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SCREENINGS

ABCC Our World Short Film Program

Short Films by Massachusetts College and University Students, Faculty, and Recent Alumni

The 12th Annual Short Film Program will be held on Friday April 26, 2024 at 7:00PM at the Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough, MA.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Selected films from the Short Program will broadcast and streamed on Acton TV and made available on Acton TV's YouTube channel after the April 26 screening.

Selected films will be announced in April 2024.

Foreign Films

ABCC Our World Foreign Film Series

Feature Foreign Films from around the World

The 15th Annual ABCC Our World Film Series will be screened on Friday May 3, Friday May 10, and Friday May 17, 2024 at 7:00PM at the Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough, MA.  All screenings are FREE and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be provided.  The video discs will be donated to Acton and Boxborough public libraries after the series concludes.

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FRIDAY MAY 3th

Italian for Beginners

(Denmark, Sweden 2000, 1h 52 min) - Several lonely hearts in a suburb of Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform for romance.

Directed by Lone Scherfig

Oscar Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film;
Silver Bear Award, Berlin International Film Festival;
"Scherfig and her wonderful cast slyly transmute the quotidian into the magical. It's like watching flowers bloom in a concrete garden." - David Ansen, Newsweek

Rated: R (language, some sexuality, moderate smoking, drinking)

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FRIDAY MAY 10th

Run Lola Run

(Germany 1998, 1h 20 min) - After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Directed by Tom Tykwer

Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival;

Winner, Top Foreign Film, National Board of Review

"It's a furiously kinetic display of pyrotechnics from the director Tom Tykwer, who fuses lightning-fast visual tricks, tirelessly shifting styles and the arbitrary possibilities of interactive storytelling into the best-case scenario for a cinematic video game." - Janet Maslin, New York Times

Rated: R (some violence and language)

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FRIDAY MAY 17th

Children of Heaven

(Iran 1998, 1h 29 min) - After a boy loses his sister's shoes, they go on a series of adventures to find them.

Directed by Majid Majidi

Oscar Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film; Winner, Best Foreign Film,
Newport International Film Festival

"Haunting in its charm, Children of Heaven opens a window on both contemporary Tehran and the hopeful heart of childhood. This lovely, amusing film deserves a big audience - especially families. It touches on the innocence of children with tremendous affection." - Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

Rated: PG (mild language)

 

PRESS

Acton Boxborough Cultural Council - 14th Annual 2023 Our World Film Series - Acton Patch,

April 28 Event, May 5 Event, May 12 Event and May 19 Event

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2023 ABCC Our World Film Series Preview - Acton TV, April 12 2023

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Acton Boxborough Cultural Council - 14th Annual 2023 Our World Film Series - Boxborough Bee, Spring 2023

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Acton Boxborough Cultural Council - 13th Annual 2022 Our World Film Series - Acton Patch, May 20, 2022 Event and

May 27, 2022 Event

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Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council Announces Films for 13th Annual Our World Film Series (scroll down through "Headlines") - Action Unlimited, May 2022, and pages 8-9 of the 5/16/22 print edition (viewable on the Acton Unlimited home page)

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Our World Film Series at Acton Town Hall (video) - Acton TV, 2/25/20

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Worldly films, intergenerational singing, and summer camp - Boston Globe, 4/24/19

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Our World Film Series Preview (video) - Acton TV, 3/26/19

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Eleventh Annual Our World Film Series - Arts Boston Calendar

8th Annual Short Film Night - April 26, 2019

A Man Called Ove - May 3, 2019

Your Name. - May 10, 2019

The Insult - May 17, 2019

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Acton, Boxborough town notes: ABCC will present Our World Film Series - Wicked Local Acton, 4/24/18

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The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council is hosting the Our World Film Series over the next weeks, with three feature films from around the world, FREE for cinema fans.  - Action Unlimited, 4/27/2015 

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that promotes arts, humanities and interpretive sciences for Massachusetts residents and communities, funds the ABCC, a 10-member group, with members serving a three-year term. Its subgroup is the Film Series Subcommittee. For the Our World Film Series, the group identifies films that aren’t available at Acton’s or Boxborough’s libraries to screen and features speakers who have something to do with the culture of the foreign country where the film is from, followed by a discussion period.  - Wicked Local Acton, 4/30/2015

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