The Fall International Film Festival begins at the Springfield Free Public Library on Thursday, October 12th. The library will screen Tanna (2015) at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tanna was a 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Film. It is an Australian-Ni-Vanuatu film set on the island of Tanna in the South Pacific. This remote island is covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano. A young girl breaks off an arranged marriage to run away with her lover, setting off a war that threatens their future. This is a true story based on the cultural history of the Yankel tribe. It is not “acted out” as much as “re-lived.” Most of the cast played their own roles in the film. In Nauvhal with English subtitles. Directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean. Starring Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa and Marceline Rofit. 104 minutes. Not rated.
Upcoming foreign films include Maudie (2016, rated PG-13, 116 minutes) which will be screened on Thursday, November 9th at 1:00 and 6:45 p.m., and Mia Madre (2015, rated R, 106 minutes) on Thursday, December 7th at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Funding for the film program has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and by the Friends of the Springfield Free Public Library.
Admission is free. The Springfield Free Public Library is located at 66 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081. 973-376-4930.www.sfplnj.org.