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Stocker Arts Center presents LCCC Winter/Spring Film Series

Stocker Arts Center presents the Winter/Spring Film Series on the Lorain County Community College campus. Films are featured on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in the Hoke Theatre. The series includes:

My Name is Khan; Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.; 2010 (PG-13) 145 min. India/English with some subtitles; Director: Karan Johar; Cast: ShahRukh Khan, Kajol, Sonya Jehan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Zarina Wahab.

ShahRukh Khan stars as Rizwan Khan, whose Asperger’s syndrome goes undiagnosed until the death of his loving mother sends him off to San Francisco to live with his younger brother. Ultra-sensitive to noise, he may be petrified by the clanging of a cable car bell until he understands what it is, and his ability to express emotion may be muted, but it turns out that he’s a surprisingly successful salesman for the Indian herbal beauty products company for which his brother is an executive. He feels compelled to tell the truth no matter what, and his candor in regard to what his line of cosmetics can and cannot do amusingly beguiles the beautiful Mandira, who owns and operates a busy beauty salon.

Pretty soon, the shyly handsome Khan has won the heart of Mandira, a single mother with a small son and a bad marriage in her past. When a client who lives in a small town outside San Francisco offers to put up the money to open a salon in that community Mandira accepts, and soon the new family is living the suburban American dream – until Sept. 11. Mandira is a Hindu, Khan is a Muslim, and at this point the film evolves from the story of a man with Asperger’s learning to live a successful, happy life to that of a man who embarks, in the wake of tragedy and violence, on an odyssey to declare to President Obama, “I am a Muslim and I am not a terrorist.”

You Can Count of Me; Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.; 2000 (R) 109 min. U.S.; Director: Kenneth Lonergan; Cast: Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick.

Two siblings, orphaned at an early age, have grown apart as adults. Sammy, the older of the two, has stayed in the small town of their childhood. A single mother, she works in the local bank and leads a steadfast moral life with her young son. Terry, her younger brother whom she helped raise, has become a self-destructive roamer with a taste for the wilder side of life. When Terry comes for a visit, his mere presence begins to crack the veneer of Sammy’s well-ordered existence. Each is uneasy with the person the other one has become; the one tangible thing that keeps them together is the family home left to them by their parents. It also becomes the meeting place of their hearts and minds as they struggle to reconcile their conflicting lives with the love that binds them together.

The Bélier Family (La Famille Bélier); Friday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.; 2015 (Not Rated) 105 min. France/Subtitles; Director: Eric Lartigau; Cast: Louane Emera, François Damiêns, Karin Viard.

Eric Lartigau’s fabulous, heart-felt comedy hit is about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music. In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf, except dutiful sixteen-year-old Paula. She acts as an indispensable interpreter for her parents and younger brother, especially in the running of the family dairy farm. Though her salt-of-the earth father has decided to run for mayor - spurred on by her vivacious but over-involved mother - Paula’s attentions are very much elsewhere. She’s witnessed the handsome new boy at school sign up for the choir, and impulsively joined too.

It’s not long before her music teacher discovers her considerable talent; however, his encouragement only exacerbates the matter of Paula’s independence. Emera, making her screen debut after being discovered on the French edition of The Voice, is a genuine revelation. She lends both sincerity and joy to this deeply moving film that has been a word-of-mouth phenomenon across Europe, achieving over 10 million admissions to date and becoming France’s most popular film of 2015.

Evelyn; Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.; 2002 (PG) 94 min. Ireland; Director: Bruce Beresford; Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Bates, Sophie Vavasseur, Julianne Margulies.

Pierce Brosnan plays Desmond Doyle, an alcoholic and a carpenter who has two sons and a daughter. When his wife abandons the family, the government social workers come around, size up the situation, and advise, “send in the nuns.” The children are sent to orphanages, on the grounds, then sanctified in Irish law, that a father cannot raise children by himself. In this moving, ultimately uplifting drama, a father must fight the Church, the Irish courts, and tremendous odds in order to keep his family together.

Based on a true story and set in 1950s Ireland, the film follows Desmond Doyle as he struggles to lovingly raise three young children alone. The Church and the Irish courts, however, determine and insist that the children instead be raised in an orphanage. Doyle defiantly vows to reunite his family at whatever the cost. Enlisting the help of friends, he attempts to do what, to that point, had never been attempted: challenge a law before the Irish Supreme Court. The devotion of this father will not be defied by any earthly power. Consequently, he alone effectively changes a horrible policy for all of Ireland and makes history in the process.




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