Film FOCUS: An Independent Film Festival at Main Library

Posted Feb 29th, 2012 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library announces its annual Film FOCUS: An Independent Film Festival, a series of powerful, first-run feature films by independent filmmakers. Film FOCUS runs at 6:15 p.m. on Mondays beginning March 12 through April 16 in the McMaster Center of Main Library, 325 Michigan St.

FREE parking underground for all Film FOCUS attendees.

Film FOCUS schedule:

The Human Resources Manager Tragi-Comedy
(Israel, Germany, France, Romania)
Monday, March 12

The human resources manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery is in trouble. When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing, the bakery is accused of indifference, and the HR Manager is sent to the victim’s hometown in Romania to make amends.

Winner – Audience Award, Locarno Int’l Film Festival
Winner – 5 Awards of the Israeli Academy Awards® including Best Picture
Winner – Best Actor, Haifa Film Festival
Official Selection – Toronto Int’l Film Festival, AFI Film Festival, Israel Film Festival

A Small Act Documentary
Monday, March 19

A small gift from a Swedish schoolteacher has a life-long impact on a young Kenyan boy. Powerful film.

Winner – Humanitas Prize, Documentaries – Special Awards Category, 2011
Nominated – Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival, 2010

Better This World Documentary
Monday, March 26

This film follows the lives of two political protesters accused of domestic terrorism during the 2008 Republican National Convention. Engrossing true story with unexpected twists.

Nominated – Grierson Award, British Film Institute Awards
Nominated – IDA Award, Feature Documentary, International Documentary Association
Winner – Jury Award, Best Documentary, Dallas Video Festival
Winner – Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival

Louder than a Bomb Documentary
Monday, April 2

Both hopeful and heartbreaking this documentary tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam. The film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa.

Winner – Best Documentary Feature, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Winner – Humanitas Prize for Documentaries
Winner – Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film – Cleveland International Film Festival
Winner – Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition – Cleveland International Film Festival

The Piano in a Factory Comedy
Monday, April 9

When Chen’s estranged wife reappears asking for a divorce and custody of their daughter, the musical girl decides she will live with whoever can provide her a piano. Chen’s struggle thus begins. When efforts to borrow money and even steal a piano fail, Chen concocts a preposterous plan – he’ll make a piano from scratch! Warmly quirky comedy.

Winner – Best Actor Award, Tokyo Int’l Film Festival
Winner – Grand Jury Prize, Miami Int’l Film Festival
Official Selection – Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Hawaii Int’l Film Festival, Cleveland Int’l Film Festival

A Screaming Man Drama
(France, Belgium, Chad)
Monday, April 16

Adam, a 60-something former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel. Meanwhile, the country is in the throes of civil war. Rebel forces attack the government while the authorities demand the population contribute to the “war effort,” with money or volunteers. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret. Deeply emotional story.

Winner – Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival

These films are not subject to rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. Recommended for adults; some films may contain strong language, sexual content and violence. For additional information visit toledolibrary.org, or call 419.259.5285.

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