Independent & World Films at the Library

Showing on Thursday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

The Book Thief

The Independent & World Film Series is back! We apologize for the cancellation of the April 10 film showings and we hope that anyone who came to see The Book Thief will be able to return for the performances on April 24. Please note there is an author visit in Children's Services that same evening, so the parking lot will fill up prior to the 7:00 p.m. show. Click here for a link to additional parking options nearby.

The Book Thief is based on Markus Zusak’s internationally acclaimed young adult novel. Many of our local book clubs have enjoyed this story of a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany during World War II. It’s a natural for the screen, yet a filmmaker could easily allow it to drown in sentimentality. Director Brian Percival (best known for "Downton Abbey") exercises restraint in telling this highly emotional story and the result is a very satisfying film. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Wats on play the German couple who take in an adolescent girl when her mother can no longer care for her. He is warm and loving while his wife can be tough and aloof, at least on the outside. When they discover that Liesel is illiterate, her foster father teaches her to read and to appreciate the wonder of books. Sophie Nelisse, the young actress who portrays Liesel, is mature beyond her years and has that rare ability to convey a wide range of emotions on her expressive face. The innocence of a child’s-eye view is conveyed as she witnesses a number of sobering events—from a mass book-burning to the hiding of a Jewish fugitive. Much of the power of Zusak’s book is captured in the film’s opening moments when we realize that the story is being narrated by Death itself. It’s a haunting and unusual perspective and eerily effective. The Book Thief treads on somewhat familiar ground but the situations are realistic, the moral choices genuine, and the emotions honestly portrayed - with Death itself having the final word.

We’re continuing the former schedule of the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The focus for our series is foreign or world films and independent films that are not widely distributed in the U.S.

All programs at OPL are free of charge. Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook to see what we’re up to. As always, films shown at the library become part of our permanent DVD collection after the final showing.

See you at the movies!  MG

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March 13: Blue Jasmine (U.S.)
March 27: 12 Years a Slave (U.S.)


January 10: Beasts of the Southern Wild (U.S.)
January 24: Last Ride (Australia)
February 14: Foreign Letters (U.S.)
February 28: Elena (Russia)
March 14: Anna Karenina (Great Britain)
March 28: Tokyo Sonata (Japan)
April 11: Robot & Frank (U.S.)
April 25: Queen of Hearts (France)
May 9: Of Gods and Men (France)
May 23: A Late Quartet (U.S.)
June 13: The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina)
June 27: Rust and Bone (France)
July 11: Teddy Bear (Denmark)
July 19: Codex (U.S.)
July 25: NO (Chile)
August 8: Smashed (U.S.)
August 22: Found Memories (Brazil)


January 26: Sarah's Key (France & U.S.)
February 9: Beginners (U.S.)
March 8: Incendies (Canada & France)
March 22: Made in Dagenham (Great Britain)
April 12: Take Shelter (U.S.)
May 10: The Piano in a Factory (China)
May 24: In a Better World (Denmark)
June 14: O'Horten (Norway)
June 28: Albert Nobbs (United Kingdom)
July 12: My Name is Khan (India)
July 26: The Woman on the 6th Floor (France)
August 9: Come Undone (Italy)
August 23: Footnote (Israel)
September 13: A Separation (Iran)
September 27: Another Year (U.K.)
October 11: Life Above All (South Africa)
October 26: The Devil's Backbone (Spain)
November 8: Train of Life (France)
December 13: Auntie Mame (U.S.)
December 27: Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon)


May 19: Bomber (U.S./U.K.)
June 16: 1981 (Canada)
July 21: Only When I Dance (Brazil)
August 18: The Drummer (Hong Kong)
September 15: The Wind Journeys (Columbia)
October 20: If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Romania)
November 17: The Colors of the Mountain (Columbia)
December 15: Holiday Affair (U.S.)