Fall Film Series: Women in the Lead: Saturday, November 16th 1 p.m.

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With her father dead and having no brothers, a young Afghan girl must disguise herself as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother. This 2003 film was the first film produced in Afghanistan after fifteen years of Taliban control.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Fall Film Series Final Film of 2013: Women in the Lead: Saturday, November 23rd, 1 p.m.

B_PosterThis 2012 Walt Disney/Pixar animated romantic comedy tells the story of a young woman who would rather ride her horse and practice archery than behave like a proper princess.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Fall Film Series: Women in the Lead. Saturday, November 2nd at 1 p.m. .

film posterJulia Roberts stars in the true-life story of an unemployed single mother who talks her way into a job at a legal office, becomes an advocate for people poisoned by an energy facility, and helps win one of the largest class-action lawsuits in history.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Fall Film Series: Women in the Lead. Continues Saturday, October 19th at 1 p.m. .

movieposter1Kentucky woman named Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) is inspired by the anthropologist Louis Leakey (Ian Cuthbertson) to devote her life to the study of primates.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Opera Preview: Daughter of the Regiment. October 16th


Presented by Norm Hollingshead
Wednesday, October 16, 7pm
Mercer Island Library

When Gaetano Donizetti, the reigning “King of Italian Opera”,
moved to Paris in 1839, opera lovers wondered if he would be
able to succeed in the “Operatic Capital of the World”.
Donizetti responded a year later with his first French opera, the comic
romp Daughter of the Regiment. It was a smash hit then and continued
to be so for decades. In the 20th Century, though, it fell into the shade,
only returning to the spotlight in the early 1970s when Luciano Pavarotti
dazzled audiences with the 9 High C’s in his famous Act I aria.
Since then, Daughter of the Regiment has charged back into popularity as audiences
have grown to love the lovely melodies and zany comedy of this wonderful piece.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Fall Film Series: Women in the Lead. Starts Saturday, September 21st at 1 p.m. .

2013 posterACome for the first film in the fall series starring Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey (1945). A vivacious, ambitious and proud woman, determined to escape middle-class life, travels to the remote Hebrides Islands where she expects to marry a wealthy industrialist. Along the way, she is waylaid by a tempest and the temptations of a different kind of future. All screenings feature an introduction and Q&A with film historian Lance Rhoades.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Feast Your Eyes: Movies About Food

Saturdays in February, March and April 2013

Each screening will include an educational lecture
and Q&A led by film historian Lance Rhoades.
Sponsored by the Mercer Island Friends of the Library.

Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m.: MONDOVINO

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Mondovino
Directed by Jonathan Nossiter
Produced by Jonathan Nossiter
Emmanuel Giraud
Written by Jonathan Nossiter
Distributed by ThinkFilm
Release date(s) 14 May 2004
Running time 135 minutes
Country United States
Language English, French

Mondovino (Italian: World of Wine) is a 2004 documentary film on the impact of globalization on the world’s different wine regions written and directed by American film maker Jonathan Nossiter. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival[1] and a César Award.

The film explores the impact of globalization on the various wine-producing regions, and the influence of critics like Robert Parker and consultants like Michel Rolland in defining an international style. It pits the ambitions of large, multinational wine producers, in particular Robert Mondavi, against the small, single estate wineries who have traditionally boasted wines with individual character driven by their terroir.

Mondovino was originally intended to be a two-month affair as a break between feature projects upon the completion of Nossiter’s film Signs & Wonders (2000). The film gave Nossiter a chance to utilize his knowledge as a trained sommelier from his time working at Balthazar in New York as well as an opportunity to visit some of the great wine regions of the world.

 

Feast Your Eyes: Movies About Food

Saturdays in February, March and April 2013
Each screening will include an educational lecture
and Q&A led by film historian Lance Rhoades.
Sponsored by the Mercer Island Friends of the Library.

Saturday, February 23, 1pm
Big Night
Two brothers, one a talented and uncompromising chef,
the other an eager-to-please aspiring entrepreneur,
gamble everything on the chance that their Italian
restaurant can be saved with one big night.

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Directed by Campbell Scott
Stanley Tucci
Produced by David Kirkpatrick
Jonathan Filley
Written by Joseph Tropiano
Stanley Tucci
Starring Minnie Driver
Ian Holm
Isabella Rossellini
Tony Shalhoub
Stanley Tucci
Allison Janney
Music by Gary DeMichele
Louis Prima
Editing by Suzy Elmiger
Distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release date(s) January 24, 1996 (Sundance Film Festival)
September 20, 1996
Running time 107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4.1 million [1]
Box office $12,008,376

South Korean Film “Treeless Mountain” to be Shown at Mercer Island Library, Saturday, April 23rd

Treeless Mountain (Namueopneun San) (Kim, South Korea, 2008)

Date and Time: Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m.

Location: Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, Washington

Two sisters aged six and three, must fend for themselves when their mother leaves them with a neglectful aunt.

University of Washington film historian Lance Rhoades will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.

This screening is sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.