearest to her, Alicia takes refuge in La Sirga at the guesthouse of Oscar, the only family she has left. It is on the shores of a great lake in the Andes, she tries to rebuild her life. While she feels safe there, her new home is not spared by the fighting. The return of Oscar’s son Freddy — and his possible link with the warring factions — bring to La Sirga what Alicia fears the most.
May 9th – Sidewalls (Argentina, 2011) 94min
Martin is a neurotic web designer taking baby steps out of the isolation of his one-room apartment and his virtual reality. Mariana is an artist fresh out of a long relationship. Her head is a mess, just like the apartment where she takes refuge. Martin and Mariana are perfect for each other– they live in the same street, in opposite buildings, but they never meet. Can the movement of a modern city of three million people bring them together?
June 13th - Kinyarwanda (USA/France, 2010) 100 min
Inspired by true stories, Kinyarwanda tells interconnected tales from the Rwandan genocide of 1994. There is teenage Jean, who falls in love in the midst of war; Father Pierre, whose faith is sorely tested by the atrocities and Lieutenant Rose, fighting to free her country from tyranny. More than a reconstruction of harrowing events, this is an ennobling film about the flowering of hope in the midst of despair, and the need for the healing power of forgiveness.
July 11th – Sound of Noise (Sweden, 2010) 102 min
A group of musical anarchists stage sonic “attacks” in hospitals and banks, using found items as instruments and evading a tone-deaf cop with a burning hatred of harmony. Sanna is the leader of a group that stages impromptu musical performances in public places. Once they have taken their positions and turned on their metronome, there’s no stopping the music. Meanwhile, anti-terrorism squad leader Amadeus Warnebring — a frustrated cop who hails from a family of famed musicians — vows to take down Sanna’s sonic anarchists by whatever means necessary.
All films are FREE and open to the public Sponsored by Friends of the Coos Bay Library