The Ephrata Public Library will screen the film “My Peristroika” on May 18 at 6 p.m. The film is an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children. Five classmates go from living sheltered childhoods to experiencing the hopes of Gorbachev’s reforms and the confusion of the USSR’s dissolution, to searching for their places in today’s Moscow. With candor and humor, the punk rocker, single mother, entrepreneur and married teachers paint a picture of the challenges, dreams and disappointments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. Through first-person testimony, vérité footage and vintage home movies, this beautifully crafted documentary reveals a Russia rarely seen on film. A co-production of Red Square Productions/Bungalow Town Productions and ITVS International in association with American Documentary | POV.
On Monday, November 22 at 6 p.m., the Ephrata Public Library will screening the independent film, “Days and Clouds.” The film tells the story of well-to-do, sophisticated couple, Elsa and Michele, who have a 20 year-old daughter, Alice, and enough money for Elsa to leave her job and fulfill an old dream of studying art history. After she graduates, however, their lives change. Michele confesses he hasn’t worked in two months and was fired by the company he founded years ago. Elsa overcomes her initial shock by pouring extra energy into facing the crisis, while Michele, exhausted by an unsuccessful job hunt, lets himself go, alternating between vivacity and apathy. The growing distance between them eventually leads to a break-up. Only when they part will they realize that they risk losing their most precious possession: the love that binds them.
The film was nominated for fifteen David Di Donatello Awards in 2008, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actress and more. In addition, the film was an Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival and the London Film Festival.
Admission is free and open to the public.