Head 'around the world in comedy' for Friday Night Flix

Jul 26, 2019

BELFAST — The theme for August at the Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series is "Around the World in Comedy.” All the movies are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

The series begins on Aug. 2 with “The Wedding Plan” (2016, Israel), a story about faith. When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, the prospective bride refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. Instead, as an Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband for the wedding, which has been scheduled for the eighth night of Hanukkah, the commemoration of a historical miracle. The film runs 110 minutes, in Hebrew with subtitles, and is rated PG.

“Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016, UK/France) on Aug. 9 is the true story of Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer in spite of the fact that her singing was wildly off-key. Lovingly acted by Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in a UK production directed by Stephen Frears. The film runs 111 minutes, in English, and is rated PG-13.

On August 16 comes director Lars von Trier's comedy “The Boss of It All” (2006, Denmark/Sweden/France/Italy/Germany/Iceland) about corporate culture, Danish-Icelandic relations, and a host of other topics, combined into the story of a small company that might have to close. But who is in charge to tell the staff? The “boss” is an unemployed actor brought in for the purpose. Complications ensue, and a newly invented camera device is just one part of the fun. The film runs 99 minutes, in Danish, Icelandic, English and Russian, with subtitles, and is not rated.

The series continues on August 23 with “The Death of Stalin” (2017, UK/France/Belgium/Canada/USA), a satirical black comedy set in 1953 Moscow following the death of the Soviet dictator after 30 years. Olga Kurylenko, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi (as Khrushchev!), Michael Palin and many others portray the main characters in this “historic drama” to hilarious results, as they conspire and double-cross each other for positions of power. The film runs 107 minutes, in English, and is rated R.

On August 30 the series concludes with “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2011, UK). This is a romantic comedy/drama that combines a sharp satire of political “spin” with a story that reflects a version of current Middle Eastern reality. Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas enact this tale of the results of a sheik's dream to transplant Scottish fish into desert waters. The film runs 107 minutes, in English, Arabic and Mandarin, with subtitles, and is rated PG-13.

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