Enfield Public Library hosts film series of Best Picture nominees

By Enfield Public Library
Enfield - posted Wed., Apr. 17, 2013
Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Lincoln.’ Rated PG-13, 150 min. Touchstone Pictures, 2012. - Contributed Photo

Visit the Enfield Public Library during the months of May and June this year for a new Friday Film Series – “Oscar 2013: Nominations for Best Picture.”

On Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m., the library will feature “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, President Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

On Friday, May 17, at 2 p.m., the library will show “Argo,” directed by, and starring, Ben Affleck. On Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There’s a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped and a mid-level agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.

On Friday, May 31, at 2 p.m., the library will present the musical drama “Les Miserables.” In early 19th century France, the paroled prisoner Jean Valjean seeks redemption, regains his social standing, and rises to the rank of mayor. He encounters a beautiful but desperately ill woman named Fantine and cares for her daughter, Cosette, after her death. All the while, he is obsessively pursued by the policeman Javert, who vows to make him pay for the crimes of his past. (Note that the movie will be shown one week early, due to the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale on June 7.)

On Friday, June 21, at 2 p.m., the library will feature the French-language drama, “Amour.” In the final months of her life, a retired music teacher and her husband of 60 years struggle with the debilitating effects of two strokes on both her health and her quality of life. As Georges cares for the increasingly unhappy Anne, the pair finds the nature of their life together irrevocably changed.

No need to register; just come and enjoy the movie on the big screen! Programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 860-763-7512, or visit the website www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.

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