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.
The series begins on August 2 with The Wedding Plan (2016), 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. 110 minutes, in Hebrew with subtitles. Rated PG.
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) on August 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. Acted by Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in a UK production directed by Stephen Frears. 111 minutes, PG-13.
On August 16 comes director Lars von Trier’s comedy The Boss of It All (2006) 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. 99 minutes, not rated, in Danish, Icelandic , English and Russian, with subtitles.
The series continues on August 23 with The Death of Stalin (2017) , a satirical black comedy, set in Moscow, 1953, 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. 107 minutes, in English.
On August 30, the series concludes with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen ( 2011 ). 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. 107 Minutes, PG-13. In English, Arabic, Mandarin, with