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The Friday Night Films Series has shown 170 films from 18 countries such as the USA, Mongolia, France, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden. The Friends of the Ashland Public Library pay for the Public Viewing License, and film goers’ optional donations provide the funds for the movies, which then become part of the library’s collection. Most films are shown closed captioned.

NOTE TIME CHANGE! Films will begin at 6:30pm for November and December, except for Seven Samurai, which will start at 6:00pm

Films air in the Schiesske Community Room on the lower level of the library. Doors will be locked after the film starts.

Date Title / Description
Nov 1
The Mustang 6:30 pm  1 hour 36 minutes

A convict (Matthias Schoenaerts) in a rural Nevada prison gets into a program to train wild mustangs. The horse he works with is difficult, but he is helped by a verteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and a fellow inmate (Jason Mitchell). The pleasure of the film comes from watching both the prisoner and the horse learning to trust each other and from admiring the superb acting by Schoenaerts and the beauty of the mustangs.

Owen Gleiberman,Variety: “Touching and original. ”Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: “Sensational.”

Nov 8
Persuasion  6:30pm

An adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot’s daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside country estate, rented by his brother-in-law, admiral Croft, so the financially stressed baronet can afford a fashionable, cheaper residence in trendy Bath. First the former lovers meet again on the estate, where they feel vibes again, but neither dares admit them until it seems too late. Yet the truth becomes clear, both have moved, but meet again in Bath.

Nov 15
Seven Samurai 6:00pm –9:00pm (with short break )

(Bring sandwiches and snacks if you like and sealed drink container so no spilling.)

This is it! Been waiting 14 years of Friday Night Films to be able to show one of the best films ever made – for story, photography, action, character… Akira Kurosawa directs and Toshiro Mifune stars.

The peasants fear bandits will again raid the village when the harvest is complete. An old man advises the villagers to hire samurai to defend the village. They send emissaries to a large town to attempt to hire some unemployed samurai, called Ronin, who are available since the system of warlords’ maintaining a retinue of samurai is breaking down. The villagers can offer only rice. The film moves from learning about the individual samurai, the village, and finally the battles to defeat the fierce bandits. Truly one of the world’s greatest films.

Nov 22

Captain Fantastic 6:30pm

A family lives away from “civilization.” When the mother dies, her father, who disapproves of their lifestyle, insists on a funeral different from her wishes, a funeral which provokes the father and children to emerge from their wilderness.

Viggo Mortensen, Kathryn Hahn, Frank Langella, Steve Zahn.
The film received a ten-minute standing ovation at the Cannes film festival.

Huffington Post: “A funny film that will have you in tears.” Vanity Fair: “Heart-warming.”

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian: “…meaty whiff of phoney-baloney…with an unearned sentimental ending.”

We will have a short discussion at the end for any who wish to participate.

Nov 29  No film. Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec 6 No film. Book Sale Preview night for Friends of the Ashland Public Library members. Saturday 12/7, Book Sale is open to all!