World Film Fest at Skokie Public Library
Fall 2014

The Library will present another season of critically acclaimed world films, reflective of the diverse culture of Skokie. A short discussion will follow each movie, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, September 8 Bless Me, Ultima
Monday, October 6 Tanta Agua (So Much Water)
Monday, November 3 The Lunchbox

Monday, September 8 at 7:00pm

Cover of Bless Me, UltimaBless Me, Ultima (United States)

Released 2012 – 106 minutes – PG-13 for some violence and sexual references
In English and Spanish with English subtitles

Set in New Mexico during WWII, this coming-of-age story centers on the relationship between Antonio, a young farm boy, and an elderly medicine woman named Ultima. She teaches Antonio about the power of the spiritual world, and also encourages him to challenge authority and question his own destiny. Based on the acclaimed novel by Rudolfo Anaya. Starring Luke Ganalon and Miriam Colon.

Acclaim:

  • Imagen Foundation Awards – winner – Best Feature Film, Best Actor/Supporting Actor, Best Actress/Supporting Actress
  • Four Stars - Roger Ebert
  • “A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times
  • “A breath of fresh air” – Leonard Maltin, Reelz Channel
  • “Beautiful, brilliant” – David Morales, Fox

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Monday, October 6 at 7:00pm

Cover of Tanta AguaTanta Agua (So Much Water) (Uruguay)

Released 2013 – 102 minutes – Not rated
In Spanish with English subtitles

Lucia, a confused, sullen teenager is pulled into a weeklong getaway with her brother Federico and divorced dad Alberto. Upon arriving at their destination, heavy rain sets in for the week, the pools are closed, fishing is banned, and sightseeing is out of the question. In the claustrophobic surroundings of their bungalow-style hotel, Alberto begins to broach the distance between himself and his children in this touching, unforced, and charming film. Starring Malu Chouza, Joaquin Castiglioni, and Nestor Guzzini. Directed and written by Ana Guevara Pose and Leticia Jorge Romero.

Acclaim:

  • Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema – nominated – Best Film
    Cartagena Film Festival – winner – FIPRESCI Award
  • Chicago International Film Festival – nominated – Audience Choice Award
  • Guadalajara Film Festival – winner – Best First Feature
  • Lima Latin American Film Festival – winner- Best Actor
  • Miami Film Festival – winner – Grand Jury Prize, Screenwriting Award
  • RiverRun International Film Festival – winner – Best Actor
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival – winner- Norteado Award
  • Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth – winner – Golden Slipper for Best Feature Film for Youth

Official selection:

  • AFI International Film Festival
  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • Maine International Film Festival
  • Montreal International Film Festival
  • Seoul International Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival

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Monday, November 3 at 7:00pm

Cover of The LunchboxThe Lunchbox (India)

Released 2013 – 105 minutes – PG for thematic material and smoking
In Hindi with English subtitles

Couriers deliver lunches lovingly prepared at home to office workers around Mumbai. Saajan, a widowed man preparing to retire from his desk job, unexpectedly receives the wrong lunch, one that Ila, a lonely housewife, prepared, hoping to win back her husband's affections. Saajan writes a note of thanks, blossoming into a correspondence between wandering souls in a sprawling metropolis. This is a debut effort from director Ritesh Batra, starring Imran Khan and Nimrat Kaur.

Acclaim:

  • Apsara Film Producers Guild – winner – Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Most Promising Debut – Director, Star Verdict of the Year
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards – winner – Best Screenplay, Jury Grand Prize
  • Asia-Pacific Film Festival – winner - Best Supporting Actor, Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Asian Film Awards – winner- Best Actor, Best Screenwriter
  • Cannes Film Festival – winner – Grand Golden Rail
  • Dubai International Film Festival – winner – Best Actor, Best Feature
  • Filmfare Awards – winner-Critics’ Award Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Debut Director
  • Screen Weekly Awards – winner – Most Promising Director
  • Zee Cine Awards – winner – Best Debuting Director

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National Medal


2008 Winner

National Medal for Museum & Library Service