'Oscar-Worthy' movies to be screened at Westport Library in June
Updated 8:50 am, Sunday, May 31, 2015
Through June, the Westport Library will continue showing films, those nominated for the 2015 Academy Awards.
The movies, which will be shown at 2 p.m. in the library's McManus Room, are free. The series includes the following:
"Ida," on Tuesday. It's the story about Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, who is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a family secret dating to the years of the Nazi occupation. The film was the winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It is in Polish with English subtitles and runs for 82 minutes.
"Begin Again," June 9. It's the story of Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her longtime boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine), who are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of newfound fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. "Lost Stars" from the soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Song. The movie runs 104 minutes.
"Still Alice," June 16. The screening will be followed by a discussion of Alzheimer's disease, which is portrayed in the movie. The film chronicles how a vibrant and accomplished college professor (Julianne Moore) fights to stay connected to her family, friends and herself after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Moore won an Oscar for best actress in this movie, which runs for 101 minutes. The discussion will feature neurologist Peter McAllister.
"Inherent Vice," June 23. It takes place in a California beach community where private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) works on cases while high on marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives to plead for Doc's help. The movie, which runs for 148 minutes, was nominated for Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design.
"American Sniper," June 30. It stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL and most-lethal sniper in U.S. military history. The film is directed by Clint Eastwood. Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend." The movie, which runs 132 minutes, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.